There Are Always Other Choices:

Rathin Bhattacharjee
Posted April 19, 2019 from India
Anu and Me.
Anu and Me. (1/1)

My name is Akanksha , Akanksha Bhattacharjee. I am a second year student pursuing BCA (Bachelor in Computer Application). I performed fairly well in the last semester having secured 7.2 Points, which roughly translated into percentage, will be 80% approximately. But my story just about begins here. It is the beginning of a long story. Let me share it in the hope that my story might comfort a few soft hearted girls, caught in the throes of Life.

Though I was born and brought up in the bustling Indian metropolitan city of Kolkata, I was moved to another country early on in my life as my father was working as a Language  Teacher there. I was a topper all through till I was sent down to the high school. I still remember that whenever someone asked me about my aim in life, ‘to be a docor’ I would instantaneously reply. I also started figuring out my parents aspirations and expetations from me at around the same time. My Baba in particular dreamt of my being a doctor one day.


After Standad-X, my parents decided to bring me back to my native place. Though I graduated from CCS as the topper, getting admission in a Kolkata school proved a hazardous task as it is difficult for any student coming from any Board other than the ISC or CBSC, to be admitted in a school in Kolkata.  When we were nearly giving up, CPS (Calcutta Public School) came to my rescue.

I had to take private tuitions to keep abreast of the completely new curricula I was being exposed to at that time. English was my favourite subject and I liked the English classes, especially the ones related to “The Tempest”. Biology, Maths or even Chemistry didn't cause me much of a headache but Physics proved my nemesis of some sort  Two years rolled by in a flash and soon I found myself preparing not only for the Board Exam but also for admission to other medical or engineering courses. I was so confident of doing well that I didn't think of obtaining the Admission Forms from more than four grade one colleges in Kolkata. Classes for various courses, in this part of the world, start before the results are out.


I will never forget the day my ISC result was out. My sister, Anu's result for ICSC was declared on the same day. My family was worried about her performance as she was not that serious about her studies. Naturally, when she cleared the Board Exam, were we not delighted? But the delight was short-lived. At around 3 in the afternoon, the ISC result were published. I was in for a shock as I couldn't secure more than han 79%. All my other close friends scored more than 85%. Though I secured 92 in English, 85 in the vernacular, my marks in Physics and Biology, my favourite subject were quite disappointing, to say the least.

I was denied admission in the three of the four college due to my marks in Biology. I was selected for majori g in English at the J.U though. But I had already decided not to study there due to the subject combination Along with English, I had to study either History or Political Science. Both the subjects were not my cup of tea. Surprisingly, when results of the first ever All India MBBS Entrance Test were out, I was found to have cleared it. It was long before that I decided not to pursue the MBBS Course mainly for two reasons. Firstly, it was very expensive. My estimation of the 4-year Course coupled with two more years for the M.D (as there are many doctors unemployed without any specialization) amounted to nearly 10 lacs. My father is no Bill Gates and spending such a huge amount was simply beyond his means.

The second reason was my desire to stand on my own feet as early as possible and lend him a helping hand. So having made-up my mind, I decided to go for BCA.


I got selected as the CR within the first month of my admission there. I have learnt about different things - about IT, computers and programming. I shall have completed my fourth semester by this time next year. And then we go for Campassing, when leading companies of the world come to my college looking for young entrepreneurs for recruitment and appointment.

I have no regrets now for life can be only challenging therefore, exciting for me, from now on. I believe I have made the right choice. Please bless me to be a successful, happy woman in life.

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This story was submitted in response to Girls in ICT Day.

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Apr 20
Apr 20


Rathin Bhattacharjee

I cannot but agree with you more on this, Mr. Simon. Like you have said it, there is no substitute for hard work.
Thanks for the comments. God bless.

Jill Langhus
Apr 20
Apr 20

Hi Rathin,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your story with us. Is Anu your daughter? Congrats to her, and much continued success, too.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Rathin Bhattacharjee

Hi, Ma'am jlanghus,
Anu or Anushka is my younger daughter. I have already written a story about her for World Pulse. This story is about Akanksha, my other daughter.
I'd a tough time making up my mind whether to write about Anushka or Akanksha. Finally, I settled for the former.
Hope you liked it. Warm regards and best wishes,

Jill Langhus
Apr 20
Apr 20

Hello there,

I see:-) The photo says Anu, so I was confused, but no worries. I was curious. Yes, I did. I could tell you were proud of her:-)

Sis. Salifu
May 07
May 07

Wow it was encouraging listening to your story. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hope you are making efforts to share your knowledge with some ofour works pulse sister from India there with you?

Rathin Bhattacharjee

Thanks for your kind words, Sister Salifu. Much though I'd like to learn from and share with the World Pulse sisters in India, the truth is I hardly know anyone. That's why I wrote somewhere that there is so much I can do for this great organization, but I just know how to.
I sincerely hope someone can. help and guide me In this regard.
Warm regards and best wishes,

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