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– by Anand Singh

May 29, 2017: Sightless in her right eye, and with partial vision in the left eye, Dharshana M.V. overcame all challenges to secure third rank among differently-abled students in the CBSE Class 12 examination, bagging 96.6 per cent marks.

A Commerce stream student of Nalanda International Public School in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri, Dharshana M.V. had to depend on the magnifying glass to study.

For Dharshana, her poor eyesight due to microcornea was not a “deterrance” and she was determined to excel in her studies.

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Speaking to IANS over phone from Tamil Nadu, Dharshana dedicated her success to her parents and teachers for believing in her. She said they were the “main motivation” behind her success.

She also said her school management and her eye doctor made her overcome all the challenges.

“For me my poor eyesight was never a hindrance,” Dharshana said.

She said her parents, teachers and her opthalmologist and family physician gave her the right suggestions which helped to develop her confidence.

Explaining how she overcome her challenge to study, Dharshana said, “My family doctor suggested that I use a magnifying glass. I have been using the magnifying glass to study since Class 6. I avoided reading on the computer as it causes some eye pressure.”

She said that she preferred visuals and audios for studying which released her from the pressure of reading.

On why she opted for the Commerce stream, Dharshana said, “Commerce was a new subject for me. Till Class 10 I was a regular Science student but I thought I should learn something new and fresh, and opted for the commerce stream.”

Dharshana said she never expected to top.

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“After giving the CBSE examinations I had the satisfaction that I had done well, but I didn’t expect to do so well,” she said.

The girl from Krishnagiri said that she was not interested in moving to Delhi or Mumbai but wanted to stay in her own state. She is also keen to learn classical vocal music.

“I have planned to do B.Com in Chennai as it also has top colleges. Besides my studies I also plan to learn Carnatic music,” she said, adding that she practices singing at home and has been singing since her childhood.

On the challenges faced by other students with similar problem of microcornea, Dharshana said doctors should come forward to help students if there is a full treatment to the condition.

“I am quite aware about other students suffering like me. I am suffering from microcornea in my right eye so I want to know if there is any cure for it. If yes, then it can bring relief to students like me.”

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She said that a doctor told her that current medical treatment does not provide full cure for such eye problem.

A total of 2,497 candidates with various disabilities sat for the CBSE exams this year, of who 2,123 passed.

Ajay K. Raj from St. Thomas Central School in Thiruvananthapuram topped in the differently abled category with 98 per cent marks, while Lakshmi P.V. of Palghat Lions School, in Kerala’s Palakkad got 97.2 per cent marks.

The results of Class 12 were delayed after the board proposed to scrap the “moderation policy”.

However, the Delhi High Court shot down the proposal, saying the rules cannot be changed at the eleventh hour. (IANS)

(Anand Singh can be contacted at anand.s@ians.in)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC