A Memorable Conversation between an Extraordinary Rikshaw-Wala and an IIT Student!!

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A Memorable Conversation between an Extraordinary Rikshaw-Wala and an IIT Student!!

This is a story about an astonishing and a memorable conversation between an extraordinary rikshaw-wala and an IIT student. When this student hired the rikshaw, he had no idea that it is going to be the ride of his life. A student with his friend visited Benaras and had plans to visit the famous Sankat-Mochan temple. It was far from the place he was currently staying at so he thought of hiring a Rikshaw. In front of them there were two Rikshaw-walas, and they hired the one who looked like he was in his 20s but this was a no ordinary Riksha-wala. On their way to the temple he had the most interesting conversation of his life with the rikshaw-wala.

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Here are the details of a memorable conversation between an extraordinary rikshaw-wala and an IIT student:

Rickshaw wala : Where are you from?
IIT Student : “Delhi.”
Rickshaw wala : working or doing some business?
IIT Student : Working
Rickshaw wala : Where?
IIT Student : On Internet!
Rickshaw wala : Even I want a job in that.
IIT Student just chuckled on hearing this.
Rickshaw wala : I’m trying to get into engineering. I will get a good job then
IIT Student : Really?? ( He asked being a little interested. )
Rickshaw wala : Yes, I applied for Guru Gobind Singh Indraprashta University in Delhi for engineering. That’s a good University.
IIT Student : Yeah, its good . I agreed.
Rickshaw wala : and yeah , I appeared for JEE Yesterday.
Me: You mean IIT JEE ??
Rickshaw wala : “Haan, Joint Entrance Examination”
He pronounced it perfectly. Just to make it clear to me what JEE stood for.
Rickshaw wala : That exam was difficult, people prepare for 2 years for that exam, but it is not that easy. What did you study?
IIT Student : I’m an engineer and did my MBA after that.
Rickshaw wala : Where did you do your engineering from?
IIT Student : From IIT Delhi
He swung back, surprised, a little delighted, and smiled. “Okay, Okay, then only 30 rupees for you.
Swati and IIT Student laughed.
Swati asked when did you study for IIT ?
Rickshaw wala : After this rickshaw job, at night. Then he asked from which branch?
IIT Student : “Chemical.”
Rickshaw wala : Then you must be strong in chemistry?
IIT Student : No, not like that. He continued answering my questions. Now it was my turn to get surprised.
Rickshaw wala : What were the number of elements in periodic table when Mendeleev designed it ?
IIT Student :  Close to 70-80
Rickshaw wala : “No, 63″ he said sharply. Which element has highest Electronegativity?
Swati was laughing, and I didn’t try too hard and said I don’t know the answer.
Rickshaw wala : “Flourine”, he said confidently. Without a break he asked, Which element has highest electron affinity?
IIT Student : Now I was laughing too and said I don’t know the answer.
Rickshaw wala : Chlorine , which subject are you strong at?
IIT Student : Clearly having proven that my chemistry wasn’t a strong point. “Physics”, I said.
Rickshaw wala : Good then whats Newtons Second Law?
IIT Student : I thought I knew this one. “F=ma”, I said.
Rickshaw wala : “Physics is not about formula, it is understanding the concept!”, he reprimanded me in near perfect English. “Tell me in statement”
IIT Student : I was shocked. Swati continued to laugh. I said “ok, Newtons second law, er….was….”
Rickshaw wala : not , ‘was’ , its ‘is’. Second law is still there.
IIT Student : He snapped at my use of ‘was’. Surely, my physics wasn’t impressing him either. “I don’t remember” I said
Rickshaw wala : “Force on an object is directly proportional to the mass of the object and the acceleration of the object”.
IIT Student : He said it in a near perfect English.
Rickshaw wala : Did you do your masters?
IIT Student : No, I did MBA.
Rickshaw wala : MBA’s just want money, they do nothing
IIT Student : Nope, nothing like that, we have to work for money. He didn’t think too highly of me apparently anymore.

IIT Student : In a minute we reached our destination. We got off and I told him that he must and should definitely study more, and that I thought he was sharp as hell. He took only Rs 30, smiled and began to leave. I got my camera out and said Let me take a pic of u. He waved me off, dismissed the idea and rode off before I could say anything more… leaving me feeling high and dry like a spurned lover. Damn, what a ride that was! India is changing, and changing fast. And so it goes !!!!!”

There are thousands of talented and intelligent people like the rikshaw-wala mentioned above in our country. But all their talents are going futile just because of lack of funds and opportunities. Do you agree? Share your views with us about this memorable conversation between an extraordinary rikshaw-wala and an IIT student.

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