One of the things that has always inspired me about India is the sense of possibility that exists. I still believe that dreams of a better future abound (and, indeed, my dream of finding my purpose and passion in life came true in India).
Unfortunately, this sense of possibility has been sadly somewhat overshadowed lately by certain awful incidents. But, as always in India, there is the other extreme. Someone succeeding against all odds.
Today, the news has been filled with such an extraordinary story. Prema Jayakumar, the daughter of an auto rickshaw driver, topped the extremely challenging nationwide chartered accountancy exam on her first attempt.
Currently, she lives with her family in a 280 square foot chawl in Mumbai. Her father moved to the city 25 years ago, from Tamil Nadu, in search of a better life. He’s been driving an auto rickshaw for 20 years, and with the money earned, managed to raise his three children.
What’s also notable is that Prema’s younger brother excelled at the accountancy exam too.
Their story is not only an inspiration but evidence that the resilience and determination that I admire in India still exists. And, it’s just so heartwarming to know that hard work has paid off to bring these people a better future. It can be achieved! Forget status in India, it’s people like these who really deserve respect and admiration. I’m an emotional type and it actually brings tears to my eyes.
(Enough of that soppy stuff though, I must say I also LOVE the beautiful outfit Prema is wearing)!
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