Car Cleaner From Delhi Slum Scores 91.7% In CBSE Class 12

Seventeen-year-old Parmeshwar washed cars and earned Rs 3,000 a month to pay for his uniform and books.

Jessica David

July 29, 2020

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Nine people crammed in two rooms in a tightly-packed Delhi slum trying to make ends meet was the reality of Parmeshwar’s life. Yet, the 17-year-old overcame great hardships and scored a stunning 91.7 per cent in his CBSE Class 12 examinations. His victory is a story of courage in the face of adversity. Hunger, almost a regular guest at his Tigri slum home, had drained the teenager. He had taken up a meagre-paying job of washing cars at Khanpur since Class 10. He made Rs 3,000 a month with which he paid for his uniform and books. He said he needed this job to support his education.

Even during the harsh Delhi winters, Parmeshwar woke up at 4 a.m. and walked for half an hour to reach his place of work. His strenuous work  of  washing around 10-15 cars then continued for two-and-a-half hours. He did this for six days a week. “Waking up in the cold and working was not easy. I remember how my hands used to freeze every five minutes when I touched the cold water. My fingers used to become numb,” says Parmeshwar. During this difficult time, Asha Society, an NGO, ensured all the help they could provide him and the young boy emerged supreme against all odds.

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