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Globalisation and exchange of cultures have brought changes to our social family customs and ways of living. Since change and need for adaptation is inevitable, we ought to approach proactively how we can bridge the new dreams of younger generations to the traditions so far being followed by elder generations in our locality. An occasional health-check on ‘dynamics of marriage and family relationships’ is worth undertaking to gauge expectations and realities within our society.


It’s worth acknowledging the presence of various social value systems – broadly between ‘Western social value system’ and ‘Eastern social value system’. Western value focuses on individuality (i.e. rights and needs of individual), while Eastern value focuses on group (i.e. rights and needs of family/community). Interestingly, many words we often used in our Eastern social lives are interpreted differently to people in the West. For example (In the West), ‘family’ means ‘husband and wife and kids till those kids become of legal age (18yrs)’, ‘home’ means the house one bought by self and loved to live in, ‘empowerment’ means ‘My rights is supreme’, etc. Contents of modern education system tends to inclined more towards to western social value system since the western countries are considered as ‘developed nations’. We ought to be careful about what we are professing through our education system to ourselves and our younger generation when it is about social value system.

The dynamics of family structure in our society has changed with the growing trend of educated girls, financially empowered women, salaried office going women, city-jobs in formalized private companies, internet and media, etc. Such change has brought both friction and advancement to the ‘institution of marriage’ and ‘family relationships’. Rather than arguing and fighting like ‘I’m always right based on education one has had or experiences from living in another city/country’, everyone needs to consider the impact of such change in family structure to oneself and our societal value system. We’ve to choose the best blend of values from both the West and the East, which is relevant to our local environment.

Luckily, we still consider ‘Marriage as something spiritual rather than just a contract signed between a woman and man as in the Western value system’. Our families comprise of everything and everyone related to us (esp. grandparent, parent, husband-wife, kids, and grand-kids). Since married women are now working in offices or running businesses (along side men), we ought to consider sharing household works between husband and wife (and among all family members). Running a home and meeting various family obligations require full-time attention from both husband and wife (including support of in-laws). Modern women have got own dreams to achieve and ‘husband and new family’ needs to consider their aspirations too. Yet, women empowerment must not be at the cost of men’s indignity or breakup of earlier family relationships (with in-laws). Young married couple ought to discuss openly with each other about the roles to be taken in the new family and be diplomatic while dealing with in-laws. Every parents love and care their wards, and family relationship issues (if any) may be just about the need to sort out how to channelize the ‘love and care’ between the young couple and in-laws in an appropriate and understandable medium.

Raising kids by working husband and wife isn’t an easy task, considering the time and effort needed to manage the kids as well as running the household activities. Kids are not something that husband/wife can program to do as instructed. Just spending money for the kids and providing things demanded by kids may not raise a child with better personality and secure future. Living separately or living with in-laws has both plus and minus points to the newly married couple. Residing in another city by the young couple (far away from in-laws) for making a living through jobs may provide ‘individual freedom (from in-laws), but may be risking the couple’s own marriage (with none to calm down when differences may arise between husband and wife), or be risking future of couple’s children (with none to give proper attention to kids while kids are growing up under the influence of bad habits or surrounding influences). Presence of grandparents and relatives can have good impacts on the raising of kids, while young couples are busy making career and a living.

Dumping of parents by married couple (for want of independence to decide what/how the couple wishes to lead their lives) isn’t a sign of modern excellence or advancement in humanity. We are called humans and not animals; because we maintain some dignity and care for our parents, grandparents and kids. Similarly, marriage ought to be considered something more than just live-in of a man or woman and breed kids; because, that type of attitude is done more or less by animals in jungles too. Career making and working hard to make earning for better future may be essential to both man and woman, but, what matters most is having the blessing of love ones around us when making a living or wining something in own life.

