Becoming a practising lawyer.

This is the question asked: “How to become a lawyer?” The questioner, after nearly a decade of trying as a junior with a lawyer in specialised practice, was having second thoughts. With a family to support, the reasons were obvious: lack of sufficient income. It was actual lack not the usual below expectation type of shortfall.
Lawyers profession in India especially in mufossil or small towns in India is grossly unorganised besides being as enigmatic as elsewhere. However being unobservant does not help. There are few facts which need to be noticed and few considerations to be kept in mind. These are:

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Identity with work and loneliness!

Vocation becomes us.

Many years ago, I had bought a new car and one Sunday morning I just drove off. I met him over a cup of tea. He was undergoing/recovering from a bitter divorce and loss of twenty percent of net worth due to it. Explaining his routine and virtues of being single again, were the topics of conversation. Loss of weight and loss of purpose was visible.
We chatted about variety of subjects. He explained how he was focusing on business and realigning things. And said: ‘after all the work gives us the identity.’ It was an interesting presumption and a sumptuous food for thought. Continue reading