Is Academic degree the only needed educations?
Two conversations/incidence which I just happened to overhear and witness while on my regular grocery shopping mission
- saw a one young man around 23-24 years, in formal dress, with a laptop bag on the shoulders ( surely some fresh out of college IT Professional) buying vegetables from my local vegetable seller. This is how the conversation went —-
“ what vegetable is this” ? and “what is that” pointing fingers at different vegetables
“ Oh aunty” ( to me, an unknown lady as I was standing nearby ) with a sheepish smile “can you please tell me how to make beans or cabbage. You see we are a group of boys staying near by. Today we planned to cook at home but we know just the basics of cooking, please help me ,”
- a young girl ( who had shifted in my neighborhood as her office was in near vicinity) at my local grocery store talking to the shop keeper
“Uncle khana banana ko kya kya saman chahiye? ( What all is needed to cook at home). “ Ok give what ever you think is necessary to make Rice, dal and chole”
Shop keeper ,” Rai, Jeera bhi du kya ( Should I give mustard seeds and cumin seeds)
Girl , “ No, itna fancy cooking nahi karna hai, just routine, ( nothing fancy or elaborate cooking , just for routine)
Both the incidences with one thing in common — young professionals, just out of student life, thrown into the world of employment , who have till now spent all their time in mugging up the books and concentrated on making a career. But now facing the challenges of life with cooking as one of them
This reminded me of my mother during my college days. Daily we used to have arguments over this. She used to be after my life, “ learn cooking, nahi to dusare ke ghar jaakar kya karegi? ( what will you do when go to other house, after marriage) and my father always used to come to my rescue , “ she will learn ,let her finish her studies”
And frankly after marriage when I used to have cooking mishaps I used to regret not paying heed to my mother. There were times I threw the cooked vegetables in the dustbin because they were just not worth eating.
I know it is unreasonable to expect the students these days to learn cooking or such things while slogging day in and day out with books and with so much competiton around
But I feel once they have finished their education and before embarking on the new field of job or married life, then should spend some time in learning these basic things
And the responsibilities of teaching lies on the mothers (no gender issue on this even father can do it if they want) but mothers are more knowledgeable.
Will it not be better if Mothers teach their children the basics of cooking and home management with the same zeal, determination, passion and intensity as they taught them the alphabets and nursery rhymes?
It is not necessary that mothers have to make the children expert and proficient cooks or home managers but at least encourage them and acquaint them with the fundamentals of necessities
and of course the young boys and girls both should learn this with the same perseverance and diligence the way they do their assignments.