Tainted Glory

On May 7, 2005, the discovery of switched answer sheets in the undergraduate B.E/B.Tech examinations shocked all engineering colleges around the state of Tamil Nadu. The students involved had, with the help of a few daily wage workers incharge of the examinations, switched their original answer sheets with new ones after rewriting the answers.

Such incidents are not rare at all in this country. In November 2003, the leaking of CAT papers forced candidates all over India to prepare for the examination all over again. The shock and anguish the CAT candidates had to go through at that time was really huge, seeing that it considered among the toughest exams in the world. And all though the year we see in news reports, though not in such large scale, incidents that show desperation on the part of students to pass and score high marks. Of course, it’s not fair to blame the students alone. A lot of people are prepared to go to any extent to get what they want.

What is it that makes people take short-cuts, cheat, and hurt others, just to taste success? Is achieving your goals so important that you may risk your values and reputation? It’s an undisputed fact that in today’s rat race (wonder who coined that!), competition is such that we cannot afford to relax and enjoy the finer things of life. But it’s also true that there are people, who are hard-working, and yet have a pleasing personality. But such people are rare. People feel that in order to edge out competition, they must view those around them as enemies. This causes numerous ego hassles, and violent behaviour.

Grumpy people, as long as they don’t go the wrong way, are fine. But when they make use of illegal methods to win, compromising on their values, that is the height of desparation. People who cheat know that they are not capable of achieving their goal, not through the path of hard-work. But they don’t want the society to know it. In order to hide their inability, they look at easier ways. This leads them to cheat to fulfill their goal. But a lot of them repent about it later. At the point of committing the act of cheating, their thrist for success is so high, they don’t realize that they are risking their values, reputation, social status, and probably a guilt-free life.

After achieving their goal, they slowly realize the extent to which they have inflicted damage upon themselves. Again, to protect themselves from the consequences of their act, they continue to lie and cheat in other ways. This builds up a chain reaction. It’s not fair to blame them alone for this. Society views wrong-doers, even if they have realized their mistake, in a way that alienates them. Nobody wants to face such a situation.

Success is not a destination. It’s not something that you reach, and then relax. Life keeps throwing challenges at us all the time. Some we can handle, some we can’t. We must accept that we cannot succeed in certain ventures, though we may have spent time and money on it. We should learn to get on with our lives inspite of the results our efforts may lead to.

If Success means, You change the way you are,
It is not Success at all…
True Success is what you get when you win – your values intact
Advertisements

Tainted Glory

On May 7, 2005, the discovery of switched answer sheets in the undergraduate B.E/B.Tech examinations shocked all engineering colleges around the state of Tamil Nadu. The students involved had, with the help of a few daily wage workers incharge of the examinations, switched their original answer sheets with new ones after rewriting the answers.

Such incidents are not rare at all in this country. In November 2003, the leaking of CAT papers forced candidates all over India to prepare for the examination all over again. The shock and anguish the CAT candidates had to go through at that time was really huge, seeing that it considered among the toughest exams in the world. And all though the year we see in news reports, though not in such large scale, incidents that show desperation on the part of students to pass and score high marks. Of course, it’s not fair to blame the students alone. A lot of people are prepared to go to any extent to get what they want.

What is it that makes people take short-cuts, cheat, and hurt others, just to taste success? Is achieving your goals so important that you may risk your values and reputation? It’s an undisputed fact that in today’s rat race (wonder who coined that!), competition is such that we cannot afford to relax and enjoy the finer things of life. But it’s also true that there are people, who are hard-working, and yet have a pleasing personality. But such people are rare. People feel that in order to edge out competition, they must view those around them as enemies. This causes numerous ego hassles, and violent behaviour.

Grumpy people, as long as they don’t go the wrong way, are fine. But when they make use of illegal methods to win, compromising on their values, that is the height of desparation. People who cheat know that they are not capable of achieving their goal, not through the path of hard-work. But they don’t want the society to know it. In order to hide their inability, they look at easier ways. This leads them to cheat to fulfill their goal. But a lot of them repent about it later. At the point of committing the act of cheating, their thrist for success is so high, they don’t realize that they are risking their values, reputation, social status, and probably a guilt-free life.

After achieving their goal, they slowly realize the extent to which they have inflicted damage upon themselves. Again, to protect themselves from the consequences of their act, they continue to lie and cheat in other ways. This builds up a chain reaction. It’s not fair to blame them alone for this. Society views wrong-doers, even if they have realized their mistake, in a way that alienates them. Nobody wants to face such a situation.

Success is not a destination. It’s not something that you reach, and then relax. Life keeps throwing challenges at us all the time. Some we can handle, some we can’t. We must accept that we cannot succeed in certain ventures, though we may have spent time and money on it. We should learn to get on with our lives inspite of the results our efforts may lead to.

