CA Mukesh Rajput, the man who worked as a Chaiwala, Watchman and a Driver before clearing Chartered Accountancy Exam after 6 attempts.
Chartered Accountancy, a course that is more of an astriction than an orbit of success, which needs more of patience and emotional strength than intelligence and acumen and which includes four years of aversions and focus. The success of any individual in this is very remote, but if one had to fight poverty and a string of difficulties this might indeed become an impossible proposition. But the story of Mukesh Singh Rajput and his fight against perpetual poverty might change one’s perception altogether. “I came from an underprivileged background where domestic violence and clashes were very common and therefore I decided to leave house. I was in standard 5th then”, said Mukesh. Leaving behind his studies at such an age Mukesh wandered the streets of Bhopal, Indore and Ujjain, and started working at different roadhouses to earn money and satisfy his hunger.
He always had a thirst for knowledge but he didn’t even had the slightest idea on how to resume his studies. He lost all the hope and started living a life of hardships and discomposure. “The worst nightmare became a reality when I got brutally beaten up by a group of boys at the streets of Mou because I refused to share my earnings with them”, Mukesh shivered with that reminiscence. Battered and without hope he managed to escape from there, reached Mumbai and started working in an Electronic shop. He feels really blessed that in this wrangling yet insightful journey of his, he met people who helped him a lot.
A little confidence bloomed up in him when he decided to commence his studies but his determination was again vetted by the surprising yet cruel plays of life. He went back to his native place after seven years and the reunion with his loved ones and his family brought a slew of responsibility and he started taking up jobs of a Nightguard . His health began to decline and so did his will power, but then also he managed to clear his 10th class examinations in the third attempt. “ Though I worked at these unacceptable places which helped my family to survive, but I knew from within that I was not meant for a life like this. I wanted to pursue my 12th but the Babri Masjid Riots of December 1992, not only ruined my life but proved to be a curse for all the everyone across the country”, Mukesh sadly replied. Mukesh Singh Rajput, with his streak of firmness and poise, persuaded himself to clear his 12th examinations and also became a Commerce Graduate, despite working day and night simultaneously to earn a living.
In a turn of events he took up a job of a car driver for Mr. Suresh Jain (IAS). “ Mr. Suresh asked me to deliver some documents to his Chartered Accountant and as soon as I entered his office, I was awed with the stature he possessed. After speaking to an article assistant there, I learned that the CA course is considered to be one of the toughest examinations”, Mr. Rajput said. He then decided that now he has to do something out of the league to be extraordinary. Where students face mental distress because of the failures they face in this course and lose their patience and determination, Mukesh took admission in the CA-PE-I (Intermediate Course)in the year 2000 and cleared it in his seventh attempt despite several failures earlier. Under the guidance of his mentor, CA Ashok Agarwal, Mukesh never gave up and hence in the year 2010, he cleared his CA –Finals and entered into the world of professional Chartered Accountants. Presently, he is a well-known CA in Bhopal and also an author of his autobiography “ CA PASS – THE REAL STORY “. CA Mukesh as he proudly proclaims says,” There are so many motivational books and articles but when I needed it to surpass my fears, I never found one which would answer all my queries. Thus I have written a book and shared my story for the aspirants , so that they get that impulsion to move towards success without any fear of failures and realize that success has indeed no shortcuts.” Mukesh’s fundamental belief that failure is not a loss, but a gain because you learn , you change and you grow has changed his life for better and it is indeed ideas of fighters like them who accept the inevitable and strive hard to surpass all the hurdles that come their way and make the impossible truly possible.
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Tanima Chakraborty | TOC
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