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.
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 !!!!!”