Tough times are inevitable in life. But how we manage ourselves during tough times not only defines our spirit but our future too.
Though many of us tend to blame our circumstances, very few gather the courage to fight those circumstances for their dreams. One such brave soul is Shivangi Gupta.
Shivangi belongs to Deha village, which is about 60 km away from Kanpur. Not gifted with an easy childhood, Shivangi used to sell newspapers and magazines with her father on the roadside shop. And, when she used to get free from working at her father’s shop, she used to attend a government school to study.
Her destiny took a beautiful turn when she read about Anand Kumar’s Super 30. As shown by Hritik’s Super 30, Anand Kumar’s Super 30 is a phenomenal educational program to help kids from extremely poor families to crack IIT.
Shivangi approached him and was selected for the Super 30 program. She made it to IIT and is now earning for herself and her family.
Her inspiring story was shared by Anand Kumar himself on his facebook page in Hindi.
While sharing the two different pictures, he mentioned:
“This is a single story in two photos. These photos are a mirror as well as tears. This is a story of yesterday and today. This is music and melody. It is the silence of the past and courage of the present. These are the photos of my student Shivangi Gupta.
The first photograph is of the time when Shivangi came to study in Super 30 with her father, and the other is of Shivangi today. While she was in school she sold magazines and newspapers on the roadside shop to help her father, handling the store completely alone when he went home to bring lunch. But whenever she would get time, she would study.
Shivangi Gupta hails from a small place called Deha which is around 60 kms away from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She completed her secondary education from a government school there. One day she read about Super 30 and came to me.
While at Super 30, she became a part of my family. She would address my mother as ‘dadi’ and we felt she is our daughter. Whenever my mother’s health was impaired, she would help and sleep next to her. IIT Results were announced and she was preparing to go to IIT Roorkee.
She had tears in her eyes and all the women in my family were also crying. It felt as if we were giving away our daughter to someone else. As she was leaving, her father said that people have dreams and sometimes these dreams become reality but he never had such a big dream.
To this day, Shivangi keeps in touch with our family. And now she is also working, hearing which brought a wave of happiness to all of us. My mother was the happiest and all she said with tears in her eyes is that she hopes to be blessed with daughters in her next life too.”
At I FOR HER, we salute Shivangi’s determination, courage, and hard work. She fought against her life circumstances to create a dignified life for herself.
We feel her story is an inspiration for thousands of parents and kids, who are struggling with their life challenges to turn their dreams into reality.