Wednesday, May 30, 2007

After dreams die.


The IIT JEE results came out today. More broken hearts than when Abhishek Bachchan got married.

This is good ol' Tamil Nadu. Land of Temples, Thevars and Techno-geeks. And potential technogeeks, three a penny. A hundred thousand potential technogeeks die every March, and unfailingly a new crop is up, fresh and eager, and not in the least pessimistic, every year. I've always suspected it - there's something in the infant formula....(yeah, I love conspiracy theories! :-D)

Going for IIT classes is a status symbol. The fact that ninety percent of those idiots have about as much chance of clearing it than I do of morphing into Salma Hayek(I wish), is immaterial, of course.

The fact that more people have found true love(initiated, sustained, and- hehe - terminated through note-passing) than have passed the aptitude tests, is immaterial, of course.

The fact that other engineering colleges exist, and that, in May, one Siva Subramania Nadar in the hand is better than two Indian Institutes of Technology in the bush(look hard, you'll find the idiom), is immaterial, of course.

The fact that in-state, at least, supply has almost exceeded demand, and that it doesn't take an expert market-analyst to infer that it's hard to get a job, is immaterial, of course.

The funniest part is, every year, headhunters cry themselves hoarse that IITians aren't so hot anymore, they'd prefer people from second and third-tier colleges for a variety of reasons that I refrain from mentioning because:
a.I'm sure they will be misconstrued
b.they're repeated every year, and
c.I'm incurably lazy.

So: It is inanely hard to make it to an IIT, it is inanely hard to stay in IIT if you do happen to make it, and - it must be Christmas - it isn't even all that worth it once you pass out.

Ergo, the only reason you'd hope and pray and dream vivid dreams of IIT is....because...well...it's a dream. The place is enveloped in this golden aura and Mozart plays in your head when you think of it.

And it may not make much sense to others; hell, it may not make much sense to you, but you still go on (stupidly! stupidly!)dreaming. And when your dream goes up in flames, and when the last ember has died down, and the smoke has cleared and the dust has settled, and you finally get that fact past your insanely huge ego, that you're just not good enough for Number One....

You shrug, kick away the debris, and go to Number Four.



Wait, wait, wait.

When did this post start being about me?

10 comments:

Sneha said...

"that you're just not good enough"

oh please don't say that. just go research on the Law Of Attraction. May put some things in perspective!

tinuviel said...

Readability issues with the template!

indiegurl said...

@sneha: Perspective can only help when there was logic as base to the desire in the first place.

In any case, I'm over it now...Rajasthan ahoy! :)

@tinuviel: Explain...haven't faced any, myself. I'll address em as soon as i know what the issues are.

Sneha said...

oh btw, i agree with neha! some of that gel stuff tends to make certain characters illegible.

The mocking spirit said...

I love the picture you have used. Period.

Mudra said...

Oh, well, faced something similar with the CPT recently. Would have made it to merit if they had continued giving 30 ranks instead of 10. What can we do? Just say "Oh, blah!" and walk on, I guess... :)

amrit said...

Getting into IIT is tough. I agree.

Staying there is tough. Could be.

It's not worth it when you pass out. Now you are kidding! :)

Anamika said...

gee, 'this is good old tamil nadu', which means u r a chennaite.. great , u r one of the truckload of chennaites arriving huh..
last time i was the only one..

indiegurl said...

@amrit: Not in comparison to what it used to be worth. Surprisingly, lots of headhunters seem to feel that IITians 'attitude maarte hain', and prefer other tier-one or tier-two colleges.

@anamika: Oh you're from chennai? Cool! And yeah, there are already seven Chennai-ites I know coming to NLU, so there ARE truckloads of us :D

Karthik Sivaramakrishnan said...

Wait, i'm confused. You wrote the IIT entrance exam?? I thought you were studying law.