Cushy Job = Contentment?

26 Sep

Treading on thin ice here…

One of the characters that I talked about in my Vijaya High Chronicles is Shetty of the Churumuri Gaadi fame (see Vijaya High Chronicles – Lunch Breaks). Now he has been bringing his cart in front of the school during lunchtime for over 30 years. Probably More. Come evenings he is in front of R.V Teachers College (2nd Block Jayanagar) selling idlis. Needless to say he is very popular and has a loyal customer base.

Which begged the question from Mukund (my senior at VHS).

“how they are able to do the same job for last 30 to 40 years-but still smiling -contradictory to many professionals”

So what is the reason? Contentment and Satisfaction? Lack of Ambition? (not saying this is bad), Lack of Opportunities?

On the other hand we have our new age professionals making money hand over fist. Yet they always keep looking for the next big thing.

So Why????


10 Responses to “Cushy Job = Contentment?”

  1. Veena Shivanna September 26, 2007 at 1:21 pm #

    This is a great point to ponder..

    Vijay , may be management lesson which teaches to aim higher and these folks are happy as long as they earn money .. but yes, some do establish their business at various other points(while keeping their existing ones too).. May be they attach sentiments/luck to their work and that is one reason to stick to their old gaadis/places 🙂

    and They are their own masters there, no other share holders!

  2. rads September 26, 2007 at 3:22 pm #

    Your churumuri man reminds me of our Ice cream guy at school. He’s been there long before I went through it, and folks tell me he’s still there. Same smile, same weathered face, same spot.

    Yep, it’s being content with your life. That’s a bit different than not being ambitious.

  3. Vijay September 27, 2007 at 2:03 am #

    @Veena: Correct.. no board meetings, investor presentations… etc etc

    @Rads: Question is how? Is it easier to be content if you dont have much?

  4. Ramesh September 27, 2007 at 5:57 am #

    Talking of ambition ( or lack of it ), there is a very thin line separating ambition and greed…while not having ambition is certainly wrong, greed is the number 1 cause of most maladies in society. Another fact of life – possessing more does not necessarily ensure more happiness. Ultimately, happiness is a reflection of your state of mind. It is you who decides whether you are happy or sad. So, Just enjoy what you do and keep that smile on. The younger professionals today always look grim and tensed up. In their quest to keep ahead,they seem to have forgotten to smile!!!

  5. destinationsrik September 27, 2007 at 6:00 am #

    I think its because some people have their passion as their profession.

    There are people who are in the same company for as many years and yet no complaints. My music teacher is teaching music for over 40 years and she is totally committed to her work, even today at the age of 65+ years!

    My father is a teacher, he worked for the same school for over 40 years, and today, after his retirement, he has taken up teaching job at another school run by the same management!! Do you call this loyalty or lack of ambition?

    I call this commitment. He loves his job, so, can continue doing it for as long as he can, even my music teacher.

    So, the churmuri uncle’s story is not surprising to me.

    About the IT professionals, yes…. its all about loving the job again… If there is some thing that is not working, instead of making it work, we are jumping in search of a perfect job that suits to ‘our’ personality and liking….that is a ‘Bisilu kudure’ as I believe.

    Alll said and done, I am not as commited to my job as you expect me to 😉

  6. Veena Shivanna September 27, 2007 at 7:42 am #

    @ Ramesh , valid points… but in the corporate environment generally there is a target to reach and the first question that comes up when they measure your performance is ..’what extra thing you did in the last 6 months’ which you were not doing earlier…
    and there is no scope that we do the same thing for long years and for the next period they set up new targets!! ..Certainly , there is a line between ambition and greed…

    And one thing I have observed people saying ‘avanu buddivanta, avanige bekaaddu hege togobeku antha gottu’ and if you don’t run in the rat race then you will be categorised under the recessive cader! – Just a general thing.

    @ Srik, if you don’t jump then people astonishingly ask… 6-7 varsha onde company na ? yaake change maadilla …and this makes me ponder what to answer to such questions!!

  7. vinay September 27, 2007 at 9:39 am #

    I would say that self realization does the trick for the ‘chaat / idli’ morpher , no doubt he would have tried to lend money, rent autos…so my argument is that , once a person is aware of his/her capabilities he will stick to one path/career

  8. thoughtbeans September 27, 2007 at 12:32 pm #

    I remember one of the posts in Meditation Photography by Suresh Gundappa.

    In this globalized world, wearing the tie, luxury cars & with all the materialistic comforts, we are begging for more & more.

  9. BPSK September 28, 2007 at 1:19 am #

    One of my favorite movies is “City Slickers” (Billy Crystal, Jack Palance)

    As you may know, it is the story of 3 yuppies who decide (of all things) to herd cattle as a birthday treat for one of them. Ok, maybe not *herd* – they pay to be cowboys for a week.

    Jack Palance won the Best Supporting Oscar for his role as the crusty old cowboy that has to protect them from themselves.

    My favorite scene from that movie has Curly (Palance) and Mitch (Crystal) talking about the meaning of life:
    Curly: You know what the secret of life is?
    Mitch: No, what?
    Curly: This. [holds up his forefinger]
    Mitch: Your finger?
    Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean shit.
    Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the one thing?
    Curly: That’s what you’ve got to figure out.

    “That’s what you’ve got to figure out”
    If I had to name my top 5 most profound movie quotes, this would rank at the top.

    You ask Michael Jordan what his “one thing” is, or Tendulkar, or Tiger Woods: I can guarantee you that the answers will be “basketball”, “cricket” and “golf”.

    Maybe your idli-wala has figured out that selling idlis is his “one thing.” Nothing else matters.


  10. Vijay September 28, 2007 at 1:36 am #

    @Vinay: I am sure hes tried other avenues…
    @Thoughbeans: more more more…
    @BPSK: I remember this sequence..

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