You must have heard the phrase – Greater the obstacle, greater the achievement. Those coming from the modest background have time and again proved that insufficient funds will never be an impediment to their success. In yet another such example, a daughter of an auto-driver from Dehradun astounded everyone by not just clearing but topping the Uttarakhand judicial services examination. Friends and relatives poured into Poonam Todi’s house after the final results for the Uttarakhand Judicial Service Civil Judge (Junior Division) Examination, 2016, were declared. Proud father Ashok Kumar Todi, while speaking to The Indian Express, said that since he couldn’t secure a good fortune for his children, he invested in their good education. In a satisfactory voice, he claimed that his efforts have paid off. Patting his daughter, he said that Poonam had been working sincerely hard for this and she rightfuly deserves the success.
However, it wasn’t a cake-walk for Poonam. She told the Indian Express that this was her third attempt and she had joined coaching classes in Delhi for this as well. She added that for the interview round, she attended classes in Uttarakhand. She has been devoted to studies of this big exam from the past four years. On being asked as to why she chose this field, Poonam claimed that the judges are well-respected persons of the society and apart from promise of the financial security, she ambitioned for the respect that the post commands. Speaking to ANI, she claimed to hold the post with utmost responsibility and perform her duties honestly. Coming to her qualifications, she posses an MCom degree from DAV (PG) College in Dehradun.
After sweeping the exams, she urged all the parents to let their girl chid study and avail all opportunities enjoyed by their male kins. Poonam’s father also gave the same message to the nation and wished that every daughter of the nation bring laurel for her parents.
It must be noted that Poonam’s father Ashok Kumar manages to earn an average Rs 300 per day by plying an autorickshaw. Poonam has one sister and two brothers as well.