“I never used to devote time for games. Literally, I haven’t stepped into a playground. The only sportspersons I know are Sachin and Dhoni.”

These words of Sarath Vishnu, who won the 14th rank in Kerala medical entrance, may come as surprise for the new generation. Once you know more about the plight of this young talent, in no time your surprise will turn to admiration.

For Sarath, the elder son of Sudhakaran and Sarada of Kallidumbil at Vadanamkurussi in Shoranur, obstacles and financial crisis were a part of his life.

The family of four, including his parents and sister, is packed in a single-room house and all expenses are met from a single source _ selling cow milk.

Sarath And cow
Sarath at the cattle shed / Praveesh Shoranur

Since his father is ailing, Sarath has to arrange the green fodder for the animals and also undertake the job of distributing milk. He revised the lessons between the intervals and finished his homework during the breaks.

“In class X and XII, I never had a chance to look at the books sitting at home. The practice of reading books at home started only after joining the entrance coaching classes,” he said.

In SSLC exam, Sarath secured A+ in all subjects. He also got five A+ in Plus Two exams.

“I wished to join the police force. However, my mother wanted me to become a doctor. Eventually, her wish turned mine too,” he says.

Sarath's Home
Sarath's one-room house / Praveesh Shoranur

Sarada complete the rest: “God has blessed him. Right now, I can’t express my feelings.”

Sarath studied in Paruthapra AUP school from Class 1 to 7 and continued his study in Vaniyamkulam TRK high school up to plus two. Mathematics was his favourite subject. Being a member of the Mathematics Club, he represented the school in state-level mathematics fairs too.

As he started preparations for entrance exam, biology too became his favourite subject. In the first attempt, he secured rank no 4006. It was then he decided to repeat the exams.

“Though I was anticipating a better result, this was beyond all expectations,” he said.

The local residents and his teachers are of high opinion of Sarath.

Sarath
Shoranur ASP G Jayadev handing over momento to Sarath / Praveesh Shoranur

P Umesh, his class teacher who taught him chemistry recollects, “During seminars, he used present topics in his unique way.”

Sarath and friends were also interested in helping poorly performing students.

His mathematics teacher Gireesh says the will get a committed doctor once he finishes his studies.

The teachers are gearing up to raise fund to meet his educational requirements.

Sarath has decide to join Kozhikode medical college. He can be contacted at, 9947384121