She could sense the whispers:
” A year older but can’t pass a simple Maths test?”
“Maybe she failed last year.”
“Never talks to anyone. No wonder she can’t do well.”
Then, Ms. Bhat’s voice roused her from a deep reverie.
” Lalitha, congratulations. You’ve stood first in the mock exam.”
Beaming ,she realised that she had the last laugh after all!