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How desperately difficult it is to be honest

August 10, 2008

How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people” – (Source of this quote unknown)


Naveen16: Hey, how come you look just like me?

Naveen26: Of all the people, you are the one I didn’t want to meet. I am you. I am what you will be after ten years. By some freaking time-machine accident, I was transported from the future to the past. Which year is this?

Naveen16: 1998. Are you then from 2008?

Naveen26: Yes.

Naveen16: Hey, that is interesting. While you are here, could you answer some questions for me? It will be great to know about my future.

Naveen26: I have about ten minutes before I go back.

Naveen16: OK. So, what was your percentage in the +2 Board examinations?

Naveen26: If you get to know that, what will inspire you to study?

Naveen16: That’s right. Could tell me which college you studied in?

Naveen26: Which college do you want to study in?

Naveen16: I switched from CBSE to State Board because I wanted to study in BITS, Pilani.

Naveen26: But, why did you switch to State Board for that?

Naveen16: Because admission there is based on the percentage obtained in the +2 Exams only and you could get more marks in State board than CBSE, right?

Naveen26: What you have made, is an assumption. But tell me this – Don’t you think you would have had a better educational standard in CBSE than the State Board? Don’t you think you have missed an opportunity for a better foundation?

Naveen16: Maybe. But it doesn’t matter. If you can get into BITS, your life is made. What is your career choice?

Naveen26: What would be your preferred career choice?

Naveen16: I want to work in a big software company as a software programmer.

Naveen26: If I told you that you could join a big software company without studying in BITS, would your exclusive choice still be BITS?

Naveen16: Why not? The first preference for the hiring companies would still be BITS, right?

Naveen26: Right. But why do you want to become a software engineer?

Naveen16: What else can you become?

Naveen26: For example, you could join in the Mining School of our University and improve the conditions and efficiency of the miners and help them find new ones….

Naveen16: Such a career exists?

Naveen26: Yes.

Naveen16: But I am not interested in that. Besides, I like to do programming in a computer.

Naveen26: Are you good at programming?

Naveen16: Yes.

Naveen26: Don’t lie.

Naveen16: Ok. Maybe not now, but I am confident that I can become a good programmer after I study Computer Engineering.

Naveen26: If I tell you that you don’t need to be an excellent or exceptional programmer to join and grow in a big software company, would you still be interested in joining one?


Naveen26: Ignorance is sometimes bliss.

Naveen16: See, are you married?

Naveen26: Is there a specific reason to ask this question?

Naveen16: See, I want to know who…

Naveen26: It doesn’t matter.

Naveen16: What do you mean?

Naveen26: It was a straight answer. After ten years, it won’t matter. Ignorance is not always bliss!



Destination Infinity.


PS: Though the quote mentioned in the beginning of this post was taken quite literally, it can apply in a normal practical situation also!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2008 2:02 pm

    Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago on Technorati and have been reading it over the past few days.

  2. Priya permalink
    August 10, 2008 2:40 pm


    Its better not to know whats in store for your future. We would then just assume stuff and not work towards anything.

    Naveen 16 is just like a typical teenager!
    Naveen 26 is more mature and sensible!


  3. August 10, 2008 3:43 pm

    The quote is by Edward Frederic Benson. Good conversation. I believe some things are better left to Time to reveal. We are always not in a fit condition to know the future and to handle the knowledge without attempting to change it.

  4. August 10, 2008 10:01 pm

    a wonderful post…what you say is true…it is tough being truthful to your self…for to do so,you need to be confident and brave enough to accept it….but sometimes illusions too are good…

  5. August 11, 2008 12:04 am

    Preamble: Ignorance is bliss.

    I’m of the opinion that some measure of ignorance is a necessity, also a little insanity and a lot of bravery to take risks. 🙂

    Conclusion: Time is the best teacher in life!

  6. August 11, 2008 11:12 am

    good one! yes, it is better not to know too much or before time!

  7. August 11, 2008 12:38 pm

    Well Said..

    ANother way of looking at it is, that if you know your future’s bleak… you will work harder now to prevent it…

  8. August 12, 2008 12:15 am

    Let me pose a question here if i may ..
    it will be a looooong one so bear with me..
    I accept when people say they make their future and their destiny totally accepted…
    The question is : ” If you did not know what was destined to juxtapose it with what you feel you fulfilled ,how are you sure that you did not fulfill what was just destined ??
    confusing ..?
    well simply put ..? How can you change your future without knowing what it is ???

  9. kaddhu permalink
    October 11, 2008 4:52 pm

    profound and funy!! nice post!!

  10. kaddhu permalink
    October 11, 2008 4:53 pm



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