The EifFel TowEr

Standing in front of it, the confident stature had glint in her eyes washing memories of how her parents acted when she wanted to learn Architecture.

Photo by Lucas Albuquerque

She was nine when she announced her dream to her parents. A dedicated notebook was filled with its pictures. The glowing Eiffel tower in Paris, underneath which the twinkling River Seine flows, was the first in her collection. Attracted to the geometrical design, she started weaving her path.

Architect was no field for her parents as the society has already graded fields according to the amount of income received and the more the amount, the higher the status in society which simultaneously increases the respect of the parents. The narcissistic parents tried to change their daughter’s path to being a Doctor. Their egoistic actions and words went rude with each other as well as her while watching her marks, in the specific subjects, never making it above borderline. This inscribed the saddest part of her life in her heart.

Being an adult and watching her classmates achieving their dreams, she chose to go against her parents, for the first time in twenty years. Not knowing if it is right or wrong, she applied for the course of architecture in Paris with scholarship.

by
Kritika
https://www.instagram.com/undressedthoughts

*This story has been written assuming the society to not be bias about gender.
**Very much common in Indian Subcontinent.

In response to the following prompts:
1. What do you see # 69 -February 15 2021 – Keep it alive (lifeafter50forwomen.com)
2. Friday Fun – your path – aroused

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42 Comments

  1. Seems that the steering of career by parents is not unique to India. I’ve seen it happen all over. My college roommate wanted to be a teacher but her father said NO! Instead she graduated with a degree in Labor Relations. She married and was a homemaker – she achieved her dream by teaching her children (a little home schooling) and also teaching Sunday School… She found a way.

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    1. She succeeded and found a way. That is great. Happy to hear about your friend. The sad part is time though at the end a person is happy but what the time lost.
      Thank you for letting me know that its not just India. Being here I have seen dreams die and no one cares. Its heart breaking but people like to compromise which they think is a great sacrifice in the eyes of the almighty.
      Thank you so much kindly πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  2. Lovely story Kritika and love your thoughts.
    I so agree it’s sad and encouragement is truly important but stepping out of the box is essential! β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’– hard as it is and whoever one disappoints. xo

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  3. Great story, Kritika, It is wonderful for parents to mentor their children and help them discover their interests and talents. It is not so great to try to force them into a particular career. Choosing a career based on money or status is a miserable decision! Too often we see grumpy doctors unhappy in their work or lawyers working outside their field.

    Loved your story. So well-written and so true-to-life, and not just in India! ❀ Stay safe and be happy!

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  4. A wonderful story, Kritika.

    Glad the story’s heroine decided to apply for a scholarship to study architecture in Paris at the end.

    I like the idea of the Eiffel Tower being built in such a way as the River Seine flows underneath.

    That would be quite the architectural achievement. πŸ™‚

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    1. My mistake. I used ‘under’ instead of ‘underneath’. Thank you so much kindly for pointing this out. And thank you for liking the story. She had to listen to her heart. πŸ™‚

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  5. Nicely penned to raise this issue… completely agree with your point…the dreams which some parents r not able to fulfill ,they enforce that to their kids…lucky r those kids whose parents set them free to pursue wat they want to….

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