We may even agree that we are living better and smarter than those generations of our elders. We may flaunt our degrees and job designations to prove our intelligence. But, on some things such as knowledge about family relationships and marriage (i.e. wisdom of life and living), our elders are quite advanced to the young couples as they’ve experienced it already. Change of century or year doesn’t change various aspects on family relationships and marriage. Thus, our modern education may not teach everything that is needed for a happy family and cohesive social livelihood. Let’s respect and regard our parents and grandparents in the matter of wisdom of life and living. Let’s remind ourselves that ‘To live is the first need, while to gain knowledge or to work and earn is just to make the living’.

About the Author:

Shanjoy Mairembam (BEng, MBA) is a Business Strategy Consultant based at Leicester (UK). He supports mentoring of young entrepreneurs in ‘conceptualization of ideas into business case’, and offers role of a ‘Business Doctor’ to local NGOs/SMEs in Manipur.

For further info, visit http://www.shanmaiconsulting.com; E-mail: shanjoym (at) gmail (dot) com


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Our basic need is survival and rest of other activities is around making that living comfortable. Thus, ‘Education’ is about enlightening us the best appropriate way of doing things from past experiences, while ‘Common Sense’ is the knowledge about applying past experiences on day-to-day realities happening around us.


Like in most countries, India follows a system of imparting knowledge to students in the form of a tier-system of education (e.g. 10+2+3 for general studies) so that necessary level of teaching and learning is provided to only those sections of people who actually require that level of knowledge. There are also various skill-based training and vocational education system in place in India. There are reasoning behind the form of pedagogy developed for education system chosen by govt in own countries. The question each student/youngster should be asking self is ‘How much education is enough for self and future career making?’

Logically, we can consider all forms of profession being comprised of two types of education needs – Business aspect and technical aspect. For example, rice is an essential food needed in our daily lives. Knowledge is required to understand how to cultivate and get rice – thus, that’s about technicality and there are students learning courses on Agriculture (e.g. Bachelor of Science in Agriculture). Also, knowledge is required to obtain rice from fields, transport rice to storage, distribute rice bags to wholesalers, sell rice to consumers – thus that’s about business and there are students learning courses on Management of Agriculture businesses (e.g. Master of Management in Agro-based business). Similarly, for better healthcare system, we got education systems on becoming doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, social carers, dentists, medical technicians, etc. In order to systematize the know-how to cater to needs around us, we create ways of educating the learners in a leveling tier approach. Thus, if we try to see the bigger picture around a profession and the related environment within which the profession operates, we can realize that education is rather about providing a common sense way of dealing with our societal needs.

Having a basic level of education (10th Standard in India) is sufficient for someone to understand the society’s common sense better. Having intermediary level of education (12th standard in India) is about preparing someone to have an interest in a segment of industry/knowledge with more focus; while having a graduate level of education (12+3 standard in India) is about giving the specific required level of knowledge to someone to execute the most tasks necessary in that industry segment. Further level of education (Masters or doctorate levels in India) are to provide specialization study to understand with more depth why things happen as they are and what new approaches can be created/discovered to do things in a better way. Thus, one does not need to go to college or university for higher study ‘as mandatory need’, but rather based on ‘situational need’. Just to reemphasize this view, globally reputed firms such as ‘Apple’ and ‘Microsoft’ are founded by College drop-outs (whom latter employs qualified engineers/managers with degrees and doctorates to run the companies). Even locally within Manipur (and in other parts of India), we can see large businesses run by not even 10th standard pass entrepreneurs and yet these able-industrialists manage to run their businesses by employing skilled engineers and managers accordingly.

Youngsters (under guidance from parents) often proceed to study popular courses in professional undergraduate level such as MBBS, BE, BPharm, BSc-Nursing, and also in general studies such as BCom, BA, BSc. Some youngsters directly get entry to job or on-the-job related courses in central and state govt services such as paramilitary forces, NDA, banking, state police, etc. Very few youngsters in Manipur (and even in entire India) deviate to think about setting up own businesses or learning knowledge/skill that will help themselves in setting up that business of own dreams.
In countries like UK, the approach of ‘Learning by Doing’ is followed more in the society in the form of youngsters taking up apprenticeship jobs in companies just after completion of GSCE (similar to Class 10 in India) or A-level (similar to Class 12 in India), and growing their careers henceforward from bottom to management level. Most organizational managers and CEO/COO do not even possess universities degrees, yet they are expert in their technical or business skills. Also, senior managers are often found coming back to universities at the age of 30+ to study in some degree courses related to their already experienced industry to have the skill of critical thinking with academic learning approach.

