Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Champions at Last

Some very observant people have pointed out that in my previous blog, about unending failures, I mentioned a Pair of Pathetic Peripatetics © and referred to myself as 'we'. One of the Peripatetics is of course me and the other one is my dear friend, personal philosopher and guide Rahul. There is such a long list of activities in which we have been involved together that it is hard to believe that we have known each other only for a period of three years and our friendship is just two years old. Even our personal and academic lives have been following the same downward spiral. One failure after another, it just kept on going. But we have brought that to an end (and I hope for once and for all). Rahul made himself immortal in IIT history by getting a perfect score (1600/1600) in GRE and yours truly landed a management job with diversified conglomerate Larsen and Toubro after a grueling round of three tests and two interviews spread over a period of two weeks.

Life suddenly seems full of promise and I have again started walking with my head held high. I can almost feel the proverbial spring in my feet. But as our good old friend Al Pacino said in The Devil’s Advocate: Vanity is my (the devil’s) favorite sin. We will not let this success go to our heads because there are more battles to be fought, more castles to be won and a lot of flowers to be deflowered (no offence meant to any one, the devil has taken over me). So now I can put all my energy into making my final year in IIT the most memorable year of my life and give the people something they will not forget for a long time.

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw