It’s important to be principled and pursue your passion, not just the money
Within the next few weeks, those who have just sat their Year 12 exams will be receiving their results in various states. While some will be thrilled at their mark and ATAR, there will be others who may feel disappointed at the outcome. At just 17 or 18 years old, this may seem to be the biggest test of their lives – and their reaction and family support will be a good test of how they will learn to cope with the ups and downs in later life.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ answer here, but increasingly when one talks to parents in Indian Australian society, the desire is for their son or daughter to pursue an interest for which they have a passion. The challenge in all this of course is, to what extent do you know your passion when you are still in your late teens?
Those who grew up in 1950s and ‘60s India had it drilled into them that medicine and engineering were sought-after professions. This may have been appropriate then, given a very young India was in a nation-building phase. Now, in another country, in another century, there are wonderful opportunities in other areas which can lead to personal and professional success.
The challenge is not to allow a mark at the end of the final year of schooling to define oneself for the rest of one’s life. An interesting way of looking at this is often related by new-age guru Deepak Chopra, who speaks of two women we will all encounter in our lives, Lakshmi and Saraswati. (These of course refer to the mythical Hindu Goddesses of Wealth and Learning respectively.) The more you pursue the Goddess of Learning, the more the other woman, the Goddess of Wealth, will seek you.
So, to all those who are holding on to their smart phones and logging on to their computers for their final year scores, we wish you all the best and strongly encourage to undertake what you believe you may enjoy than committing to a course in which you have little interest.
On other matters, the stories of demonetisation continue to dominate headlines in India and water-cooler conversations in Australia’s Indian society. Interesting to note that while publicly there is a lot of admiration for PM Modi’s bold step, privately there is anger at these changes, as people caught short in this situation realise the implications and analyse how this impacts them. (One Twitter user, who visited 28 ATMs in Gurgaon to no avail recently, lamented to the Prime Minister: “It’s not inconvenience any more, sir, only misery.”)
Media and the rumour mills have been working overtime in their bid to grab the headlines on this; Facebook and WhatsApp rants have also exploded.
Yet, like in any disruption, demonetisation also throws up opportunities, and for those keen to look at property investment options in India, perhaps this is the time to explore this as more realistic pricing occurs.
For those who want not only a clean India on the street, but also a clean, corruption-free India, it will be interesting to see how demonetisation will eventually change the economic culture of the nation.