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The nation is reverberating with the results of the 10th and 12th Board Exams and one young man’s rise to glory stands tall and proud amongst the cacophony of noises.
Meet Tushar Rishi, all of 19 years, who makes the age old adage “where there’s a will, there’s a way” come to life with his inspirational survival.
At an age when most teens were planning movies with friends, visiting malls, taking tuitions to catch up with schoolwork and studying as well, Tushar spent his time commuting to and fro between the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi and his hometown of Ranchi (or Dhoni’s city, as he fondly calls it!) as he bravely fought his battle with cancer.
What’s more inspirational about this is the fact that Tushar never let this stand in the way of his studies and aced the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class 12 board examinations, scoring a whopping 95% with 95 in English, 95 in physics, 93 in mathematics, 89 in computer and 100 in fine arts.
Tushar’s struggle started in 2014, when cancer was detected in his left knee just after the Class 10 mock exams and mere weeks before he was due to write the crucial Board Exams. Never daunted, Tushar underwent the gruelling chemotherapy sessions, returned to the exam centres and went onto score a full 10 CGPA.
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The journey has been far from easy, but Tushar never allowed his illness and the chemotherapy he undertook for 11 months to get the better of him, remaining focussed on his studies through the gruelling process. Instead, he took to writing as an outlet for his pain. The words he penned down were a result of his own experiences, and were ultimately compiled into a book titled “The Patient Patient” that has proved to be a successful debut novel.
Support of family and friends is crucial at every stage of a child’s life, and more so in cases like Tushar’s where he would need someone mentally strong to keep him focussed on his goals at all times. His parents have been pillars of strength in his marvellous journey from cancer patient to topper, and his friends too have helped him emerge victorious.
What else makes him special?
Never attended a single tuition class, solely dependent on classes at school.
Follows a strict diet and medication plan to overcome his illness.
No extra study guides used, only NCERT books.
Now plans to opt for either English Literature or any other Arts subject, breaking the stereotype of all science students option for engineering or medicine.
He continues on his path to be the best as his top four choice of colleges in Delhi are St Stephen’s, Hindu, Hansraj and Ramjas, i.e. the best colleges in the city!
Tushar is a great example of making a success story of your life and defeating all the odds stacked against you. As parents, we must all aim to give our kids the kind of motivation it requires to make their way towards success, no matter what obstacles try to hold them back!
The team of mycity4kids wishes Tushar all the very best for all his future endeavours. More power and glory to you, Tushar!