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Keily, the Bookworm Part-7

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

Keily’s heart started skipping two beats at a time. Dad was driving her to the British Council Center to get her O-level result.

The news had come so unexpectedly. One of Keily’s classmates had called on the land phone at her home (this was not the era of cell phones), and Dad had picked it up, and he let Dad know that O-level results for the current part of the year were out.

On reaching the British Council Center, Keily and her Dad found very few candidates and parents moving around. Most of them had already picked up their result. Keily got her result from the appropriate authority, and Dad took a peep over it.

Keily’s heart sank. It was not a brilliant set of straight A’s in all the six courses that she appeared in exams, and she regretted it in pain from the core of her heart.

After reaching home, nobody talked much with her. Everybody seemed busy with their tasks. There was nobody to console or say kind words to her.

Keily had a bad cry. She skipped dinner and went to bed early. She cried and cried silently until she fell asleep.

When she woke up in the morning, she was undecided about what to do. Dad called her to his office section of their home.

“So, what do you want to do now, Keily? Your result isn’t that bad. You could easily pursue A-levels. But they are going to be even tougher.”

Keily thought for a moment and asked, “Is there an alternative option?”

Dad replied, ”You could study in the English section of Bengali medium HSC (Higher Secondary School Certificate) in a college. Would that be something you would prefer?”

Keily replied helplessly, “I don’t know. I am not sure what the best option would be for me now.”

Dad suggested, “Maybe you could contact your best friend and ask her what plans she has for the moment.”

Keily cheered up and said, "Yes, I will ask her."

Her best friend, Emma, didn’t have a land phone. So the ideal option was to write her a letter.

Keily started writing immediately. This is what she wrote:

Dear Emma,

I hope you are doing fine.

Now that O-level results are out, what are your immediate plans? Dad says that A-levels would be tougher. But we have the choice to select the English version of Bengali medium HSC in a relevant college. Would that be something you would be interested in? Let me know.

I am eagerly looking forward to your reply.

All the best,


Dad mailed Keily’s letter and within two days Emma received it. This is what she wrote back:

Dear Keily,

This is a tough decision to take. I talked to my Dad and he said, “Do whatever Keily does. Her Dad will take the best decision eventually.”

So, you can understand, Keily, I am at your tail.

All the best,


Keily was deeply disappointed in reading Emma’s letter. So Emma was at her tail. Now, what decision would Dad make?

She approached Dad in the evening and told him what Emma wrote to her in her letter.

Unexpectedly, Dad started laughing and said, “So, we will have to find out by visiting Bengali medium colleges that also hold English versions of HSC. Don’t worry, Keily. We will work it out.”

Keily was deeply relieved. She wondered where her future lay. Both the English version of Bengali medium HSC and A-levels had their pros and cons. A visit to the specific Bengali medium colleges in the city would help them to reveal the best option and therefore, that would influence their choice.

The next day Dad and Keily set out for visiting several reputable colleges that held English sections for Bengali medium HSC as well. All the headmistresses, without any exception, encouraged Keily about pursuing A-levels and discouraged the English version of HSC. They said O-level passed students find a lot of problems trying to adapt to the English version of HSC.

Disappointed and exhausted, father and daughter returned home. Dad spoke to Keily, “I think it is better if you pursue A-levels. The headmistresses may have a point in not encouraging O-level passed students in that they find it hard to adapt to the English version of HSC. All your life, you have studied in the English medium. It would be a good idea to retain your quality standard and carry on with A-levels."

Dad went on, "They will be tougher than O-levels but you will find a continuation. On the other hand, the English version of HSC might lead you to further confusion and make you go astray. So go for A-levels and put all your efforts in them from the beginning, and you will probably do well.”

Keily listened to Dad carefully and found logic and rationality in his statements. She felt encouraged about going for A-levels. Then she asked, “Will it be the same school I would go for A-levels? I mean the one I went right before O-levels?” Dad replied, “Yes, why not? It is near our home, and I can still pour guidance and suggestions in any relevant areas that might need some improvement.”

Keily cheered up and decided to tell her tail, Emma the choice she had just made with her Dad.

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Keily, the Bookworm Part-6

Part-6 depicts seven years had passed by in the meantime. Keily was in grade 9 and wasn’t performing well in her studies unlike in her previous school. Dad gave her more independence, allowing her to prepare for academic lessons as much as she could. Keily would be facing the first biggest academic examination of her life, O-level exams. To read more, click the above link.

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