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Marks soar on maths magic

- Poverty no hurdle for boy

Hard work always pays off. Kshitij Paul learnt it when the matriculation exam results were declared on Tuesday.

The son of the ragpicker managed to score a brilliant 445 out of 500 with a full 100 in maths in the JAC-conducted examination to rank second in East Singhbhum district.

A student of People’s Academy, Baradwari, Kshitij was well aware of his family’s humble financial position and never sought help from his parents to pursue studies. Whenever he needed to buy books, he would just work as a waiter with catering firms, working for no less than eight hours to earn a paltry Rs 200. Kshitij, however, always managed with that sum.

“I was in Class VIII when I thought that I should work because my father’s earning is very meagre. Being the eldest of all siblings, I understood the situation and could not ask for more. I started working as a waiter, which did not require any extraordinary skill,” said Kshitij, who stays with his family at Chhayanagar in Bhuiyandih.

Multi-tasking is the boy’s trump card. Working till 2am at weddings and then attending school after a short power nap was no big deal for him. He also used to wake up early and study before going to school.

With full marks in maths, Kshitij now wants to pursue mechanical engineering. As of now, he is focussed on getting admission into intermediate at Karim City College. He, however, plans to quit his job and rather concentrate on preparations for JEE.

“It is his dream to study mechanical engineering, but I don’t know whether we will be able to afford it. Also, there is extra cost of private coaching. My son never asked for one rupee for his studies and today I am proud of him,” said father Deepak Paul, almost choking while speaking to The Telegraph.

Being the responsible elder brother, Kshitij has plans for all his siblings too. “I want them to become good human beings and follow their dreams. I will support my parents in all possible ways, but first I have to settle down,” Kshitij added.

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