Will to power: underdogs who emerged top dogs (Images)

June 7th, 2009 - 10:03 am ICT by IANS  

Shaan By Shilpa Raina
New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) They are underdogs who emerged top dogs. The road to success was however not smooth and all they had was determination.

One of the success stories is that of 25-year-old Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Govind Jaiswal, who is the son of a rickshaw puller from Varanasi. His father could not understand the power of education till his son cleared the civil services examination.

“My father didn’t know the value of education because no one from our family had ever studied except for my elder sister Mamta who always supported me and shared my dream of becoming an IAS officer,” Jaiswal told IANS over phone from Varanasi.

Jaiswal became an IAS officer in 2005.

It was a difficult phase for Jaiswal when he shifted to Delhi to prepare for the civil services exams after completing his graduation.

“It was a difficult time as my father sold his only piece of land for Rs.30,000 and gave me the money. Apart from my regular preparations, I used to take tuitions to survive in the capital. Back home my father’s health was deteriorating and I was under extreme pressure to clear my exams or else I would have to pack my bags and return home,” Jaiswal said.

“Till today I don’t know from where I got the strength to survive in those conditions. Today when I look back, I feel proud since I survived because of sheer dedication and determination,” he added.

E. Sarathbabu, an IIM graduate and founder of Foodking catering service, comes from the Madipakkam slum in Chennai and said that he would have been a labourer if his mother hadn’t supported him.

“We were five siblings and my mother was the only bread-earner. She used to sell idlis in the morning and I used to accompany her and sell idlis on the street,” Sarathbabu, 29, recollected to IANS.

“I was always good in studies and there were days when I used to wonder when I am good in studies, why am I selling idlis but later when I saw my mother filling her stomach with water but ensuring that her kids don’t sleep without food, I understood that our life was difficult and I have to help her,” he added.

After graduating from BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan, Sarathbabu worked with Polaris for 29 months and repaid all his loans and then got through IIM-Ahmedabad to make his dream of becoming an entrepreneur come true.

Celebrity hairstylist Shivram K. Bhandary, 44, popularly known as Shiva, has a similar tale. When he was just five years old, he lost his younger sister due to malnutrition and with this incident he promised himself that he would provide a better lifestyle for his mother.

“No one took care of my sister and she died. There was no money for food and medicines. Those were very hard days but we survived,” said Shiva whose clients include singer Shaan, director Madhur Bhandarkar and music director Ismail Darbar.

“To reach this position, I have put in 16-18 hours of hard work every day,” he added.

These people will pour their hearts out on the television show, “Zindagi Live”, to be aired on IBN 7 Sunday at 8 p.m.

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