Meet Kumar Abhishek, Luce Fellow in India’s Poorest State, Bihar

Bihar, India. Born in the poorest province of India 21 years ago, my parents named me “Abhishek Kumar.” I began my education at one of the best schools in town, St. Ignatius School. I was a shy but good student, as I remain to this day.

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I’m not rich and have faced challenges growing up had, experiencing life’s ups and downs. When I was a child I always dreamed of being a airplane pilot, but as I grew up…

,got a little bit of sense i started finding myself. CLARIFY

What I wants to do in future what abilities or talent I’ve in myself. Though i was very passionate of sketching and paintings. In 10th grade somewhere i had in my mind that i would go for fashion designing field. After completing my 10th grade I was wondering now what to do, because I didn’t tell my parents whatever i had in my mind. Then my parents decided to send me to some other city for further studies. Till then my grandfather used to pay my tuition fee as my dad wasn’t employed though he’s literate person and I respect him.

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After so much of discussions eventually it all decided that I’ll go to Ranchi (some place in jharkhand, India) for higher studies. But i wasn’t interested in studying mathematics and i just took that subject because of parents. I’m the first child so they had expectations that i would be an engineer the most overrated degree in India. Everyone wants to see their kids as a doctor or Engineer but i wanted to be different.

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The turning point of my life was when my grandfather died while i was in train ( all the way to ranchi) i got a call that grandfather is no more alive. I was in shock, numb only regret is wasn’t there with him while he was counting he’s last breath. After this hard time of life again the question was what about my further studies who’ll support me financially because dad wasn’t able to send me to some famous or good schools, so uncle decided that he’ll take me along with him and himself decided to support me financially for studies.
Now, i went to new city with lots of expectations.

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It was new beginning of life and i was missing my parents a lot. After sometimes it was getting tough for me to survive at uncle’s home because of some reasons which i don’t want to mention and later he stopped paying my fee he backout in the middle which was really shocking.Somehow i completed my high school degree but whatever i suffered there made me strong enough and that helped me to develop a new vision about the world.

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I appeared for IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) but failed. Just because parents wanted me to do so. I would say Indian parents are so conservative. But later i told them about what i want to do and they said politely why don’t you expressed it before and then i decided to take a year drop to pursue my dream
[11:14 PM, 1/19/2019] Abhi Kumar: And i dropped a year for NIFT( national institute of fashion & technology) prepared it for in Delhi my maternal uncle helped me out financially still he pays. But after so much of hard work i wasn’t able to clear the exam just by .6 Mark’s and i was totally shattered, cried a lot.

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But my parents supported me throughout and told me to prepare again you can do it. I went for it and this time success was by my side cracked exam and now studying in NIFT kangra , himachal pradesh. I always wanted to be fashion designer and now I’m here at very first stage pursuing my dream .I’m here because my parents and maternal uncle supported me throughout the journey. I’m in nift since from 2017 doing well in academics.

The Editors
The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation (www.lucefoundation.org). There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.

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