This is a truly inspiring story that I experienced recently. The one thing that I can appreciate Chennai about is the interconnectivity of the different public transport systems. Amid the controversy of 4 students dieing due to travelling in the footboard, here is a story I would like to tell that is different.
I am preparing for Civil service and travel almost daily to the Anna Centenary Library for my studies. I live in Chrompet and I use the train and bus to travel till the library. I catch a train from Chrompet to Guindy, from where I catch a bus- which is more than often overflowing with commuters-to the library.
The Guindy station has 2 entrances, from its sides.
While coming back the bus stops at this entrance.
One of the glaring things about this entrance used to be the empty space right in front of the entrance. People(read males) used to urinate right out in the public and whenever I cross the place I used to cover my nose to avoid the stench. But I was not an action oriented man. I was not a change maker. Not at least till I become something powerful I used to think.
Later, one evening I found this hoarding ornamented with the pictures of Hindu deities in the same place. In it was inscribed by “By your Auto friends” in Tamil.
I was amazed. I stood there appreciating the initiative of a group of auto drivers. This act which they committed, made people not go perform their usual urinal activities. They used the fear of God to drive away people.
Let me analyze their act in a deeper way. I study in Public Administration about how public policy needs more people participation, involvement of stake holders. But these are the usual,standard, theoretical, boring answers that are kept ready made and handy to make the aspirant foll hardy to any type of question. But here we see, something that is true to the spirit of these things.
People share random things in facebook. More so, they casually point to all their problems into saying that, “Hey! This is India!”. I for once would tell them, stop whining, start doing.
Gandhi said,”Be the change you want to see”. I think this will be an example.
As for the sharing in facebook thing. I would not care if you don’t share it or don’t like.
But my message here is just “Be inspired!”.
I recently passed out of college and contrary to what my post title may sound I passed with very good grades. I got a very good job offer on campus placement and things were all rosy and sweet to me when I passed out.
But I had different plans. Preparing for Civil service is by no means an easy job and when the joining date of this 7 lakh offer was just a week before my Mains exam date I had to politely tell them,”I am sorry. I cant join your company”.
When I gave them this reply, that I wont be joining their company, I was not sad or worried because I was confident. I knew that things would go well and besides this was an IT company and I wouldnt want to be generalized into a “Standard Indian IT professional” profile which is now doing the rounds in almost all management schools and even in the civil service. But the situation is not that simple in a current “Havent you got campus offer?” Indian society.
My parents have to justify my decision in every family gatherings and to the nosy neighbours and co-workers. I feel sometimes it is all for the good but the initial rosiness is all gone here. I had cleared one small exam which I made myself very clear that I had no intention of joining and had just written it for an experience. But from then on till the interview session of that exam, the answer to what your son is doing would be “Oh! He cleared this exam and will sit in interview next week”. I got confused whether they think this exam was important to me or they are just trying to fill in the void of saying nothing. I soon later found that it is just filling the void which is much necessary in the social setting of the Indian family.
When campus placements came, everyone was anxious. Whether or not they will get a job? What will they do if they dont have a job? Will the job be a good paying one? When people do not get placed they get inhumanely depressed and it is a similar situation as to how one would feel if he didnt get through IIT-JEE or other entrance exams.
For once, I would like to tell here that the situation is not that far grim even if you dont have a job. Even if you have passed out of any Tom,Dick,Harry college, there is no cause for concern. I am not saying this as an optimist. I am looking at things here with a perspective that things cannot be that bad, if you know what you want to do. It is because just like any one of the entrance exam you failed you still managed to study. And one just has to start refining oneself to focus more on his/her career than just look at campus placements.
For me, the wait for results is the most agonizing one and not the fact that I am not employed. I can find a job. One just has to believe in oneself to succeed. When people read stories how”5 IITians get 80 lakh salary”, they are bound to get judgemental. But since they dont know that not all IITians get the same salary, it is not worth it to try proving you are worth it.