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Updated: November 21, 2012 18:38 IST

Not my life

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What's next? That's the unavoidable question. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
The Hindu What's next? That's the unavoidable question. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Need for space and no questions please…

Happiness will leap out of every student's mind on the last day of their exam especially when they can enjoy the remaining part of their life without it.

This was exactly my thought on June 4, 2012. I was waiting to finish my last exam. Although it was a tough exam my mind concentrated fully on the post exam period thinking how to enjoy. This happiness lasted for next few days.

As I got placed through campus recruitment I did not think about looking for a job. Neither did I want to write any competitive exams nor pursue higher studies. I had worked hard for the past four years and all I wanted to do now was read books and learn the veena for which I could not spare time during my college days.

Fear started to creep in my mind when my relatives started asking questions like “Are you still at home?”, “Why don’t you take up a part time job?” and advise me to “Prepare for some entrance and pursuer higher studies.”

I was ready to enjoy my days till I had to join but their questions annoyed me and I started avoiding family gatherings. The plight of students who have not got placed was definitely worse. I joined a course just to put an end to everyone’s never-ending questions.

But why are people always concerned about others rather than concentrating on their own life? I chose engineering stream for the sake of my parents and I am leading an artificial life for the sake of society. Again the question — why an IT career after EEE? And again I will have to explain infinite times to these people about my personal interest but guess my views and my freedom are the only questions which have no answers.

RADHIKA K., 21, Engineering graduate

Keywords: higher studies

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