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Readers Write In # 241: When Lord Krishna and Woody Allen met on my account!

(by G Waugh)

Arjuna, the warrior felt deeply uncomfortable about taking over his rivals, the Gauravas who have been his siblings in any case. He was a lot frightened about preventing is personal Guru Dronacharya who handled him like a son. It was a deep dilemma for Arjuna. He merely believed choose his bow and start preventing the battle he was imagined to.

You concerned the one who volunteered to play cube with Duryodhan and Shakuni; you in contrast the one who misplaced the sport; you criticized the one who pulled the sari of Draupadi within the courtroom on the time of her menstruation; you referring the one who was consulted concerning the future plan of action at any time limit by your brother; you believed the one who was answerable for your fourteen-year exile. When Duryodhan refused to return your rightful kingdom after the exile, you believed empowered to do something. He was the one who was answerable for bringing you into the battlefield and this battle didn’t occur in any respect due to you. You’re right here not since you willed otherwise you made a mistake. However; you’ve an obligation to do right here. You’re bounden by your loved ones to struggle for the reason for your brother, to avenge the enemy on behalf of your spouse. So considering assume an excessive amount of about your self. You’re only a pawn on this recreation. Do what it’s a must to do and take into consideration nothing

This was what Krishna meant when he lectured his friend-pupil when the nice warrior was stung by pangs of conscience and sympathy for his erstwhile family members. Within the context of the story, these are issues which have been very clear and obvious proper from the primary, however Krishna's well timed reminder of what occurred earlier than helped Arjuna to see motive and proceed along with his responsibility.

However Krishna's lecture to Arjuna brings extra to the reader of the epic than his friend-pupil in query.


There’s a well-known line in Woody Allen's 2005 movie Match-Level

‘The person who stated“ anticipated reasonably be fortunate than good ”noticed deeply into life. Individuals are afraid to face how nice part of life relies on luck. Speaking scary to assume a lot is out of implications management. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the highest of the web, and for a cut up second, it could actually both go ahead or fall again. With just a little luck, it goes ahead, and also you win. Or perhaps it impacts, and also you lose. '

This quote might be seen as a logical extension of what Krishna tells Arjuna. There are loads of issues in appreciable life which might be past his management. Similar to how the battle was actually Arjuna's making, numerous conditions in our lives are additionally not dictated by our will.

A decade again there was a time when regardless of my greatest efforts I frightened rating my greatest in most of my engineering papers. I used to spend greater than a month for each paper, referring to international and native authors as could also be crucial, steadily learning in depth sure matters which may add to my general understanding of the topic, shun tv anticipating atleast a number of days earlier than the examination and generally examine for the examination with out sleeping in any respect.

However on the finish, when the outcomes got here the determine of 36 was all I may attain regardless of these back-breaking efforts. And my mother and father have been too frightened about my efficiency on a regular basis. On the finish of the course after I had cleared near fifty papers, regardless of a lot dynamism that I introduced into my preparation for the exams, the numbers hardly mirrored my efforts and my accrued data in engineering.

While you belong to a center class household in India and when the engineering course is the one route accessible to prosperity and future well-being, a mediocre efficiency in your subject of examine is usually deemed 'a disgrace' by your family members and neighbors. In case you are not in a position to do nicely in engineering, you have been usually thought-about a burden to the planetary ball on which you have been residing. For sure, I used to be taking all these criticism to my coronary heart and inflicting severe accidents upon myself.

In some ways, this led to a deep lack of shallowness which later mirrored in my efficiency as a software program engineer at work as nicely. For near half a decade, I used to be carrying all these baggage of inferiority with me all alongside and I used to be looking for methods to enhance my very own competence in areas the place it was discovered missing. However even within the software program business, the identical story continued. After some extent, I started to appreciate one thing. I used to be the one one amongst my buddies who was doing all of the exhausting work, making an attempt to meet up with them who merely got here out with flying colours with out a lot ado but failing repeatedly to hitch their league. One among my buddies in the future requested me, ‘Why are you being so unkind to your self? You pressure your self bodily and mentally and while you fail, you chide your self once more and inflict much more hurt to your self. Significance the purpose? I can perceive should you thought-about exhausting sufficient and blame your self in your laziness. However you clearly should not so, you do greater than no matter is required and I perceive why you’re extra frightened concerning the outcomes. '

So that is the place one thing struck me. I used to be somebody who used to do extraordinarily nicely in English, Tamil and Historical past in class. In matriculation exams, even when my general share was 88, my marks in these topics have been above 90. In plus two board exams too, my marks in English and Tamil have been near a staggering 95. After I joined Engineering on account of societal compulsions , a subject the place proficiency in language is actually of no use, regardless of my greatest efforts I remained solely within the common league. So what did all these factors add as much as? I believed made to do Engineeringat all. My place reasonably belonged within the Arts or the Science and Humanities fold however I used to be condemned to stay someplace which merely accepted me into its fold.

I ought to have realized this lengthy again and may have discontinued and moved on to arts or another course that may curiosity me. However my monetary standing is allowed me doing that. There was another excuse as nicely. I obtained greater than 90 % general in my plus two board exams and I lived in a society which made enjoyable of people that selected arts with such a very good rating of their education. So right here was me cornered right into a troublesome scenario. The one factor that I may have finished is to review nicely what I used to be compelled to- engineering. And one of the best ways to take action may have been with out overworking myself. I ought to have studied solely to the extent that was mandated and sit and never care a lot about outcomes. I ought to have advised myself, 'You’re sitting right here by mistake and even should you fail, it isn’t your fault. In any case, you’ve already finished what you needed to do and in case you are getting much less marks, it’s as a result of your subject of curiosity is elsewhere. There may be actually no must confuse your marks along with your shallowness. 'Easy.

So that is the place I grow to be the Arjuna. When India determined to liberalize its economic system, it concerned me who determined that software program business can be the sphere the place future Indians should work. When MGR launched a Single Window System for Engineering Faculties as to make them accessible to everybody, it was not me who mooted the proposal in his cupboard. When my father who learnt about these tendencies in economic system and the job market, it referred me who wrote the newspapers he learn. So loads of elements sat collectively to contemplate my initiation into engineering and I actually had no position in deciding what was good for me. The very best factor I may have finished is to have given my bestwherever I used to be thrust into and left it to these unknown elements to determine no matter occurred subsequent.

This was exactly what Krishna advised Arjuna in his well-known lecture that got here to be known as Gita later.


'There may be solely a lot you are able to do. The remaining is all luck ’. This was Woody Allen.

'And that a lot is your responsibility. Ever ever overlook to do this and go away the remainder to destiny'. This was our Krishna.

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