Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : email@example.comCA Topper: Proud to say I am my fathers daughter: A Report byRediffmail.comAll-India CA topper Prema Jayakumar, whose father Jayakumar Perumal drivesan auto rickshaw to make ends meet, shares her success story.बेटा खाना खा लो ना !!(Please eat some food, my dear daughter).शु नसीबवान मा-बाप छे ! (Her parents are so very lucky).These words ring in your ears long after you have left the scene of action: A 300-squarefeet, one-room tenement that is part of a labyrinthine settlement so typical of Indiasfinancial capital, home mostly to people from the neo middle class and their sky-highambitions.Overnight, Prema Jayakumar, the 24-year-old daughter of Jayakumar Perumal, anautorickshaw driver for the last 20 years, who topped her final chartered accountancyexamination by scoring 607 out of 800 marks (75.8 per cent), considered one of Indiastoughest competitive exams, has become a shining example of how "hard work, hardwork and hard work" (please see video) can bring success at the doorsteps of anybodywith "a mission in life" irrespective of class.Overnight, Premas world has turned upside down, and she is not complaining, as we, themedia, in its zeal for a positive story after a long-long time turn her into a role model(which she indeed is because of what she has achieved despite odds), a celebrity (whichshe is not as she doesnt hide her discomfort while coping with the medias excesses)whose virtues and scholarly aptitude needs to be minutely examined under a microscopeand highlighted over air waves, ether and bold newsprint sooner than competition.Pursuing excellence in rotational moulding.
Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.orgIt is in this context that Premas mother, Lingammal, a god-fearing woman who hadtoiled all her life for this very moment, was beseeching her to come into the house and eatsome food (Beta khana kha lo na!) in their kitchen, just 80 square feet in size thataccommodates a Cudappah platform to cook food, a cabinet full of steel utensils, a plasticdrum to store water, a small bathroom and a toilet.How Prema and Dhanraj prepared for their CAThe rest of the house makes up for their living and study room, where Prema wouldeither sit on a five-feet long cot or on the empty floor to study and her 22-year- oldbrother Dhanraj, who too cleared the CA exam in his first attempt just like her sister,would sit on a study table for almost ten to twelve hours a day as they prepared for theirD-day, exchanged notes and discussed their difficulties to find a proper solution toachieve their mission in life. "Doing CA was a passion," says Prema beaming like an innocent child who had asked for the moon and got it. "But topping the exam at the all India level came as big surprise," she says as a retinue of media persons wait their turn for her interview. Exhausted with all the attentionshe has attracted ever since the news broke out this Monday about her feat, Prema wasrunning a slight fever and had to visit a doctor on Wednesday morning for medicineswith Dhanraj.Non-stop media interviews, felicitations, a steady stream of visitors, local politicians whowanted to bask in her glory and relatives distant and near is what Prema had beenattending to since Monday and it had taken a toll on her frail built and health which shehad so assiduously conserved during those marathon bouts of studying, discussing andproblem solving with her brother."It feels great," says Dhanraj when asked about his sisters achievement "like a doubledhamaka," he quips to anybody who congratulates him."We studied for 10 to 12 hours at a stretch and at such times maintaining good health isvery important," he says looking at his sister in the narrow verandah that leads to theirPursuing excellence in rotational moulding.
Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : email@example.com on the first floor of S B Khan Chawl in Malad East, a north-western suburb inMumbai.Dhanraj is all admiration for his sister and her determination and devotion, two thingsthat, Prema says, kept her going through times thick and thin. At moments like this day when she is not keeping well it is this stamina built during her exam days that helps her bravely face the media with a smile that is grace personified. One can guage Premas determination as she patiently poses for photographers, gives them interviews, turn-by-turn, even after throwing up medicines she was trying to consume making Lingammal abit anxious as she asks her relatives to give her some sugar.Just a pinch of sugar and Premas smile comes back, determined and ever so humble asshe is, to come out and offer her take on her hardships, study methods, and everythingthat we the media people ask her.Though most of her answers to similar type of questions differed in tone and measure,she answered in the same vein when we asked her about her parents."They are my life; they have given me life and I want to give them rest now. The reasonwhy we siblings did not face many hardships as we grew up was because they silentlytoiled while we studied," she says about her father Jayakumar Perumal, an autorickshawdriver for two decades ever since he migrated from Periyakolliyur village in TamilNadus Villupuram district and her mother who would work from home for a cottageindustry, a source of daily income to millions of homemakers like Lingammal.It was as recent as 2010 that Prema and Dhanraj told their mother that enough wasenough and because they earned stipends through their articleships -- a sort of mandatoryapprenticeship that chartered accountants must enroll for as accountants in any firm evenas they prepare for their CA exam -- they would manage the costs that would come theirway en route to achieving their mission in life."The fact that we were earning during our articleship also helped. We would deferunnecessary spends. But we were determined to do our CA at any cost," says Dhanrajfrom inside his house that contains a television for entertainment and pictures of gods andgoddesses to keep their faith in their destiny intact.Pursuing excellence in rotational moulding.
Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.orgJayakumar, however, continued with his 12-hour duty that began at 8 in the morning andended at 8 in the night, to ferry people in the city in his autorickshaw, earning him, inrecent times, Rs 15,000 every month. A simpleton to the core, Jayakumar, who has studied only till Class V, answers pointed queries from the media without showing a trace of discomfort. He never utters a word to even hint that his finances were stretched as his two children began their tryst with higher education. All he says is this: "I havestudied only till Class V in a remote village. I didnt much understand what Prema andDhanraj wanted to do when they said they would like to become CAs one day. But wenever questioned their decisions about what they wanted to do and always stood bythem.""We would always encourage them to study whatever they wanted, the way they wanted.We always assured them that we would do all we could to help them achieve their goalsin life."Now it is time Jayakumar takes it easy and enjoys the small pleasures of life."In the next few months Dhanraj and I are sure we will get a good job. Then we wouldrequest father to retire and do all that he could not do because of the pressure of rearingthree children and taking care of their education," says Prema.Mahalaxmi, the eldest sibling, is a homemaker and hugs her mother, letting her eyesexpress her emotions, as she joins the family to celebrate its success.The odds that the family faced gave birth to Premas doughty determination."I had seen my mother and father struggle to make ends meet when we were kids. I wasalways determined that one day when we grew up we would have to help them with theireveryday struggle," says Prema, who studied in Tamil till Class VIII from a Tamilmedium municipal school in Malad, about how she felt when she was in school.Pursuing excellence in rotational moulding.
Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : email@example.com "It was only in the ninth standard that I began to learn and understand English. The switch was difficult, but then if you have the determination to do something, hurdles look small," Prema says about how she was introduced to an alien language, but yet adapted quickly. It was this determination that got her 79 per cent marks in the tenth standard, 80 per cent inthe twelfth standard and later 90 per cent marks in her final year of graduation to emergesecond in Mumbai University.Despite her academic record Prema humbly offers that she was confident to pass the CAexam, but emerging the national topper has completely floored her."Two days before the results, everybody had huge expectations from me. People wouldask what rank I would get as if I had already got my rank before writing my exams. Thatbuilt huge pressure on me not only to pass, but pass with good rank," she says of the nailbiting moments before the results on January 21."When a former ICAI president called and asked if I had seen my results, I trembled withnervousness. I said I hadnt. Then he told me that I had topped the all-India CA exam. Ibegan to cry. He asked me to hand over the phone to my father and informed him aboutthe result," Prema recalls."My mother and I are very emotional. We always cry when we hear good or bad news.We all cried when the news broke," she adds.Dhanraj, who is still soaking in the kind of affection bestowed upon the two siblings andtheir parents – people, total strangers, who come to meet them affectionately bow downbefore Jayakumar and Lingammal – says, "We were determined to do our CA at any cost.When you have the determination and devotion to excel in any field huge hurdles onlylook very small."While Dhanraj too cleared the exam with 450 out of 800 marks in the CA exam, he isclearly in awe of his elder sister and he makes no effort to hide his happiness as he getsbusy distributing sweets to family, friends, relatives and, of course, the media.He knows his sister has set a precedent that has catapulted his family into the nationallimelight with his sister being referred to as a role model for Indias youth.Pursuing excellence in rotational moulding.
Vinodrai Engineers Pvt. Ltd., 12 Km. Stone, Jalna-Aurangabad Road, Village Dawalwadi, District : Jalna Jalna – 431 203 ( India ) Ph: +91-2482-262000 Fax: +91-2482-262400 Web: vinodrai.com , E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.orgPrema now knows that the focus would be on her not only because she has topped theexam nationally despite her modest financial background but also because she has done itat a time when women are increasingly under attack from sex predators on one hand anda section of society that would want women stereotyped and tethered to the kitchen.And she has a fitting reply to such forces."Nobody today should think that only men can make their families proud by excelling inacademics or sports or any other field and take care of families. Today, women too aregetting empowered because of their education and can do all things that boys can do.Girls too have begun to excel in all fields," she says convincingly.To those men who look down upon women as objects of their desire she has this to say:Change your attitude NOW and dont look upon women from that point of view.Expressing her disbelief that she has topped the CA exam, Prema says, "It is verydifficult to believe that one would top the CA exam. But when I started I was sure of justone thing: come what may I have to pass in my CA exam. Once I had walked a stepforward I knew I could not go backwards. And I did it," she says without pausing tobreathe."You must have the determination that I want to achieve my goal in life. I had worked alot for excelling in academics and today my efforts have been paid for with gods graceand my familys blessings," she says."I am proud to say that I am my fathers daughter," she says when asked how she feelsafter being projected as a role model to nations youth.It is then while walking back from the Jayakumar household towards home one gets tohear: शु नसीबवान मा-बाप छे !!Pursuing excellence in rotational moulding.