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What if your mother is a …….. ??

Here is a small story I developed out of a question which was asked to one of the students (in our case Rajeev) on his IIM A interview round.

     “Wake up Rajeev, It’s your big day”, that’s all he heard.  Last few months has been, terrible, exciting, unbelievable for Rajeev. The moment Rajeev saw his CAT score, he knew he cracked it. He knew he is one step closure to what he calls “The Stairway to Heaven”.  Well, he knew is going to do well in the Group Discussion round because he has always been the talkative sort. The only thing he was worried about was the interview. He can talk alright….but when ppl are looking at him from all possible directions and he is the only one in the room, who is being asked question…..it’s a different story.

 Rajeev has prepared the best he could for the interview. Sat those endless nights looking at pages and pages over the internet on “How to appear for an interview”.  He has attended numerous sessions on the same topic. Well nothing prepared for what he is going to face inside those four walls….

     Anyway getting back to the interview day, He reached the interview hall one hour before. Just like the books and the internet advised him, he double rather triple checked his certificates, he is calm and he is relaxed. The interviewers call his name and Rajeev enters the room filled with Geekos from the coveted institute in India, IIM A. They all look like they are ready to tear him into pieces any time soon…

    The old man left to Rajeev, introduced himself as Mr Pandey. And the first thing which came out Mr Pandey mouth was…. “So Rajeev, What if your mother is a prostitute?”

    Phew!! Yeah…. Lets take one small step backwards……You are sitting in an interview for which you have spent your entire life on preparation. You have cracked the examination….just when you thought you had everything in control, there is this person in front of you asking a question like that….

    If someone asks a question like that to anyone from the city where I come from, he would probably be dead by now, or his entire family would be burnt alive.

     Well folks the question which was asked to the imaginary character Rajeev is infact a true incident to some guy appearing for his interview with IIM.  I don’t know the name, I don’t know when and where it happened. All I know is it happened. The guy got selected alright, that’s because the answer which he gave, was as unexpected as the question which was asked to him.

     Take a minute here and think what you would do in Rajeev’s situation. What would you say? Would you get angry (of course!! I would)?? . Well the real Rajeev gave this Seat Winning answer…

 Question by the Interviewer:            

              What if you mother is a prostitute?

 Answer given by the Clever IIM guy :

              Then my father would be the only customer to my mother. :|  

It’s just very comforting for a person like me to hear such things because I would be appearing for an interview like this anytime soon. I really hope I don’t end up thrashing the interview when he/she end up asking me such a question. That’s all from me now….


Vinod Chandramouli. 


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