A little more than normal person

5 Sep

When I was a kid … I heard story of a spider, which was trying to knit a net … “TRYING” … was not able to succeed though, because of the dripping water from the water tank above. But it never lost hope… and kept on trying until the tank got empty and ultimately it succeeds.

The story was supposed to inspire people to stay optimistic and keep the hard work on and one day they’ll achieve what they set out for. But hardly 2-3 among the class of 100 can do so, when things just seems to go worse day by day … one day or another everyone lose hope, cries and curse god or the destiny.


But I’ve seen an exception; that same skinny guy who was obsessed with IIT in his first year at IIIT. I remember him hiding behind me in physics and English lecture working on some JEE problem. Remember him eating only two puffs for lunch coz he don’t want to spend 17 bucks on proper food. He never bought books for himself, not even if it isn’t available at library. Just to save few bucks. But … Destiny …!! He didn’t get through … and irony … the friend he uses to study with did.


He was hard working … worked really hard … got himself an internship in Germany … But unfortunate again … short of funds … dream remained dream.


But, Spider can’t quit can it … gave GRE, scored 1380… and applied for his dream colleges…


Meanwhile came the Placements … the job fair … everyone expected him to win the biggest teddy… But ill-fate again, after scoring maximum marks in written exam, adobe and other vision companies kicked him coz he was an ECE student. A much above average guy landed up at below average paying job.


Still optimistic … tried off campus, had a promising interview with Sarnoff … boy! They were impressed … ready to wait for his feedbacks from the colleges to come … and if … he couldn’t get through he can join them.


So finally things worked out … … No! … They didn’t …


Got rejected from all the 10 colleges … … And the backup job … well! They had no vacancy any more …


So, what now … probably … will be the part of corporate world then … but … this one was different … he called up MD of the company… told him that he wants to do Phd ultimately and sooner or later he’ll leave the job…


And he made a one last try at college he thought would be too good for him and the prof he thought out of his bound. But he applied …


That was the time the leaking water tank got empty

He got a project at IIT Chennai with good stipend. And that’s not it … got a mail from the prof from Imperial college asking for a phone interview… he did well as always…


Got mail from the company he was placed in saying … he can join them whenever he feels like; they’ll welcome him with open hands.


And …… Finally …… Got a confirmation mail from the Imperial College …… saying that he is selected for fully funded Phd. (Given that two of his reference letter didn’t reach them)


This may look like a geeky version of the spider tale … most of the kids and adults will definitely find it boring … but to people like me it is one inspiring story of a little more than normal person.



18 Responses to “A little more than normal person”

  1. Rohith September 5, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    A***r “Spider” Handa 😀

  2. Karan September 5, 2008 at 3:35 pm #

    Oh.. So its him. Cool 🙂

  3. Maruti Borker September 5, 2008 at 4:39 pm #

    That was inspiring !!

  4. Vishnu Fafat September 5, 2008 at 5:29 pm #

    It’s good to hear, A***r Handa finally got admission into a college of his choice. He deserved it thoroughly 🙂 .When I heard about his mails and then about interview, I felt these stupid companies and universities didn’t know what they are missing. 🙂

  5. Kulbir Saini September 5, 2008 at 5:45 pm #

    damn inspiring !!!!!! thanks for the story …

  6. Himank September 5, 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    Seriously man… So cool!! 🙂 Glad to hear this..

  7. abhimanyu September 5, 2008 at 8:00 pm #

    very inspiring,well I knew he is going to make this 🙂

  8. Gopal September 6, 2008 at 2:20 am #


  9. skp September 6, 2008 at 7:36 am #

    Handa Rocks, or may I say Handa Vroommmmzzz

    Way to Go Man !!

  10. Lav September 6, 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    Really his guts are worth to be credited. I’m happy that he finally got what he deserved.

  11. jungleeagle September 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    When i read the first paragraph, i knew who he was!

    He is a real life hero… i’ve never seen so much determination, he always used to say that there are few things that intrested him and he was ready to do whatever it takes to achieve them…

    Hats off!! You will always be our inspiration…

  12. asr September 7, 2008 at 3:27 am #

    I am really happy for Handa! (He regularly used to go out of his way to help us in our Robotics projects)

  13. Jei kanthan September 8, 2008 at 8:27 am #

    Hai Bro,

    My name is Jei from Malaysia. I am coming down to Hyderabad to be part of the offical Launching og our Business on the 18.09.08. I will in Hyderabad on the 10.09.09. Is it possible for me to meet you and introduce you to our business, as I am looking to establish a good business conatct to work with. My email :- jeikakhu@yahoo.com

  14. Aditya Veluguri September 9, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    Go handa go ..

  15. ajay September 17, 2008 at 3:58 am #

    Great ! 🙂

  16. Intutius September 27, 2008 at 8:52 am #

    Great one man…This ‘Handa’ man finally got his way. Imperial College…cool!!!

    Sometimes good things are delayed, but when they come, they come with a bang.

  17. Diva November 13, 2008 at 3:00 pm #

    This is something I can totally relate to!!
    I like your spirit…cos I too believe in TRYING harder and to never ever give up!!! Mah life has been that way too… So I know how it feels!!!!!
    Good that you made thru’ all of it(I am assuming its YOU [;)] lol)
    You are one helluva inspirational hero and I believe you are more than JUST ORDINARY 🙂
    I like the other posts too… Awesome sense of humour!
    Will keep visiting!!!

    P.S: Please do check my latest blogpost on http://mywatan.blogspot.com/

    Cheers diva

  18. @nks November 17, 2008 at 12:35 pm #


    thanks for the lovely comment … although i m not the person in this story … but he’s a very close friend of mine …

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