For students, the Class XII exams are a make or break scenario, and during those tense times, it helps to keep a calm sense of mind. However, imagine being struck by a tragedy, just before an important paper. This is what happened to Lucknow lad, Anmol Srivastava, who lost his father on the day of his ISC 2018 mathematics exam.
On the morning of 26th February, Anmol’s world turned upside down when his father, Ajay Kumar Srivastava, suffered a heart attack. He did not make it, and this happened at 10:00 a.m, 4 hours before his mathematics exam.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Anmol said that when he expressed his wish not to take the paper, his mother told him that in his final moments, Anmol’s father had told her that their son should write the exam, come what may. He even added that if he died, his last rites could be postponed, but the exam shouldn’t be skipped.
The boy describes the moment as horrifying. He was in the hospital and only had two hours to get ready and reach school to appear for the ISC Maths exam.
However, he decided to go ahead and honour his father’s last wish. A grief-stricken Anmol speaks of the immense pain and trauma he experienced that day, but he powered through the pain and wrote the exam.
Anmol goes on to speak of his father who worked in the public sector and would often help his son solve difficult calculations.
Mr Srivastava’s last rites were on 27th February, and on that day, Anmol wrote his ISC English exam. The boy once again, credits his father’s blessings, in enabling him to write the paper.
Anmol’s efforts and stoic attitude seem to have paid off. He scored 100% marks in maths, the paper he took just hours after his father’s death. Additionally, he scored 100 each in Computer Science and Physical Education, 97 in Physics, 95 in Chemistry and 93 in English, bringing his ISC aggregate to 98.25.
Anmol’s elder brother is an engineer, and like him, he too aspires to become one and pursue a B.Tech degree in Computer Science. The bright boy has qualified for the JEE Mains and is confident of doing well in JEE Advanced.
Anmol credits his school principal, class teacher and computer teacher as well as his relatives, maternal uncles and neighbours, for helping him during the difficult period.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)