LUCKNOW || There have been hundreds of success stories of kids from poor backgrounds but making it big through their grit, hard work and determination. Well, here is another one from Lucknow which touches us to the core of our heart and should make the young generation work harder and dream bigger.
This is about “one of our very own bacchas” at the KK Academy in the state capital, – Hritik, who had joined the school when he was 4 years old, informs Lakshmi Kaul, principal and founder of the school. He belonged to the same village as our school ayah didi, who brought him to Lucknow to live with his father’s brother. His father is a small farmer in Barabanki district, she happily told The News Agency.
Hritik spoke a local dialect which we found very difficult to understand at first – he didn’t understand Hindi, leave alone English. There was something very special about this boy – he did struggle to get a grip on things initially, but was very soon excelling in all subjects.
He stayed back after school classes, where he got a chance to clear his doubts and do his homework under the supervision of teachers. Incredibly respectful, responsible and hard-working, he was every teacher’s go-to student for any task requiring persistence and perfection. He was the recipient of the coveted G.K.Valecha Award in his graduating year, which comes with a bicycle and citation.
Moving on to High School, he made good use of the bicycle – cycling nearly 10 Km one way to school and determined to stay on top of his class. When he got 93% in his Class X exam 2 years ago, he was terribly disappointed and said he would be back with a better score in the Class XII exam.
His promise came true, as he was in all the local papers recently – as one of Lucknow’s CBSE Class XII toppers, scoring 97.6% in the Science stream.
What next – I asked him, and promptly came the reply – AIIMS. Hritik wants to be a cardiac surgeon. At the moment he is waiting to appear for the Common Medical Entrance exam, which he has prepared for without attending any coaching classes and feels confident about cracking.