She looked straight into it and said, “Contemplating dropping out of this open learning programme”, at the breakfast table with a grumpy tone, checking her own reflection on it.

Knowing well whats hovering over her mind, yet trying hard to hide glee, he asked, “Change of hearts? Why?”

“Information overload, no fixed schedules, repeated lectures and many a time the unverified source of knowledge. Most of my energy, time is consumed in checking/ verifying whether it is genuine”, moaned she.

“Isn’t it an open and long-distance one. Join, mute or exit the sessions at your will”, he offered a suggestion.

“Hmmm. I fear losing my connection with everyone from the bunch. I love the mix of every bunch”, replied she in a dilemma.

“Will you be able to stay away from it for long?”, doubted he.

With her eyes fixed on the mobile screen, she paused for a moment, rethinking deleting the popular messaging app aka “open and long-distance” learning program from her mobile.

“Difficult. Besides, never been a ‘Drop out’ in life” reasoned she.

“Excuses of an addict”, he chuckled winking at her, making her crack up.

And she dropped the idea of being a dropout!

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Unishta · April 4, 2020 at 6:50 am

I hate dropping out of things too. But sometimes you have no option …..

Shilpa Garg · April 4, 2020 at 10:18 am

Aah! The dilemmas! Glad that she didnt drop out! It’s easy to give up but hard to overcome the challenges and persist! Good one, Anagha. Love the way you have brought out the range of emotions and expressions during their conversation.

alpanadeo · April 4, 2020 at 11:03 am

Sometimes, our mind is so puzzled that we don’t know what are we thinking and in that state we decide to give up. I am glad to read the last line…

Ravish Mani · April 4, 2020 at 11:17 am

Well portrayal of WhatsApp University. She dropped out without feelings of being a dropout. Right?

    Anagha Yatin · April 4, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Bull’s eye Ravish!
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jaya1966 · April 4, 2020 at 11:25 am

Excellent story! I almost stopped trying to prepare for the IIT exams after I failed to secure a rank the first time but my father convinced me to try again and I was successful in securing a rank the second time.

Shweta Suresh · April 4, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Great story. Sometimes things get too hard and dropping out seems the best choice. I dropped out of my post graduation because I got a decent job. 😀

Shreyas Joshi · April 4, 2020 at 1:05 pm

A subtle hint towards the social media schools/universities and coaching classes. I dropped out of them many years ago and opted for a distance learning programme. It has helped me a lot and I feel what has been portrayed is very true and that she should have joined distance learning as well!! Nice story with subtle cues to what you want to say yet still making it funny!! Another cool addition to a successful story book!! Keep it up!

Tasha Duncan-Drake · April 4, 2020 at 3:45 pm

We all feel like dropping out and giving up sometimes – we all need someone to gently prod us to keep going.
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simritbedi · April 4, 2020 at 4:27 pm

Enjoyed reading your post Anagha! Dropping out is the easy way out from everything. But to Bea part and try your best is the difficult thing.

Anita · April 4, 2020 at 4:46 pm

It’s tough for some to dropout! 🙂
Thus, they drop the idea.
But, many dropouts have attained great success in the world.

Swarnali · April 4, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Wow, what an ending! Loved the story but loved the ending most. Beautiful thought. Waiting for the next from the stack.

purbajune · April 4, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Very cleverly weaved! Enjoyed reading the post.

Keith's Ramblings · April 4, 2020 at 8:15 pm

More than once I’ve dropped out of something then regretted it later. Nice one.

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soniadogra · April 4, 2020 at 9:23 pm

I tried dropping out of all these universities earlier this year. But could only hold on for two weeks. Addict??😉😉

Sonal Gawande · April 4, 2020 at 11:29 pm

This is something we can correlate for our day to day life…we do feel to dropout but something or some hope keep us going ..very well written…I tried to do it few years back for smartphones ..but could not dropout

Ira Mishra · April 5, 2020 at 12:58 am

I have successfully remained away from graduating from a few other universities… But whtsapp I am yet to completely drop out :/….nice one this one too 🙂

Namratha Varadharajan · April 5, 2020 at 1:13 am

Yep. It is difficult to drop out of something even when you know it might not be working for you. Sometime you think, if you persist, it might make a change for the better. Or sometimes you stick on for the group or some other perks!

msjadeli · April 5, 2020 at 7:13 am

You know, it is a good thing when those kinds of support people are around. They help you get through weak moment and allow you to carry own. I’m glad she chose not to be a dropout.

Archana (@yenforblue) · April 5, 2020 at 11:30 am

Good one Anagha! I hate to drop out, but these days, I have done it for a variety of reasons.. maybe its age catching up!!

jazzfeathers · April 5, 2020 at 12:37 pm

I enjoyed the way you characterised the characters… without even giving them a name 😉

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Varad · April 5, 2020 at 4:55 pm

This was very clever, Anagha. A subtle dig at the current mindset.

Sivaranjini Anandan · April 5, 2020 at 9:56 pm

I don’t believe in giving up I just keep banging harder on my goals

CRD · April 5, 2020 at 11:42 pm

Messaging app? What is this, University of Whatsapp? :p

Pashmeena Chowdhary · April 9, 2020 at 12:32 am

I tend to give up and then come back very quickly like her.. Nice one..

Akanksha · April 10, 2020 at 9:07 am

It so happens in each ones life ….but your write up always gives a new angle to life thoughts.loved it.

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