Friday, June 01, 2007

Finally I Have My PhD.


I completed my PhD in Environmental Engineering this week and I am now Dr Brijesh Nair. Almost six years, lots of ups and downs and finally I am happy that I could make it. I remember the day I landed in the US, the hardships in the first few semesters, as if it happened yesterday and I am glad that all my hard work paid off. Now I will have a lot of time for my family and for persuading my hobbies.


I know the credit for my PhD doesn’t belong to me alone. Yes, I have done a lot of hard work in the form of hours and hours of endless research and sleepless nights to prepare for exams and finishing assignments. But I owe my PhD to so many other people also. I don’t want this post to look like an acknowledgement page of my dissertation. But from the teacher who taught me Malayalam alphabets to my parents who taught me the values and principles of life, to my loving wife who had put up with me during all these days when I spend most of the time in lab than in the house and to all my friends – many have helped me. Big thanks to all.

One of my happiest moments came when I called my alma mater after I passed my PhD dissertation defense. One of the teachers told me “Brijesh, if you come back as a professor in some college in India I will do PhD under you”. I was so happy that one of my teachers in my undergraduate school told me like that.


WHAT NEXT?

Many people keep asking me what my plans are now after getting PhD. I have a very good job and I am happy with it. But is this my dream job? Answer is NO. I would like to work for the United Nations as an Environmental Engineer and work for a few years in the remote places of Africa and help those people to get one of the basic necessities of life – pure drinking water. These are the kind of jobs that will stimulate me and I am hoping to get that kind of a job in the near future.


My close friends know that politics is a passion for me. I read and think a lot about various political events and I dream of becoming a politician in the later part of my life – Yes a full time politician in India. That is my ultimate goal in life – become a successful politician in India. I know, with no Godfather or right political connections the road ahead is tough. But I know one thing for sure. If I have the same determination, if I do the same kind of hard work and if I work with same sincerity that I showed during my PhD, I am sure I can excel in Indian politics and fulfill my ambition.


Once again,


A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL

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24 Comments:

Blogger കേരളഫാർമർ/keralafarmer said...

"Congratulations" Dr. Brijesh Nair

June 01, 2007 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Doctor Brijesh. When you join the UN, let me know - i will send you my CV. UN is my dream company too (btw, they do need project managers).

Champagne time !

June 01, 2007 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Er...that was me - AK

June 01, 2007 9:19 AM  
Blogger Jiby said...

brijesh, congratulations...let me too call you Dr.Brijesh...what a great achievement...hope you find the courage to go on to do all you dream of doing. the environment is something which concerns me greatly these days and i wish i had studied something in that sphere. when you become a politician and if i find you to be a good one...i will look forward to supporting your cause and hopefully even working with you!

June 01, 2007 9:36 AM  
Blogger deepak said...

hey man.. am coming across ur blog for the first time.. its a surprise that somebody is actually aiming at a politician's life..gr8.. all the best..

June 01, 2007 11:51 AM  
Blogger silverine said...

Congratulations!!! :)

June 01, 2007 12:03 PM  
Blogger Praveen said...

Hi Dr.Brijesh,

For me, your achievement is not a bolt from the blue. ‘cause I know your potential and your commitment. I am proud that you are my friend.

I am pretty sure that you’ll make a good politician. However, the road to that is not going to be smooth for a person like you. It’s a field of dirt tricks.

Nishanth (our own Ikkru) is also planning to enter in politics at the age of 40. Probably you guys can make a good team.

Congrats!!! for you PhD and All the Best!!! for your future endeavors.

June 01, 2007 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr B... congrats man.. I was hoping to call you this soon..

Congratulations and best wishes for all your future endevours.

take care,
Prem.

June 01, 2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger Deepa and Anil said...

Brijeshey, Congrats!! Party time!! :)

June 01, 2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger Sachin R K said...

Congrats Doctor.

Now that you are relatively freer, can we expect more frequent posts ? :)

June 02, 2007 4:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Brijesh!!...
I can sense that "Phew I came out on the other side finally".
Although let me make an observation- India/Indians always revere learning and in my opinion have a BIG attraction to titles like Dr. just for that.. While here, people wiht PHd. hardly address themselves as Dr. :)
Thats why we see the name plates with Dr. and other Llb,M.A and alll kinds of things..on the boundary wall of the house..something which is usually missing here.
But once again congrats! Its quite an effort.

