Manzil Unhi Ko Milti Hai,
Jinke Sapnon Mein Jaan Hoti Hai
Pankh Se Kuch Nahi Hota,
Hauslon Se Udaan Hoti Hai
These lines summarise the life of a bidi worker – Mousumi Khatun. Not long ago, Mousumi along with her family used to roll bidis at Murshidabad village.
This 19-year-old girl has shown the world that just because life doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you give up!
She might not have been born in the family that could support her dream to become a doctor but she decided not to use it as an excuse. She bravely fought for her dream – to become a doctor – to build a life for herself and her family. And, now she is a first-year MBBS student at Calcutta National Medical College and taking giant steps towards her dream.
“In families where one person is dedicated to making bidis, the earning potential is Rs 150 a day for 1,000 of them. But my mother has her household chores to do and so can manage about 800 to 900 a day. I used to help her when I was home,” Mousumi told it to Telegraph.”
There is a reason why they say Strong Moms Raise Strong Daughters. Mousumi’s mother has been her biggest supporter and pillar of strength.
“My mother was married when she was in Class VIII and could not continue her studies despite wanting to. She has had to raise us single-handedly but she never gave up. She keeps telling me that I should first become financially independent and only then marry,” she said.
“Whenever I returned home and took it easy for a few hours, it was my mother who would remind me that I should not waver from my goal. She made it clear that it was not possible for her to fund my higher studies and so I should score enough to win scholarships,” Mousumi said.
She might have attended the classes with borrowed books, but her determination and her mother’s support made sure that she achieves her dream to become a cardiologist.
Mousumi scored 83.14% in Madhyamik(Class-10) and 82.6% in the Higher Secondary(Class-12) Examination. And hence, awarded the Dr. Amiya Kumar Bose Memorial Award.
“This scholarship means a lot to me because it will enable me to complete my medical studies without having to worry about how to pay the fees or buy books. We are grateful to her for giving us this opportunity,” said Mousumi about Gitasree Mukherjee, who instituted the scholarship in her father’s name.
“But I am determined to become a good doctor. I want to treat patients who cannot afford to pay for it,” she said.
We hope Mousumi’s inspiring story will help our readers to not give up. We should always remember –
“Magic happens when we don’t give up, even though we want to. The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.”
Originally published here
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