In an earlier article, we told you the story of Rajani Gopal, who fought out many hurdles of life to become a Chartered Accountant. She has no vision in her eyes, and that was her major hurdle. Today, we are sharing with you another story of a young man who in spite of being completely blind fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a Chartered Accountant. This is the story of Rajashekar Reddy of Guntur, a city located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Rajashekar Reddy was born in a poor family in Guntur. His father who remained the only earning member of the family during his childhood days is an electrician by profession. It was quite tough for him to manage and procure the basic necessities of the entire family with his meagre earnings. Rajashekar’s mother who is a homemaker never wanted him to take up a job because she felt every job would bring stress to his son’s lives. Rajashekar Reddy, however, had some other plans, and he didn’t want to confine himself within the four walls of his small room.
When everybody lost all hopes on Rajashekar Reddy, his grandmother was still optimistic
At the age of 11, Rajashekar Reddy was diagnosed with a tumor in his brain. The brain tumor led to the damage of an optic nerve resulting in complete loss of vision that cannot be restored by any means. Massive depression gripped young Rajashekar, who even once thought of quitting studies. At one point of time, even his parents gave up hope. When everybody was worried about the future of the young child, his grandmother kindled a ray of hope. She came to know about the existence of a school for the blind in the nearby city of Hyderabad and suggested to relocate there.
Soon Rajashekar was brought to Hyderabad and was admitted to the Devnar School for Blind. Undoubtedly this was the best decision taken during that time. Life took a positive turn after Rajashekar started attending his new school. His mentors, volunteers, and counselors brought back the lost confidence.
Deciding to sit for the CA examinations
A few years later Rajashekar Reddy came to know about Chartered Accountancy. When he was in the 10th Standard his life’s goal was set – he wanted to become a CA. After passing B.Com from Osmania University, he started working hard to crack the CA examinations and enrolled himself in a CA coaching institute. Clearing the CA examination is always a tough task. It became even more tougher because of his complete lack of vision. And, availability of study materials for the blind was a remote possibility. Rajashekar’s teachers at his CA coaching institute along with a few volunteers of an NGO converted the hard copies of the study materials and books into an audio format using a text to speech software. During the classes, he used to record the lectures of the teachers so that he can hear them later on.
“I would record the classes at my coaching institute and hear lectures after returning home. Also, the questions for the practical paper are lengthy, and going over them, again and again, is tedious as my peers with normal vision could always go back to a certain part of the question or pick up a book and start reading right away. For practical preparation, my teachers and volunteers had been helpful,” said Rajashekar.
Rajashekar Reddy used to study for long hours. His motive was quite clear – he wanted to crack CA and also wanted to prove a point that a visually impaired person can also become a Chartered Accountant.
Cracking CA is a tough challenge, many even discontinue their course after few failed attempts. Rajashekar Reddy’s hard work yielded him the desired results in the year 2013.
Rajashekar’s few years of hard work paid off after he successfully cleared the prestigious CA examination in his second attempt in the year 2013. He was only 23 during that time. His story is quite inspiring. It proves that barriers and problems are our personal teachers which give us the opportunity to move out of the past into the totality of possibilities!
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