It was the summer of year 2000. Like each and every guardian whose kid’s board's exams results were to be declared on next day Riya's parents were also excited and nervous. Riya was very nervous. She was a bright student and a topper in schools pre board exam but she was very restless. Finally, the day arrived. She was praying to God. She heard her mom and dad speaking if she gets 90 percent we will put her to best college for +2. Last year cut off list was 88. Hope she gets some good college. The expectations of her parents were making her more restless. Finally, the day arrived. Result was about to be declared at 2 p.m. on the website. She along with her parents went to cybercafé at 2 pm to see the results. Her hands were shaking as she entered her roll number. Her mark sheet was getting downloaded slowly. She got 72 %. She was shocked. Her parents were also taken aback by the results. She was unable to believe the results. She had done well and was expecting above 85%. But shocked her more was her marks in mathematics. It was just 57. She was crying. All her hard work and parent’s expectation went in vain. Her parents consoled her. They said we will apply for re checking. But nothing could console her. She didn’t want to speak to anyone else. She didn’t have her dinner. Her friends came to her home to meet her but she wasn’t interested in talking to them. Riya's parents were concerned for their daughter. They tried making her understand that she has got good marks and no need to feel sorry. They said we have seen your hard work and know that you have worked really hard. Riya said what’s the use. Nobody will see my hard work they will see only the result. That day was the most difficult day for that 15-year-old to deal with.
18 years later Riya was sitting in her cabin. Now Riya was a famous psychiatrist in her town. It was 9.30 a.m. and it was the summer of 2018 and class 12th results were about to be declared. She was getting calls from anxious parents and depressed students who wanted to commit suicide because they had not done well. Her first patient of the day came. He was 17 years old young boy. His name was Pranav. Riya started talking to him. She asked Pranav why are so depressed. He said Mam I may fail in Physics paper. That’s why yesterday did suicide attempt. But my parents entered the room and saved me. They brought me here. Riya listened to him and said "It’s so stupid of you to do a suicide attempt. You have still not failed. You may fail in your exam but that’s not the end of the world. It may be new beginning of your life. Remember Life is not all about grades. Your loved ones your family are much more important than this one exam. Pranav's parents said to Riya May be its not his fault. Our expectation has forced him to take this step. We are at fault too. They said Pranav we love you more than your marks or results. Riya said May be you are not good in Physics but that doesn’t mean you are good in nothing. You may be good in any art or any subject. You need to explore your talent and interest. You need to work hard. Results may not be in your hand but your future is.
As she was counselling Pranav 15-year-old Riya smiled at her and said "True Life is not all about grades".
Author - Seema Pandey