Sunday, February 18, 2007

Educated or just sheer luck

Its been a few months since I started working in the IT industry.I must admit I never thought I would be an engineer or work in an MNC but here I'm in the silicon valley of India with roommates and friends working hard or rather trying to work hard.From my personal experience and what I've seen throughout my college as well as school days I can definitely say one thing-luck or rather opportunity plays a big role in any person's career.I consider myself to be plain lucky to have been born in an educated family which did all it could to get a bum like me educated.I need to thank my stars,God,parents and many other people for that.I'm sure others might agree with what I say.I mean getting a decent job in any industry is no big deal.What matters is being given the right opportunity at the appropriate time which unfortunately many do not get.
Just a few days back I was travelling by bus to some place in Bangalore where I met these two really nice guys who were the same age as me but were economically not as well off.Speaking to them made me realise that there really wasn't much of a difference between those who are educated and those who aren't(not in the literal sense).One of the guys seemed to rue the lack of opportunity which people like him never got.We were speaking about the development of bangalore and other cities all over India and suddenly he just said "The rich keep getting richer and the poor just keep getting poorer" which is sad but unfortunately is also the truth.India certainly seems to be going global with every passing day but the downtrodden and poor are still a neglected lot which are increasing in numbers everyday.The disparity between the rich and the poor seems to be widening at an exponential rate.Sometimes I wonder how luck plays such an important part in a person's life.The street urchin,the beggars,the filthy children and the people who earn a measly 20 Rs per day haven't done anything wrong to be in the position that they find themselves in.Likewise,youngsters like us haven't done anything great or pathbreaking to be earning pretty decent money at the beginning of our careers(not that I'm grumbling about it).The point I'm trying to make is that if we hadn't been given this wonderful opportuniity to get decent education we too would have found ourselves in their places which isn't really a great feeling.
I guess every Indian(especially corporate houses and youngsters) needs to think about this amazing opportunity given to him/her by this beautiful country and give back something to the society which in a way which can brighten the lives of these people and give them an opportunity to live with the kind of dignity which each and every Indian deserves


Blogger aditya said...

True getting a job in an MNC is no big deal.
You and I are good living examples of that!

5:05 AM  
Blogger Vivek said...

I agree. We really must be thankful for the opportunities that we are getting.

This link would be of interest to you.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Shreedhar said...

yup.. anywhich ways wht we are working for is peanuts as compared to wht they get outta us.. hahaha....but i am firm non-believer in this luck theory... its just tht u were desperately looking for a decent job,tht u got thru.. and u were very confused.. so was i.... and so are soo many disillusioned youth in ths job with an MNC just might be the big dream we all pursue..

-the devil

10:52 PM  
Blogger Sunil Natraj said...

A very interesting post.

"Gratitude is the least of virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices"

To carry that one forward:

"Gratitude narrated in the mind is as useful a lawn mower in a desert"

7:35 AM  
Blogger Bigdreams said...

What you hav said is so true! the rich keep getting richer, and the poor become poorer in this land :-(

12:51 AM  
Blogger Pranav said...

Well as for us being paid less I believe we need to prove ourselves first which will take some time.U don't expect to get fat pay packages ritgh from the beginning of your career do you?For the luck part I'm sure most of us wouldn't have been able to be engineers if we were born in families which were living just hand to mouth or something like that.Its not the talent that we have which makes us stand out in the crowd it is also the opportunities provided which have made a big difference is what I mean to say when I speak of luck

6:50 PM  

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