I’ve wanted to address this issue for a long time but just didnt have the chance or time to do so earlier. When i was little I always wanted to become a doctor but didnt know which kind. The main reason was that a doctor can administer injections, and that used to freak me out and when that happened I would just put myself into the shoes of Dr Davinder Singh Jee. Fun times!
But really do we need to have the lawyer doctor engineer thing pushed on top of us... ok so its not pushed as hard as it was 10 years ago... yet when you ask typical Punjabi parents what do you want your kid to become, "ਬੱਸ ਸਰਦਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਨੂੰ ਡਕਟਰ ਤਾਂ ਬਣਾ ਈ ਦੇਣਾ ਆ"
ਅੱਛਾ ਜੀ!!??!? yeah right!!>>???? then if not, what??:"ਪਰ ਜੇ ਰੱਬ ਨਾ ਕਰੇ ਰਹਿ ਰੂਹ ਜਾਏ ਤਾਂ ਵਕੀਲ ਜਾਂ ਇਨਜੀਨੀਅਰ ਬਣ ਈ ਜਾਊ"so if their kid can’t become a doctor then our putt will become an engineer or lawyer.... how many times have i heard that.
I dont think anyones ever heard of a punjabi parent say that they want their kid to decide when they want to do, even though they know what will really happen. Why not just make it that much easier for both parties.
What would the world be like without all the wonderful pieces of art and literature left to us by the greats in the middle ages till today.
Why? Well, my theory is two fold: because most people(jutts) living in a typical village had life very hard and in order to satisfy that psychological burden placed upon themselves by their emigration to
No matter what anyone says, when push comes to shove EVERYONE takes shelter in education and doesnt want to end like just like the next guy on the street.
the amount of people I see at college and when aksed what their major is and what they plan to become in 5 years time most are in the general studies program and have no clue what to declare their major as let alone any aim at getting to become any of the 3 biggies.
so why are we like that? why the false hope and glittering golden dreams to make it look like like. At the end of the tunnel the reality is that we DO NOT need that many doctors and engineers or even lawyers.
All the other things which make us human must be territory the punjabi parent must venture into. NO! not even that what must happen is that one must become confident enough to politely point the finger at the kid and say i dont know what hes going to become, I want him/her to decide when they want to do with their lives.
I really wish this was what most punjabis though about in the 80s if they did perhaps we would have had the Bindi Johal the great hockey player or the dosanjh brothers ARTcorp but no those dreams as well as their parents hopes of engineers, doctors and lawyers seemed to burn away suddenly with time.....