"Hi, I enjoyed your talk on education this week. I was there."
"Thanks. What do you do?"
"I am a PhD student at MIT"
"What's your area?"
"When do your complete it it?"
Smiles. "That's a difficult question to answer. I have been here 3 years." Changes topics: "You said you were looking for people did you find any?"
"Yes. I have interviewed about six. Its difficult to find people for creative roles in India"
Then he spoke : "You know I am from IIT Mumbai. A topper from IIT. In my last term there I was very self-satisfied and used to lecture people on how to manage their career. I came here and realized there is no correlation between grades and your creative relationship with a subject. I met people with lower grades or 'raw intellect' but who could really stretch their mind and look at a problem from all sides. I could not do that. I had terrible work and thinking habits. It was emotionally hurtful to acknowledge to myself that this was the truth about me."
"Many people don't realize this in a lifetime. Whats your dream?
"I want to be a teacher. I love science. I want students to have a really creative relationship with science."
We had reached Harvard Square.