A Piece of Rasgulla in a Bowl of Sambar
The journey of a young lecturer in an experienced world


By

Arijit Roy
MBA Faculty
Acharya Institute of Management & Sciences
Bangalore
 


Even before my MBA taught me the meaning of perception I was aware the world is different from what I used to dream of it sitting in my backyard. Whatever you are appreciated for when you are a kid, is questioned when you are supposed to be a "responsible adult".

 In case you are wondering what I mean, just think of the time when your elders punished you for expressing yourself having taught you to speak clearly all your childhood.

My Father always taught me that life is the best teacher and whatever you learn from life stands the test of time. But he is from that era when people wrote letters and were patient and content with the Indian Postal Service. Today the world has changed, this is the world  ruled by big corporate houses and our hearts by imagination boundless. He was never aware that there is something even more powerful than the LIFE, which one day will challenge all your learning. Welcome to the Corporate Life. Here being honest means being stupid, being a man of integrity means that you end up being a fool.

Honesty is a term which today has suffered a lot of modifications and should be displayed only when all situations and elements are in your favour.

Courage is something to be shown when you are sure not to lose. If you do otherwise and try and go by their original meaning, you will be endowed with the title " Inexperienced Fool" by the so called corporate trained pundits.

Let me say something about the dynamic of competition. If your student becomes successful in a field, you as a teacher are supposed to be the most delighted. But will you still be as happy if that person becomes successful in your sphere of activity and becomes your competitor?

You are not supposed to be guides for your students, only be a lecturer and strictly follow the syllabus. Don't teach them anything about life and honesty. If you do you are digging their grave as these are not qualities required by their future corporate life and its bosses.

My colleagues who all are experienced and experts in rules of Corporate, remind me every minute to only be friendly with them and talk to them and not students to fulfill my social need. There is a problem here. They converse in Telegu, Tamil, Kannada( which all seem the same to my ear) and expect me to feel a part of that group. It is said that Life has a Bigger language that need no words. I am unfortunate, neither do I Understand their words and nor do I Know the language of the world.

People with experience have a tendency to look down upon youngsters without experience even when they can add more value to their job. The young souls are left to ponder over their life and dream that "I will be different and change Perceptions and this system. I will try and hold on to my father's teachings and fight the rules of corporate life"

And one day when he is old and hardened by Corporate Life he ends up scolding a young soul for speaking up for Rights. Such is corporate life in a strange world with a strange language.
 


Arijit Roy
MBA Faculty
Acharya Institute of Management & Sciences
Bangalore
 

Source: E-mail December 25, 2010

          

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