Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Chp 11. Thanx

Thanx a lot Vikas, Anonymous and Agony Aunt for your comments, and all the others who have sent me lots and lots of personal mails or left me consoling offlines. Paolo, Johny, thanx for those wonderful words of support. I promise I’ll keep in touch regularly from now onwards. Not to forget my classmates here in IIM who spoke to me in the most concerning tone... thanx a lot everyone….

Yup, i have talked to the PGP Office and here are the outcomes...

a) If i flunk, i will not be kicked out immediately. I will be allowed to do my 3rd semester anyway even if i surely do not qualify for promotion next year. Because I’ll have to do my summer internship at Castrol otherwise the institute will get a bad name. Well, frankly speaking, the idea of working sounds really exciting, especially in an environment like Castrol, since I’ve never worked my entire life, and even though this internship is only for 2 months.

b) If i do badly, i will have to work extra hard this semester to push up my cgpa so that i will be allowed to continue next year.

c) If i do great, well, i still have to work hard.

Basically, this is what i'll have to do if i wanna continue. In a way, consulting all my frens and they telling me that even they are unsure about why they want to do an MBA was a little bit assuring. But we are all in a different boat here. It may be the same water that is rocking our boats, but the way my boat rocks will be different from the way yours rock because of the difference in design and structure. We may row our boats together, side by side under the sunny blue skies, but this still does not make my boat similar to yours. Our boat is what we are, and we cannot change that. I may give it a nice paint job with a coating of varnish, or install a powerful motor engine on it, or even a tall white sail with a union jack mast flying up high, but deep inside, my boat is still what it initially is.

In this world that we live in, we must row our own boats. And competition has forced us to row our boats against the current. Tough, difficult, exhausting, and extremely strenuous. But if we don’t row in this direction, we fall behind. And we drown.

Even when we are rowing against such a strong current, there are also other hurdles. Like a hurricane, a typhoon, a giant whirlpool or a perfect storm. We have to get past all that. Right now, I guess what I am facing is one such obstacle. THIS is my personally tsunami. Will it swallow up my boat? Or will I ride the wave?

Noah’s Ark survived for 40 days and 40 nights (ever wondered why all biblical statements point out the days as well as the nights?). My boat is not as big as His, nor does it carry all the animals found on earth ( I heard the Dodo’s were too dumb to get into it, hence… ). But I am happy and contented with what I have in my boat.

Sometimes, I just feel like letting go of the oars and flowing with the current. Life is so much easier then. But do you know where that leads us to? At the end of the current there is always that huge gargantuan waterfall that leads us to our rocky death. That is why we should never stop rowing…

1 comments:

Alex said...

Sometimes, I just feel like letting go of the oars and flowing with the current. Life is so much easier then. But do you know where that leads us to? At the end of the current there is always that huge gargantuan waterfall that leads us to our rocky death. That is why we should never stop rowing…
That was a well-written piece... ever read Richard Bach?