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Cherished dream of a young engineering graduate
He entered his home holding a box of sweets enriched with immense feel of joy and pride. His mother was busy in cooking for the evening dinner on the recently bought 'gas stove' and his 60-year old ill grandmother was lying on the bed.

Offering a sweet to his mother he says,"sweet news - 'Amma', your long awaited dream has come true, your son has become an engineer and will be paid a monthly salary of Rs 60,000."

The entire family burst into tears out of extreme happiness. The tiny house stuffed with an 'antique' almirah, a small age old table, few chairs, a gas stove along with minimum cooking utensils was all the property his family owned. He had been waiting for this happy moment all his life, so that there would be no more financial crisis for his family. His achievement would twist his life from hunting historical economic poverty to financial independence and social respect.

His 14-year old sharp and brilliant younger sister's dream to study in 'corporate college' will not go in vain. His victory will cherish a remarkable sign for the next generations of his lineage and act as an inspiration to his entire community. To some of his villagers, this victory was a 'surprise' while to some others a 'shock'.

Born in a poor family to the couple named Gopal and Shoba Rani, Narotham Kumar had got his education from one of the central government's highly appraisable schools i.e. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya of Nalgonda District of Telangana state. His father, a staunch 'communist' worked as a reporter for the left-run newspaper 'Prajashakthi'. But, he was very clear that never should his son become a candle for the Brahmin centric communism that had rarely solved the problems of social injustice in the country. At the age of 10, when Narotham had written a small poem in 'class' perspective, his father had curbed his thoughts, telling him to 'concentrate on studies'. However, his father had a surmountable collection of books and papers in the house.

Just like Benjamin Franklin and George Burns, he had a memorable history of school dropouts in the 4th grade. Things went downhill with him at a very tender age and was forced to rear cattle for one full academic year. 'I had a way with the 'cattle' he said, with a broad smile over his lips and added, "It was a good experience, one should enjoy rearing cattle, really."

He ran a Telephone booth in class fifth and prepared for the Navodaya Entrance exam. His brilliance and merit allowed him to secure a seat in the esteemed school which had given him a great opportunity to horn his skills and sharpen the brain to meet the academic, social and economic requirements of life.

"Narotham is a highly-talented boy with quick grasping power. A very polite, obedient and humble boy with a soft smile over his face," said Kamalapadam, his English teacher at school.

"Narotham is an obedient student capable of doing justice to the assigned work," said MA Mubalique, a profound Mathematics teacher at Navodaya VIdyalaya.

"His honest smile and affection always touches my heart," said his classmate Santhosh Yadav.

Like every other Navodayan's wish of studying in a corporate college after 10th grade in order to take coaching for IIT-JEE, AIEEE, he too had a dream. But, couldn't move forward due to the paucity of economic capital and was left to continue his Intermediate (+1 and +2) in the same school/college. He moved to Sri Krishna Devaraya University of Anantapur (erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state) for his Bachelor's in Technology in Electrical Engineering.

Failing to score good marks in the GATE exam (for Masters') due to lack of coaching facility, he made up his mind to sit for one full year and prepare for the exam. It was at this time that he had got full grip on his subjects. With full focus on his target he never shifted his attention towards any other unwanted pleasures and was strictly stuck to his books behind closed doors.

"To any invitation, he used to say 'all after March 2nd 2014'," said his best buddy Vijay.

This time, unexpectedly, life showed him dark days again with lower marks than the previous time. Somehow, his rank allowed him to secure a seat in Osmania University of Telangana. The formation of Telangana state and its speedy recruitment process all added to his favor. At present, Narotham is pursuing his M.Tech in Power Electronics in OU and finished his 1st year. When the Job notification was out, he utilized the opportunity and became one of the fruit bearers of the newly formed Telangana state.

To all his fellow Navodayans, he is a source of inspiration. His parents, teachers and friends are very proud of his success. "I want to be a good engineer and happy doing a job which I studied for. I would like to uplift the downtrodden towards social and economic equalities and awaken the suppressed communities in attaining a decent and dignified life" said the young engineer.

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