Ravindra M H
My pursuit of happiness!
I think my dad has big dreams and high hopes from me. He put me into a good private school when I was 6, though it was little away from home to go by walk or even by cycle. But after meeting with a severe accident, I was moved to a government school where my mother worked. From operational perspective, it made my parents’ job easy but I was carrying the pressure maintaining my mom’s reputation the reputation. Also I felt too conscious of being watched by other teachers and friends. Thankfully I scored just enough to keep my parents happy.
That’s one of the reasons why I jumped at the idea joining Navodaya – a residential school in Shimoga. At Navodaya, I enjoyed the sports and extracurricular but definitely not academics (except few subjects). It made me self-driven and independent but I missed my home very badly. My dad wanted me to pursue Medicine but I neither scored enough marks nor did I want to take advantage of my reservation quota. I couldn’t explain this to my dad but to make him feel good, I gave him a false hope of writing civils/ UPSC exams. But I went even farther from home by joining B.Sc. Agriculture in Coimbatore, TN to escape from expectations and to explore something new. I thought I might enjoy going to a B-School than anything.
Neither I secured a seat in good B school nor did I have a job when I completed my graduation. I was deeply upset for letting my parents down and I didn’t find it funny when some of my relatives in village made some remarks. Again I left home without much money or a plan to come to Bangalore; First few days were tough. I think I was punishing myself for goofing up the chances I had in life. I knew I had to improve in many areas and my ego stopped me from seeking help from my parents and friends. But it helped me harden and pursue MBA with a better purpose. But even after joining BIM, one of the good B-schools, again I found the classes less exciting. But I had the pleasure of studying alongside some really cool and smart guys who raised the bar. I was working on a business plan with my friend but I didn’t hit the road. Therefore I was one of the last guys to get placed through campus.
I entered the IT industry accidentally and it was my blunt confidence landed me to my first job. During the interview they asked me how I would sell technology being an agriculture graduate. Software or Sheep, Sales is Sales was belief. When I look back, I have never been into any comfort zone in my life. I thought going to Navodaya would free me from burden, then I thought graduation will give me independence from all worries, then I hoped first job will make my life secure. I have moved to multiple roles, changed few companies but it has been a continuous fight to achieve excellence, to prove something, to overcome a challenge etc.
However, now I find my life relatively peaceful. Overall I feel good with my journey so far, not just the professional journey but also with the things at personal end. To me happiness is not about me anymore. I am happy when I spend little time with family and friends, when I contribute something to our team and I do something good for others, even without being noticed. Also, as told in the movie “10000 BC” A good man draws a circle around himself and cares for those within. His woman, his children. Other men draw a larger circle and bring within their brothers and sisters. Some great men draw around themselves a circle that includes many more”. Therefore my pursuit for happiness continues…
Posted By Ravindra M H, 14 Nov 2018