Where there is a will, there is a way, goes the saying and a poor student has proved it true with his hard work and determination. He secured 455/470 marks in the Intermediate first year.
Meet, V. Surendra of Vizianagaram who doubles up as a paper boy, distributing newspapers, to supplement his family income. His father, Gouri Shankar, is a daily wage labourer and his mother a homemaker. His sister Supriya is studying in class VII.
A student of RK Junior College in Vizianagaram, he aims to get a good rank and secure a seat in mechanical engineering. His routine: “I wake up at 4 a.m. every day and distribute newspapers for one-and-a-half hours. I return home and study till 7 a.m. I reach my college by 8 a.m. and return home by 7 p.m. and study till 10 p.m.”
“During examinations I used to sleep for not more than five hours a day. During the examinations I had a substitute to deliver the newspapers,” he says.
“A couple of months ago, I lost my bicycle when my father took it to the bus complex area and on return, he found it missing. I had to go to college on an autorickshaw and I borrowed my uncle’s bicycle for distribution of newspapers,” he says.
In recognition of his merit, The Hindu rewarded him with a bicycle and a college bag, and felicitated him in the presence of other delivery boys at a simple function in Vizianagaram. Newspaper agents and delivery boys applauded this gesture of The Hindu.