When the universe was giving out gifts to a male child born in America to Indian parents it bestowed great imagination. The rub was that his medical doctor mother and businessman father - both from India - probably would be bitterly disappointed if he enrolled in the MFA program at NYU, instead of for a JD at Harvard Law School.
Unfortunately for that child, now 39, he did leverage his imagintion at Harvard Law. The media, ranging from the buttoned-down Bloomberg to the tabloid New York Post, are blaring details how a creative young man Mathew Martoma put together fake transcripts and then complex stories to defend himself when found out. Here is coverage from Bloomberg.
At that point in his career journey, he might have consulted with a minister, psychologist, mentor or good friend to ask guidance. Those might have recommended that he stop chasing traditional success and begin creating marketable fantasy. You bet, he could have figured out just the right cover story to be admitted in a creative program, despite the black mark on his record.
So many of us creative types begin this kind of atypical career after extreme adversity. In the mid 1970s, I have been fired by a state senator in western Pennsylvania. It was irrelevant that he had fired the man before me in the same job and the job had only been for about nine months. The Plan had not worked. So I turned inward. There the writer took over. My first article on female clowns got published in McCall's. The very next one was accepted by Family Circle. It was on how to lobby effectively. Yeah, I was able to tap into the career reversal and pull out what I could sell.
If convicted, Martoma can do distance learning in prison about a number of creative pursuits. My hunch is that he will become a fiction writer. His books will capture the pain of sensitive boys whose immigrant parents come to America. By time his parole hearing comes up, he could have won the Nobel Prize.
As he sits through his trial in federal court in Manhattan, Martoma could be sketching out the characters for his first novel. There could be a contest for the title.