Anantnag Class X Topper used to travel 20km everyday

Srinagar, January 12: For Tabish Manzoor, securing top position in the class Xth board examinations of Kashmir Division in the recently declared results by JKBOSE was not a bed of roses. The 15 years old boy has gone through a lot of struggle to achieve this position.

Being a resident Dogripora village of Pulwama, Tabish has to travel 20 km every day to reach his school in the nearby Anantnag district. The transport service in the village is poor also added to his woes. Sometimes he had to wait for hours to get on the bus.

But if you are thinking that it cannot be termed as a lot of struggle, the boy has to first cross a river using boat to reach highway so that he could take a bus from there. It used to take him two hours to reach daily and hence the boy used to spend four hours daily travelling. That is a lot for just a 15-years old.

But Tabish never let the circumstances take over his will. He said, “There are not many facilities in villages and life is always challenging.”

Besides, his village witnessed regular shutdowns and incidents of violence. He recalled, that he was studying at his home on Oct 15 last year, when he heard the sound of gunfire and he came to know that an encounter had broke out in the village. However, he preferred to focus on his studies.

Tabish has burnt midnight oil to score 99.6 per cent marks (498/500). His aim is to qualify the Civil Services examination in future. He is a big believer of self- study. He never went to private tuitions and rather consulted his schoolteachers and parents for all kind of doubts and advice.

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