Cobbler’s son cracks IIT – Inspiring Success story

Abhishek Kumar Bharti, son of a poor shoemaker from Kanpur, whose family lives in a 10×10 house has cracked the entrance examination of the most premier institute of the country IIT.

The son of a cobbler, Abhishek has managed to beat the odds and make it to the IIT with a rank of 154 in the SC/ ST category in the entrance examination. His life has been an endless struggle and it’s only his zeal to carry on that saw him reach thus far.

A student of the UP board, Abhishek gathered 78 per cent marks in his class XII. Though he hails from a financially weak segment of the society but his deep inclination towards studies helped in meeting his goal – Goal to graduate from IIT.

He helps his father, a cobbler, mend shoes in his spare time while his mother stitches rags to support the family, but financial hardships have not stopped Abhishek Kumar Bhartiya from coming out with flying colours in the IIT entrance exam.

Abhishek has three young brothers and the family of six lives in a one room accommodation with no electricity.

“We have just one small room where six of us live and that too without electricity. So, he used to study under the lantern for five-six hours in the night,” says his father Rajendra Prasad.
Abhishek would work with his father as a shoeshine boy and at times would find a job as a labourer to earn some extra money. Talking about his elder son, Rajendra said, “He used to study in the night and help me in my work the whole day.

His three brothers – Abhijit, Anshul and Aryan – are below 12 years of age and study in a municipal school. Their mother Sangeeta Devi repairs old clothes of poor people and earns about Rs 50 a day. “My husband gets around Rs 100 and I earn Rs 50 in a day. It is not enough for us. But we don’t want to beg. We want to live with our heads held high. My children know how to go ahead with their pride intact. Abhishek never demanded anything from us. The table of my sewing machine would turn into his study table at night. All I did was to ensure that there was enough kerosene in the lantern,” she said.
Moved with the achievement made by her son, Sangeeta Devi said, “We have been living without basic facilities at our end because we cannot afford to buy luxuries. Selection of my son has come as a gift to us from the God’s side. His hardwork has borne fruits.”

Abhishek emerged as a fine example for others who wish to crack the entrance exam of various competitions. He not only lacked electricity at his house but it was too tough for him to study in a small room of 10-by-10 wherein his entire family lives. His father is the bread earner and many a times he used to work as a labourer for six to eight hours in a day to arrange for the two ends to meet. Abhishek used to assist his father in doing so.

Mahesh Singh Chauhan, the teacher of Abhishek who provided the boy with free education was overwhelmed with the success. Chauhan had raised a batch of 35 students last year wherein he had taken poor students as a part of his team. He taught them the basics of Physics, Chemistry and Maths alongwith a team of young IIT passouts to strengthen them. Abhishek was one among those fortunates who cracked the JEE and emerged as a winner.

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  1. Hi Hari,

    So moving and yet part of the reality that we have in India. So many well-off children don’t show so much dedication and commitment as Abhishek.

    Keep up the good work Hari by keeping us aware of such inspiring stories.

    All the best,

  2. Really speechless and wordless to express the emotions – truly inspiring first in place record my thanks to Mr. Hari to bring out the real time super inspiring hero of our place when others spent millions of USD to create silver screen heroes. Special thanks to Hari.
    Every aspects of the real time hard experience and zeal of the Yong boy really making us to feel motivated and underperformed in our life. The ethical value system of the poor to create simple infrastructure the young boy should be a lesson for the current days family system. Looking for the lotus feet of the real time guru the teacher who made him and does this service which made us to feel under qualified.
    wishing Mr. Abishek all the very best with a open hear to support him with due honour. All the best Abishek. Kalidas.

  3. its a super super blog.
    All the post r just so inspiring that i have got goose bumps reading them….

    Hats off to u for starting such a great blog

  4. Really moved by the story , every one should learn from this that anything is possible with will,
    as said : WHERE there is a WILL ,There is a WAY

  5. Really nice story.

  6. Great…….I can’t even imagine a day with so much struggle in life. I promise that I will also work hard in life.

  7. Great story ……..inspiring

  8. your story inspired me a lot…..i’ll also work hard and crack iit.

  9. Great work Abhishek and their parents and I can get a slight feel of the amount of joy ,success and relief they are going through as I also went through but not with this much difficulty and success. Thanks for putting this blog and it will inspire many.

  10. well done abhishek i am inspired by reading your story i will also work hard…… crack iit jee

  11. Thank you Hari for such a inspiring story. Abhishek you inspired everyone.

  12. Hi Abhishek,

    It is truly inspiring..It touched my heart..It is great you came into IIT though with so much of difficulty.. Congratulations once again…keep it up… kiran

  13. Really,a success story for every student belonging to middle as well as low class family.

  14. Great Inspiring… Wish him all the best in your endevours . …. Also, first of we must thank to his parents, teachers, friends etc… who motivated him… to achieve this great success…

    Once again… wish him all the best….

    Abhishek – Where you go and what ever you do… don’t forget your olden days and the people behind it to achieve the success…

  15. Hats off to you dude !!!!!!!! cant even imagine a single day without current !!! and u hav cleared jee sans electricity !!!!!!!!!!!!! u ll always be a source of INSPIRATION to each and every IIT aspirant !!!!!!!!! once again hats off to u …… a big SALUTE 🙂

  16. Hats Off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You proved that one can achieve ANYTHING he wants in life………..”Determination is the key”.

  17. I know everyone will appreciate it . that’s natural but to prove it practically is very challanging. really u r great mr. abhishek. u r as an idol for me.

  18. Good that you achieved it. Congratulations!
    Never forget your parents who helped a lot to bring you up…

  19. Yes,, It’s something that can be found only in India… Such great stories and such great people make India proud,… very very inspiring and motivational…

  20. congrats..abhishek…u did it..we know u faces many problems in your life..but all problems are nothing in front of your aim…

  21. Hi abhishek i never pray to god but made me to pray for your best congratulations i am also preparing for iit and i promise i will work hard and meet you in iit and all the best for future.

  22. This is my very inspiring story of my life……so best of luck 4 ur future…

  23. You have done mind blowing work in life…I salute you…


  24. congs abhishek

  25. congratulations to you. in really your fovour ,for your hard loubour .heartiest thanks

  26. You are a sure a inspiration to all of us .. Bro u ignite many lights in me .. U cracked it in such circumtances then why i dont ..Once again Respect and Salute to you Hero Live Life dude Amazing Inspiring Awesome

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