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Courage defies death in hour of real ‘test’

- Five days after losing father, Girl takes test with grit

Just five days to her CBSE Class X examination she lost the person she loved the most.

As soon as the CBSE results were declared on Tuesday, Bhavya looked up and sensed that her father H.C. Jha (49) was watching her.

“It was my father who wanted me to score good. It is for him and my family that I have been able to achieve this,” said the 14-year-old.

Securing 7.6 CGPA (cumulative grade point average), the Baldwin Academy student said: “I lost my father just five days before the exams. Despite that I did not lose hope. To fulfil my father’s dream I kept going.”

At present staying in her elder brother’s house in Bangalore, Bhavya said she misses her father at a time when she is “very happy”.

“My father always used to tell me that I had to perform well and score 10 CGPA. I used to tell him that I’d score well. I was determined to work hard. We have a joint family and after my father’s death everyone supported me a lot,” she said.

In October 2013, the family came to know about Jha’s kidney-related problems. From November, his health started to deteriorate and he was on dialysis. Bhavya’s kin had to travel extensively for his treatment. Bhavya had to shift from one place to the other in different states when her relatives were busy with her father’s treatment.

“The CBSE examination was scheduled to start on March 3. In the first week of February, I went down with chicken pox. Doctors suggested that since my father could be infected too, I should stay away from him. I shifted to a different location only to lose my father on February 26. I was devastated,” said the girl, who aspires to become a chartered accountant.

“I gathered courage and sat for the exam. During the examination, I also visited my native place in Darbhanga for the funeral. Despite all these, I just remembered my father’s dream. He wanted me to do well,” she said.

“There is no substitute for hard work and it definitely pays. I scored 7.6 CGPA and I am satisfied,” said Bhavya, adding: “I know he is up there, watching my every move.”

Christ Church Diocesan School saw 11 students scoring 10 CGPA, the highest grade.