Deafness was no deterrent to her

Published: 18th May 2016 06:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2016 06:57 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: UNLIKE her brother, she never liked the idea of getting down to work at her father’s farmland. On Tuesday, when P Gayatri stood first in the class 12 exam (deaf students) by securing 923 marks, she proved herself right in choosing academics instead of slogging it out in the farm.

Her father, M Palanichamy, was a farmer with half acre land at Kodumudi in Erode district, growing groundnut and chillies. The income from farming was barely enough to cover the family expenses. However, he was determined to educate his daughter no matter what.

“If she were at home, she would remain idle. But if educated, she will have a good future,” he said.

Fortunately for him, Gayatri took to studies from a early age. Till class 8, she studied at a school in Karur and was subsequently admitted to the Little Flowers convent.

Her father had spent more than `50,000 to fund her education, mostly availed through loans. But on Tuesday, Gayatri had made him proud.

“I was always confident that she would perform well and she has proved it,” said a delighted Palanichamy. 

She has been living independently from the age of four. And today when Gayatri leaves the school, she still chooses to remain in the big city.

“Having been in hostel all my life, I am usually surrounded by persons with disabilities. Thus, I am able to relate to their difficulties and struggle. However, after studying BCom, I hope to become a successful banker and contribute to my family’s earnings,” says the topper through a sign language interpreter.

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