Scratch A Rock

Posted in Uncategorized by Bharat Iyer on May 9, 2010

Men earned millions producing nothing more substantial than changes in ownership. – Joseph Heller (Closing Time)

And that is why I can’t do economics.

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  1. Soitsnotrequired said, on May 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Quote for why you HAVE to do literature?

    • Bharat Iyer said, on May 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm

      There would be no problem if there was one.

      • Soitsnotrequired said, on May 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm

        Er. No, I meant, do you have a quote that explains why you want/have to do literature? Like, that one elusive quote that you just happened to come across that made perfect sense and made you say, off the top of your head, “THIS is why!”

  2. Bharat Iyer said, on May 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I know what you meant. I don’t have one. As I said, things would’ve been a lot easier if I had such a clear idea of why I want to do literature and where I want to go with it.

    • Soitsnotrequired said, on May 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      Ah ok, I didn’t realize you meant “problem” as in, literally. I still don’t know why I chose Literature over Philosophy. I told myself some unconvincing story about being “married” to literature as opposed to having an “affair” with philosophy but as it turns out, I didn’t know it was going to be a life-long affair. While I don’t regret doing lit, I really wouldn’t mind doing philo all over again.

      Why is there a problem? Is it not enough that you know? Do you have to know where you want to go with it?

      • Bharat Iyer said, on May 11, 2010 at 2:15 am

        I’ve been grappling with a similar situation regarding Literature and History for the past few years, and it is only now that I’ve been able to pick one over another (well, in a manner). How I ended up in economics instead of either of the two is a whole different story.

        The way I see it is: I don’t know what the hell I want to do in life; but I have a feeling (and I hate resorting to that; I prefer something more reliable) that literature would bring me a lot closer to what I want to do than economics ever will.

        or, the more controversial excuse I gave some of my friends for kicks: I don’t care about the real world enough.

        The problem is fairly mundane: My parents are appalled. They cannot believe their son would want to throw away the possibility of a corporate job and a six-digit salary to teach literature and live in a box somewhere while also wasting an entire year in the process.

  3. Akshat said, on May 11, 2010 at 3:06 am

    You go with the flow, always prodded along by your parents who have only their best intentions for you, only to realize your destination is upstream. So get over it, discuss it at home, and buy me a sub.

  4. Soitsnotrequired said, on May 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Oh. That. Well, I think the “controversial” excuse is probably the most bizzarely meaningful excuse I’ve heard in forever because Literature is more real than anything I’ve ever known but it’s also surreal for that very reason. Stories of people choosing Old Man literature over the cunning and slightly unimaginative (in my opinion) Economics leave me in-cred-ibly delighted, hopeful and other happyfine adjectives.

    So cheers to you for doing that. I wish you an exciting year of drowning in the abyss of literature, and hope against hope that you never surface from it. I’m also slightly jealous of you; the thought of sitting through an extra year is fairly intoxicating. Wish I could do that all over again. Graduation is not exciting at all.

    • Bharat Iyer said, on May 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      If only my parents saw it all that way. :P :)

      Seriously? I think I’ll be sick of college by the time I’m done.


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