Showing me his handwriting, a friend’s cousin Raman once asked me which profession will suit him. I looked at the handwriting and told him that he should go for something that does not require a great deal of concentration and the need to focus.
“Hospitality industry or PR job will be good for you. What course are you pursuing, by the way?” I asked Raman.
“What I am planning to do in life is completely different from what you are saying: I am pursuing journalism. I want to be a journalist…”
“Are you sure? I mean… you have made up your mind already?” I said.
“Yea, after a lot of consideration I decided to be a journalist. My dad also wants me to be a journalist. In fact, the mission of my life is to be a journalist. I want to be on the desk and want to become an editor one day…”
“Good! All the best!” I told Raman.
Our conversation ended soon after that, but I was convinced he was not going to get into the right profession because he did not have the kind of intelligence (mind you, I’m talking about intelligence, not skills) which is required in a journalism.
Let’s look at his handwriting. It shows that Raman is a slow thinker and does not have the ability to investigate (shown by the round formation of m’s and n’s). To be an editor, one is required to sit for long hours trying to focus. But the big size of Raman’s handwriting shows he can’t sit for long and lacks concentration and the ability to focus. Writers like Raman leave their seats very often and most of their energy is wasted in talking about food, clothes, parties etc.
The prominent middle zone of Raman’s writing (absence of upper and lower extension) shows he won’t like to use his intelligence to work. He would rather spend time interacting with people (that’s why I said PR job or hospitality industry will be good for him) and talking about a host of things other than work.
But before you start thinking that Raman is a duffer, I must stop you. I’m not saying that he is good for nothing: what I’m pointing out is that he is probably unfit for the job he is planning to take up. Soon after getting the kind of job which requires monotonous repetition (such as desk job in journalism), writer like Raman will be bored and then they won’t feel like working. And then frustration will creep in. Slowly. He may realise sooner or later that journalism is not his cup of tea.
Raman wants to be a journalist because his father wants him to be one. And because he can’t think independently, he feels he must live up to his dad’s expectation. It really does not matter to him whether he will be able to do it or not. He just wants to win the approval of his father.
Now, I’m asking YOU: Is Raman doing the right thing?
Do post your comments on this and let me know your views.