15-Year-Old Pedals Her Way To Success And An Auto Driver Does Her Job Well

A teenager tides over adversities to secure a position in the merit list of class 10 exams and a woman auto driver comes to the rescue of a COVID-19 survivor

Kritika Banerjee Published Jul 8, 2020 14:16:26 IST
2020-07-08T14:16:26+05:30
2020-07-08T14:16:26+05:30
15-Year-Old Pedals Her Way To Success And An Auto Driver Does Her Job Well Manipur CM felicitates Laibi Oinam. Photo courtesy: Twitter/ @NBirenSingh

Fifteen-year-old Roshani Bhadoriya wants to be an IAS officer. And going by her sheer grit and determination, it doesn’t seem to be an impossible feat.

Bhadoriya used to cycle 24 kilometres, every day, to and from her school in Madhya Pradesh. But that didn’t stop her from scoring a whopping 98.75 per cent in her class 10 exams. A resident of Ajnol village in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh, Bhadoriya has secured eighth position in the merit list of the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education’s class 10 exams, reports news agency PTI.

Bhadoriya studied in a different school till class 8 and then shifted to another school where other modes of transportation were not available. “It was difficult to go to school on a bicycle. Though I didn’t count, I cycled for about 60 to 70 days a year to reach the school. My father also took me to school on his motorcycle whenever he had time,” Bhadoriya told PTI.

Bhadoriya’s father, a farmer, says he will now try and make some alternative transport arrangement for his daughter to go to school.

Source: PTI

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Doing The Job Right

For 52-year-old Laibi Oinam, a resident of Manipur, there is nothing extraordinary in driving an autorickshaw for more than 140 kilometres over eight hours to drop a COVID-19 survivor home. “I was just doing my job,” she tells The Indian Express.

On 31 May, no one was ready to ferry 22-year-old Somichon Chithung, a nurse and a COVID-19 survivor, from Imphal’s Dewlahland market to her village in Kamjong district. People, said Chithung, were scared of her. That’s when Oinam came forward to lend her services. The two women, along with Oinam’s husband, started the journey around evening and reached Chithung’s home around 2 a.m.

Oinam, who also sells fish from a makeshift stall, was recently felicitated by the Manipur chief minister for “doing her job” and handed a cheque of ₹1.10 lakh.

Clearly, But Oinam is no ordinary woman. A 2015 documentary on her, titled Auto Driver, has won multiple awards nationally.  

Source: The Indian Express 

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