Autobiography

My Autobiography: ‘What do you want to become in life?’

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‘What do you want to become in life?’ is one question that I would be asked frequently. Some people will go to the extent of asking, ‘What do you want to become – doctor or engineer?’ Hmmm… That was the broad range of limitedΒ career-choices every kid had!! But these kind of questions would never deter me from being imaginative.

The rebel that I was (and am), I was seriously thinking of what career option to mention, other than these two. Pretty soon, I decided on a (what appeared to me as a) glamorous career option.

Once (during the primary years), when I was talking to the elder sister of my friend, she asked me the same question. I was actually waiting for such an opportunity. I immediately replied,

“I want to become an astrologer”

“But, people no longer become full-time astrologers, dear”

“No, I want to become a full-time astrologer”

“Think again, very few people choose it and it is not a common career option”

Both, ‘very few people choose it’ and ‘not very common career option’ appealed to me even more.

“Then it’s even better. I will become only an astrologer”

“Maybe you could do it part-time?”

“No”

Fatigued by my insistence, she changed the topic. Even after the conversation ended, I still had my own doubts. I went and asked my mother,

“Mummy, what is the name of the career where they fly in space-shuttles, rockets and land on the moon?”

“Astronomer”

Oh, a small spelling-mistake was about to take me into a totally different career-path!! I didn’t bother to ask what ‘astrologer’ was. I ran to their house and said,

“Akka, it is astronomer, not astrologer!!!!” This time, she was more satisfied πŸ˜€

Thereon, I spent the entire primary and secondary years in school, dreaming of traveling to various planets and galaxies. One of my favorite activity was star-gazing. I would keep staring at the stars lying down on the terrace, and think, ‘One day, I will visit all these stars’. No, I had no idea of the concept of light-years, yet. Even after I came to know about it, I never allowed silly facts to interfere with my beautiful fantasies πŸ˜€

The hard fact is, I did not eventually become an astronomer. I am sure you guessed it πŸ™‚ These days, I dream of a different career option. I want to become the AmbassadorΒ of India to various countries. And I will not remain the ambassador of a particular country for more than 6 months. Let me calculate: 30 years = 60 countries. WOW πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

Now, don’t tell me that I have to study some IFS or something, to become one. I don’t let such silly facts to interfere with my beautiful fantasies, even now πŸ˜›Β After those 60 countries, I would prefer to become the Governor of some state and spend my retirement in a villa like this. Ah, the possibilities of life are always exciting πŸ™‚

Destination Infinity

35 Comments

  • Sandhya Kumar

    Love the way you express yourself…the small small details you experienced when you were small! Astronomer and Astrologer…it is a common mistake done by many people.

    Become a politician first and then dream of becoming a governor…shortcut! No education needed!

    Ruprekha’s post shows the most beautiful place I have ever seen here, in India. No other place is like that, I think…full of greenery. No influece of modern times.

    • Rajesh K

      Correct. Becoming a politician after becoming the immortal star is an easier route. I know that πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity

  • Susan Deborah

    I am with you in fantasising. I day-dream about so many careers in spite of having one πŸ˜‰ In the world of fantasy, there are no degrees, no exams and no competition. Right? I fantasise about being a war correspondent and a hi-fi anthropologist in the Amazon!

    So, here’s to our fantasies and day-dreams!

    Joy always,
    Susan

    • Rajesh K

      I might copy your idea of becoming the war correspondent or amazon anthropologist. Beware πŸ˜€

      Destination Infinity

  • KP

    May your wish be realized.I it’s a beautiful Rajbavan in sylvan surroundings and lot of green looking like a heritage building mostly in wood.Best wishes

    • Rajesh K

      I think it is a heritage building. You have a large heart, indeed πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity

  • muthiahsriram

    I am a dreamer too!!one day ill dream myself of being next dhirubhai. one day ill want to become a agriculturalist!one day i want to start an IT company!!precisely,i really dunno what to do..lol!!but all the best for your ambassador dreams!!
    -muthiahsriram

    • Rajesh K

      I dream, but I don’t want my dreams to become a reality. Silly facts will slay my beautiful fantasies, then πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity

  • Jeevan

    Great intention to go around the world in 30 years πŸ™‚ Being different and unusual sure drag attention. I too hate such question asked in childhood. If someone ask me now, what would I liked to became was a farmer.

    I liked the master plan on post retirement!!

    • Rajesh K

      Everyone seems to like the post-retirement villa. Now, I have started envying governors πŸ˜‰

      Destination Infinity

    • Rajesh K

      Oh, I may not want to live all my dreams. They are just too many and besides, the thrill is lost once we achieve our dreams!!

      Destination Infinity

  • Jas

    wah wah! awesome possibilities of the mind πŸ˜€ ambassador idea is mind-blowing specially with the option for changing after every 6 months.

    • Rajesh K

      How much time is it going to take to visit the important tourist places in a country? I may not even need 6 months. BTW, Govt. will pay the internal travel charges also, for an ambassador no?

      Destination Infinity

    • Rajesh K

      Yes, it’s the possibilities that give us hope. It’s the dreams that give us happiness. Not working towards it!!! πŸ˜›

      Destination Infinity

  • Anu

    “I don’t let such silly facts to interfere with my beautiful fantasies” – I like that DI! I love to dream such things even knowing they might not happen. I mean..what does it cost to dream? I like your idea of being an Embassy to 60 countries! True to the adage of live life King Size!!

    • Rajesh K

      Yes of course, dreaming is a fundamental right of every citizen. And I intend to exercise my right to the fullest extent possible πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity

  • Ruchira

    What is life without Dreams πŸ™‚
    I dream all the time of places I want to visit and careers I want to have …
    Really enjoyed reading your post !

    • Rajesh K

      ‘Career(s) I want to have’? – You seem to be one ambitious person πŸ˜›

      Destination Infinity

  • Kismitoffeebar

    Ah, the possibilities of life are always exciting – HOW true!

    If you happen to be the ambassador, you will lots of ideas for more books as well ! πŸ™‚

    • Rajesh K

      I will have a lot more ideas, but I may not have the time to write any. I mean, so many places to visit, and just six months!! But, I may write many more books after retirement, sitting in a villa like that. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh………….. πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity

  • Ramakant Pradhan

    When I was first asked the question, I had replied “I want to be a Squadron Leader.” My science teacher was surprised and asked me the reason and I said, “I want to go out to outer space like Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma”. I was probably in Class 6 or 7 that time. Time changed, priorities changed.

    • Rajesh K

      Yeah, at that age many of us would have wanted to become astronomers πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity

  • vishalbheeroo

    As a child, I wanted to become a bus driver, then lawyer, doctor, Finance minister, teacher and now I a writer and journalist. Guess, there are unexpected surprises in life. Beautifully woven post. super like

    Vishal

  • Alka

    It’s important to dream. I remember wanting to become a doctor. Not anymore.

    Love your new blog look. I am visiting after a long time. My loss indeed.

    • Rajesh K

      You dreamed to become a doctor? Your parents and relatives should have been very happy πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity

    • Rajesh K

      Future belongs to everyone, but people who dream might be a happier bunch!!

      Destination Infinity

  • Reema

    Umm actually astronomer is also wrong. given your description it should be astronaut. both are different people.