Meet M. Sivaguru Prabhakara: The Boy Who Slept On Railway Platforms But Cracked UPSC
By- Md. Mojahid Raza
Bhubaneswar: The harder you work for something, the greater you will feel when you achieve it. Hard work pays off as long as you believer in yourself. That is the only mantra to success. There are times when one feels like giving up. Life seems to be a never-ending road full of thorns and hurdles. Yet, the desire to achieve a long-cherished dream keeps one going. It is the difficulties and hurdles which one faces in life that makes him stronger.
Sivaguru Prabhakara is one such person who defied all odds in life and achieved his dreams. Hailing from Melaottankodu village in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, Sivaguru had dreams of becoming an engineer. However, his dreams were nipped in the bud because of unfavourable family conditions- an alcoholic father and a mother who toiled hard to earn bread for the family. His elder sister, along with his mother, used to sell coconut fronds for earning a livelihood and making ends meet.
All this forced Prabhakara to take up the job of an operator at a sawmill. He also did farming to increase the family earning. While working for the fulfilment of his family’s needs, he also saved money for his education.
Prabhakara used his earnings to pay the fee of his younger brother’s engineering course and also for his elder sister’s marriage. In the same year, he joined in a civil engineering course at the Thanthai Periyar Government Institute of Technology, Vellore.
After this, Prabhakara worked hard as if there is no tomorrow. He concentrated his entire focus towards cracking the IIT-Madras Entrance Examination. For coachings, he used to travel to Chennai every weekend for practical training. With no place to rest or stay in Chennai, he used to spend night sleeping on the platforms of St. Thomas Mount Railway Station.
However, his dedication and hard work bore fruits when Sivaguru successfully cracked the IIT-Madras entrance and scored an overall CGPA of 9.0 in his masters. He later finished his M.Tech in 2014 and then decided to appear for the prestigious UPSC exams.All the while, he was constantly juggling between part-time jobs and studying for examinations. Alas, Prabhakara was able to crack the UPSC in his fourth attempt.
People like Prabhakara make us believe that nothing is impossible if one is focused, dedicated and firm-minded. The struggles of his life and the way he emerged triumphant over all odds has set a predecent and will continue to inspire many more in the future, who dream big.
The story of M. Sivaguru Prabhakara very beautifully depicts that one must always believe in dreaming big and never get bogged down by adversities or obstacles. A setback may be painful, but it is always the set for a comeback. If live is stretching you too hard, be patient. It is only a matter of time before you will bounce back with equal vigour and zeal.