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Gulnaaz knows her numbers

- Marks soar on maths magic

When it comes to crunching numbers, she is inspired by Shakuntala Devi, who earned the sobriquet of human computer in the 1980s.

Economic constraints and ambience at home could hardly deter her from achieving her dream.

Meet Gulnaaz Perween who hails from a poor Muslim family of Madhupur in Deoghar district, but securing a whopping 96 per cent in mathematics in her matriculation exam, results of which were declared on Tuesday, has given her hope for a brighter future.

She has got A-plus in three subjects — mathematics (96), science (87) and English (82). She has achieved distinction in her aggregate, which stands at 76.

Daughter of Mahmood Alam and Naaz Bano, she is the third among four siblings. Though only 15, but her practical sense is far better than that of many adults.

“My family does not have enough money to sponsor courses like medicine, engineering, law etc. So, I have decided to go for bank jobs. I will sit for bank’s probationary officers exam in future,” said Gulnaaz.

A student of ADS Girls’ High School, Gulnaaz’s father Mahmood Alam ekes out a living by repairing bicycles and rickshaws, while her and mother manages the house.

Gulnaaz, who is aware of her family’s humble means, rues the fact that she will have to make a few compromises. “I will pursue my Plus two from Madhupur College, but do not know the next step. I will opt for science. I have thought much about my career, but do not know how I will be able to fulfil my wishes,” lamented the 15-year-old.

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