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The world, it seems, is bombarded with negative news emanating from all around. If the morning newspaper doesn’t make your gut wrench, the evening news on television will make you throw up. So I decided to trawl the net and look for positive happenings.
I read about Manish Bharadwaj, an award winning engineering graduate from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, who also holds a PhD degree in wireless technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
What comes to mind when you read about him?
Most would imagine that Manish works for a big multinational, lives in a metro and drives a luxury sedan. But Manish has broken away from the stereotypes. He is currently camping in Samastipur district of Bihar and busy eradicating Tuberculosis form the nearby villages. Ensuring medical facilities for the poor and impoverished is the aim of his organization called ‘Innovators of Health’.Report
Admirable though it is, I was wondering why Manish decided to abandon a cushy lifestyle and opted to camp in remote Bihar. True, many professionals armed with foreign degrees decide to follow their passion. But that often happens after completing family responsibilities and securing a safe future.
As I was reading the article, I thought of a friend who is psyching her daughter to aim for the top colleges in the US and Europe. The girl is yet to complete her high school but the long term plan is ready. Nothing wrong with it at all. Well planned is half done. Armed with reputed degrees, children make informed choices. However I am not sure how my friend will react if her daughter emerges from a reputed American University and decides to take up a social cause in a remote area, unrelated to her studies.
What if my son decides to do the same?
At one level, I would be proud his contribution to the society. But on another, safety and health would be big concerns. After spending stressful months outside coaching institutes, running around counseling sessions, sweating over the choice of college and writing applications, it won’t be easy to send my child to a disease infested remote area. The thought, " If social service was his calling, why did he waste time and energy pursuing engineering," will trouble the mind.
Perhaps it is important to not push ideas but aim to raise responsible strong individuals who can freely choose careers and life paths. With the backing of a strong educational background, experimenting with new ideas becomes easy.
Passion and money may not always go hand in hand. We do not go to work only to pursue passion. One needs money to pay the bills, buy food and rear a family. How much is enough is the question. However pursuit of money may not always lead to happiness. At the end of the day, it’s all about loving your work. Its all about how you define success. And it is all about that elusive feeling called ‘happiness’.
There is no putting a price on it, is there?
If happiness comes from alleviating poverty in remote Ethiopia, so be it.