Make hay while the sun shinesNirmal was an intelligent boy studying in class XI. Teachers were happy with his progress but were worried also as he was too active and always jumped from one activity to other. There is always a risk of diverting to other things for such students and some of them often lose in their main academic pursuits. Nirmal's father Rakesh was working in a private company and was returning late from his duties and was not able to give time to Nirmal. The boy was obsessive with computer games and whenever got time played them. He had many other hobbies also. He liked to go on picnics. He had a taste for music and was learning classical music by attending a weekly class.
Nirmal passed in his class XI exam by securing third position in the class and everyone congratulated him for that but Rakesh was not happy as he knew that Nirmal had much more potential and only thing was that he had to devote more time for studies. He decided to talk to Nirmal about this and soon on one sunday afternoon he called Nirmal and asked him to sit with him. Nirmal was happy that father called him. Normally Rakesh did not poke his nose in his schedule as Nirmal went from one activity to other in an uninterrupted way.
"Nirmal I want to ask you one simple question", Rakesh told.
"yes", Nirmal retorted with the same enthusiasm as he always had.
"What you want to do after your class XII? Engineering or something else." Rakesh asked in a soft tone.
"No engineering Papa", Nirmal replied with a glowing face,"I would join some UG course and appear in IAS."
"Good", Rakesh told him in a applauding manner.
Nirmal was leaning against father's knees and was moving his body back and forth. Rakesh caressed his hair and asked him,"When you will start to prepare for the IAS exam?"
"I will do it the same year when I apply for that", Nirmal told in a very emphatic way.
"No, no, Nirmal. It would not be possible that way." Rakesh told.
Now Nirmal was surprised. Why Papa talking like that. He could not understand the reason behind his father's firmness in the matter.
"Dear, you have to start preparing for IAS right now. It is not an exam like your class XI. There is cut throat competition and it requires early preparation. You have to cut down some of your hobbies and start preparing for it."
It was a shock to Nirmal. He believed in his father so much and knew that if he tells something means that it must be true. But what about the games and sports and other indulgences. He looked towards Papa. Rakesh smiled and showed him thumps up. Nirmal also raised his hand in thumps up. Let me do what Papa says he whispered to himself.
Rakesh uttered,"Make hay while the sun shines."
This is my entry for the creative story writing contest.