JAVEID HASSAN MALIK
The Government job is like elixir in our society and when girl’s father asks about boys job in marriage proposal he means to say government job not any MNC job which has become a prerequisite for marriage as if jobless don’t belong to this society and are looked with such eyes as if they belong to some untouchable tribe. I too felt the difference in behavior of people towards job and jobless people just after few hours from results: I was garlanded with flowers and ten rupee paper currency notes as if I had mounted the Mount Everest”
Being a submissive person I always try to maintain a cool and calm composure in life, be it in case of success or failure, I never went berserk in terms of celebrations in my long academic career of scoring good grades in exam or on cricket field when I used to uproot the stumps of the opponent batsman with my fast swinging bowling Neither I have wept after facing back to back failures in life in winning my love whom I still want to settle in my life and I never get angry when my opponent batsman thrashes me for back to back sixes over my head.
But 27 June, 2018 turned out be something different for me; it was like I woke up one morning and found myself to be famous as the JKSSRB science teacher results were announced. As expected I too had figured in the list. The moment these results were announced I was traveling back home from college in jam packed bus with no room for any little moment even rotation by mere 15 degree seemed to be forbidden.
My mobile phone began to ring but I didn’t pay heed to it neither did I try to pop it out of my pocket as I thought it might be call from my usual nemesis called Airtel who often disturb me; so I tried to avoid but my phone kept on beeping continuously interval after interval and now I could also hear my WhatsApp message tone and SMS tones in quick succession (quite unusual on my cell phone). Being still five kilometres away from my destination I couldn’t resist the temptation. I gathered some courage by requesting my fellow passenger with a gentle gesture to make some space so that I could pull my cell phone out.
Thankfully, she obeyed with same stare on her face. A the s I unlocked my cell phone with pattern lock, I could spot sixteen messages from fourteen new chats ,a dozen SMS’ and four missed calls. I got amazed by all this and upon opening one message from an unknown contact , it read: congratulations for being selected as teacher and rest followed the same sequence .
In all these messages one of my friends had written something different like this, congratulations for getting certificate of approval for marriage and it made me go ROFL. M y selection didn’t surprise me as I had prepared for it and had anticipated it in advance.
But, a job being certification of marriage really strike the chord in my heart and I began to count the people starting from my neighbors who keep on postponing their marriage as they couldn’t get a government job.
The Government job is like elixir in our society and when a girl’s father asks about boys’ job in marriage proposal he means to say government job not any MNC job which has become a prerequisite for marriage as if jobless don’t belong to this society and are looked with such eyes as if they belong to some untouchable tribe. I too felt the difference in behavior of people towards job and jobless people just after few hours from results: I was garlanded with flowers and ten rupee paper currency notes as if I had mounted the Mount Everest.
Such was the reception, even though I had not an iota of excitement about it as I found it virtual demotion from a contractual lecturer post in college which suited my qualification to permanent school teacher post which suited my society ,but you have to succumb to societal pressure as they go on preaching job security in region where there is no security of life.
I could notice the person who never greeted even my Salam begin to hug me and flood me with his praises as if yesterday I was unemployed demon and today I was an employed angel. These things disturbed me and that night I could not sleep. I wondered how people tend be so cynical towards unemployed people. It was like Success has got many father’s but failure is an orphan. I uploaded the same status on my WhatsApp to stop receiving greetings from those people who never bothered to type a small message of support not sympathy for me when I had failed to figure in the final selection list of lecturer for which I had given my blood sweet and tears but unfortunately couldn’t make it.
At night I tried one more time to win my love as I was no more jobless and I typed on her WhatsApp number: hey I have qualified teacher exam I am no more jobless will you..[..]?But to my surprise I got an indifferent reply. Thus I received final pink slip of rejection from her and job trick didn’t work in my case. Perhaps, she has some other criteria that I need to fulfill as well.
The author teaches Chemistry at GDC Boys, Baramulla. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org