I was going through my Dad's photo album and this picture caught my attention. This picture was taken in the 1950's [click picture for an enlarged view]. My dad is in the extreme left of the picture. The rest are his brothers and cousins. This picture conveys the message of humor to us.It was clicked during one train journey. My uncle (extreme right) had cracked a joke and that has made my dad and his cousins to laugh. My dad vaguely remembers that incident, though he couldn't exactly remember what the joke was.

Every Human being would have a childhood ambition. My dad wanted to become a scientist. The hardships that he went through to achieve his childhood Goal were many. I am proud of him because of what he has achieved in life. His ambition never changed and he held on to his goal and worked hard to achieve it. He joined I.S.R.O in the 1970s and he is still with the same firm and reaching the very top of the organisation. Staying with the same firm for close to 40 years is something that I could not even fathom in my dreams.

I have changed 5 jobs in 5 years. My childhood ambitions kept on changing with time.When I was three years old - I wanted to become a cop. But when I was Three and half years old I fell in love with Renu. Before I turned Ten, I had already wanted to become a lawyer, doctor, District collector, Bike racer and Chef. But when I turned ten, I was still wetting my bed and hence my only goal in life was focused on quitting bed-wetting.

When I entered my teens, I became a great fan of Sachin Tendulkar and hence I wanted to become a cricketer. I started watching detective series too and hence I also wanted to become a detective. By the time, I was done with school, I thought that being an Engineer would be cool. As soon as I joined an engineering college, I realised that being an engineer was not at all a cool thing. But very soon I realised that over the years, I developed a strong sense of thinking out of the box. It took me many years to realise the potential that was sleeping somewhere near my small intestine.

There are two kinds of people
  1. People like my dad, who realise their potential at a very young age and work towards achieving their Goal.
  2. People like me, who take life as it comes and in the process realise their potential.

If you have not realised your potential yet, keep on experimenting with life. One day, you would realise your potential. On that day, all your failures would act as a great case study material for you to present to the future generation.

If someone asks you the million dollar question," What is your goal in life?" and if you do not have a specific answer, he might even put you down by saying " You are not serious in your life yet". Yes! You might not have been serious in life. But still there is hope and you can always realise your potential anytime in life.

Sometimes you have to aim at the target and shoot at it. Some times you have to just shoot blindly at the wall and call it the target. None of us are failures.Let no one despise your ambitions and do not allow anyone to steal your dignity.

Note: I did not intend to take this philosophical turn. But this is a much needed message for a few of my friends who are going through a tough time in life.

I would like to congratulate my dad and his team for successfully launching the 5 satellites in orbit.You guys have done our country proud. If only the rocket had fallen inside the Bay of Bengal, I would have had an opportunity to pull your legs. Never the less, good work.Next time, please send Rakhi Sawant and Bal Thackarey to space too.

One Question: What was your childhood ambition?

-Chronicwriter