In a matter of few days, Vanisha Pathak, a 16-year-old girl from Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal lost both her parents to Covid-19. After parents’ death in May, Vanisha and her 10-year-old brother were left behind to battle their life struggle alone.
Two months after parents’ death, Vanisha took her class-10 CBSE board exams. Despite all her challenges and struggle, Vanisha has scored 99.8% marks in the CBSE class 10 results. She has topped the exam in Bhopal along with two other students. According to NDTV, Vanisha Pathak scored a perfect 100 in English, Sanskrit, Science and Social Science and 97 in Mathematics.
While talking about her remarkable achievement, Vanisha told NDTV:
“The memory of my parents obviously kept me motivated and will motivate me throughout my life but he (her brother) is the biggest source of motivation right now. I am all he has and that keeps me going. I need to do something.”
Recalling the last words that her parents said while leaving for hospital, Vanisha said:
“The last thing my mother said to me was ‘Just believe in yourself… we will back soon’. The last words of my father were ‘Beta, himmat rakhna‘…My father wanted to see me in IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) or crack the UPSC and serve the nation. His dream is my dream now,”
Her father was a financial advisor and her mother was a government school teacher. She and her brother are now being taken care of by her maternal uncle and aunt.
She wrote a heartfelt poem – “I’ll be a strong girl ,daddy without you”, which she has dedicated to her late parents after their departure.
With a heavy heart, I bid you goodbye For you left me all alone to cry. Now every tear fetches a memory of yours, But I hold it back and don’t let it flow Won’t let pain overpower me, and I’ll stand tall. I’ll be the reason for your pride, with a hope to see you again someday when we all, with no worries, will make hay.
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At IFORHER, we are in awe of Vanisha! We wish her luck and strength for a brighter future!