Just what do you do when the only person you genuinely admire doesn’t acknowledge that you exist, and the person you’re just cannot stand leeches on to you like her life depends on it?
Just what is to be done when the source of your inspiration shrivels and dies?
Just what are you supposed to do when you realize that the people you’ve known almost all your life aren’t really the people you would want to know, and if you met them now instead of back then, you wouldn’t spare them a second thought?
What the heck are you to do if the principles you’ve lived by all your life just stop working one day?
What are you supposed to feel when you begin to identify with that chameleon character in that Woody Allen movie who turns into a banker when he’s among bankers, or into a writer when among writers, just because he wants to fit in?
There end the hypothetical situations. Now comes the real thing:
What do you do when you have a really really great, brilliant idea, and you know EXACTLY how to go about doing it, and you KNOW amazon.com will pay you big bucks to develop it, and you know you CAN make the time to develop it, when you surf the net and find that amazon.com already has the product which is EXACTLY what you imagined it to be, even the GUI is what you wanted it to be like… are you supposed to pat yourself on the back coz you were thinking amazon-level, or kick yourself coz you presented an original generic product like this one in a contest where everyone was flicking ideas off ACM and IEEE?
PS: This has nothing to do with the rest of the post; just a congratulatory message to a friend who’s one of the five Rhodes Scholars from India this year. Congrats, dear friend, and I’m having you know here that you’ll always be an inspiration, other things notwithstanding.