Paradip: Optimistic people say age is just a number. This saying has been fulfilled in the case of Tilottama Patra of Paradip in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district. She is going to appear the Annual Matriculation (HSC) examination tomorrow.
The 53-years-old woman lives in a slum of Nuabazar in Paradip. She will appear the HSC examination at the BB High School centre in Kujanga.
The lady has a spellbinding story. She had to leave formal education after Class II due to poverty. Later, she got married and got herself busy with the family chores. However, her keen interest for studies probably offered her a second chance after a couple of years.
In 1992 Paradip Port Trust initiated a drive to educate all those who had deprived of education. Tilottama immediately enrolled her name for it. Initially there were 30 students like her in the group. The number gradually grew. The drive was initiated by the then chairman of the port trust. And finally the lady this year enrolled herself for the matric exam.
Tilottama has been working as an ASHA worker for the last 10 years. Interestingly, her four siblings have not completed their Matriculation. So, if the lady clears HSC, she will be the first one in the family to pass matric examination.
Well-wishers of the woman have high hope for her success in the exam. And if so, this will be an inspiring tale for many such other women.