Tough times are inevitable in life. But how we manage ourselves during these times not only defines our spirit but our future too. While many of us tend to blame our circumstances, very few gather the courage to fight those circumstances for their dreams.
And, one winning story of not letting circumstances define her dreams is of R Lalitha. Irrespective of her tough financial background, this daughter has shown the world that nothing is impossible. Though Lalitha was born in the family of a vegetable vendor, neither her financial condition nor the lack of facilities could stop her from achieving great heights.
Fighting against all odds, this inspiring daughter of a vegetable vendor has secured the highest marks in the Aeronautical Engineering course of the Vishvesvaraiah Technological University (VTU).
With 9.7 percentile, 22-year-old, R Lalitha, is the first graduate in her family. The family which has sold vegetables for generations at the Nehru Market in Hiriyur town near Chitradurga, Karnataka.
The Proud Moment
When Lalitha will walk up the stage on the VTU campus to receive the gold medal from the Vice-Chancellor for her outstanding performance on Saturday, it will not only a proud moment for her parents Rajendra K and Chitra R but also for those who are battling for their dreams.
Inspired by K Sivan, the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), she opted for aeronautical engineering. Unlike many Indians, Lalitha doesn’t want to go abroad for work. She plans to stay back and serve our country as a space scientist with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) or ISRO.
Sharing their extreme happiness on their daughter’s great achievement, the father shared:
“For livelihood purposes, we have been selling vegetables from the past 40 years. We did not have an opportunity to get educated. Because of the poverty that we faced during our time, we could only manage to study till class one.
We had decided that our children should not face the same phase, and should rather get a quality education. Now our daughter has fulfilled our dreams and we are proud of her. Our efforts have paid off.”
Showing gratitude to her parent’s constant support, the overjoyed Lalitha mentioned:
“My parents are my backbone. Only because of their constant support, I could achieve such a milestone. I’m very happy for what I have achieved. This is a small gift to my parents,”