Friday, January 15, 2010

Is Rancho Right?

In this post, I assume that many of you' ve seen the film "3 Idiots".For those who've not seen the film ,Rancho is the name of the protagonist played by Aamir khan.

I am going to deal with only one point which Rancho propagates..."Follow your heart as far as career is concerned.Don't succumb to parental pressures".

In India,Is this possible Mr.Rancho?

Here our Hockey players have to fight for a paltry remuneration..and only mistake they ve made is ,they followed their passion as far as their career is concerned.I think that they deserve much more than what they ve really got in this deal with Hockey association.Do you think that the hardwork ,physical exertion ,amount of sweat is less than cricket or soccer?

Take any field for that matter,all talented musicians never end up like A R Rahman or Ilayaraja.Many of them struggle for their livelihood or conduct orchestras for meagre compensation.

Rancho's friend Farhan Qureshi(played by Madhavan) becomes a successful wildlife photographer after writing a letter and by sending some fabulous photos to an expert in this field
and get some interesting assignments..In India this is an absolute and fantastic dream of each and every aspiring teen,Mr.Rancho!.
In India, everyday million passionate singers(includes me too;-) are born and if all of them send their recordings to the handful of existing music directors and sit quietly without a decent degree
,do you think that they can fend for themselves?So,before following the passion please ensure that our youth have to be trained to face the brutal reality of denials and failures.

This is India! Rancho! Lots of cut throat competition is everywhere...be it Sports,Music.,writing,photography..name the field and u have a long line of competitors.

Have to wait in a long queue even in front of PAY and USE Toilet,if you are careless enough to miss the number in the Q,u may have to end up red faced with horrible consequences;-))

Abhinav Bindra could confidently shoot and get a gold medal because his dad is a millionaire and he did not have to worry whether he' ll get a government sponsored clerical job for his achievement in sports.He didn't have to wait patiently for sponsors . So he could follow his passion.But what about millions of talented,passionate Abhinavs who don't know how many zeroes are there in a million , but have lots of dreams in their eyes.At the end of the day there should be some decent remuneration for our passion to earn our bread and butter.isn't it?
So,many Indian Mozarts are toiling in Indian Call centres,BPOs and those who don't want to sell their passions for trivial amount end up as Homemakers, brooding and writing a requiem for their own passions.

Do I sound pessimistic? But am I not realistic too?

Are there good facilities,Academies with various interests(they have only one interest which increases the interest of the loan taken by parents;-))) which can provide indepth research facilities where we can connect with our passion? and above all We, Indians have the typical "Jack of all trades and Master of None " Syndrome, so before we start identifying our passion we find ourselves in the final year of a useless degree course:(,where we got admitted like cattle herd with so much unwanted nailbiting competition;-))

So,the conclusion is...

If the parents have enough financial backing ,then better send their kids to good Foreign Universities where they can provide good indepth research facilities for the kids to pursue with their field of interest and for the rest of us all Indians, Let us look upto the West to spot the Rising Sun;-)) and above all ...Sorry! Rancho! :-)))
CU in next post!

17 comments:

Prasanna's Pen Speaks ... said...

good post Padma....In India every parent wants to have financial and job security to their children....to catch this fruit many teens and children have to lose their enjoyment....
cool... keep blogging

Padma said...

Thank u prasanna!for posting ur comment!

Anonymous said...

Well said Padma! Movies like this send the wrong signal to youth. They watch such movies and revolt against their parents. One should know the consequences of following one's dreams and should have the courage to face failure before pursueing. How many people especially youngsters think before they act? - Shuba

Raja said...

Padma..you clearly stated the reality. However, I think there is still room for improvement in parents attitude when it comes to letting their children choose their careers at some point during their lifetime. I think primary education is a must for all children in India, once they get past high school learning the basics ..(I mean truly learning the basics and not fighting for 1% difference in the 90% bracket!), they can decide what they want to pursue in their career. Not everyone can be successful. But they can at least be satisfied with their failure..and look forward to the reality...

Padma said...

