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Sunday, November 20, 2011


Rural India is not dearth of talent. A strong drive to achieve put you on higher pedestal and tread a path to success. It is immaterial where you are born or your social or economic conditions that you have inherited. It only matters the quantum of fire in your belly.

Some people perish in the course of their struggle. Only few will raise to change their destiny.

Dodde Anjaneyulu belongs to the second lot. This pride of Andhra achieved his father's dream of becoming IAS in the 2010 Civil Service Exam and got 278th rank. His father who was a watchman in a sleepy village :Jammikunta in
backward Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh inspired his son to become Collector and the son took his father's dream to heart despite abject poverty.

Anjaneyulu through arduous efforts shined in academics and thereafter completed his engineering graduation in 2005. Settled as software professional for 2 years to accumulate finances for IAS exam preparation. Though the sudden death of his father in 2007 somewhat crippled him, but it solidified his resolve.

Getting selected to IAS is no mean achievement. Every year around 4 lac aspirants compete Civil Services Examination, out of which only 10 thousand clear preliminaries and very creamy few i.e. 1000 finally get selected for IAS, IFS, IPS and other allied Group A & B services. So it is all merit and hard work that matters. Anjaneyulu through this covetous achievement, once again proved to the world that a fire in the belly creates wonders.

After reading his story in a local Telugu paper (Saakshi dated 19.11.2011) I was almost shell-shocked. The way his mother broke down after seeing her son really moved me. It is palpable to understand the emotions of a mother who wept out of ecstasy but felt sorry because her husband was no more to see their son's grand achievement. It is a soul-stirring story I ever read in recent items. It is really a heroic achievement.

After reading about Anjaneyulu, I could not resist without congratulating him. But how ? That question hunted me for a while. Had it been 20 years earlier, I might have crushed my desire. But the Information Age prompted me to find ways. So I jumped into action and searched for his email ID in the Google. Being an internet buff, it was not a difficult task and I managed to get his Facebook link through which I got his e-mail ID. Immediately, I sent an email congratulating him for his achievement. It was so exhilarating that he not only acknowledged my mail quickly but spoke to me over phone with full of gratitude and humility.

I read somewhere that the great tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us (talent) while we still alive. Anjaneyulu deeply engraved his father's dream to become IAS by which he not only proved a darling child of his parents, but a shining star to the millions of aspirants. Hope this man will contribute immensely to the society, especially the poorer sections of society and stand tall in his efforts to change their destiny.

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