One of my friends during my Masters’s was from Mumbai. We were roommates and classmates too.
I was connected more with him because we both were alone for the Master’s as well as the hostel’s admission process. He was beside me on the hostel admission window and we both told the same room number at the same time and that’s when we discovered that we were roommates.
To be very frank, after few days being in the class, I had understood that I chose wrong stream for masters. I thought it would be cool to learn but I was interested more in coding.
As a result, even though I was topper for Masters entrance exam, my progress started going down for non-programming subjects. I would just study the subjects that had some sort of programming because that’s what I wanted my career to be in.
My friend on the other hand, he was very good with Analogue Electronics, but he used to like how I coded night and day, how there used to be no topics to me to talk other than ‘I downloaded this Operating system’, ‘I wrote this code’, ‘I did this image processing’ ..blah ..blah ..blah..
Even though I was okay with being good with just programming, he wasn’t. I always thought I could work little hard and get better score with non-coding subjects too. He wanted me to be like him. Good at both.
The other day, I was sitting on the terrace, looking at some video , he reached out to me and proposed a plan. He said, let’s make a note. A note which will say that ‘Mukesh will study Analogue Electronics’ every day, just for 20 minutes’.
I always respected everything between us, so I agreed, signed the note and he kept it to him, he said, ‘come back to me everyday and tell me that you learnt analogue for 20 minutes’. He knew I will not lie so he trusted me on it.
I did study for few day but then I skipped it one day because I wanted my other stuck code to be running first .. So I gave me time there and left analogue study.
It continued for 2-3 days more that I somehow could not get to study analogue. I mean I understand it was just 20 minutes but I always preferred coding first and then analogue.
Next day after one of our lecture ended and I quickly opened my laptop and started debugging my code. He came by me and asked what all I studied about analogue!!
I looked at him, he was looking angry. I knew he was serious so I just looked down and said, ‘I could not find time for it. So I did not do it, but I will do it.
He opened his wallet, took out our note, and literally tore it and threw it on me saying, ‘I don’t want to hear you will do it.. do it first and then bring back this note to me. I’m not going to carry it if you don’t agree to study analogue’.
I really felt it but I was still firm with my thoughts. I just said him sorry, collected the pieces of note and put them in my pocket and continued my code debugging .. hahahahaha.
In the evening same day, I was thinking of the same moment, I went back to him and really said sorry and promised him that I will at least study something….he still was stuck to his decision…’You do it first and then come back to me’.
and I was like ..ammmmmmm .. okay! so you won’t take the note back?
he said ‘No.. he won’t.’.
I really respected that he cared but I did convinced him that I won’t really do it…and then he looked at me , laughed really a lot .. he hold my neck and he was like, ‘Tu nahi sudherga… ja kar code’.