Engineer by Luck
When I was a kid, I was not aware about existence of Engineer’. The day probably when I heard the word ‘engineer’ for the first time in my life was when I was in class Seven when I was too engrossed with a science drawing and looking at that, father declared in our family that his son would become an “engineer” one day. Like other parents, my parents might be worried about my future.. I can still bet that my parents had little idea about an ‘engineer’, but sensing that engineers were required to build roads and bridge, their son must invariably excel in Mathematics to become an ‘engineer’. Probably they got some idea when they saw their son used to collect some decent marks in Mathematics in Annual and Half yearly School examinations combined with some inclinations towards science. Honestly, only rarest of rare persons in my small town could tell how to become an engineer. I have doubt that anyone at that time had any knowledge about existence of Assam Engineering college , Jorhat Engineering College etc leave aside various branches as Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical at that time. But obviously the word ‘engineering’ entered my brain unknowingly and settled permanently.
When I passed school final examination and joined pre-degree science course in the year 1982 and stayed in hostel, I am sure that only a few knew about engineering colleges . Boys and girls were too busy with studies producing “kabiraj kabiraji” but with little wonder why. I too was not exception. Though I couldn’t remember what prompted me to appear Engineering test but could faintly remember that there were some rush at the end of our college days to fill some form where most of us filled and I too did accordingly . At that time, I was also influenced to pursue Degree course through some senior Degree hostel boarders. So I admitted to degree course after completing the Pre University course for some days. But when I joined and started to attend classes, I was deeply annoyed to see the absence of my college days’ buddies .. Slowly, I started to hate attending classes and finally one day stopped it forever. In contrast , when I joined Assam Engineering College, I could see all my old buddies around and I felt like getting my life back.
So at the end, it was all my friends who eventually brought me back to the College and finally when I became an engineer in the year 1989 , I owed a lot to my friends. Though it was destiny to make me an engineer but my friends contributed immensely in shaping my destiny. I hope many amongst us would share similar destiny .