Though one needs not necessarily go to colleges/universities to make a living or successful profession/career in life, one can gain a lot by going to colleges/universities once in a lifetime. Education is rather meant to give away experience of ‘various know-how’ collected over years to the future generation in a very simple and concise format in a very short period of time. Colleges/universities are not just meant for getting higher education in various knowledge domains or industry sectors, but also a platform/forum for meeting people (like-minded as well as non-like-minded) to share ideas and experiences to learn from each other for own future. By being in colleges/universities, one can get access to libraries (having tons of knowledge contents), professors (having vast experiences in the areas one may have interest to explore), colleagues (having similar interest to work together in future projects), and professional networks (having industry experts and business support groups), friends (having similar social and emotional behaviors), etc.
Successful people in every profession never stop learning about things that may be useful in their lives irrespective of having gone to study in school or college or university. What may be effective about preparing self to learn about a profession is to start thinking in backward from that chosen future dream to present situation in order to evaluate how much education and what skill-sets one may need in order to realize the dream. Thus, first need in life is ‘survival’; then next need come ‘food’, shelter, clothes, etc; and then, educating self is to find a way out to earn money through a job/task to cater to the cost of surviving in style.

Thus, students/youths in Manipur should focus on having ‘Common Sense’ in life more than running after ‘Education’; because, education (in some appropriate form) is just only a means to acquire knowledge that is needed for having ‘common sense’ in one’s life.

About the Author:
Shanjoy Mairembam (BEng, MBA) is a Business Strategy Consultant based at London (UK). He supports mentoring of young entrepreneurs in ‘conceptualization of ideas into business case’, and offers role of a ‘Business Doctor’ to local NGOs/SMEs in Manipur.

For further info, visit http://www.shanmaiconsulting.com

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Where there is a will, there is a way“. Yes, It sounds good & interesting.

Innovative thinking supported by a strong faith to practically implement the thought is the key to achieve self-dignity & value of the Education received so far. Literally, “Education” means imparting the knowledge about something so as to get freed from ignorance. The focus of this article is on self-analysis of what one can do from the Education so far received in various fields of our academics, and considering “Education” as an exciting Sport rather than a boring subject meant for only intellectuals.

Educational systems are in place in every country so as to impart knowledge to the required individuals. It is the effort of every country to update the prevailing Education System so that their citizens can take the country forward creating a wonderful place to live on this Earth. It will be wrong to view the Educational System as the only way to get one’s source of income of surviving.

Every kid from most families are sent to schools, and then, to colleges, and then, to Universities to learn many courses on various fields. Every family does in turn do expect their wards to get a job after completion of the courses so as to support the family. In such current way of thinking towards the prevailing Education System; everyone of us view “Education” as a boring duty but unavoidable approach to get a job in future for a living in the society.

Here, It’s worth reminding, “When Innovative Thinking stops, the purpose of having one’s Brain simply dies; and thus, the concept of dignity for status of human superiority to other living being doesn’t apply to that individual any more.”

As we know clearly from the literal meaning of “what Education is”, we should be viewing “Education” as an amazing sport event via which one can show dignified leadership over the rest of the others; or which one can achieve the celebrities status like those of Movie Actors & Fashion Models”; or which one can feel maximum fun & enjoyment out of the implementation of the creative Ideas gained via the Education; or which, in short, one can shape the future of any person.

Indeed, the concept being put forward is too hi-fi, but if one tries to do self-reasoning, the concept holds true and practical. It just needs to change one’s mentality & thinking approach from the general process to something different.

