Let us allow our children to follow their passionsOnce in a while we do get to see lovely movies like 3 idiots. This movie was simply excellent and was remade in Tamil, with some minor modifications. It did tell us that if we allow our children to follow their passions, they will automatically make it big.
Unfortunately, this rarely happens. Very recently, I watched with some amusement a very young boy, just into the first year of college, with English literature as his major, telling his father in no uncertain terms that he wanted to get into music full time. The father would never agree. He told him that unless he had a doctorate in English literature, his career would go anywhere. The boy simply said that it is his passion. He should alone decide what he wanted to do. His mother supported her child, and there was a big argument. There was no conclusion.
I did not want to say anything, as the boy was too good in playing the guitar and was good in vocal music too, having won several prizes. The father felt that there is too much competition, and his passion can come later.
However, I felt that the boy should be allowed to follow his passion. Since his English is just excellent, he does not take his lessons seriously, as he always scores good marks without much preparation. (only class tests so far in a prestigious Chennai college).
What should this boy and millions like him do?