Come on now you already have a smile on your face, even before reading the entire post, I bet :D :D... you know what I am gonna talk about... yes... the famous Science v/s Commerce fight....
My parents, as all parents did, wanted me to become a doctor, the other reason was also because I was academically a very strong student. So when I started my high school i.e 8th grade it was very obvious that I had to choose science after my 10th. In 8th grade was the first time you have biology and you learn about frogs (remember) and the dissection. On the first lab project when I fainted at the sight of the dead frog on the table, I thought my parents would understand. My mom was a very determined woman, but my dad understood, afterall how difficult is it to imagine a scene where there is a patient on the operating table and the doctor(me) is lying unconscious on the floor !!!
Mom would not give up. But she did give in when in my 10th grade, 3 months before the board exams doctors had advised me to study only 20 min a day, any more study than that would be bad for my health. But the reason for me to want to study Commerce had nothing to do with the marks. I had always had an interest in Management. But I have no idea why it is a social status symbol that your kid is studying Science. It was always portrayed that students who have less marks are the ones to study commerce. Science is the intelligent lot and Commerce is the dumb lot. When I scored a first class in 10th, (ya only studying 20 min..intelligent no :D ) I knew my mom would push it further.
So the college admission lists were up, the college where I had applied for science displayed my name :( :(, thanks to some connections my mom had. Thankfully my dad was with me that day. I was literally at his feet crying to go to this another college where I had applied for Commerce. He tried to convince me it was of no use going till there because since I have got it in Science I should just take it. But I eventually got him to go to that Commerce college... when I saw my name on that list my joys knew no boundaries. My dad gave me a stern NO look and I bought out my little puppy face (I do not remember a single occasion when my dad has said a No to any of the things I wanted). So we paid the fees there confirmed my admission and rode back home. On the way back there was pin-drop silence. Both of us were thinking how to handle mom (my dad was thinking more I guess :P ).
|The connection :P|
On getting back home we said my name was not there in the Science list. Mom was very upset, one because I did not get the admission and second she thought her connection had betrayed her. After about 4 months in a marriage function, when that connection asked my mom... Why did your daughter not take the admission when her name was there?? ....the cat was out of the bag.. and me and dad looked at each other.. who will chain it now?? The cat (or should I say the tigress) was finally chained when in 12th I was among the first 3 rank holders topping in 3 subjects in my college :D :D :D :D. Me and dad sat on the sofa and mocked at her when she was making sweets to be distributed :) :)
So just when I think my mom is convinced about the importance of Commerce, during my MBA admission times, I went to Bank of Maharashtra with my mother for education loan. This is what the officer had to say, .. We do not give loan to Commerce students only Engineers with Science backgrounds are eligible.... Do I need to even tell you the stare and the look my mom gave me at that time (bbrrrrrr)
|Me :( still on the floor|