A:     Of all the things, my cousin is going abroad to study music.

S:     What is wrong with that?

A:     The market! Who is going to employ him? Will his career be long lived? What if we dissolve in a state of total anarchy and a band of bearded men lynch him? Hey, my own family is full of bearded men. My father is ready to smack him across the jaw right now!

S:     It’s his passion right? He has to pursue it. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense to everyone. And of it really is his passion he will find a way to make it work.

A:     My passion is cricket, doesn’t mean I become a cricketer. Passion can only take you so far. The politics of the field, the opportunities for growth, and even societal needs should be part of the equation. He’s great at math and geometry; he could have done anything with his life! No body is tell him to give up the guitar but does he really need a degree for musical success?

S:     Ameen this mindset has to change. Only when a few people like him seriously study music, or other fields like it, come back will space be made eventually. We should be celebrating people like him for being risk takers and pioneers. So so many of us have become doctors and computer geeks, because we were too afraid to try something that actually made us happy and too afraid to stand up to our parents.

A:     Believe me, I agree with you, but you have to be practical in life. My parents wanted me to become a doctor, and I could have, but I chose not to. Does mean I waste my time and resources studying a degree that doesn’t have a sure shot future.

S:     Sometimes being practical equals being unhappy. You might be right, that he will have a tough time when he gets back, but that’s on him. All we can do, as family and society is support one another in time of need if we are so worried about what is happening in other peoples lives.