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A year before Neha Somani’s daughter appears for her Class XII exams, the 42-year-old mother of two finished junior college, which she had to discontinue long ago owing to financial troubles. She secured 62.9 per cent in the Arts stream in the state board exams.

As a child, Neha had wanted to study science and pursue a career in medicine.

Hailing from a modest background – her father was a salesman at an optical shop in Fort – she had to take up a job when she was in Class VI.

“I used to paint on plastic bangles and earn anything between 25 paise and Re 1 for a box of bangles,” said Neha. A box consisted of two-dozen bangles, which took Neha about 20 minutes to paint.

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Later, Neha, who has two sisters, was forced to pursue Arts during her junior college days. “My mother said the family couldn’t pay for my studies and coaching in the science stream,” she said.

“After a year of junior college, I dropped out and couldn’t pursue my studies any further. I, along with my younger sister, however managed to pay for our youngest sister’s education,” she said.

Neha was married off to a civil contractor when she was 22. Marital responsibilities and, later, motherhood didn’t leave Neha with a chance to complete her education.


It was only later, while teaching her children when they were in school, did she realise the importance of education.

“When I asked my husband if I could finish my junior college, he was extremely supportive. My in-laws, too, were supportive,” said Neha, who resides with her family in Borivli. She now aspires to complete a Bachelor of Arts with Mathematics.

“I am glad she has aspirations to complete her education,” said Paresh Somani, Neha’s husband.


Her daughter, Jill, said, “I am a proud daughter. She has taught me that it is never too late to pursue your dreams.”

In the Marathi medium of Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, 13 visually challenged students had appeared for the HSC exams this year, all of whom passed with flying colors.

Nikhil Bhalerao (20) scored the highest, 73.85 per cent, among his classmates of the Arts stream.

When The Indian Express called Nikhil, he was unaware of his ranking.

“I cannot believe this. My friends and their parents checked the result online and told me my score but I was not sure of my ranking,” he said nervously.


Interested in paper and hardware craftsmanship, Nikhil wants to pursue Fine Arts.

“Studying should be made easier for blind students. Colleges should be more supportive and they should make use of gadgets and technology to help the challenged. I used recording books a lot while preparing for HSC,” said Nikhil, who plans to take up BMM at Ruia.


Nikhil lost his father when he was in the third grade. His mother, Sunita Bhalerao, was glad to see her son’s result. “He has always been very hardworking. When he was preparing, I could tell he would score well,” she said.

“I would advise other students to work hard throughout the year. There is no need for coaching classes,” Nikhil said.

First published on: 26-05-2016 at 02:02:32 am
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