“It’s compulsory and you have to do it.” How many times have
you heard this line?
Anything which is compulsory doesn’t mean that it is
justified to be compulsory.
Being compulsory simply means that it is mandatory whether
you like it or not.
In a situation of compulsory or “OR”, the most fun occurs
when both of them are at loggerheads with each other.
Sometimes “OR” contradicts the compulsory tag.
It’s most serious effect can be seen in question papers, where
the first three questions are compulsory and the rest of the ten questions go
But the real fun happens when the student hasn’t prepared
either for the compulsory question and the “OR” question is nearly as same as
the compulsory question. Generally this is done by teachers who like to select two
questions from the same page, topic or chapter.
While travelling to many places, the question of “compulsory/
OR” comes into play.
Suppose you are travelling to a hill top restaurant,
therefore it is compulsory for you travel by a cable car, as there is no other
mode of transportation.
While travelling to various island destinations, the most
valid form of travelling is air travel. Sometimes the only option is air
The “OR” form of travel would entail travelling by ship for
many days altogether.
While travelling to very few island countries, you have to
take air taxi to reach the destination island after you land at the main
airport. The air taxis can take off and land on water. They are also known as
In a game of basketball you don’t have the option of kicking
the ball, while in football you can’t touch the ball.
In cricket you can kick the ball but there remains a chance
of you being given out as L.B.W. plus there are few regulation about kicking a
ball, so there is an “OR” option in cricket but the danger remains.
So, one has to be very mindful while choosing either of the “compulsory\
OR”. It’s better to be sure while selecting either of the two, or one can
remain hanging between them.