If Success means, You change the way you are,
It is not Success at all…
True Success is what you get when you win – your values intact

The Rude Man

Pre-Blog Statement – This is one of my best works so far (strictly a personal opinion 😉 ) … I ‘ve never felt so comfortable when writing a story. (This is also my biggest blog till date, but that’s only because this happens to be a story he he). I thank my friend Reshma for suggesting the topic (when I had run out of ideas!!!) of unemployment to me, though not exactly… but atleast she initiated it 🙂. I’m still not upto the level when you can say I’m ‘good’ at stories, but the core concept of this story makes it one of my personal favourites.
This is even better than my previous attempt at story-writing
Dawn Or Dusk
Read on…

“Yay! I’m so happy… Our exams are finally over! 4 years of hard work…” Ravi said in an excited tone.

“And we’re engineers now!” exclaimed his friend Ram

“Let’s go enjoy ourselves with some pizza and coke.” Ravi said

They headed to their favourite fast food joint and ordered as they wished. Ravi took out money from his wallet to pay for it. After he handed over the note, he had a strange feeling. But he ignored it. The two friends had their fill and went outside.

As Ravi started his bike, Ram asked him “What are you going to do next?”

As if shocked by the question, Ravi turned to him and asked “Why?”

Ram replied “I mean… Aren’t you going to get a job or something?”

Ravi thought for a while, and said “Yes… sure. But there’s time for that. You’re lucky that you got placed through campus recriutment. I missed out on it, but I’m in no hurry now. First I want to enjoy complete freedom for a few days. then I’ll think about a job.”

Ram looked in a little uncomfortable way at his friend, but said nothing. The friends parted.

When Ravi reached home, he was greeted by his parents. How proud they were to see their only child, now having completed his degree.

That night, at the dinner table, Ravi was gobbling down his food in a happy mood as a result of his new sense of freedom. Slowly, his father asked him “Ravi, what are you going to do next?”

Ravi looked up at his father. Surely, his father would not ask like his friend did, would he?

“Hmm… You want me to get a job, dad?”

“Well you’re done with your studies now. You should start looking for a good job.”

Ravi’s mother, sensing a little tension between father and son, changed the topic “Ravi, where shall we go this summer?”

Ravi, after a few confused seconds, said “No ma. We need not go anywhere this time.”

Nobody spoke for the rest of the meal.

A few days passed. Ravi felt no urge to go find a job. He continued to enjoy the ‘holidays’, going to the movie, eating out, and having a good time with his friends.

One day, Ravi’s father called him into his room.

“Ravi, I’m sorry to say this. But you have to get a job now! I don’t know how long I can support this family. All our relatives are asking me what you are doing. What can I answer them? My son is at home doing nothing? Do you realize how embarassed I am when I’m expected to answer such questions?”

Ravi was shocked. “Dad likes me so much. He has never talked to me this way. Why is he so angry with me today?” he thought.

That night, he realized the facts. He was, as his father had said, at home doing nothing. He was wasting his time. There was no purpose in his life right now. That moment, Ravi decided that he would start looking for work the very next day.

Morning came, and Ravi woke up earlier than usual. His parents were puzzled.

“I’m going to find a job” said Ravi. A glow of pride came on his father’s face. Ravi switched on the computer and connected to the Internet. There, he searched through the large amount of job openings listed. He applied to some of them online. He planned all that he would do that day in order to use his time most efficently.

After two days, Ravi got an email from a software firm, calling him for an interview.

“Ma, dad, I’ve been called for an interview this Sunday” he ran out to the hall shouting

His parents were very proud that their son was going for his first interview.

“All the best, Ravi” his father said. Ravi, strangely, had no words. He could only look at his father with happiness.

The day of the interview came. Ravi dressed his best and left for the interview, after getting blessings from his parents.

When Ravi stepped into the venue of the interview, he was stopped in his tracks seeing the large queue that was waiting before him.

“There are so many people. How will they select me? I’ll never get this job. It’s no use being here.” he thought. With a heavy heart, he walked out.

A young man, who looked a few years older than Ravi, was seated in a chair a few feet away. His eyes fell on Ravi, and immediately, sensed he was not too happy.

“Come here, brother” he called out to Ravi.

Ravi looked at him “Why can’t he come here? How rude” he thought angrily. But he brushed his thoughts aside and walked up to the man.

“What’s your name?”

“Ravi”

“Hello, Ravi. My name is Subramaniam. I’ve been watching you. Why are you so upset?”

Ravi snapped back “I came here for an interview. Did you see the large crowd in there. How will I ever get that job?”

“Are you scared seeing the large queue?”

“Yes. That’s what I’m trying to say!” Ravi replied

“Don’t worry. All of us have unique abilities. If it is what the employers are looking for, you will get the job for sure.”

Ravi asked unconvincingly “But there are so many people. What if one of them is who the employers want?”

