June 26, 2006

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Kristudas, Kunnumpurathu Veettil, Pariyaram, Poovathoor, Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram

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Someone who doesn’t pass SSLC in the 1st attempt definitely lacks academic standards and someone who doesn’t do it do it after 3 or 4 attempts can be written off as not worthy of higher academic pursuits.  However, as the number of attempts goes on increasing and the academic achievement approaches zero, another factor comes into play.  And that is perseverance and determination.

Like the determination of the humble spider in Robert Bruce’s story, the resolve of someone who gives the exam an 8th or 9th try must be quite high.  And by the 12th or 13th attempt, he or she should have considerable willpower to overcome self doubt, ridicule and constant pity.  And in that sense, Kristudas, of Kunnumpurathu Veettil, Pariyaram, Poovathoor, Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram, who passed SSLC in his 19th attempt, is an example of the small candle of determination and hope burning through a tempestuous night of seemingly never-ending despair.

Kristudas, who started attempting SSLC from March 1990 onwards, failed in all subjects in his 1st effort.  Undaunted, he attempted the exam in subsequent trials and had passed the Subject Part by 1993.  To clear the Language Part, he had to wait till 2006.

Kristudas, 31, who lost both his parents, lives in a one-roomed dilapidated hut.  He waits with the same determination and hope that the Muncipal Corporation would help him with a house.

In the scenario of information-munching, stress-driven and suicide-prone rush for academic pursuits, his effort could be a psychological balm to give the exam, or life, one more chance.

For, did he not succeed after 18 successive failures.


Courtesy: Mathrubhumi, May 27, 2006
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