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|What Were They Thinking (standard:other, 1624 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Oct 30 2010||Views/Reads: 1595/1026||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Expereinces of a frustated young man.|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story group from US was considering him as a potential candidate for the fellowship. It took some time for this event to sink into Juggernaut's head. There were no local students in the program at all to take up fellowship, irrespective of eligibility. Months passed by, scores of resumes sent resulted in no positive response, Juggernaut was in real bind; has to pay monthly bills etc. He contacted his friends in neighboring countries to see if they could help find vacancies. Juggernaut met Leela and Narayana, a couple from his native country on the campus as fellow graduate students. The friendly couple completed graduate programs just two years before, and left for an unknown country to take up jobs. They left overnight. No body, including their close friends knew where they went. Juggernaut never heard from them again. In response to a job application at the Department of Agriculture in Suriname, a small country on northern fringe of South America, Juggernaut received an interview letter. In the letter, the Director of Research mentioned about Leela working in their department and was impressed with her work. It was comforting to know that his old acquaintance Leela whose whereabouts were unknown thus far was now employed in a neighboring country. The visit to Suriname was an eye opening to Juggernaut. The country on the South American continent was largely uninhabited accept for the capital city Paramaribo. Juggernaut was given a short tour to the interior of the country to show field projects. A visit to native tribal community was educational, the people are known for their exceptionally clean personal hygiene and sanitation around their huts. Every member of the touring party purchased a bottle of bootleg rum from the natives at a cut rate price. Indians from India and Africans brought to Suriname to work on sugar plantations make the bulk of the population where as the natives were a minority. The Indians in Suriname were referred to as Hindustani and speak modified Hindi (Indian language). The blacks and Indians speak English and the official language Dutch. The city of Paramaribo was more European than either South American or Caribbean. Practically every Indian dish was available in the open daily market. A local dish “Bami”, made with noodles and vegetables with a meat option was delicious. The Director of Research at the Department of Agriculture was a kind person; he gave a tour of the facility to Juggernaut and in the process introduced Leela to Juggernaut. Leela appeared very surprised to see Juggernaut of all the people. On her invitation, Juggernaut spent the evening at her home meeting with her husband for the first time after a long time. There were some uncomfortable moments at the beginning since the couple left the Island after graduation suddenly without informing their friends about their whereabouts. Leela drove Juggernaut to the Department next day for the Job Interview with the Director. On completing the interview, Juggernaut joined her in her car about to take him back to the hotel. “How the interview went?” asked Leela. “I would say pretty well,” “The Director was impressed with my Ph.D., work,” replied Juggernaut casually. “You think you will get a job here?” “He offered me a job,” Juggernaut answered in a matter of fact way. Leela went into a dreadful silence for few minutes, then she said “well some gets a good job easy, just like that.” “To get a job as head of a department at this place was a big deal you know.” You were very lucky.” She appeared totally unhappy and downright mad, and made Juggernaut felt as if he did not deserve the position offered to him. After her outburst, Juggernaut sat in silence next her in the car. He did not expect the event would turn into an emotional outburst. He expected that she will be happy for him and will congratulate for getting the job offer. Instead her negative emotions got better of her. Then she calmed down and said “I am sorry my emotions took over me, I am glad you were offered the job.” Then she drove Juggernaut to the hotel. During that evening, Juggernaut's thoughts went over the event that took place in the car with Leela. It was odd and totally bazaar, what was she thinking, he thought. Even after three decades, whenever the above events come to mind, Juggernaut had tough time understanding the people involved. For example, the American Professor, a highly distinguished scientist from a prestigious institution; what thought process that made him to believe that people of a particular nation were less deserving to come to America than his own native country of England. And, juggernaut's professor, a native son of Caribbean of Indian descent, earlier in his own career was disappointed for not getting a suitable job in the United States, later preventing his own student to work at a prestigious institution in the United States. Lastly, Leela went into an emotional outburst on hearing a job offer to Juggernaut. All these individuals were highly educated, so their thoughts were nothing to do with lack of intellect. There was no way to rationalize their behavior except to say what were they thinking. Education to be qualified for a trade (accountant, teacher, engineer, lawyer, doctor etc.,) does not change the basic trait in a person. If a person is a jerk before getting a diploma, after getting it, the person will be a jerk with a diploma. According to Sri Aurobindo, “spirituality is not high intellectuality, not idealism, not ethics or moral purity or austerity, not religiosity. Spirituality is in its essence an awakening to the inner realty of our being, to a spirit, self, soul which is other than mind, life and body.” Lack of spirituality makes people behave the way they do. A Little bit of spirituality at any age would make people to be more human. Tweet
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