It was the year 1992 when I was rushing to school after the school had reopened after the pre board exams . Few days back when we had preparation classes for the board one of our instructor who has been specially called for taking classes in English literature has mentioned that Roll number 25 has got the highest marks in English . Everybody was looking at me with Aahs and Oohs , once again Sweta has done it . My friend Ritu remarked, ” Yay You topped again ” . But I yelled, ” Hello , I am not Roll number 25 but 26. ” Everybody started thinking in the reverse order , ” Who is it after all? ” and it does not take Sherlock Holmes to think that before S come R . So , all the eyes were fixed on Ritesh Bhadani, the demure and lanky boy, who is always very courteous and attentive in the class .And not to forget his damn good looks . Everybody was looking at him as if he is the dark horse. In between our English teacher , Mrs. Shukla Chakraborty walks in , she is a charming lady with a gravity that made the most notorious boys bend their knees . So , she raises her voice and with authoritative voice she addresses , ” I met Mr Rao in the morning and he has conveyed that roll number 25 has scored the highest ” “who is roll number 25 ?” ? Ritesh stands up and Mrs shukla remarks I knew you always have the potential . See this time you worked hard and you have got the highest . Next day when Mr Rao comes in the class , there is a pin drop silence as everybody wants to know who has scored how much . When it is my turn to come, Mr Rao announces , ” Sweta has got highest in English ” And everybody looks confused as it was Ritesh who had got the highest marks . But it seems Mr. Rao got confused with the roll numbers . And I was elated that I had got the highest marks .
When I took my answer sheet , Mr Rao remarked , ” I was very impressed with the essay you wrote ” “Have you prepared it before ? ” I replied , ” No , Sir , I never knew what topics will come in the exam” And he smiled back . Because he was the one who had prepared our question paper . He asked me to come and meet him next day .
Next day I was nervous as I don’t know what to expect. When I arrived to the huge teacher’s room which was just next to the principal’s office , my heart was beating faster . As soon as I arrived to the teacher’s room , I asked for his permission and he signaled me to come inside . He started asking me what I want to become . And I replied , “Sir I want to study engineering ” And later I want to appear for Civil Services . He smiled and said “Why not literature , you write so well ? ” Your essay has so much depth .I did not expect this from a 15 year old girl ” For the essay part we had been given four topics and I had chosen to write on ” My favorite book ” . And the book which I had written was “Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. ” He again said , ” Sweta do what you wish to do but I will advice you to study literature as I feel that you will excel in it ”
Many years passed and I chose to study engineering and later became an IT consultant and an entrepreneur . To this day whenever I look back and reflect I feel that his words were so true . He had recognized that potential in me long back . And if given a chance to again relive those days I would have studied literature in one of the reputed colleges in England . It would have been dream fulfilled to study in Oxford or Cambridge . England which has been home to the world ‘s top novelist , poets and dramatist. And what anyone more can ask if he/she gets an opportunity to study in a place which has been birthplace of Charles Dickens , Geoffery Chaucer , William Shakspeare , William blake , Robert Browning . The list is endless.
England with its rich history , castles , beautiful landscape , countryside , meadows and lakes makes a perfect amalgamation for a creative person who want to bask and get enriched through the numerous avenues it offers . England has been the cradle of literature and the evolution of literature dates back to as old as 4th century . And then through its evolution from English renaissance , neo classical period , romanticism , Victorian literature and to the present day literature England has contributed immensely through its philosophers , poets and authors . When we want to worship we go to temples , if we are hungry we go to a restaurant , so when one wants to study literature , there is no better place than Great Britain.