Getting admission in Army School wasn’t very difficult but, the problem starts after class IV. This school is just till class IV and no one speaks in English in this school. Our Piku can’t speak in English like your friend’s daughter, Poulami who is studying in St. Mary’s.
Meet Mrs. Rina Saha, who is stressing over the admission of her six-year-old daughter in one of the top English medium schools.
Her husband, Prashant Saha is a businessman who never had the opportunity to go to school. He could only go to school till class V. “Her parents are well educated and have a good command over the foreign language. This school conducts written and oral examination for parents followed by the personal interview. Only if parents pass the tests with bright numbers, their children would get admission in St. Mary’s. No one speaks any other language than English there.” He seems to be worried too.
Rina has the same story. She too couldn’t go to school after class VIII. She studied in a government Hindi medium school in a small district in Bihar where girls eduction is not considered equally important to boys. She is wuite dedicative to everything she puts her hands into, from books to household chores.
“You know what, I came across this book on TV the other day, it’s Lkdd ‘Rapidex English Speaking Course Book.’ Could you please get me a copy of this book? If I could learn a bit of English, I can teach you and then both of us can attempt for the test in St. Mary’s,” she stops sweeping for a while in excitement and is now lost in her fantasy dream for 10 seconds.”
“Have you really lost your mind? Don’t even dream of entering to that school. We are never, every at least in this life, going to get our daughter’s admission in that school. Even though I’m ready to pay a heavy sum of capitation fee by borrowing money from friends or applying for a bank loan, it is not at all possible for us. The principal of the school treated like a doormat because she thinks I’m inefficient to sit next to the so called filthy rich educated elite class. Why do you think that I have never tried my best? I did try, Rina. A week ago I cycled to the school covering 10 miles on my bi-cycle in the scorching sunny afternoon with a hope that this time I will definitely convince the school principal. But, I can’t even tell you how badly I was treated just because I don’t speak, read and write English,” he shares with his wife trying to hide his eyes full of tests recalling that humiliating moment.
Surpassing all the education and social barriers, their daughter, Piku lives alone miles away from her parents to make her own living.
This is one of the challenges Piku’s parents faced and they still do when they have to make themselves fit with the elite English speaking society. Watching the recently released Bollywood cinema, ‘Hindi Medium’ brought back the memories of difficult times when Piku saw her parents so helpless requesting school teachers and principals to accept their daughter’s admission form.
Hindi Medium features Irrfan Khan as Raj Batra and Saba Qamar as Mita aka Mithoo. Raj owns an apparel store famous for its bridal collection in Delhi. Raj married his childhood crush, he is a successful businessman is capable of buying anything his wife and only daughter, Pia wishes for. The only place he lacks, his education and inefficiency to speak, read and write in English. His wife, Mithoo as he fondly calls her, aspires to walk along with the high elite class family in the society. She also aspires their daughter to get the best education in one of the top private schools in Delhi. Both husband and wife have studied from government run Hindi medium school and they don’t want the same for their daughter. They go to all extent to get their daughter’s admission in one of the top five schools in Delhi. From preparing themselves for parents interview with the help of a grooming consultant, meeting influential politicians, trying to bribe the school principal with donation money to even creating forged documents in RTE quota. The sequence of their lies drag them to live a fake slum dweller’s life. The couple somehow managed to pull off their lies and got their daughter’s admission. But, in the process, life happened. Circumstances brought Raj loser to humanity where a poor man from the same slum area risks his life to arrange school admission money for Raj as he isn’t aware of their lies. On the day of RTE lottery announcement, poor man’s son couldn’t get the admission but Raj’s daughter got it. This left Raj in shock and in the state of guilt for the rest of his life that he stole someone’s right to get a better education by fooling the hypocrite education system.