Vanisha Pathak: I’ll Be A Strong Girl


'I'll Be A Strong Girl': Bhopal Topper's Ode To Parents Who Died Of Covid

Vanisha Pathak, 16, and her brother, Vivan, 10, now stay with their maternal uncle and aunt


Vanisha Pathak of Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal scored 100 in her English, Sanskrit, Science and Social Science Class X CBSE exams, and 97 in Mathematics – an unbelievable achievement for any scholar, however a very very good one for a 16-year-old lady who misplaced her mother and father to COVID-19 in May.

Two months in the past, with the exams across the nook, her total world plunged into darkness – her mother and father died in hospital inside days of one another.

A as soon as bustling and cheerful family was lowered to herself and Vivan, her 10-year-old brother, and it was then, she says, that inspiration struck – she realised she was the one household her brother had.

“(The memory of) my parents obviously kept me motivated and will motivate me throughout my life (but) he (the brother) is the biggest source of motivation right now… I am all he has and that keeps me going. I need to do something,” Ms Pathak instructed India07.

“The last thing my mother said to me was ‘just believe in yourself… we will back soon’. The last words of my father were ‘beta, himmat rakhna‘ (stay strong, my child),” she added.

Ms Pathak’s father – Jeetendra Kumar Pathak – was a monetary advisor, and her mom, Dr Seema Pathak – was a trainer at a authorities faculty.

The final time she noticed them alive was once they left for hospital, collectively.

And then got here the terrible information. Ms Pathak needed to will herself to go from grief to acceptance, and from acceptance to concentrating on her research.

“My father wanted to see me in IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) or crack the UPSC and serve the nation. His dream is my dream now,” she stated.

Now she lets phrases circulation rather than her tears, funneling her angst and disappointment right into a poem – “I’ll be a strong girl, daddy, without you…” – excerpts of that are given under.

“With a heavy heart, I bid you goodbye
For you left me all alone to cry.
Now every tear fetches a memory of yours,
But I hold it back and don’t let it flow…

… won’t let pain overpower me,
and I’ll stand tall.

… I’ll be the reason for your pride,
with a hope to see you again someday
when we all, with no worries, will make hay…”


Vanisha Pathak’s poem

Ms Pathak and her brother now stay with their maternal uncle – Dr Ashok Kumar, a professor at a Bhopal school – and aunt, Dr Bhavna Sharma, who describe her as a “fighter”.


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