While one is an office boy, the other works as a salesman. Both, Sunil Dhebe and Tanaji Dhindale, spend their evenings at a night school so that they can fulfill their dreams. Their motivation has shown results in the HSC exam with both topping the exams with scores 83.69 per cent and 79.38 per cent respectively. Coming from a small village and poor financial backgrounds, Sunil and Tanaji are both 18 years old.
Sunil came to the city when he was in Class 6 from his village Ahilmora from Wai Taluka in Satara. Living a dream to become a lawyer one day, he started studying at the night college simultaneously working as an office boy at a law firm in Shukrawar Peth. After working from 10 am to 6 pm, he attended college from 6.30 pm onwards. “I studied whenever I got a chance in office and even woke up early to study before I went to work,” he says. Earning a meager salary of Rs 5,500 per month, he gave money to his parents and his brother, and with whatever was left, he got his study materials. “My parents don’t know the importance of board exams or the achievement of even passing it,” says Sunil, adding that he is looking forward to pursue BCom next and then Law to support his family, who are rice farmers back in his village. Sunil scored 544 out of 650 in the HSC exams and is the only person in his family to reach till here academically.
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Tanaji, on the other hand, started working in a jewellery shop two years ago as a salesman at Tulshibaug after coming to Pune from Ghisar village of Velhe taluka. Despite spending eight hours at work, he managed to score 516 marks out of 650 in HSC exams. He lives with his uncle in Dhankawadi and gives all his earnings – Rs 6,000 – to his uncle.
“My uncle has been very supportive and my elder brothers have motivated me to achieve this feat,” says Tanaji who helps his elder brother financially in his MSc course. Tanaji aims to become a Chartered Accountant now wishes to get admission in a good college.