Parmeshwar washed cars at 4 AM to pay for school fees, scores 91.7% in Class 12
New Delhi : Life is not easy! For some it is even more difficult. Imagine nine people packed in 2 small rooms in a tightly packed Delhi slum struggling to fulfill their daily needs of food and shelter; this is the reality of a boy, who woke up every day at 4 AM to wash cars to generate some income and support his family. Despite this, he has managed to score above 91.7% marks in Class 12.
While hunger ate the boy and family almost daily, he managed to earn around Rs 3,000 monthly by washing cars at Khanpur since Class 10. He used this money to buy food and pay fees for his school.
Even during the harsh Delhi winters, Parmeshwar used to get up at 4 AM and walk for half an hour to reach his place of work. His strenuous work then continued for 2.5 hours washing around 10-15 cars. He did this for six days a week.
"Waking up in the cold and working was not easy. I remember how my hands used to freeze every 5 minutes when I touched the cold water. My fingers used to become numb," NDTV quoted Parmeshwar.
"People also used to scold me and for a few hundred bucks we had to bear all the humiliation," the despondent teen said.
He said the job was needed to take up some burden from the family in which father is heart patient and rest people have on and off job routine.
"I cannot burden them," Parmeshwar adds.
Things got murkier when his father had to go for a surgery in March during his Board Examinations. He was there at the hospital and was preparing for the examinations from there.
During this difficult time, Asha Society, an NGO, ensured all the help they could provide to Parmeshwar. They helped with sample papers and also helped him apply online for an English Honours course at Delhi University.
The bright student says he wants to become a teacher in the future.
"I want to gain so much of knowledge that I can help others as well. There are many who have no resources to study or take tuitions..." he says.