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The Rat Race

Updated: May 27

Yet to be updated.



This contribution is edited by Sreekar Ayyagari & photographed by Pankaj Tottada.



This opinion is available in paperback & ebook.

Cover Photo by Pankaj Tottada

Winning or achieving by bringing another down, An evil grin resulting from someone’s frown, Chopping off a King’s head to snatch the crown, Floating on the water by making one drown, Gives what satisfaction? Compared to a smile from a clown, Or making our own chocolate cake in a rich brown, Or stitching for our mother a hand made gown, Or laying down one’s life for saving a whole town!

​Welcome to India. The land of spicy food, sarees, billions of Gods, Bollywood, unique culture and what not. We have basically everything here! Well, almost. But what we do have, and something which I am personally very proud of since I’m a part of it, are the IITs, the Indian Institutes of Technology. They are the best Engineering colleges in India without hesitation and definitely one among the best in the world. Many in the country want to be a part of these institutes at some part in their lifetime or the other. But the number of IITs are only 16 with a cumulative take-in of nearly 11,000 per year. Since our population is around 120 crores, it is clear that not everyone gets the IIT brand on them.

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