You were “Born on the Bayou”, didn’t see much current around you while growing up. Your father could spend just enough to bring you up. One fine day you hold a ticket to opulence. The craving is always fluid and the concentration imbalance of money is huge between the two sides – in short the stage is all set for a breakneck osmotic ride except a push to soften the membrane into a semi-permeable state. The push may be a lottery win or a God particle or an easier route called a software job. You focus too hard on the primary object of interest and everything else around goes blurred. In this ride to the mountain top, you may not have the luxury of appreciating a rainbow. However, the green brigade sitting on the other side has picky old-timers. The true blue greens expect rookies like you to have at least some flavors, if not a fully inherited class. These greens may be horsing around there for generations. They screen new entrants, failing which you’ll be financially fit but socially unfit (not a premium membership status). The power trio of ‘flat-car-marriage’ (3 symbols of a civil and settled Indian) is a gate-pass and the romance ends there. If you yearn to be in a ‘society’ with them, you better get trained. These are the short cuts to pass the acceptance criteria alongside money. With no time to evolve, take to adapting.
You ought to acquire taste. To begin with, buy different dresses and other stuff, play with brands, build a deep understanding of the mood of the gathering and work on eventually building your signature. There is a Phuket for a Pattaya, a Krabi for a Phuket – just like there’s a smarter app for an app. Currency conversion rates keep you finance-aware. Don’t confuse the east vs the west coasts of the USA (United, 50 states, including Alaska). Cuisines and beverages are important pieces of wisdom. Try variety in restaurants, pubs, clubs and pour your tongue out. You’re bound to develop taste on something or the other. Taste buds are your taste buddies here. Never mind about taking fat, alcohols or other ‘substances’ (call it “my poison”) post sunset as long as you’re particular about cereals in breakfast, calorie-shape wary in gym and low carb in lunch. You’re probably late but it’s fair to attempt a hand on literature, music and movies. (Theatre, sculpture, paintings are not meant for hackers.) English, in general, is a skill to die for. Speak, listen and read in English. Pick Chetan Bhagat to announce that you’re a voracious reader. Watch recent English movies. Know ‘Brangelina’ is split, or Deepika Padukone worked with Vin Diesel of late. Sitcoms? A decade back, ‘Friends’ was a trending seasonal. Harry Potter works just fine on both prints and screens. Gadgets, the ones that are in the pipeline and the ones that’ll be launched next year – it’s a key to conversational equilibrium. Note a few reasons why you like a product family or a brand and hate another. Start with MLTR, Enrique Iglesias, boy bands and play the catch-up with Katy Perry, Taylor Swift. They all speak English softly and you may follow a few lines. Start humming, croon (as if you’re adding emoticons to your plain texts) in front of the mirror. It helps to overcome the initial blockage of dictions. Before I forget, accent is an area of improvement you must have identified by now. Work on words with ‘con-’ prefix, pronounce ‘iron’ in the morning with a protein shake in your hand.
The element that you shell out in this entire process is once again the good old money. It makes a whole lot of sense, because any useful training incurs a cost. As Steve Jobs said, the idea is to “Stay hungry. Stay foolish”. A hungry, foolish, rich man can always learn fast. Once you go past the static friction, the ball rolls on and you don’t need me anymore. Never get a phobia of a reverse osmosis – that would take, if at all, a few generations unless you’re financially broke by suicidal vagaries.