Chemistry and IFS (Indian Foreign Service)
Chemistry has taught me that:
Living in a variety of places provides you abundance of opportunities to improve yourself.
Life in the IFS is much beyond protocol and alcohol.
Never reach your boiling point at work.
Bond well not just with your bosses but also with your peer group and subordinates.
Hard work + Perseverance (catalyst) = Good results (mostly)
Don’t let age dilute your enthusiasm.
Ignore the bad elements.
You can’t do everything on your own. Learn to work in a group.
Faraday’s law of IFS - The efficiency and output of a Mission/Post is directly proportional to the leadership qualities of the Head of Mission/Post.
If you apply too much of heat, you may be burnt the most.
Current status may not be an indicator of the person’s capability.
Sometimes a huge task may require negligible joules of energy; other times, a simple task may require infinite joules.
Geographical rotation for postings abroad has a good levelling effect.
It doesn’t matter where you are but what you do.
IFS provides a natural abundance of opportunities to serve the nation.
Wide exposure in the IFS helps you expand your personal orbit, too.
Nothing guarantees that you’ll only have good phases in life.
Quantum theory of IFS: It doesn’t take long for those in a false vacuum to tunnel to their true vacuum state.
If you think you’ve reached your goal when you joined the IFS, get prepared to rust.
You determine your solidity, not your environment.
The biggest constant is also a transition.
Uncertainty need not be always bad.
Don’t increase your volume, improve your argument.
Not all fires can be extinguished by water.
Your post, power, status are only your xtensive properties.
Your yield may not be always in proportion to your talent and input.
Chances that you’ll get to use in the IFS what you learnt in hardcore Chemistry is (absolute) zero.