By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, July 25: Meet this Assamese iron girl from Sori— Princi Gogoi. Against all odds, she is scripting her success story in golden letters.
The dice are heavily loaded against her. She was born to Jaganth Gogoi and Ranju Gogoi of Sori in Charideo district without any hands. Yet she is doing her graduation from RG Baruah College in Guwahati with major in Assamese. She is also a sixth semester student Elora Art and Craft. She is good at study, so is in art and craft.
How come a girl without hands can scale such a height? Her condition implies the need of such a question. Birth without hands made her 'born fighter'— maybe right from suckling by her mother. She did her lower primary education without much obstruction from the school. She was, however, crestfallen when she was denied admission into a government high school for being a divyang. However, with the help of a person she got admission into a private school – Sori Jatiya Vidyalaya – from where she passed HSLC examition in 2015. She did her HS from Sori Junior College with 56 per cent marks. However, the HS examition was not a cake walk for her for she had to pay the price for being a divyang. She had to face tantrums in the examition hall for being a divyang. Seeing her condition one of the invigilators took her to a separate room and made to sit her there. If no help is offered to her like giving her the pen and other requirements she cannot write on her own. She had to spend her first hour without doing much in the examition hall due to lack of help on the very first day of the examition.
Princi is also a good artist, taking part in tiol-level competitions. Art is her hobbyhorse. She loves to spend her time by oil painting, besides singing.
Besides taking part in a Zee TV programme, she took part in the 17th tiol Paralympic in Rajasthan this year. Her father is a daily-wage earner. She is the third of five siblings – four sisters and a brother. The message she wants to get across to other divyangs is 'if you do something for dear life, you do it with as much effort as possible. That will let you get your platform'.