Oh, I had a job! Yes, it was crap but still, I had a stable job. Enough to get me through life. And then it happened!
One fine day, I think it was night, while the systems seemed to break down in office, but of course I couldn’t go home because deliverables, I decided to see if I’d cleared an examination called National Eligibility Test (NET).
OK, a little bit about NET. It’s this exam that you give if you want to teach at higher education level. So, if you clear it, you get to call yourself an Assistant Professor. And, if you clear it at a higher level, then you’re a junior Research Fellow (JRF), too. You can go do a Ph.D. with your NET clearance; being a JRF, though, you get paid, too, for doing research. Ah, dreamy! And yes, while I couldn’t do anything about the deliverables, I, at least, knew I was a JRF. And that’s where it all began! The no so long but not quite thrilling journey of my Ph.D.
Oh and it was only after one year of getting my NET clearance on that lonely night in office that I registered for what was to come – the journey into the unknown . . .