Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Are you ready boots? Start walking!

I know I want beer. A date with Angelina Jolie wouldn't hurt. Throw in a Suzuki Hayabusa for good measure, and while you're at it, add a bungalow in Goa... right on the beachfront.
In that way and like that, I know what I want from life.But not that way and not like that, me be thinking, me exactly like you, the reader.
I mean, when you're a couple of beers down, and the beats of "I still haven't found what I'm looking for" fill the room, biting of lower lip and ponderous nodding of head, no?
Most of us are doing well enough in life. A decent enough education, a nice cushy job, or awaiting one, family nicely settled in and all. And yet, deep down, when confronting yourself about what it is that you want to do with your life, there isn't half a decent answer forthcoming.
Most of us, including me, don't know, haven't felt, that kind of passion, or single-mindedness. You see it, you hear of it, but experiencing it is thoda the impossible... apparently.
Meet Pradeep Apte, professor of economics at Fergusson College, Pune.
A reluctant commerce graduate, a teacher by happenstance, one of the most fantastic beer drinkers I know (and given the company I keep, that is saying something, trust you me), an avid enthusiast of classical music, an awe-inspring knowledge of history, knows Maharashtra inside out, an acknowledged WTO expert, amateur wine-maker,self-taught mathematician, cine enthusiast, Sanskrit scholar and not that he has much of a choice, mentor to a certain Ashish Kulkarni, among other varied things.
Well, OK, that last bit isn't really a talent that he has as such, but ain't he lucky? I mean, imagine mentoring me.
Jokes apart, the point of that little paean was to let you know that Pradeep Apte, till date, has no clue about what he wants to do with his life.
Seraphic smile in place, Professor Apte has a rocking time, 24/7. If there
be an apt description of the man, it is that he is benignly curious.
If there be something that he knoweth not, he tries and changes the status quo. And if it doesn't change soon, that's ok.
With that remarkably laidback phiosophy unswervingly in place, Apte Sir has had a rocking time of it, thank you very much.
Moral of the gyaan session?
Not knowing what you want, come to think of it, may not be such a bad thing. The world is your playground. Go explore.


Anonymous said...

I am not doing anything of my full of nonsence days,confused eves & icy nites..a dazzling mad world around me.Sukh, chain, shanti ki nasha..where am I? Who am I? Meri saanse kyo thum rahi hai? A continuos feel of loosing myself in a gigantic net of my neurons, not equipped to pass on the messages thro'them..

And on a day when I met Pradeep sir, I discovered my life standing at the corners of his ways,near green institutes,on rainy roads, in windy nites..curiously watching him sharing lot many things with trees, flowers & hills...with sparkling eyes..who is he? ye aadmi kahase aaya hai?

He has changed all the aspects of my life..I know, he rules the oceans & winds..he commands the atoms..wo jab cheerta hai to khoon ka katra nahi girta..

Anonymous said...

Hmm...Let me share something here...For perspective sake let us assume that we all subconsciously form an opinion of a person when we first meet them.. So when you meet a doctor you expect that he/she shouldn't be obese, when you meet a exercise trainer you assume he/she has a good body... similarly when you meet an economist what do you expect... That's true and Apte sir is just the opposite :-) That's true he comes across a designer professor, talks like a philosophy expert, teaches like a management professor, but at the end of the day... yes... yes... he's one of the best economist, i've ever come across... Way to go sir!! Cheers!!

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