Hi shuba,after a long time :-)thank u for reading my blog and posting a comment.u said it right.youngsters should think before they act.even my son aditya had a passion of becoming a security watchman when he was 3 yrs old;-) as a parent i cannot fuel that particular passion right;-))).Keep reading my blog!

Padma said...

Thank u raja!s even i accept that parents should give some freedom to their kids when deciding their career.do u think that parents cannot find the spark in a kid.in many cases they do encourage like putting them in respective classes.but can it fetch him bread and butter for him in his future?that is the big question.only if the kid is no.1 in that field he can survive.even for no.2 chances r dim.

Suha's Blog said...

Padma akka,
Nice blog.Hmmm Food for thought.You have penned the brutal realities of life very well.It is survival of the fittest in real world.At the same time there are many parents who put tremendous pressure on their children to be number one.It would be nice to strike a balance between these two aspects.
Suha.

Padma said...

Thank u suha!as u said parents should strike a good balance when handling kids.but it is like walking on a tight rope right?

rajendra said...

Hi Padma! You chose a good topic. From the bottom of my heart I feel ( especially after seeing the movie) that children should do what they love to. How wonderful life would be if your hobby was your profession too.Shah Rukh, Amitabh, Sachin.... AR Rehman the list is long. But for those who are not toppers (In Cricket, like the Ranji Players; district level players )life could get miserable. Here the list is endless. Reality bites... While I still believe I need give to freedom to my son to choose his career, somewhere inside I think we as society or me as an individual have to mature to make it happen....

Padma said...

Thank u Rajen for ur comment..if u r not excellent in a particular field,then certainly life will bcom miserable,can't help it.

Sugavaneswaran said...

It is the will power which decides the future.I do not think your father was rich when Raja went abroad for a post graduation.

Padma said...

Thank u sugu mama for ur comment! as u said will power plays a lot of role.but my emphasis is on the facilities provided to the students in india is not upto the mark.AR rahman had to go under the sponsorship of zakir hussain to london and after his comeback could give "roja".for any talent polishing has to be done but with a cost.

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Priya Raju said...

Padma - Interesting post.

While it is important to know the harsh realities of pursuing one's dreams, we must agree that competition is everywhere. We're probably better off competing in an area where we have passion & talent.

Bindra & Rahman are extreme examples. Many people have more mainstream talents - such as becoming a chef, interior decorator, dancer, copy-writer or journalist. You don't need to be a #1, #2 etc to be reasonably successful & happy in these fields.

What prevents parents from letting kids pursue their interests in such cases? Parents should think beyond the usual engineer, auditor, doctor careers & let their children make reasonable choices. A reality check should be given if they want to be the next Mozart, but if they want to be a dancer in Shiamak Davar's dance troupe, so be it.

A man I know dropped out of IIT to start a band. He's not raking in the moolah, but he earns more than enough. And he's happy. He even met his wife that way.

Padma said...

Thanks priya for reading my post and for your comments.I agree with you that rahman and bindra are extreme cases and not everyone can become like them.but in India the research facilities for indepth learning related to different fields are very poor and finance is also a big problem.so pursuing one's passion becomes tough when we think about the future whether the passion can help u lead a decent life,so before landing up in a course younsters should consider all types of outcomes,pros and cons etc.keep reading my blog:-)

Anonymous said...

Padma I agree to u to some extent but even I agree with rancho when he protests against mugging up things without understanding the concepts. That part particularly I. liked ... u remember that dialog 'definition se kya hota hai .. matlab bhi to samajh mei ana chahiye ' ... what do you think ?

Padma said...

Thank u Mr/Ms.Anonymous for ur comments.
Yes!I certainly agree with Rancho in many points like protesting against mugging up definitions without understanding the concepts.Understanding the concepts is very important than scoring dummy marks.
But as I stated in the very first few lines of the post,I just took this passion and career topic for this post bcos immediately after watching movie when i gave it a thought , i realised that it is very difficult to pursue with our passions in India with lots of cut throat competition.I don't deny that people can succeed in careers with their passions.many people have succeeded.But there are equal number of failures also.That's a difficult path to tread.do u agree?