Every system is not full proof & everyone has to understand that there is always a way to improve. The Educational system that we have currently is fully tested one and been going on for a long time giving known results. So, we should not be changing just like that because we feel something good today based on some facts.

This article is about the feasible thoughts that one can do out of the current system. As we all can see that – in spite of studying in various professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, etc & many other courses like General Science, General Arts, etc and many more; all students can’t get job or, in short, they can’t get the chance to utilize the knowledge out of the learning received so far.

Here, one has to remind self – “Dreaming for a wonderful career via a proper Education is not the only way of living in one’s life; there are many more important events in life to share & feel with“. Getting Education via schools, colleges are just a part of life, and what life is all about is – how we can live happily with secure mind with our families in the society.

A comparison can be brought between sport & Education – that is – A few sport persons get the medal of success out of luck & hard-work; but millions of sport persons get rusted due to unavoidable injuries & unlucky fates in their careers; Likewise, even though we all go to schools & colleges, and study the same subjects under the same faculties, only a few of us get the intended job out of the courses, while many of us get rusted here & there.

We hear a lot of celebrities in the Fashion World – Miss World, Mrs India, Miss Universe, etc. Modelling People are showing off new ideas and shaping their bodies & dresses to instil a sense of attraction & craziness to follow the similar trends by many of us, so thus creating their own market to exist. Those in the Fashion World & those who are in sink with the modern Fashionable items are considered as High Class people who have higher value of life than the normal citizens in our society. These are the concepts currently prevailing and it is the concept we create; but to be frank, we can create a new concept like “Education as a Wonderful Career in a New Style & Fashion “.

In simple words, ‘Business’ literally means dealing with something to get something out of the Market being created for personal benefit & profit; and, ‘Market’ literally means the scope of business where the business deals are being conducted. In every field of career (let it be Fashion modelling, Sports, Architecture, Farming, Engineering, Medicine, pottery, etc), it is the educational institutions & the educational systems that have huge market areas to get profit. There are many well-learned Graduates in many courses in our Educational System.

Starting from conducting Tuition for students to the lowest level of thought, Education can be considered as a lucrative business market. Here, the only concepts required are the technical skills on that particular course and a business mind-set. Running an engineering college, or a medical college, or a simple school, or a Coaching centre, etc is booming up like anything in India and abroad. All these are due to the understanding of many Business mind-set people with regards to “Education”.

Some people do just look for profit rather than quality of the education that is going to be imparted to the students. For taking up Education as a career option, one needs not to get passed out of the Institutes like Harvard, Oxford, IITs, IIMs, etc; but one needs to prepare how to get the maximum profit out of the resources in front of the individual. Yes, ideas learnt on those prestigious institutes will be helpful; but it is the individual who dare think beyond those institutes.

We can remember these few reasoning’s – “Who says every scientist comes only out of the high class institutes”, “Who says only Doctors, Engineers, MBA graduates are intellectuals superior to the rest of the others”, “Who says someone who hasn’t got enough proper education can’t become Business Tycoons”, “Who says if one doesn’t able to go to good schools or colleges, life is dark forever”, “Who says every high income family belongs to those who have done only professional courses like Engineering or Medicine, etc” and many more.

So, the idea of this article is to let ourselves know that Education is a better means but not the least, to get the idea how shall we shape our career & future to do business. One needs not to wait for the others to change or follow some new ideas. One needs not questions to the others why they don’t try to implement those new ideas first & prove to the rest so as to follow.

It is indeed, we, ourselves, who needs to change, who needs the ideas, for the better of our future & create new career, meaning new business. In short, we can think in this way like – other people are already in good business and it is we who need to create new niche out of their markets to do business for our own profit. There are many innovative ideas already available around us; but the choice is up to the person to decide which one triggers one’s passion.

Well, its time to think a bit different in our approaches, as it is time for the survival of the fittest. It’s time for a new world “Era of Intelligence & Innovations“.

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