Monday, March 22, 2010

Pulchritude


Mrs. Sheshadri marches into class. Pulchritude! she screams, Pulchritude!
The students sit straight. Their hands are folded on their laps. 
On the blank grey slates of each of their faces, Ms. Sheshadri has scrawled ‘Pulchritude’ in bold letters. 
Mrs Seshadri’s face sounds like the word pulchritude – terrifying; made by the barriers imposed on it - distorted, twisted, mostly crude. Stone Grey.
Pulchritude means ‘beautiful’! declares Mrs. Sheshadri. 
This was one of the words asked of her ex students at the SAT exams. 
“My students knew the meaning of that word! she eulogizes,
 Now all of them are successful in America!”
Ah America! Success! It can never be otherwise.
The students write America on their faces. They write it themselves. Some of them write SAT after that.
- extract from an essay about a visit to the school where I once studied.

5 comments:

vineeta said...

:) you were serious when you said plumtree2 would be 'leaner & meaner'. I'm dying to read more 'pulchritude'. I heard this word after sooo long :) you are a gem.

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

Pulchitrude- I haven't heard the word since the gre test l-o-n-g ago. When ever I remember it , I am going to see Mrs. Seshadri's face :)

Arch at Rang said...

Very nice!

I love these small extracts:-) Makes you long for more;-)

Arch

Chandan said...

Where can we read the whole essay P? BTW, I bet Mrs S was a mean teacher, was she?

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