Working towards fame and money, or towards Death?

Ptrikha By Ptrikha, 5th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3e4crq8g/
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Society & Issues

It is a dream for many Indian students to get into prestigious colleges or Universities abroad, especially in United States and live a life of their dreams much better than what they can have in India. True, they are ready for hard work and are not lazy people. However, what they do not expect is a work that stretches beyond limits in an almost inhuman like fashion. Here is a true story of what all can go wrong...

Work for fame and money, but do not overwork

Today, I came across this news in Times of India where a father wrote a heart-breaking story of his young son, who died at an early age. This person Sarvshreshth Gupta was just 22 years old. He was originally from New Delhi, India, and graduated from University of Pennsylvania. He later did his internship at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

He was working as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco. He was found dead on April 16 this year in the parking lot next to his apartment. The matter is still under investigation. So far you might say that what is so special about this story. It can happen to anyone.

What is a matter of concern is the conversation this young guy used to had with his father Sunil Gupta. While earlier whenever his father used to say that he was ruining his health by working overtime, often more than 15/16 hours at a stretch and during weekends also, he would try to convince his father by saying that it is a part of such jobs. He would also suggest that he being strong can adjust to such rigors.
However, not every human body is that of a superman. Just like a machine, or even computer systems, continuous loading beyond a limit will snap a human body too, exposing it to diseases and stress.

What can we learn from this incident

Since early this year, this young person Sarvshreshth started telling his father that he cannot cope up with excessive work and long, almost inhuman hours. His father told him to quit, and he even did so. However, due to certain reasons, he rejoined the same company. Things were good to begin with, yet they became worse over a period of time.

Sarvshreshth was again on verge of leaving his job, yet due to accident or some other cause, his life ended.
While we cannot squarely blame his company for the death, from the story what I can make out is the high stress and rigour that people have to face when they have to work for Mega Corporations where they earn accolades from their peers, friends and relatives, and earn highly. Yet, what follows is a highly stressful lifestyle, leading to medication, stress, absence from social interaction and about enjoying the so called "quality of life", one ought to forgot about that.

What we need to do is to generate a dialog among ourselves, with Big Corporations, among students, parents, and across the globe to see where we need to go as a humanity. Whether we want everyone to work overtime, see people in terms of Revenue generating "Robot-Like" resources, or as assets who need to put in hard work, yet enjoy life also?

I do not fully have the answers, do you have?

More thought provoking articles from this author:

The Nepal Earthquake
The worldwide issue of Human trafficking
Avoiding Food Wastage

Inspired by an article read on Times Of India Website:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Dads-post-on-Delhi-boys-death-highlights-Wall-Street-stress/articleshow/47535310.cms

Image Source:
http://pixabay.com/en/stress-worry-stressed-worried-494222/
CC0 Public Domain

Tags

Fame, High Stress, Money, Money Or Stress, San Francisco, Times Of India, Wall Street, Work-Life Balance

Meet the author

author avatar Ptrikha
Ptrikha is an IT professional, with a great appetite for writing on a variety of topics ranging from Business, Economics, Politics, Sports, Technology, and much more. He has written over 100 Articles

Share this page

moderator Peter B. Giblett moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know

Comments

author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Jun 2015 (#)

Needed highlight on a relevant issue, thanks Ptrikha. Tough to draw the line. Some work right through even when they work for themselves, but then they are answerable only to themselves. So stress is controllable.

Sometimes, people dance to the tune of others like when parents have high expectations - sort of living vicariously through their children. I know Indian parents tend to compare their children with others.

I drew the line that I cannot waste my life enriching others and rather cut my expenses than try to earn more - siva

Reply to this comment

author avatar Ptrikha
8th Jun 2015 (#)

The story does not mention that the young man died of stress, or any heart or other ailment, but the stress did cause him a lot of agony, and many more tales go unnoticed. Some are themselves to be blamed for they do not slow down when needed. For others, employers are to be blamed and end-clients too cannot escape the blame fully.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
5th Jun 2015 (#)

Ptrikha, this is a wonderful article. There are some vital points that I hope everyone learns from. The first thing is I believe we must be doing something that we enjoy and we also have to be careful of too much stress.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Ptrikha
8th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes too much stress kills.

Reply to this comment

author avatar M G Singh
7th Jun 2015 (#)

Good article. These points deserve attention

Reply to this comment

author avatar Ptrikha
8th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Madan.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Carol Roach
8th Jun 2015 (#)

well you did not say what he died from that is the key.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Ptrikha
8th Jun 2015 (#)

It is still being investigated but stress did cause a lot of agony for this young man.

Reply to this comment

author avatar brendamarie
17th Jun 2015 (#)

being overworked and over stressed is a huge problem all over the world.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Ptrikha
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes brendamarie

Reply to this comment

author avatar Retired
19th Jun 2015 (#)

This is a good reminder for everyone to slow down in life. Take time to smell the roses some times.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Ptrikha
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes Indeed AngelInDisguise

Reply to this comment

author avatar writestuff
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Interesting and timely post. Parents often stress just the attainment of great wealth and success and forget the pursuit of happiness and good health. Thanks for this posting.

Reply to this comment

Add a comment
Username
Can't login?
Password