As I lie here writing this, I wonder if it is karma, or cosmic distribution that the stars haven’t been aligning in my favour. You may say that it is my narcissistic thinking which makes me think that the world revolves around me. But no. June 17 or June 18, the date still eludes me, but it was that very day that I got the golden call, telling me that I got into their second round of the singing competition. I thought that the fateful call was to change my life, and my whole life would be transformed, from the depths of obscurity to the heights of stardom. Maybe it was the sleight of a hand or God’s will, but a few days before the second round, I came down with a severe bout of sinus infection. My voice was so nasal and nascent, and my projection was not stellar. I knew I would not get in, but I did not expect them to call me to announce it. I thought perhaps I rejected that guy who asked me out, or maybe it was me being mean to somebody. But I know that I have to keep going. For the road ahead of me is long and winding, full of tests, exams, hopes and dreams.