parent-child-talk-270x300 From delivering newspapers to being accepted at the Indian Institute of Management in Kolkata - young Bangalorean Shiva Kumar's story is one of determination and self-belief. As a boy, Shiva used to deliver newspapers at the crack of dawn to help his family financially."I was a delivery boy in 5th standard till 10th standard. I needed to increase my income and so thought of becoming an independent vendor to make my own agency. From 10th standard till now, I am a vendor. When I was in the final year of engineering, I chose to write CAT so that I could pursue higher education. I didn't take it as a burden. I just enjoyed my work. More than anything else, it gave me happiness that I could take care of my family so that they could sleep peacefully every day," he told NDTV, Shiva's mother Jayamma is justifiably proud of her son. "He struggled a lot - from the time he was in 5th standard until today. I am so happy he has come this far," she said. "If you want to make a bigger life, then you have to take that extra step and push yourself. I had to wake up at 4 am, work till 8 am, then go to college and again come back to do my part time job. It was very difficult but I was determined," Shiva kumar said. But despite the hard work, it still was a huge challenge for Shiva. At one stage, he even ran out of money for his school fees. He then approached a man who he delivered newspapers to for help. "He was willing to help but he could not trust me... He just came to my school the next day and spoke to my principal, teachers and asked their opinion about me... After that he paid for the entire year. He told me, 'Just concentrate on studies, I will take care of your fees.'" Shiva Kumar now has plans beyond just securing his future and his family's. "I will go to IIM Calcutta and come back from there. Then I will start an Educate India foundation to help poor students pursue their education," he said. From being a newspaper delivery boy to making news himself, 23-year-old Shiva kumar has got through to the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) - Calcutta. Shiva kumar, an engineering student and the only educated member in his family, has fought hard to make his dreams come true. Stories like Shiva Kumar's are inspiring, proof of what conviction and hard work can achieve. Please visit the link below to get inspired by him.

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