Why did I join Merchant Navy?
Last updated on March 28th, 2023 at 05:19 am
It was the year 2002, I was in class 12th and still lost about where my career was progressing. As any Dehradun boy, even I started dreaming about joining the respected Armed force and have no clue of Merchant navy. Another reason was that I knew clearly that IIT was something I could never qualify for. So, after passing out from Class 12th with 86%, I decided to prepare for NDA.
Well, to be honest, I was not even serious about NDA because the sense of learning and desire to achieve something was still missing and I was already 17.5 years old. They say, anything done half-heartedly leads to failure and I guess I was destined to fail. Sadly, for me, I did not learn my lesson with my first failure and I failed two more times. The three failures at NDA SSB (each time Conference out), did tell me something and that was, there is something seriously wrong with me. I could clearly see my friends moving ahead and I was the odd one out. The tag of being a two-year dropper was becoming inevitable. Facing family members and relatives was becoming difficult with each passing day.
My father sensed my demoralized attitude and after borrowing money from relatives and friends sent me to FIITJEE Delhi to study. The change in atmosphere in Kalu Sarai, Delhi was one big turning point. So many focused faces around me studying for one aim, made me believe for the first time that even “I CAN”. Well, after studying rigorously for one year giving my complete efforts, I managed to win against my first fear and that was clearing IIT Screening with AIR 7148. Well, achieving some sort of success was great but I lost focus with the IIT Mains exam around the corner, the result was, another failure and had to be satisfied with the rank of AIR 5484.
Once again, I was nowhere with only an option of doing Mechanical Engineering from Pantnagar. My father had invested all he had and I had given the best I could but with no results. I stopped meeting my relatives, crying and praying were my two favorite pastimes then. As luck would have it, my IIT Mains rank got me counseling for TS Chanakya and MERI Kolkata. Today, students are hundred times well informed than I was at that time, while choosing my career, thanks to technological advancements. At the last moment of counseling, I decided to choose MERI Kolkata over TS Chanakya. Thus, my journey for Marine Engineering started.
To be very honest, I have seen more failures than success and I still feel that I was fortunate enough to join Marine engineering even though I had not planned for it. My goals kept changing but destiny had some other plans. Today I feel that I am blessed to have chosen the right career for myself. I was never into studies, a 9 to 5 job would have killed me. I loved playing sports and taking part in extra-curricular activities, especially in College. I always hated working on a fixed schedule, I hated doing the same repetitive things daily. I loved taking risks and new challenges excited me each day. I had that strong desire to earn money and increase my financial status as early as possible. I always knew that I am not very intelligent but yes I am hardworking. I guess, Merchant Navy suited my complete profile. Fortunately that I crossed my path across this great profession. Whatever I am today is just because of the choices that I made years back.