Even after Standard X M.Menaga did not falter when she chose commerce and accountancy, which she thought would help her in her legal career, and also get a good score in Plus-Two
A bright student in school, M. Menaga could have easily been swayed by the engineering and medical wave that normally sweep many in her age. But she decided to be different and chose the path not much tread. With a cut-off of 99.37 out of 100,
Menaga was the topper in the State to attend the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University TNDALU Counselling.
And, the fact that she is a daughter of luggage auto driver from Urumandampalayam did not make her hesitate from going after her passion – a degree in law. She will begin her course at the Government Law College, Coimbatore, soon.
She was all of 12 years when she decided that law would be her life. She was inspired and motivated by a woman lawyer who lived in her neighbour. Even after Standard X she did not falter when she chose commerce and accountancy, which she thought would help her in her legal career, and also get a good score in Plus-Two.
The eldest child of P. Murugan, who ekes out a life driving a luggage auto, Menaga studied throughout in the Government schools with Tamil as the medium of instruction. Mr. Murugan, even without a steady monthly income, ensured that she went after her heart. The other two younger children are also good students. Menaga’s younger sister is all set to become an engineer.
Though Menaga could have got admission in a college in Chennai, Mr. Murugan was apprehensive of sending his daughter to an unknown place and made her choose a local college. He was also not confident of bearing her hostel fee and other additional expenses. But he is prepared to see her through her five-year education in spite of the family condition.
Menaga says that even though law was not a very common option among the youth, her parents supported her in her decision. She wants to repay the faith they reposed in her by working hard and excelling in her studies. She also remembers her teachers who encouraged her in her decision with fondness.
When asked about her mantra for success, Menaga says it is hard work and perseverance. “The background you come from and where you study does not matter for realising one’s dreams. And, most importantly, a never-say-die attitude will take you to your destination,” she says.