This is a story of a boy Manoj who lived in village Bilgram which very few of us have heard. He was very distressed and disappointed because he failed in class 12th. He thought that studying is not his cup of tea and therefore started driving auto-rickshaw as his father was the only breadwinner of the family.
The turning point of his life was when he met a police officer who filed a false case against him and seized his vehicle. He went to SDM Dushyant Singh to file a case against this police officer but he was so impressed by the ideals and personality of SDM Dushyant Singh that he was reluctant to tell him he was an auto-rickshaw driver, therefore, he asked him how to become an IPS officer.SDM Dushyant Singh guided him well. He first passed his 12th standard examination and then went to Gwalior to pursue his further studies.
Life was not easy there, he worked in a flour mill, library, and even a restaurant as he was not able to have a meal as he was out of money. He even spent two days at the roadside as he didn’t have a home there. He completed his graduation went to Delhi for the preparation of the civil service examination. There he faced many obstacles, he didn’t have money for his studies therefore he arranged his money by taking pet dogs for a walk. He passed the prelim exam in the first attempt but was not able to clear the mains examination. He tried again but could not clear prelim exams in second and even third attempt. He thought that his dream to become an IPS Officer will remain unfulfilled but he tried again and was encouraged by his friends and family. This time he cleared the prelims and mains examination. Now the next step towards becoming an IPS Officer was interview round. He was nervous because he was weak in English. In the interview, he was asked how will he run the country if he didn’t know English.
He became very nervous so one of the members asked him to drink water. He refused to drink water and gave the reason that he preferred water in steel glass but the water was present in a glass made up of glass. All members became angry and told him that water matters, not the glass. He replied with great decency that he was trying to tell the same thing that knowledge matters not the language.
He passed the interview round with flying colors and got AIR 135. He finally became an IPS officer. This was the story of IPS Officer Manoj Kumar Sharma who is presently Assistant Commissioner in Mumbai. We get the message that ‘Failure is nothing but only a learning experience and we should try hard to achieve our goals.