AFPA

I have often written about how to weave a good story in PP and DT but it seems things have not yet been understood by many. So, this is another attempt where I am explaining what is a synthetic story and why these stories don’t work in the SSB.

Recently, a candidate was screened out, obviously, he was not following my video tutorial. He sent me the image and the story he wrote, requesting me to evaluate it and tell where he went wrong. I wondered how he got the image and asked him about the same. He is yet to answer my question. The image he sent is shown below:

His story is as follows:-

“Both men and women are doctors and now they have settled and come into the restaurant to enjoy and laugh and enjoy but then they ordered a cup of tea and a small boy of age 9 years was bringing tea. They were stresses by seeing child labour and then decided that whatever they would earn will give 30% of their income to a NGO who works for child labour and also operate the children who are poor free of cost.”

Now, these kinds of stories are worthless for several reasons. First, the main theme of the story, which is about child labour, has nothing to do with the image shown – there’s no boy seen, serving tea to them. Hence, the story is fictitious and synthetic. A preconceived story has been imposed on this image. It is like writing an essay on “Green” when asked to write on “Cow” as  – “Cow eats grass and grass is green in colour and is grown in a field etc. etc. etc.”, thereby converting the essay on the topic “Grass”. 

Secondly, how many OLQs get reflected in this story? Hardly any. I have been saying it again and again that your story should at least reflect 7-8 OLQs.

Thirdly, the situation in the image must become the middle part of the story. A story must include three parts – what is happening in the image, what must have led to it and what is the outcome.

In this image, what actually happens is – the two characters are sitting and talking over a cup of tea and they are in a positive mood. There is nothing conclusive to say that they are doctors or engineers. Hence, they could be anything and this allows one to perceive them in hundreds of different ways and weave diverse stories. Such images are called psychometric images.


 


If I were to write a story on this I would write it as follows:-

“Ramesh and Geeta are classmates right from their school days. They both were very bright students. They completed their engineering in IIT, Mumbai, migrated abroad, and got absorbed into their personal lives. For several years, they were not in touch. While they were earning well and leading a comfortable life, somewhere inside they felt vacuumed. They wanted to return to their own country and do something for the rural folks.

After many years, they happened to meet on social media and during their course of interaction they found out that both of them felt the same way. This desire grew stronger and they both decided to fly back to India. What I saw in the image is that they are physically meeting after several years back in India and are very happy.

They quickly put their plan together and wanted to settle in a small town in Uttarakhand and start a charitable coaching centre for IIT aspirants. They go on to execute their plans and in the very first year, 3 out of 10 students get to join the IIT. With time, this number went on increasing and they lived happy and content lives. Thereafter they also got married. “

Now, ask yourself, how many OLQs emerged from this story. Almost all – introduction of characters, the image fits in the middle of the story and there is a happy ending. Hope this explains the difference between real and synthetic stories.

I sincerely recommend not to copy other’s stories. Try and imagine a good theme yourself. Also watch my video tutorials  – I am sure it will help you a lot, and also subscribe to my YouTube channel. Please send me your queries only if I haven’t covered them in my blogs. I will be more than happy to help!!!