The 2,200-mile ride from Dimapur, Nagaland to Delhi has been a long one for 18-year-old Sheelounii – literally and otherwise. “Folks at home say Delhi is the intellectual capital of the country, the place to experience culture in, where things are always happening. That is why I came to the capital – to pursue my graduation from the city and experience its life,” Sheelounii says.
It has barely been a month though and he is already missing the calm and quiet of Nagaland. “It’s the first thing I noticed when I landed — the city is so loud — the vehicles honking, the people. I guess it will take some time to get used to all the squalor and noise of the city,” he adds.
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The 18-year-old wants to pursue graduation from Delhi University, and has already registered online for admission but beyond that has little idea about how to go about the process. “It is all so confusing. I don’t know much about how things have to be done, but I am taking help from my cousins and friends to figure things out,” the student, who has secured 53 per cent marks in Class XII, told The Indian Express.
Informed about the high cut-offs in most DU colleges and asked if he thought his percentage would get him through a college in DU, Sheelounii replied, “ I have only applied to Delhi University and am hoping to get through at least one college. I am yet to figure out a plan B”.
Currently staying with his cousin at Sant Nagar, Sheelounii is hopeful he will get used to the ways of the city. “Once you get used to the autowallahs, and grocers, and rickshawallahs, things become easy, I guess,” he says.