Nothing can come in the way of those who have set their goals up high and are determined to achieve them.
Not blindness. Not cancer. Not any other hurdle.
Tushar Rishi from Ranchi and Dharshana MV from Krishnagiri, two students who appeared for the CBSE Class 12 board exams this year have beaten all the odds and emerged victoriously. They scored 95 per cent and 96.2 per cent respectively.
Despite having being diagnosed with bone cancer in his left knee right after his class 10 mock exams in 2014, Tushar never gave up. A student of Delhi Public School(DPS), he failed to appear for the exams that year.
“I was under chemotherapy for around 11 months. It has obviously changed me a lot, but I try and stay focused on my academics,” he told Hindustan Times.
After chemotherapy sessions, he hit back stronger and secured a perfect 10 CGPA in Class 10 board exams, 2015. “I am in a much better condition now after all the treatments. But I have to visit AIIMS in every 3 to 4 months for check-ups and updates on my health,” he adds.
The 19-year old, who believes that allocating a little time each day reduces the impending exam pressure, has also authored a book named The Patient. It charts the story of his struggle as a young cancer survivor. You can find the book on Amazon.
Tushar has managed to secure the phenomenal marks without any coaching and wishes to pursue graduation in English or Economics from Delhi University in the future.
Another awe-inspiring story is that of Dharshana, who did not let blindness stop her and scored 96.2 per cent in the Commerce stream.
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A student of Nalanda International Public School in Krishnagiri, she appeared for the exam under the differently-abled category and emerged as one of the toppers.
Being blind in the right eye and having partial vision in the left, the preparation was challenging for Dharshana. Today, she attributes her success to the support she received from her family members and teachers.
“I use magnifying glasses to read books. I had opted for Computer Science as the fifth subject, but could not spend much time on computers. I wanted to score more, but my studying hours never crossed late in the night. It had to be done during the day,” she told News18.
Apart from regular lessons, she also made use of audio tools and took extra classes. Now, instead of partaking in the annual rat race for colleges, Dharshana wishes to pursue Carnatic music along with her entrepreneurial ambitions, citing MS Subbulakshmi as her inspiration.
“I want to study here (in Krishnagiri), where I can take up my passion for music. I want to be an entrepreneur and at the same time be a singer. I practice at home and sometimes I sing at concerts where people appreciate my singing talent,” she said.