“Why do you think so? Be positive.”

“There is just too much competition here.”

“That is how it is everywhere, friend. If you keep trying, you will achieve what you want one day.”

“Well, do you have a job?”

“Yes, I do. I’m working as the accountant in the bakery two buidings away.”

“You are already employed so it’s easy for you to advice me.” Ravi replied harshly, still annoyed that while he was standing, Subramaniam didn’t even care to get up even once.

“What’s your education?”

“B.E.”

“Do you know how hard I tried when I was your age?”

“The competition would not have been as tough as it is now.”

“But even then I had to try very hard. I did my BA in economics. But it was 2 years before I could find an employer who wanted to recruit me.”

“Ah, so when that was achieved, you start advising people on how to find work?”

“No, I’m just trying to help you gain some confidence.”

“I don’t like strangers giving me advice like this.”

“Ok, Ravi. I told you what I could. It’s your wish. But I repeat. Never, ever, lose confidence on seeing competition like this. Keep trying, and you will win one day.”

Ravi felt a sense of relief that he was finally left alone by the man.

“How rude he is! And he thinks he can advice me with that behaviour! He’s lucky that he even got a job!” he thought.

He was definitely not going to stay there anymore. He was already down in confidence, and this man had upset him even more. Ravi headed toward his bike.

Then, suddenly, on an intuition, he turned back to look at Subramaniam.

Subramaniam placed one hand on the table, reached out to the back of his chair, and took out a pair of crutches.

Slowly, he stood up, and walked away, limping.

Ravi looked at him for a moment, then turned, and headed back into the interview venue.

The Rude Man

Pre-Blog Statement – This is one of my best works so far (strictly a personal opinion 😉 ) … I ‘ve never felt so comfortable when writing a story. (This is also my biggest blog till date, but that’s only because this happens to be a story he he). I thank my friend Reshma for suggesting the topic (when I had run out of ideas!!!) of unemployment to me, though not exactly… but atleast she initiated it 🙂. I’m still not upto the level when you can say I’m ‘good’ at stories, but the core concept of this story makes it one of my personal favourites.
This is even better than my previous attempt at story-writing
Dawn Or Dusk
Read on…

“Yay! I’m so happy… Our exams are finally over! 4 years of hard work…” Ravi said in an excited tone.

“And we’re engineers now!” exclaimed his friend Ram

“Let’s go enjoy ourselves with some pizza and coke.” Ravi said

They headed to their favourite fast food joint and ordered as they wished. Ravi took out money from his wallet to pay for it. After he handed over the note, he had a strange feeling. But he ignored it. The two friends had their fill and went outside.

As Ravi started his bike, Ram asked him “What are you going to do next?”

As if shocked by the question, Ravi turned to him and asked “Why?”

Ram replied “I mean… Aren’t you going to get a job or something?”

Ravi thought for a while, and said “Yes… sure. But there’s time for that. You’re lucky that you got placed through campus recriutment. I missed out on it, but I’m in no hurry now. First I want to enjoy complete freedom for a few days. then I’ll think about a job.”

Ram looked in a little uncomfortable way at his friend, but said nothing. The friends parted.

When Ravi reached home, he was greeted by his parents. How proud they were to see their only child, now having completed his degree.

That night, at the dinner table, Ravi was gobbling down his food in a happy mood as a result of his new sense of freedom. Slowly, his father asked him “Ravi, what are you going to do next?”

Ravi looked up at his father. Surely, his father would not ask like his friend did, would he?

“Hmm… You want me to get a job, dad?”

“Well you’re done with your studies now. You should start looking for a good job.”

Ravi’s mother, sensing a little tension between father and son, changed the topic “Ravi, where shall we go this summer?”

Ravi, after a few confused seconds, said “No ma. We need not go anywhere this time.”

Nobody spoke for the rest of the meal.

A few days passed. Ravi felt no urge to go find a job. He continued to enjoy the ‘holidays’, going to the movie, eating out, and having a good time with his friends.

One day, Ravi’s father called him into his room.

“Ravi, I’m sorry to say this. But you have to get a job now! I don’t know how long I can support this family. All our relatives are asking me what you are doing. What can I answer them? My son is at home doing nothing? Do you realize how embarassed I am when I’m expected to answer such questions?”

Ravi was shocked. “Dad likes me so much. He has never talked to me this way. Why is he so angry with me today?” he thought.

That night, he realized the facts. He was, as his father had said, at home doing nothing. He was wasting his time. There was no purpose in his life right now. That moment, Ravi decided that he would start looking for work the very next day.

Morning came, and Ravi woke up earlier than usual. His parents were puzzled.

“I’m going to find a job” said Ravi. A glow of pride came on his father’s face. Ravi switched on the computer and connected to the Internet. There, he searched through the large amount of job openings listed. He applied to some of them online. He planned all that he would do that day in order to use his time most efficently.

