A friend wrote to me a mail with a rather prfound question. It was after a career-counselling session at IITK. Her HOD talked of two kinds of success:

Success A : Big bucks, cars, moneys, houses etc etc
Success B: Research, Papers, Fame, Academic Rekknown – this is what ‘good students’ must strive for!

And then she wrote – “‘happiness’ got left out – inadvertently, i’m guessing….”

It got me thinking – and this was the outcome:

Happiness – Well, the pessimists will say it does not exist. Philosophers would say that it always exists in something you do not have! Personally, I am ‘happy’ about at least one fact – that we belong to the class of people who have the luxury of being in a position to think of happiness beyond defined standards of ’success’. It is indeed a pity that most of us still do not think about it. Its left out of career counselling sessions – my guess is because they can’t do better – there are no standards here and only counselling/advice one can get here is my universal (useless) advice – one has to decide for oneself 🙂

Not as profound possibly, but whatever!

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About Jaya

Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started Pothi.com, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe (http://instascribe.com) with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: https://jayajha.wordpress.com Twitter: @jayajha Facebook: http://facebook.com/MovingOnTheBook

One thought on “Happiness?

  1. Since I am removing the Haloscan Comments, I am copy-pasting the comments I got on this post here.

    Frankly, career counselling needs to be done by people other than our profs (like a professional – I think IITK has enough money to hire one or even the students can contribute). They, barring a few, simply are incapable of thinking differently.
    In unrelated news, they are rebuilding the corridors in Hall 5! Amazing that they found another way to waste funds…
    MadHat | Homepage | 11.09.04 – 8:16 pm | #

    happy diwali
    Ramnik | 11.14.04 – 12:50 pm | #

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