A few days back the results for the medical and engineering entrance exam came up and like every year the result was predictable , only 7000 students out of nearly 1,00,000 or perhaps even more passed! in such a case the probability of getting selected for an average student who is undoubtedly talented but not “good enough ” as they say turns out to be very less.
In such a case if we deviate from our path and unwillingly settle for a mediocre course is so not fair ! infact we should definitely deviate ourselves way too far from this rat race where the end is not predictable and unsatisfactory and in turn use our “ordinariness” in such a way that we emerge out of this typical functioning and actually empty our bucket list 😀 .
A year ago I attended a career guidance seminar in which professionals who excelled in their respective fields provided us guidance regarding different bifurcations offered in fields of science , commerce and arts. The seminar was quite informative however the speech narrated by the principal of Narsee monjee college caught my eye. Along with explaining the fields commerce could offer ,he also came up with the concept of outgrowing one’s thought process and not just “think” , instead modify the saying “spare the rod,spoil the child” with “spare the modulation,spoil the brain.”
For instance , he came up with an example of the business section.While he was meandering in a local mall, alongside the expensive chanel and fendi shop was a shoe dry- cleaning shop, he entered and conversed with the young lad who owned the shop. The youngster came up with the idea while he himself used to observe people with lavish lifestyles at malls who were never satisfied with a dormant lifestyle and hence would try their best to bring about randomness by escalating their level of lucullan living.
The next example is from the food section, in which the concept of “change being the new constant ” works, emerging out to be “wanted” is very difficult but the quotient of tactics makes one’s way …way too easy!. Recently I saw an interview of a leading dosa chain owner on a food channel who has not acquired a major degree , however while he came with the idea of establishing a dosa restaurant offering more than 140 types of dosas there was zero probability of Indians not getting attracted towards this idea and now he has set up chains of his company in every possible mall of the country!. While the lady jassuben from Gujarat who had been a topic of interest for many news channels while they described the development in Gujarat. The lady transubstantiated the Italian flavours by mixing indian spices and got hold over entire Gujarat with her indo-italian pizza, and now her sons handle chains in france (the fashion and food capital)! while they still run the original shack as a souvenir.Talking of different courses and cuisines dessert is the most important!.Recently the famous ice cream chain “hokey-pokey” arranged an event for the food bloggers to try a hand at making their own flavours and winning prizes.
Leaving aside the business section and inclining a little towards literature where creativity has no boundaries yet its acceptance is difficult but gradual.Take for instance the play “the sound of music”- the concept of a nun giving up her sanctity for a soldier is completely out of the box!; and the most fascinating fact regarding the following play is that it wasn’t designed in recent years it has been more of a tradition in the diary of plays past a long time…
Another instance is of a play in New york about which I read an article.An Indian actor travelled to New york and spectated a play in which the different characters of the play were set free to play their respective roles at the same time ! hence the spectators had to travel to different rooms to analyse the character and its being instead of visualizing the entire play before themselves!.
Speaking of creativity ,science can also be experimented in its own terms, it is such a vast field and it has so much to offer however I have seen students get stuck at mainly two major professions of science and don’t really focus where they are heading cause they don’t really make efforts to push their priorities a little ahead. Becoming a doctor and an engineer has its own pros and cons but why simply provide blind competition to the sci fi’s only in these two fields. There are umpteenth sections say genetics, biotechnology, microbiology, pharmacy,scientific journalism! etc etc
Education does matter but in the end it should be efficient enough to be able to provide us a luxurious life and not simply relish us with a bread with no butter! Hence dominating a particular monotonous field makes no sense… it is time for us to open the windows of common sense and literally compare different bifurcations and its efficiency so that we are able to perform what we love instead of going against our interests and sobbing the rest of our lives for not being able to achieve the high standards just because we were talented but not “good enough” in that section!.