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 It is fun to take the seven km—SHORTCUT hike hilly route to Mussoorie from Rajpur, Dehradun, while the road distance is about thirty km. The trek is full of adventure, and the scenic views are mesmerizing and breathtaking.

Are the shortcuts (always) beautiful and worth taking in life? Is life about taking shortcuts to success reach the zenith?

In Medical Studies, Gray’s Anatomy is much like the Bible. A thick volume that is hard to hold because of its weight and volume. But then, a shortcut book by Chaurasia is good enough to pass the exam. The subject’s intricate details are terribly compromised in this book. However,  knowledge of the subject takes a back seat: the aim is only to pass the exam.

Other disciplines also have shortcuts to their main books that sell like hotcakes. The question is, what professional breed will churn out with half-baked knowledge of the subject, by opting for short cuts?

I feel like there is an ongoing rat race to reach the top. No matter if the principles and ideals are compromised and molested, the idea is to make it big and fast. Opportunism and impatience are the keywords.


There are now two ways to reach the top –

The first is to stay in the rat race and try to rubberneck, push and use all tactics to get the lead.

*The second is to get out of the commotion and choose a long route, other than the customarily followed route, and scale the summit with an authentic and affirmative approach with full zeal, self-respect and vigour.

In life, most shortcuts end up taking longer than taking the longer route. There are many shortcuts to failure, but  success has no shortcuts .


Ashwin graduated from a prestigious Engineering Institute. A multinational company offered him a decent job. But he also had doors open to join the roaring family oil business.

Ashwin had different designs for his career. He launched a Start-up company with meagre finances. The haunches and hiccups were terrible and devastating, but Ashwin had the zeal to go ahead and do it. He fired through all the cylinders and stepped on the gas. Bearing the heat and rain, he moved forward, and after initial setbacks and restrictions, he excelled and was proven right. He was answerable to none other than himself.

He denied taking the shortcut to success but opted for a longer route that eventually proved his worth.

“What comes easy won’t last; what lasts won’t come easy.”

Taking shortcuts saves time, but cutting corners on one task leads us to cut corners on another and then another, leading to a weakening of the heart. Then, in the end, who is the loser?


Besides career pursuits, shortcuts also come into play when you are building relationships.

When we generalize and judge people quickly without giving them ample time, we have chosen a shortcut. It’s superficial, and there is a lack of wisdom.

Sometimes we are hasty in making friendships. People impress us, and we just open up, giving away everything: our valuable time, emotions and sensuality, to repent later in most such alliances.

Remember, that a quick response to a relationship is like an Allopathy. The result is fast but with potentially dangerous side effects.

Simultaneously, the delayed response is Ayurvedic, more affirmative and long-lasting with virtually no side effects.

Anything that goes up faster comes down even faster.

It can be a matter of fierce debate, whether to have an arranged marriage OR have a previous understanding before tying the nuptial knot. I will not hesitate in mentioning that a live-in relationship is not bad when life is concerned.

Most short cut marriages occur when the boy is an NRI and wants a quick SHADI. There is hardly any time to understand the relationship between the two. Such unions are full of risks and glitches; they may not last a lifetime.

Life is not a race. Don’t make it a Derby. Taking shortcuts becomes a habit, and people start doing that in everything that comes their way — be it studies, careers or relationships.

It is a vital duty of parents to instil the importance of hard work and diligence while the child is in the growth stage.

My mother was a Hindi teacher. She made me study the books, cover to cover instead of marking the essential chapters or questions. Taking shortcuts was nullified right from the start. I studied the thick volumes of Medicine, page to page. The most interesting thing was that there were no choices in the Medicine question papers. We had to attempt all of the questions. No wonder, when in practice, we do not have the option to select the patient’s disease. RIGHT?

So … there are no shortcuts to success!




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  1. You are right Anuj,Short cut is not worth our life. This write up is the need of the time. The narrative ” ease of living” has somehow got us to do too many things in a day, and also running out of time… still there are many getting into the details without getting cowed down by time constraints. That’s the attitude !!
    Inspite of knowing the dangers of short cuts people go for it and get away too. Short cuts are mostly adopted by those who are confident about the correctness of their assumption. The Judges or the senior lawyers just take few minutes to understand the dispute that could have been created by too many disagreements. The doctors too at times prescribe a broad spectrum medicine to save their time. Infact even the patient is happy spending less time getting treated.
    Yes you are right in case of human relations, they are always built with time and details, short cuts don’t work. But the irony exists in interviewing candidates , short cuts are used.Human judgements in a jiffy.😄😄
    In my opinion short cut is like jumping peak to peak and declaring covering the whole mountain range. How much one skips here is what is actually skipped.

    1. Dr. Anuj says:

      I like the last line of your write up….. jumping from peak to peak thinking that you have scaled the summits.
      In life, we all take short cuts but are they always helpful?
      In the digital and virtual world where the language and the grammar are changing, well can’t say where we are leading to.
      I still prefer taking the longer route when I can. I love the journey because I don’t care about the destination that keeps shifting.
      thanks for your views

  2. […] “It takes nothing to join the crowd – it takes everything to stand alone.“ […]

    1. Dr. Anuj says:

      true, it takes a world to be on the top…alone.

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