After two days, Ravi got an email from a software firm, calling him for an interview.

“Ma, dad, I’ve been called for an interview this Sunday” he ran out to the hall shouting

His parents were very proud that their son was going for his first interview.

“All the best, Ravi” his father said. Ravi, strangely, had no words. He could only look at his father with happiness.

The day of the interview came. Ravi dressed his best and left for the interview, after getting blessings from his parents.

When Ravi stepped into the venue of the interview, he was stopped in his tracks seeing the large queue that was waiting before him.

“There are so many people. How will they select me? I’ll never get this job. It’s no use being here.” he thought. With a heavy heart, he walked out.

A young man, who looked a few years older than Ravi, was seated in a chair a few feet away. His eyes fell on Ravi, and immediately, sensed he was not too happy.

“Come here, brother” he called out to Ravi.

Ravi looked at him “Why can’t he come here? How rude” he thought angrily. But he brushed his thoughts aside and walked up to the man.

“What’s your name?”

“Ravi”

“Hello, Ravi. My name is Subramaniam. I’ve been watching you. Why are you so upset?”

Ravi snapped back “I came here for an interview. Did you see the large crowd in there. How will I ever get that job?”

“Are you scared seeing the large queue?”

“Yes. That’s what I’m trying to say!” Ravi replied

“Don’t worry. All of us have unique abilities. If it is what the employers are looking for, you will get the job for sure.”

Ravi asked unconvincingly “But there are so many people. What if one of them is who the employers want?”

“Why do you think so? Be positive.”

“There is just too much competition here.”

“That is how it is everywhere, friend. If you keep trying, you will achieve what you want one day.”

“Well, do you have a job?”

“Yes, I do. I’m working as the accountant in the bakery two buidings away.”

“You are already employed so it’s easy for you to advice me.” Ravi replied harshly, still annoyed that while he was standing, Subramaniam didn’t even care to get up even once.

“What’s your education?”

“B.E.”

“Do you know how hard I tried when I was your age?”

“The competition would not have been as tough as it is now.”

“But even then I had to try very hard. I did my BA in economics. But it was 2 years before I could find an employer who wanted to recruit me.”

“Ah, so when that was achieved, you start advising people on how to find work?”

“No, I’m just trying to help you gain some confidence.”

“I don’t like strangers giving me advice like this.”

“Ok, Ravi. I told you what I could. It’s your wish. But I repeat. Never, ever, lose confidence on seeing competition like this. Keep trying, and you will win one day.”

Ravi felt a sense of relief that he was finally left alone by the man.

“How rude he is! And he thinks he can advice me with that behaviour! He’s lucky that he even got a job!” he thought.

He was definitely not going to stay there anymore. He was already down in confidence, and this man had upset him even more. Ravi headed toward his bike.

Then, suddenly, on an intuition, he turned back to look at Subramaniam.

Subramaniam placed one hand on the table, reached out to the back of his chair, and took out a pair of crutches.

Slowly, he stood up, and walked away, limping.

Ravi looked at him for a moment, then turned, and headed back into the interview venue.

Beyond Words, Beyond Sight

Pre-Blog Statement – This is a terrible poem, atleast that’s what I feel. Some of you may not like the way it is written… but it’s just a way to let out some hurt built over a certain period of time, so don’t mind the bad poetry 🙂 … and no I’m not over-depressed about anything and in need of serious help. I’m quite alright, just wanted to write about true friendship based on my experience, that’s all… Cheers

Friendship, they say
Is from the Heart
I believed it, friend
I also believed you

I left you away from my sight
Not because I forgot you
Instead of the Blanket of my Eye
You were under the Blanket of my Love

Today you prove to me
Friendship is about words and sight
It shows through words
Not through actions

I respect your feelings friend
But forget not… that one day
Those who chatted with you
Praised you and stayed close to you
May leave you alone

A tear will run down your cheek…
That day…
The day you are alone, I will come
And wipe your tear

Beyond Words, Beyond Sight

Pre-Blog Statement – This is a terrible poem, atleast that’s what I feel. Some of you may not like the way it is written… but it’s just a way to let out some hurt built over a certain period of time, so don’t mind the bad poetry 🙂 … and no I’m not over-depressed about anything and in need of serious help. I’m quite alright, just wanted to write about true friendship based on my experience, that’s all… Cheers

Friendship, they say
Is from the Heart
I believed it, friend
I also believed you

I left you away from my sight
Not because I forgot you
Instead of the Blanket of my Eye
You were under the Blanket of my Love

Today you prove to me
Friendship is about words and sight
It shows through words
Not through actions

I respect your feelings friend
But forget not… that one day
Those who chatted with you
Praised you and stayed close to you
May leave you alone

A tear will run down your cheek…
That day…
The day you are alone, I will come
And wipe your tear