Even though he is a brilliant, he never fared well in academics. When everyone was flocking towards software, he stood firm in his decision to get in to Industrial Engineering, that too in a dud college because of his academics. His mind was always with the real things –machines. Books bored him. The story was the same in college too. That’s where he came across Kayal, a Computer Science student, junior to him by 2 years. He liked her from the first sight. He just followed her and never talked.
During his final week in college he decided to talk to her. “Don’t even try for her man” was the constant reminder from his friends. “She will earn more than you will. She will look only at Computer people” now it’s his roommate’s turn. “Moreover, someone from the U.S will come to take her along. You stand no chance” he walked away bowling leg spin with his imaginary Kookaburra ball.
Before his roommate could finish, Ezhil decided to go to U.S for his M.S in Industrial Engineering. “That’s the only way I can get Kayal” he told himself. For the first time in his life, books – Barrons, to be precise—interested him. He went to West Virginia University.
“Well …young man, you have a great future in the industry” wished Robert Mueller, his research advisor at West Virginia University, after his graduation ceremony. “Now, I can go to Kayal” Ezhil told himself. When the euphoria of graduation settled down, reality started to takeover. Having paid his way through college with credit cards, he owed $15000. Jobs were hard to come by. Citi Bank and job took more importance than Kayal.
“Dude, get a job with a software consultant. Make some quick bucks and you can go back to India” said his same roommate who joined him in M.S too.
“I cannot do that man. I want to stay in Manufacturing. That’s my dream. I want to run a manufacturing company on my own” Ezhil replied frustratingly.
“Then what about Kayal” his roommate asked with real concern. “I heard that she is with Infosys now. Listen to me!” he tried his best.
“No matter what happens I’ll stay in Manufacturing” Ezhil was firm.