Working as domestic help, girl scores 85% in 12th Class
A mere 17-year-old Shalini has set an example for others by showing her perseverance in the face of harsh difficulties and sheer misery in life. She has proven that she is not overwhelmed by pain, as she daily helps her mother as a domestic servant in five houses, while juggling her studies; and scored a whopping 84.8 % in science stream in second Pre-University (PUC) or Class XII board exams. Shalini started helping her mother after her father was rendered paralyzed after a fall from a building a decade ago.
She claims that, "I search for opportunities amidst difficulties. I am not overwhelmed by the onslaught of pain and misery," and she adds that, "There was no other option for me but to help my mother in her chores because my father fell off a building and was paralyzed. He is bed-ridden for over a decade".
Even after such harsh situation she was struck by misfortune again just before the second PUC exam, as her brother was diagnosed with third stage blood cancer. She says “…for me marks are not that important than my brother's well-being" and tells that, "I aimed for scoring marks in the range of 90 to 95 per cent, but could not. I had to attend to my brother, who is hospitalized for having diagnosed with third stage blood cancer".
The SGPTA PU College principal Prathap Naidu said, "Until now I did not know anything about her father and brother's health condition. I came to know through newspaper reports. She never gave an impression of the hardships she faced. She is extremely hardworking girl”. Shalini underwent trials and tribulations of life but never failed to keep a smile on her face.
Shalini wants to study Electronics and become a successful person to make her parents proud.