"What's your daughter doing these days, Mrs Umble?" asked a gaudily dressed Mrs Dingo while settling in a cushy sofa at a kitty party. "She is doing graduation in English and geography," replied Mrs Umble politely.
"Only BA? Mrs Umble, you should enroll her in some other course as well. It can be a computer course, dress designing or interior decoration, for that matter. It's no use doing only BA," said an overconfident Mrs Dingo.
Ignoring her suggestion, Mrs Umble enquired, "What is your daughter doing, Mrs Dingo?" "Oh! My Kirti is doing graduation as well as dress designing.
She goes for the course in the evening." Notwithstanding the suggestion, Mrs Umble was clear that her daughter Nimrat was going to finish her BA properly by concentrating on her studies.
Of course, the girl utilised her spare time by helping around the house and pursuing her hobby of oil painting. Being focused, Nimrat was doing extremely well in college.
Mrs Dingo's comments are not so out of place in the prevailing times when one often comes across children who are doing two or even more courses simultaneously.
Multitasking is the order of the day. They are busy from morning till evening; in the process overtaxing their brain all the while, resulting in undue stress. Some parents seem to have a wrong notion about their wards' limitless capacity.
But Mrs Umble has her own views. She believes that managing time wisely is mandatory and consistent hard work has no substitute.
Not to forget the sequel to Mrs Dingo and Mrs Umble's earlier conversation that took place between them at the same spot four years later, Mrs Umble: "Has your daughter finished her studies, Mrs Dingo?"
"Yes, but Kirti could not get admission into a master's degree course due to her low percentage," replied a dejected Mrs Dingo.
"But what became of her dress-designing course?" "Oh! That she left midway as she found it hard to complete the given assignments. What is your daughter doing now?"
"She is doing MA in geography. She got first division in MA Part 1. Basically she is aiming at becoming a college lecturer," answered Mrs Umble unassumingly.
In fact, being a jack of all trades and master of none leads one nowhere. Knowing something about all things and not all about anything is of no consequence.
At present, Nimrat is an able college lecturer, respected by her students for her knowledge of the subject and devotion to her profession.
Eminent scientist, inventor and engineer Alexander Graham Bell has rightly observed, "Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."