Claiming freebies

It happened in our achiever’s party just next day to CAT result that everyone was sad about their result. There were only two people who were happy about it and I was one of those two. So I tried to change the atmosphere by sharing few jokes during preparation. Few of them were still saying that they will never apply for CAT again, because this is what maximum they could have prepared. So I told them, “I was really weak in vocab and did even pray to God that more of Para jumbles should be there. It was luck that not even one question on vocab was asked. So don’t lose your heart, it was just another unlucky day for you.”

Then after that I got a good result in XAT and SNAP too. So most of them were praising about how lucky I was. None of them uttered that I did good in those exams. And during discussions on various topics during GDPI preparations, they trusted other person’s stories but will hardly listen to mine. They will question it with random hypothesis that they would have in mind.

I never really gave thought about all this. But few days later it happened that I had to travel to Mumbai for one of my interview. One uncle was sitting next to me. After a while he went to get a water bottle and asked me to look after his luggage. So as soon as he returned I thought of getting one for me too. Bus was quite late so we had a talk for some time. And when that bus arrived they were checking tickets and then were giving water bottles as complementary. I was sure that I wont need two water bottles so I didn’t take one. Immediately uncle asked me have you booked ticket from Agency or have taken it from the driver at cheap rate.

This incident made me understand what was happening around me. Once you reject a freebie then people don’t believe that you got the main thing yourself. In era of marketing you have to claim more, not less.

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