Tea stall ownerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s son carves path to IAS
Jagatsinghpur (Orissa) - Babaji Sahu, a tea seller in this coastal
district, always had high hopes for his son. But even he is amazed at his
SahuÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s younger son Manoj has just made it to the elite Indian
Administrative Service (IAS). Sahu, 62, a resident of Singhapur village in
the district, has been selling tea and snacks from a small thatched room
for more than three decades and looks after his wife, two sons and a
daughter with his meagre earnings.
He had wanted Manoj to become a schoolteacher. But Manoj had other
The intelligent and hard-working man managed to overcome all hurdles
and this year got the 34th rank in the Civil Services Exam conducted by
the Union Public service Commission and was selected to the coveted IAS.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœThough I sell tea, I always tried to encourage my son in his
studies,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Sahu told IANS.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœI had wanted him to be a teacher in the village school but I am
happy that he has achieved more than that,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ said the proud father.
Manoj, who had his initial education in the village school, brought joy
to his family and the village residents after he was selected for an
undergraduate course in the Orissa University of Agriculture in the state
capital, Bhubaneswar, on a government scholarship after Class 10.
From there he went on to complete his M.Sc in agriculture from Junagadh
University in Gujarat. After completing his post-graduation, he moved to
New Delhi in search of a job and eventually appeared in the Civil Services
exam last year.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœMy hard labour has borne fruit. I am happy that I cleared the exam
without attending coaching classes,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Manoj told IANS.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœIt is great news for us,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Pitambar Sahani, a Singhapur resident,
said. Ã¢â‚¬ËœWe have seen the boy assisting his father in selling tea and
snacks when he was in school.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
Judhistar Das, who taught Manoj in the village high school, said: Ã¢â‚¬ËœHe
was brilliant when he was in school. We had visualised that he would do
well one day but never thought he would manage to get a job like this.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
The village residents took out a procession last Sunday to celebrate
ManojÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s success. He was feted at a gathering where the village elders
and his former teachers garlanded and blessed him.
Tears of joy rolled down the cheeks of ManojÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parents when the
villagers garlanded them for their sonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s achievement.
Addressing the gathering, Manoj said poverty could not be a hurdle in
the face of determination and hard work and should not deter anyone from
pursuing their dream.