Thursday, April 12, 2012


Eager-Beaver Man-in-a-Hurry
Learning the Art of Living
A Mulla Nasrudin Story

If you are one of those go-getter type eager-beavers, here is one of my favourite Teaching Stories for you to read and ponder over ...

Mulla Nasrudin started ‘Art of Living’ Classes.

An eager-beaver man-in-a-hurry came to join and asked Nasrudin, “How long will I take to master the ‘Art of Living’ ? ”

“If you put in a reasonable amount of effort and practice for two hours every day it will take you one year to master the ‘Art of Living’,” said Nasrudin to the prospective student.

“One year? That’s too long. I want fast results. I will put in maximum effort, burn the midnight oil and practice eight hours every day...” the enthusiastic man-in-a-hurry said.

“In that case it will take you ten years...! Mulla Nasrudin said calmly and walked away.

Like a human pregnancy takes over 9 months, all things require appropriate time. This includes the activity of learning as well. You can't hurry it up beyond a certain pace.

For example, a Masters Course in Engineering or Technology (M.E. or M. Tech. in India and MS in the USA) normally takes 2 years (Four Semesters). 

Someone told me that she completed her Masters in less than an year, in about 10 months, in some University abroad. 

How's that possible? I asked, “aren't you supposed to complete the required amount of credits which take 3 Semesters (18 months) and also a dissertation which you do for one full semester (6 months)?” 

“We squeezed everything in and studied round the clock and finished off everything in double-quick time,” said the eager beaver woman-in-a-hurry. 

I narrated to her the Mulla Nasrudin Story on Learning the Art of Living and then, just to press my point home, as parting shot, I said to her tongue-in-cheek, “If and when you get married, and if and when you decide to have a kid, make sure you do it in double-quick time like you did your MS - you must deliver your baby in 4 months not 9...!

Think about it - and have a Happy Thursday.

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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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