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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Finally it is IIM over IAS for my son

And finally it is IIM, Ahmedabad for my son!
Years ago I had written a blog IAS or IIM. That was when my son was pursuing a 5 yr. law course from NLIU, Bhopal. The young blood in him was cajoling him to join the civil services and serve the nation. He was serious and we as parents were confident.
While the first attempt in 2010 was just a try, the next 2 attempts were done in all sincerity even while he worked in a PSU. And sure enough, he cleared the UPSC Mains 2012 and appeared in the interview in March 2013. We were truly disappointed when his name did not figure in the list of first 200.
That’s when he decided to sit for CAT. And Voila! In the very first attempt he qualified for IIM Ahmedabad, Shillong, Trichi & Gurgaon & also Ranchi.
And mind you good things also come in battalions! The very same week, UPSC announced the additional 2012 list, where my son’s name figured prominently.We now eagerly await the call letter- just to know the posting.
However, he is all set to join IIM, Ahmedabad. No hard feelings. Just a play of destiny, as we all put it!
His desire to serve the nation still reigns supreme. And why not! Have not Azim Premji, N.R. Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilekani, Kumarmangalam Birla, etc. made the nation proud?
So it's okay, dear life! We have absolutely no regrets.Also, my husband and I are very proud of our son who did not let the setback affect his confidence. He took it as a challenge and proved it those who had  jeered at him.
Anyway, congrats to all who made it to civil services! And best wishes to others who are young, ambitious and endowed with high dreams.
Undoubtedly, there is enough room for everyone at the top. I suppose, we just need to be more objective and open when our dream world comes crashing down.
And I suppose, we should not give up. For we really never know what is in store for us.

It's September now. Just 3-4 days ago, my son received a notification from UPSC. His rank happens to be 1051 and has been allotted Railway Protection Force. There is also an asterix sign against his name which states that he can still improve his rank.
Fair enough, he has in all 3 chances more. Thus, my husband and I leave this now for our son to decide.
Whatever, there is a strong message that it is never the end of the world. Something always works out-   either  immediately or after a few years. Just have patience.

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