Some of the dreaded questions that this gen asks –
1. What do you do for a living? (in the last few years it has got scary)
2. What is your educational qualification?
3. Where do you live? (location: Country including PinCode) and
4. What car do you drive?
Frankly there is a big mafia out there which will size you up on ANY one of these answers.
What do you do has some sexy answers which people love –
‘I am a neurosurgeon’ – and ‘I am a dentist or a gynaec’ or
‘I am a CA’, ‘I am a Venture capitalist’, ‘I am an equity trader’
or ‘I am a fund manager’…obviously there are others who will say ‘I am working in…..’ or ‘I am a school teacher’………..
Similarly the car you drive, the location where you live, the clubs to which you belong, – each of these are a ‘leading’ question!
Based on your answer, the person will evaluate you, bracket you, and generally decide where you should be in life. Then they will compare you to THEIR mental image of where they think you should have been (if they know you for say 40 years or 80% of your life whichever is smaller)…and say ‘you remember that dodo in school, can you believe …..he is now a…….’
This is good fun, if you can step out of your body and enjoy the thought process. Is it possible that you have inherited a lot of money, got a fantastic degree in Fine Arts, work as a school teacher, be a good photographer, drive around in a fantastic car and stay in a pathetic house?
Well these guys will pull their hair, because they will not be able to typecast you – and that for them, THAT is traumatic.
You need guts to ‘prioritize’ very differently from what society decides you ‘should’ do. For example I know a kid who saves every rupee because the is planning to climb the Everest in about 5 years time. The Financial budget for the same? Rs. 30 Lakhs + inflation over 5 years. He does not spend a penny on eating out, fancy clothes, vacations, NOTHING – the clear focus is on getting the corpus ready. Not sure how many of his friends are ‘happy’ with that!!
A friend of mine was learning astrology from his father. One day his father gave him a horoscope and said ‘tell me is this a good horoscope”.
My friend looked at it and said “Omg, no!”.
His father said: “Tell me why?”
My friend said: “No college education, no recognised degree, no foreign trips, no marriage, no kids, no house, no car…..yuck this is really lousy.”
His father said: “This is the problem. I asked you for a view…you have given me YOUR VIEW, not just the facts…
This, my dear son is the horoscope of Kanchi Kamathoti Peetham’s Shankaracharya.
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