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“First Day in School” : Part 2
Sonakshi Shashikant Ukalikar, a 6 year old student of RCS, seemed to be the perfect choice, as “she is one of the most enthusiastic kids in the entire school”, said Lakshmi, faculty in charge of RCS.
While talking to her during the last week of the one month long Summer-Vacation, she seemed really happy as her holidays were coming to an end. What added more to her excitement was now she has been promoted to the first standard. “I love the holidays. I play, study and spend a lot of time with my grandmother. But now, I can’t wait for the classes to reopen”, said the 6 year old.
Her grandmother, Chandrabala Ukalikar, also plays a vital role in her upbringing. As Sonakshi’s parents have to go for work, she has taken the role of the responsible guardian in her life. The 66 year old, not only takes care of Sonakshi at home, but also accompanies her to school every single day, without fail. “She, in spite of being the grandmother, has been the most active amongst all other guardians and has never failed to attend any of the Parent-Teacher Meets”, said Lakshmi.
While talking to Chandrabala, she said, “My sons didn’t get to study much, Shashikant (Sonakishi’s Father) has studied only till Class 8, but I don’t want the same for her”, taking a deep breath and wiping off a tear drop from the corner of her eye she added, “I want Sonakshi to be really successful in life and become whatever she wants to be.” When I asked Sonakshi, about her dreams, she dint really understand what I meant and looked at her grandmother with a blank expression. But as soon as she translated and rephrased the question in Marathi, a very big smile appeared on Sonakshi’s face as she turned towards me and said, “DOCTOR.” Continued... #slum #rich #lifestyle #color #street #streetphotography #life #livelihood #poverty #happiness #struggle #system #kids #industry #businesses #sustainable #ecofriendly #unheard #tales #stories #incredibleindia #realindia #igramming_india #dharavi @streets.of.mumbai @igramming_india @travelrealindia @indian.photography @stories.of.india @streets.of.india @streetphotographyindia