Some people question why Indians, though intelligent, dont shine in the world as much as they ought to. We dwell on our geniuses, our Ramanujan, our Raman and our Chandrasekhar, but perhaps with a few more added to the list, the list stops. We say we have produced some of the finest brains the world has seen, but the “some” is infact a very small fraction. We have talent, this we convince ourselves, and we believe that we can move the world if we had to, but do we ever have to ? In a world where actions speak louder than words, are we treading the path of doom ?
It is my belief, that Indians being a conservative race have failure as our single biggest fear. It is unfortunate that the driving force of our society is not success, but it is not to fail. And thus, we are always wary of walking on the road less travelled. To follow the herd is most certainly going to end you up where the herd always ends up – as a normal person. And if normality is what you strive for in life, you end up just like the rest, a gifted brain performing ordinary chores. Success always comes at a price, and you have to forgo the beaten track in the want of something higher, and such things are always a gamble, with your life at stake. Its a tough gambit to pull off, and it requires a certain attitude towards the way you look at things. We Indians have to incorporate this into our lifestyles, for us to be able to match the rest of the world. The change, which is so quintessential, was summarised by Rudyard Kipling in the following verse –
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;