With Hellen Keller as her inspiration this 18-year-old girl from Tamil Nadu beat all odds to score 96.6 % and secured the third rank in CBSE Class XII examination under the differently-abled category.
Dharshana was born with micro-cornea in her right eye and no vision in her left eye. But after multiple surgeries and corneal transplant, slowly with years, she started gaining some vision in her left eye. She even went to school a year late, but all this never stopped her from doing well in her academics.
Currently, she has almost NIL vision in the right eye and partial vision in her left eye. Dharshana hails from Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu and scored 486/500 in her board exams.
â€śWhenever I used to get depressed, my father always used to inspire me telling me about Helen Keller, George Mallory and other people who overcame their obstacles. My parents never asked me to score well, they just told me to give my best,â€ť explains Dharshana.
Image: Dharshana with her parents, Mohan and Vijaylakshmi.
An elated Dharshana said she is happy that made her parents proud. â€śI want to further do B Com from one of the top colleges in Chennai and then become an entrepreneur,â€ť says Dharshana.
She studied in Nalanda International Public School and said that all her teachers and friends have always been supportive of her. â€śI find it hard to read small font in textbooks, so I use microscope to read and also slower in writing. So, my teachers used to give me extra time to finish my homework and also provide extra time to write examinations,â€ť says Dharshana.
Her day starts pretty early, says Dharshana. â€śI get up around 5:30 am and study till the afternoon. In the evening, I only study for 1.5 hours and avoid studying at night,â€ť says Dharshana.
She still takes time to figure out a new place but wants to cross that obstacle also by travelling alone in Chennai. â€śWhen I go for under graduation, I want to travel alone and find places. Till now, my parents have always accompanied me,â€ť says Dharshana.
She believes only three things are required to attain success in life. â€śOne needs to give their best and not expect anything in return, be unique should not compromise and have faith in God,â€ť Dharshana signs off.