Engineering colleges could be a place of simmering love stories or a place to showcase your wardrobe collections or a place to celebrate birthday parties or any other occasion from a masala movie but a place to teach engineering, to get enlightened about the same?? I doubt..
There was this old man at a hospital waiting room. I was sitting beside him, waiting for my turn. The hospital happened to be a med school as well. As a bunch of med students flocked through us, the old man got curious and wanted to know what I do.
I pulled my collars up and told him that I am an engineering student. He scratched his head and asked,
” What do you learn?”
I, being a computer student, told him that we write programs for things like mobile phones.
He was a tough cookie!! He asked a series of questions. I stammered, but managed and convinced him somehow that engineering was something related to a very high standard of education.
“Token no 14” , the lady in the corner table announced.
What a relief I thought!! Finally it was my turn!!!!
After returning home, I mulled over whatever happened till then. I asked the same questions to me, I stammered again!
Not knowing what I was doing, I did the same for another couple of years. I should have quitted that day, I could have become a movie director or a renowned food blogger or a lyricist or a musician or.. just name it, I could have been anything but… I chose to continue engineering and not become anyone of them!
I didn’t get placed in any x, y, z company, my family never wanted me to work with a bpo and no one else was giving me a job!!
I tried walk-ins…. but bad luck!!
I tried to be a lecturer.. no college would hire me without a PG!
Then.. finally I bent myself down and gave my resume to a nearby matric school.. ( I swear I would have never even thought of admitting my child in that school, you know.. standards matter for an engineering graduate’s kid right??)
Damn!! They rejected me as a teacher since I don’t have a B.ed degree..
Then what more did I do??
For a desperate job..
Padma Kumari. K