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We all love to read stories or hear stories, sometimes like to cook up stories! Neil Gaiman once said that “Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”My random thought was to rekindle the memory of some of the stories that we all have read/heard in the past and to find a link between them and our world. Life shouldn’t been taken too seriously. So let’s take a break for a few minutes from the exam fever and start.


This was the story of a miller’s daughter who was blackmailed by the imp that if she is not able to find his name, he will take her kid away. The Queen was able to find the name after some chances and he ran away angrily to the forest. But what does it got with our field?

We all sweat when we are to answer about something that we are supposed to know in our field, but we don’t know. In the end, we will try to bluff or mumble, giving the other party a chance to know how stupid we are! The Queen didn’t have to sweat it out by lying that she knows how to convert straw to gold. How many times it happens in exam halls, interview panels etc where we come across a question that we don’t know, but don’t have the courage to say “am afraid I don’t know the answer”, but comes up with some entirely different answer that results in our rejection?

The Beauty and the beast:

Beauty was supposed to return to the Beast within 3 days. When she was late, it ended up in the beast losing his life.

Read with our profession: Remember the time limits for various filings under the various Acts? If it is not followed properly, we too can expect the tension that Beauty suffered when she saw the sight of dead Beast.

Puss in Boots:

This is the story of a boy who inherited nothing but a puss from his father. But he later on wins the hand of the princess with the help of the puss. It teaches the skill of making the best use of one’s resources and persistence to achieve the goal through efforts.

Alice in Wonderland:

Although not a fairy tale, this story still captures the imagination of children and adults alike. What does this can offer?

Alice nodded off gracefully when she was not interested in her sister’s history lessons. Her mind was into something else and there the story begins.

When Alice asks the Cheshire cat which road to take, it offers the timeless wisdom-

"Where do you want to go?" was his response. "I don't know," Alice answered.

"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

So where do we want to go? Why are you into this field? Out of passion or pressure? Where do you want to go after becoming a professional? Whose dreams are we following, ours our others?

As CS Lewis put it in his words- “It is my opinion that a story worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then.” 

Even though some of the stories were imbibed in our mind in our childhood, it can still find place everywhere including our day to day life and profession.


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