When the examination dates were announced, Laungani, a second-year BSc IT student of Vivekanand College, thought of giving the cycling expedition a skip. Fortunately, his father who is also a rider was participating in the same event, and he suggested he take the examinations as they were online. “My father (Dinesh) suggested I could check into a restaurant and write the papers since they were only an hour-long,” he said.
So when the riders flew to Delhi on December 17, the teen had an extra bag containing his laptop with a couple of dongles. He also spoke to the organisers and asked them if he could start riding earlier on the days of his exams. They were only too happy to oblige. He took the first exam on Day 3 of the ride (December 21), when he also had the longest distance to cover— 275 km of undulating roads. By the time he had settled into a restaurant to write his exam, he had finished riding over 80km. “When I finished the exam, my father’s group of riders had just reached the restaurant,” he said, adding, “I rode a short while with them, but then I had to speed up.”
By Day 5, Laungani felt a sense of relief. Also, they had only 241 km of relatively flat terrain to ride on. “I felt relieved to have tackled the exam issue successfully,” he said. On the final day, Laungani was thrilled he had made it. No more excruciating saddle sores or looking for restaurants to write online exams.