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By Neha Sharma, Class of 2008


I smiled, or rather smirked when I was told to write an article which spoke about woman and me as a woman in a so called mans world.


Considering I went to a so-called feminist grad school, The Lady Shri Ram College – where I studied English Literature, ive done my fair bit of writing about women from the Victorian to the romantic era – and I do know, it’s ALWAYS been a woman’s world. Just evolved over time.


Woman today, are tough, ambitious and know exactly what they want. I know I do. I always aspired to be happy, look for my silver lining – I looked for it under heaps of books that I read, in order to write my own.


Also under dusty rickety theatre seats where I sat and directed many plays, having lofty dreams of performing on Broadway.


Like many young people, I wanted to be everything at once. But life has other plans, and I chucked it all up to do an MBA at Infinity Business School.


Mind you, I was still relentless and passionate but awfully sullen and sulky about it ! I was made to recite a poem, talk about the last book I read AND perform a scene from my last play in my interview. And the drama dint end here!


I went onto fail almost all maths and accounts classes, and get straight A’s in most other. That paradox- was my life from thereon.


The way I saw it, you want the rainbow you got to put up with the rain. And sometimes, a few thunderstorms.


I passed out of Infinity, with the security of a job and the confidence that I had done it. Through those various days and nights of no sleep, of struggling to learn formulas and learn full problems by heart, through those constant “you cant do this” , my heart was like a singing bird. I knew I had to do it, and make something out of it!


I’ve been working for almost 3 years now, and I don’t see myself doing anything else. Luckily, for me, much like college I  still bring my own little Drama into my work. And Trust me it helps.


It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source you will be happy! This is the fountain of youth!


I am going to go back and perform again and going to write that book - I want a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next.


And finally, ive decided to let go a bit, take it easy – like I did with writing this cause you know what? Procrastination gives you a little something to look forward to.

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