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Who am I, Who are you, and what are we doing here?

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What is a lawyer a lawyer for if he does not argue in court? This is a quote often referred to by people in the legal profession in order to entice people to join the bar. Mostly, the people who do use this quote are people who have become master litigators and judges over a long period of time. The Attorney General Sir G.E.Vahanvati also believes the same as can be seen from his interview where he even makes a suggestion to senior lawyers to pay at least a sustenance amount to junior lawyers to help them during their initial years. But then, at the same time no one does really want to join the bar because nobody actually does pay you that much, it seems to be a form of educated bonded labour where you get freed from your debt towards your senior lawyer only when lady luck manages to smile on which is why most litigators who end up questioning the very profession they are in and their faith to serve the profession dwindles.

The other side of the story is that of people who join the corporate houses and firms which often resemble a modern day ‘get rich quick scheme’. With all due respect to all associates, senior associates and partners who have made it big in these places, for the most part a huge bill is charged to clients for all the hard work put in by the associates engaged in research, drafting etc. Due to the hectic schedules and timings maintained, most people engaged in these top places end up reaching a saturation point at a very early stage. At some point of time or the other, people here too end up questioning what exactly they are doing and where exactly they are.

In my defence, I have no statistics to prove any of the things mentioned above so am assuming all the comments (if any) which may come in for this entry would be from people who love their respective side of the story and would presumably oppose what has been mentioned. This entry mainly conveys that the story of litigation and non-litigation is a story of the grass being greener on the other side depending on where exactly in the growth ladder a particular person is. The title of this entry does sound psychedelic but if probably, someone did make a movie showcasing both sides of the story in India where a litigator and a non litigator who are often plagued with a question of where exactly their life stands at this point in time. This title would suit it best.

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