Nature or nurture? Perhaps you are born with certain talents but weren't provided with the necessary environment to nurture your gifts. Or maybe you were born with no special talents, but were lucky to have been nurtured in an environment that still heaps rewards on you. // A was a child prodigy who could play dozens of different musical instruments. He was remarkably poor at studies (and everything else besides) and perhaps many Indian parents would have given up on him. But luckily for him, his special musical talents were encouraged by his rich family and he was sent abroad to study jazz music. However, when he returned to India he realized that to be rich and famous (was there any other way to live?) you had to go to Bollywood. So he made mediocre, insipid auto-tuned music that instantly catapulted him to B-grade celebrity-hood. He now earns millions, and his proud mother, once looking at my own lack of any special talents, gave commiserations to my mother. Such talent is god-gifted, inborn, and cannot be replicated however hard you try, she said, even though A and I share our genes. // Another relative, B, hero-worships A. B was equally poor at studies (and everything else besides), but wasn't lucky enough to be born with any special talents. (Always remember what A's mother says.) Yet, B aspired to be rich and famous (was there any other way?) like his musician uncle. His loving parents couldn't afford a foreign education for him, so the local music school would have to suffice. Sadly, even after years of training there seems to be nothing remarkable about this young man, musically or otherwise. His father's mother complains how he is short (her daughter in law's genes, of course) and dull. And dark, to make matters worse in India. Everyone seems to agree that B's younger sister is far more intelligent and competent. And fair-skinned as well. // But life is not so bad for B. He may not be especially gifted in anything, but his loving family is now grooming him to take on the family business. His sister, clearly superior in intellect despite similar nurturing, will not be taking on the reins because - Oh, fate! - her marriage has already been arranged.