In USA and Europe no job is odd enough to be called an odd job. People with qualifications enough to be a university professor joyfully distribute newspapers to people’s homes. A billionaire asks his son to work at a petrol pump to learn how to earn money. This is how life works in the advanced countries.
Our UT is grappling with massive unemployment and there are armies of qualified youth moving from pillar to post in search of a job. However, the other side of the picture reveals that there still are about thirty thousand laborers from outside the state who ferry bricks and mortar and an almost equal number of barbers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar who happily earn their livelihood.
Our youth are complaining of unemployment when the youth from outside states are earning good three times over more in our UT than what they would earn in their respective native states. Our youth are reluctant to take up jobs that in layman’s language may charitably be interpreted as odd jobs. However, in desperate circumstances no job is odd enough to be called an “odd” job.
This reality has to dawn on the youth of the state that being educated is one thing and being dependent on education to earn a living an entirely different thing. One can make use of one’s mind and body in numerous ways to earn a happy living not only for himself but also for the family.
Some years ago when a bunch of highly qualified youth started selling barbecues on a cart on the banks of Dal lake people started laughing at them. In just two to three years the same youth bought cars, got their sisters married off serving grand banquets, and are now thinking to extend their barbecue business to other places in the valley. This is the power of hardwork and more importantly dedicated hardwork.
Our youth must leave their shyness behind and try to earn a living instead of being given dependent on government jobs. No job, as stated above, is an odd job in desperate situation. And, there is no situation as bad as ours.