The world is just like fairytales with so many wonderful stories around the world that fills us with hope and happiness. One of these stories is of Sarita Mali who used to accompany her father in selling flower garlands on the streets of Mumbai, is now getting admission to the University of California for a PhD.
Who Is Sarita Mali?
Sarita Mali is a current student of PhD in Hindi Literature at Indian Language Centre at JNU. She has done MA and Mphil from JNU and in July, she will be submitting her PhD.
She lives in a family of 7, which includes her mother, father, elder sister and two younger brothers while the only earning member in their family is her father.
Sarita used to sell flowers alongside her father during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, and Dussehra. She also worked on this during school hours with her father. Otherwise, she also used to make flower garlands whenever she went on vacation from JNU. However, as the pandemic hit, for the past two years, her father's work came to the halt. Before that, they all used to do this work.
According to the ANI, since the time she opened her eyes, she only saw. So, this was her society where on one side, there were struggles and on the other side, there was hope. There were problems and there was a passion to do hard work as well. It's the same passion and support of her family that have brought her here, she said.
"I feel there are ups and downs in everyone's life. Everyone has his/her stories and sufferings. This is decided in which society one is born and what life you get. Unfortunately or fortunately in some sense, I was born in a society where problems were the most essential part of my life," Sarita Mali told ANI.
Turning Point In Sarita's Life
Talking about the turning point of her life, Sarita Mali told ANI, "JNU is the turning point of my life. Getting admitted to JNU in MA is the turning point of my life. Had I not got admission here, I don't know where I would've been. A university like JNU gives abundant hope to people coming from the society where I belong to."
In 2010, one of her relatives told her about JNU, and she learned a lot of new things unknown to her. The internet was not a thing in 2010, and she didn't even have a smartphone till she graduated. So when suddenly they said, 'whosoever goes to JNU becomes something', that particular line became imprinted in her mind. She used to say it like a mantra every day. She started her preparation for JNU in her BA first year. The exams for JNU back then were also subjective. In 2014, she got selected for the last seat of OBC in JNU for her master's, she said.
Learnt From Her Day-To-Day Struggles
"Sometimes it feels unbelievable that I am living in some dreams, but I feel there are more responsibilities for me now. When I turn back to look at that society from where I have come, that journey I can't believe it. If JNU would've not been here, I would not have done what I am doing right now. Trust was made after coming to JNU that we can achieve many things," she said.
The journey of Sarita Mali is truly incredible and inspires a lot of us. She is one of the youngest scholars at JNU who will soon be pursuing a PHD at the University of California. We wish her all the luck and happiness.
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