September 26, 2021

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Girl defies flood, rows to school daily

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Girl defies flood, rows to school daily
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Girl defies flood, rows to school daily
Girl defies flood, rows to school daily

GORAKHPUR: The timeless nursery rhyme “Row, row, row your boat” might have had her believe “life is but a dream”, but 15-year-old Sandhya Sahini’s grim reality now is rowing a country boat through a river in spate during the monsoon to reach school every day.
A viral video of the carpenter’s daughter, clad in school uniform and riding the currents of the Rapti in UP’s Gorakhpur district, has become an emblem of the girl’s courage and determination to continue her education against all odds and give her parents and three younger brothers a better life.
Sandhya is a student of Class XI at Ayodhya Das Girls’ Inter College. Each morning, she gets on the boat near her home in Bahrampur and rows her way through the swollen Rapti — past half submerged houses — to reach Raj Ghat, from where she takes a tempo to reach school.
“My school was shut for a long time due to the pandemic and now we are facing a challenge from the Rapti. I don’t want to miss classes any further as I don’t have the privilege of private tuition. I am totally dependent on my school for my studies,” the teenager said. Tenacious as she is, Sandhya believes it is not possible for her – and all others living in the area – to tide over the miseries of monsoon flooding year after year.
“I appeal to the CM to get an embankment constructed in my area as floodwaters have entered many houses and families are forced to live on terraces under plastic sheets,” she said.
Sandhya, who seeks inspiration from figures like Sarojini Naidu, Indira Gandhi, Kalpana Chawla and PT Usha, said it pained her to see many other students — especially girls — drop out of school because of the challenges they have had to face.
“Many girls in my area are not going to school any more because of the floods, but I can’t afford to be fearful. I aspire to work for the railways, and I am working hard every day to attain my goal.” Once she gets a job and earns enough to meet her family’s needs, Sandhya wants to take a flight somewhere along with her family.

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