CHENNAI: Thin, dark and gangly for a boy his age, Yogaraj (in pic) is the most reticent of the top rankers who received their admit cards on Monday. Unlike most who stand beside him, his father is neither a bank officer or the proprietor of some business. His father is a weaver, who has now become a powerloom operator after years of struggle. “It was never easy growing up. It was a quiet life with very little to spend in Kumarapalayam,” he says.
Though his marks aren’t particularly impressive (1126/1200), he managed a perfect cut-off of 200 and found himself in the top 10, after the first four opted for MBBS. With the steeper fees being a concern, Yogaraj says that he’s worked it all out - for his father to manage his finances, take a loan or two and pay his fees off in two instalments. “It’s all about my family now. I want to do something for them after everything they’ve done to help me study,” he says.