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‘Aeronautics was a costly dream, so I dropped it’

Mahato, who studies at Apang Kalyankari Sanstha, has scored 92.40 per cent in SSC exam. He is physically-challenged as his left leg is shorter and thinner than the right one.

Written by Garima Mishra | Pune |
June 7, 2016 4:18:26 am
Mahato with his parents, who are from Champaran. Mahato with his parents, who are from Champaran.

SINCE childhood, Jay Narayan Mahato has been fascinated with aeronautics and cherished the dream of making a career in it. However, as he came to understand his family’s financial condition —his father is a small farmer in Champaran, Bihar — he decided to forgo his dream and made up his mind to choose a career that his family could afford —diploma in mechanical engineering.

Mahato, who studies at Apang Kalyankari Sanstha, has scored 92.40 per cent in SSC exam. He is physically-challenged as his left leg is shorter and thinner than the right one.

While his family stays in Champaran, he has been staying in a hostel run by Apang Kalyankari Sanstha since 2007. Talking about his preparation, he says, he followed a strict routine. “I would get up at 6 am and study for a while.

After the school, which is from 9.30 am to 5 pm, I used to attend the extra class held in school till 6 pm. After coming back to the hostel, I would study from 8 to 11 pm. I had targeted to achieve at least 95 per cent but I’m not unhappy with my score,” says Mahato, adding that it is because of his school chairman’s constant support that he could score well.

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One thing that he didn’t miss throughout the year was indulging in one hour of sports such as kho-kho and kabaddi. When one wonders how he manages with his weak leg, he answers, “All the children in our school are physically-challenged so we play despite our limitations.” Mahato stresses that he stopped feeling bad about his condition.

“When I joined this school, I noticed that there were so many children whose situation was worse than mine. I believe that since God has made us ‘different’ than normal people, he must be having ‘different’ expectations from us and thus, we must focus on what we are good at. This is what motivated me to study hard,” he states.

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