From selling newspapers to graduating from IIT, this UP girl has come a long way

By: Trends Desk | Published:November 4, 2016 1:58 pm
Shivangi's story is truly inspiring Shivangi’s story is truly inspiring

You must have come across a lot of success stories from rural India but each time you read one, don’t you feel truly inspired!? Here’s one such story that will melt your heart.

Meet Shivangi. She is a girl from Deha village, about 60 kms from Kanpur and used to sell newspapers and magazines with her father. She used to attend a government school and study whenever she got free time from her father’s store. One fine day she read about Anand Kumar’s Super 30, an educational programme started by the man to prepare aspiring engineers from extremely poor families to crack IIT. Shivangi approached him and was selected for the programme. She made it to IIT and is now earning for herself and her family.

Her story was shared by Kumar on Facebook who was very emotional about her success. He said she became a family member while she stayed and took care of his mother when she was unwell. “She would address my mother as ‘dadi’ and we felt she is our daughter. Whenever my mother’s health was impaired, she would help and sleep next to her,” he wrote. He also added that looking at Shivangi, his mother hoped to be blessed with girls in her next birth as well.

Kumar’s post, originally written in Hindi has gone viral with over 9000 likes and 900 shares in three days.

Here’s what he wrote.

“This is one story in two photos. These photos are a mirror as well as tears. They have a story from the past and the present. This is music and melody. It is the silence of the past and courage of the present. These are the photos of my student Shivangi. The first photograph is of the time when Shivangi came to study in Super 30 with her father, and the other is of Shivangi today. While she was in school she sold magazines and newspapers on the roadside shop to help her father, handling the store completely alone when he went home to bring lunch.
But whenever she would get time, she would study.

Shivangi hails from a small place called Deha which is around 60 kms away from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She completed her secondary education from a government school there. One day she read about Super 30 and came to me.

While at Super 30, she became a part of my family. She would address my mother as ‘dadi’ and we felt she is our daughter. Whenever my mother’s health was impaired, she would help and sleep next to her. IIT Results were announced and she was preparing to go to IIT Roorkee. She had tears in her eyes and all the women in my family were also crying. It felt as if we were giving away our daughter to someone else. As she was leaving, her father said that people have dreams and sometimes these dreams become reality but he never had such a big dream.

Even today, Shivangi keeps in touch with our family. As soon as we got to know that she has got a job, my whole family was immensely happy. My mother was the happiest and all she said with tears in her eyes is that she hopes to be blessed with daughters in her next life too.”

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    Kahan here
    Nov 5, 2016 at 3:20 am
    This is really an unbelievable fact. She deserves admiration for her hard work and dedication. I m surprised to read this.
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      Dr murthy
      Nov 5, 2016 at 3:47 am
      It is her dedication and strong will and wise guidance she got.
      1. R
        Nov 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm
        Shivangi is what the Indian girl child is about!lt;br/gt;Shivangi is the Hope for every girl child!lt;br/gt;Shivangi's success is India's success!lt;br/gt;Shivangi is India's;br/gt;LONG LIVE PEOPLE LIKE ANAND KUMAR.
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          Bhakta Bhushan
          Nov 5, 2016 at 3:15 am
          Shivangi is the proud of our country and also inspiration for others.congracts for ur great success
          1. R
            Nov 4, 2016 at 8:54 am
            Inspirational. Good to see that not all kids these days aspire to be actors and artists, some aspire to be engineers. Good kid, she should aim to do more with her lives. Indian women live for just one thing - get married and have kids. People of this calibre should do more, imagine an India where women are equal members of the work force!
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              Ashis Bose
              Nov 5, 2016 at 8:33 am
              Talent doesn't need money, the goal will achieve through patience, persivierance in long run. Go Go.... Shivangi.
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                Prabhakar Somayaji
                Nov 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm
                the people of kashmir should understand the importance of education in the future of younger generation instead of throwing stones at the army.also the muslims to better understand that girls are no way inferior to boys if proper environment is provided for them .
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                  Suman Chakraborty
                  Nov 4, 2016 at 4:16 pm
                  does success means earning loads of money and change looks look western is it also a sign of success...
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