Staff Reporter

She surmounted a tragedy to emerge winner in Std XII exams

CHENNAI: On Thursday she was greeted with cheques and accolades. But four years ago on the same day, life was literally torn apart for K. Malavika Iyer.

Malavika lost her hands while playing with a piece of metal that exploded in her house in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The piece of metal that also left her with multiple fractures on her legs now serves as memorabilia and rests in her showcase. But neither she nor her parents Hemamalini and Krishnan saw the accident as a point of no return.

They instead encouraged and motivated Malavika to achieve. After a two-year break, Malavika cleared her Std. X with 97 per cent, with just three months of study at a private tutorial centre.

She joined Anna Adarsh Matriculation higher secondary school and has now scored 1137 out of 1200 in the Plus Two Board examinations, securing the third rank in her school. Writing the examinations - except Business Mathematics - with the help of a scribe she scored centum in Commerce and 198 in Sanskrit.

It was celebration time at the Punjab Association.

Its general secretary Ramesh Lamba and president Bharath Bhushan Goyal, presented Malavika with a cheque for Rs. 31,000 towards the cost of higher education.

Chairman of Shriram Builders, Konda Reddy, was also there with a cheque for Rs. 10,000.

With a background in Commerce, Economics, Accountancy and Business Mathematics and Sanskrit for second language, vivacious Malavika remains her thankful, cheerful and happy self.

She wants to study at St. Stephen's College or Shriram College in New Delhi, so that she can be close to her father who works in Rajasthan. This dancer, singer, painter and computer enthusiast, looks forward to improving her memory power as she has now set her sights on the Indian Administrative Service. (Phone: 2621 0067/98841-25402).