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Sheer Hope

I've recently had encounters with sheer hope. And then a friend's gtalk status message from Shawshank Redemption "Hope is a good thing - maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies" got me to think about it and ultimately to write this.

Everyone feels hope is exclusively a positive thing. But can there be a negative side to it as well? Something like too much hope, or blind hope? Lets see..

Personally, I think I am more of a realist than an optimist. I assess a situation and only if a particular outcome is realistic do I then become hopeful about it.

Now back to my encounter with sheer hope as I call it. It is the phenomenon behind the really terrific situation, unique to India, of massive numbers of people writing competitive exams for a paltry number of seats. Yes, the IIT-JEE, AIEEE, Medical entrances, CAT and dozens of similar state-level exams. What is common to all these are that lakhs of students write these exams, and far too many on sheer hope rather t…