"I belong to a poor background, but I've never been ashamed of my roots- I've always had the vigor to study hard, and improve my conditions. We shifted to Mumbai when I was a kid, so that my dad could earn more for us. I studied until the 10th grade, and was going to start college. But just then, my dad's business went bust, and we had to move to Hyderabad. Our conditions deteriorated, and there the 6 of us had to live in one small room. Around that time my dad was also diagnosed with diabetes, for which he had to get expensive injections every week. My mom's a housewife, so at one point, when my dad was sick, and we had no income -- she pleaded me to let go of my dreams of studying and step up to help the family. I was only 17. But it was my time to be the breadwinner, so I packed my bags and moved back to Mumbai. My uncle helped me with a room, and gave me his rickshaw to drive.
Everyday on the phone my mom cries to me, telling me that if it was up to her, she'd never let me sacrifice my life -- but I don't see it like that. My family is my responsibility, and if I don't help them, who will? Recently I met this kind lady and upon hearing my story she offered me Rs.500, but I couldn't take it from her. My mom has told me that no matter what situation I'm in, I should earn by working, not through pity. So for now, I know that the odds aren't stacked in my favor & the road to by dreams is going to be long and tough.
But I believe in myself enough, to fight this and come out a winner. I hope that one day I will graduate, get a job, and have a fair chance at life. All of this will be behind me before you know it and I hope I can send you a photo of me in college with all my new friends soon!"
Humans of Bombay, Fb
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