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Stories of richness and poverty

Every year when I read the newspaper after the board exam results are declared, I either see stories of toppers or stories of students from poor/underprivileged families who have made it to the top overcoming all the odds. These are stories of students who face financial constraints, who belong to the lowest strata of society, whose fathers are owners or tea stalls, are into repairing cycles, serving as waiters in restaurants and doing odd jobs just to ensure that their kids get education and success in life. I read such stories every year and I salute these students who work hard to achieve their dreams. They are an inspiration to anybody who has the capacity to achieve something in life but is not confident about himself/herself.

Incidentally, since the past 8 months I have been working in an NGO and have a fair idea as to what it means to be underprivileged, what it means not to have basic facilities and still make it to the top by sheer grit and determination! But I have a differ…