~Prasanth

June 03, 2007 7:15 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

Kerala Farmer

Thanks

AK
Sure, but the project manager working in that remote area won’t be making big bugs like a manager working in a top software company. Remember that before you apply.

Jiby,

I am sure you will be passing your Civil Services Exams soon and hopefully will be one of the senior government secretaries when I join politics.

Deepak,
Welcome to my blog. Yes I like to take politics as a profession. Lot of my friends have told me that I am mad to make such a decision but that is what I want to do in life and I will try to work hard and excel on that field.

Silverine
Thanks a lot!

Praveen

Thanks. I know the path will be very difficult but I am determined to give it a try.

Prem,
Thanks

Deepa and Anil Sankar

Thanks

Sachin R K

Thanks. Hopefully I will be able to write some good stuffs since I will have more time now.

Prasanth

I have seen people putting all the degrees every where especially for marriage. I have seen this concept of putting the degree and on top of it a bar sign. I was not sure what it was and later it understood that if one has not completed the degree you put bar over it. I am not going to exhibit my degree like that for sure.

Thanks a lot for the wishes.

June 03, 2007 7:40 AM  
Anonymous lakshmi narayan said...

Dr.Nair,
Congratulations on your fete. Now you owe me two dinners :-)

June 03, 2007 8:09 AM  
Blogger sanu said...

Congrats Dr. Brijesh!!!

June 03, 2007 8:11 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

Lakshmi,
Thanks. I will take you for 2 treats for sure

Sanu,
Thanks

June 03, 2007 8:15 AM  
Blogger rathi said...

Dr. Brijesh,
Congrats.Your aim of water purification in the developing areas is laudable.People like you are the future of India. You must strive to change the tarnished image of Indian Politics by being a self made accomplished Citizen, rathe gain entry into it by inheritance.All the best for all your purposeful cqmpaigns.
Rathi

June 10, 2007 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first congratulation on getting ph.d..but i don't think UN is the right place for ur drems..Only in India we see so much romance attached to romance...this started with what they preach in school textbooks as the next good thing after god...but in reality UN is beaurcratic inefficient organization...
I think there are lots of non-profit organizations which are doing much better work than UN and you can start looking at that.. if you really worried about bringing drinking water to africa...

June 10, 2007 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

few typos in previous post corrected...

first congratulation on getting ph.d..but i don't think UN is the right place for ur drems..Only in India we see so much romance attached to UN...this starts with what they preach in school textbooks UN as the next good thing after god...but in reality UN is beaurcratic inefficient organization...
I think there are lots of non-profit organizations which are doing much better work than UN and you can start looking at that if you are really worried about bringing drinking water to africa/india...

June 10, 2007 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Deelip said...

Hey, congratulation Dr. Nair.
Feels good nah! I also have a aim to be called Dr.

Good luck

June 17, 2007 4:31 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

Rathi
Thanks a lot!

anon@1.207 PM
you can help the needy through lot of non profit organization also. I don’t agree with you that UN is a non efficient organization.

Deelip

Feeling so relieved.

June 26, 2007 2:51 AM  
Blogger abhishek said...

Dr. Brijesh.

Didn't realize your ambitions also included becoming a politician. We should talk more about that. I have some theories about political governance and ideas of my own as well.

July 06, 2007 2:09 AM  
Blogger emmanuel said...

have seen ur blog before.....but now only i realised that i missed a wonderful stuff in the blogdom.......i appreciate ur clear-cut opinions and the strong socio-political consciousness...:)

Congrats on ur achievement.....
Let me also to call you Dr. Brijesh Nair.....wishing u all the best for everything in future....!!!

July 11, 2007 2:43 PM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

abhishek,
Will definetly call you

emmanuel,
Thanks a lot!. Thanks for those encouraging works about my blog.

July 22, 2007 6:56 PM  
Blogger t said...

BEST OF LUCK to you.
The Middle East (Yemen) also has water-security concerns. Africa, of course, will be an even more amazing experience if that's your interest. I'm Nigerian, and I hope you choose to try Nigeria.

September 06, 2007 12:00 AM  

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