“The famous girl?” – Diary of an Undergrad

July 14, 2018

Dear Diary,

Six minutes of fame.

This prompt has to be one of the most difficult ones I have ever written on.

I am not famous, I have never known anyone who is famous. Forget six minutes, I have not been ‘famous’ even for a second.

I don’t think I am the stuff famous people are made of.

I am a very ordinary-looking person. Nothing about my appearance speaks beauty queen.

I am sufficiently good at studies. Sure, I stand first in my class, but I was not a rank-holder in the competitive exams that mattered.

I am not an inherently talented person. You know, those people who are the born-singers, the born-dancers etc. Sure, I can sing Carnatic Classical Music and can play the guitar but that is only because I have been learning for the past several years.

I am absolutely horrible at sports. There is nothing redeeming I can say about my hand-eye co-ordination at all.

So, all in all, I am just an ordinary person living an ordinary life. Is there anything at all that makes me different from the others, something that can make me famous? Where can I find this elusive six minutes of fame?

I have absolutely no idea.

I think I read a lot, and so my vocabulary is sufficiently good. I think I can write adequately well, so as to express my thoughts clearly. I don’t have the fear of the stage, and so, I can speak about a topic that I know to an unknown crowd confidently. I am able to shut out the distractions and concentrate on the present when it counts the most. I think I am a good friend, because a lot of my friends come to me to share their feelings when they are low. They seem satisfied with the half-baked advice of a confused 20-year-old. I am absolutely focused on my academics and my career and I don’t let other types of distractions bother me. I am and will always be there for my family.

None of these things make me famous at all. That is why, I don’t think I have had my six minutes of fame.

So, what am I?

I’m not famous, that’s for sure. Dependable, that is what I am.

Day 6 of Bar-A-Thon 2018

Prompt for the day: Six minutes of fame


P.S: Oh wait! In all modesty, I did receive an award for being the topper from Rajmatha Pramoda Devi Wodeyar (Queen Mother of the Wodeyar Dynasty of Mysore). She is the most famous person I have met.


Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

12 thoughts on ““The famous girl?” – Diary of an Undergrad

  1. Loved every word, Divya. None of us are famous globally. The aim is to be famous locally. To light up a room by entering it, to make a tiny difference in one person’s life. That’s it. You are on track for that.


  2. To put things like that honestly and modestly, one must muster a lot of courage. In your case, you don’t need to muster at all. You are already there! You are more than ordinary. You are brave, intelligent and an amazing writer who inspires people like me!


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