Love for white collar jobs
I was talking to one of my close friend in school. After school, we studied together for predegree (Plus Two) and then he took BA and MA in English. After that he started a driving school and is going well. Since childhood he was curious about automobiles and he really likes being the owner of the driving school.
Now his parents are seeing girls for his marriage. He was telling me that no parent is willing to marry off their daughter to him because he doesn’t have a "permanent job". He was telling me what happened to him 1 month back. He saw a girl after all formalities (like horoscope matching etc). She finished BSc Physics. Both liked each other but the girl's relative's doesn't want to have this marriage as he doesn't have permanent job. He was telling me that finally her marriage was fixed with another guy who has passed 10th grade and working in "Gulf". That guy can't take his wife with him for another 2 years.
Story of my friend made me think about the "white collar culture" prevailing in Kerala. This may be the only state where graduates will apply for last grade job because they believe any government job will bring social status. A Government job, jobs in Gulf are considered to the best in Kerala. No one is there in Kerala to respect and appreciate youth who are self-employed and doing well. When I was a kid, dream of my mother was that I should land up in a good government job. For her (and for majority of malayalis) a job in private sector or self-employment was never a job.
After coming to US, I found how much US people respect job. The respect an American gives for a college professor, bus driver or a janitor is one and the same. It is high time for all malayalis to wake up, appreciate and respect the people who are self employed.
Malayalis-Don’t forget- Self employed people are also part of our society