Shabana dreams to be an IAS officer to keep her father’s promise
Thrissur: When his first child was born, the doctors told Salim that the baby needs an urgent surgery.
"We are not sure if she will survive it. But she would get paralyzed in the lower part of the body, if survived," they said.
Salim replied without losing his courage – "If you give her back to me alive, I will make her an IAS officer."
His daughter Shabana came back to life with a half-paralyzed body. As she grew listening to this incident from her father, her ambition is to become an IAS officer. Salim and Shabana travels 6 hours every day, from their house at Munduparamba in Malappuram to Sree Kerala Varma College in Thrissur, to achieve this target. She is a student of BA Political Science in the college.
Shabana was brought up listening to the inspiring stories of Helen Keller and Napoleon, and the determination of her own father. Salim spends the entire day on the campus, till the classes are complete. In total, Salim spends 13 hours a day for his daughter, including 6 hours for driving the car. He bought the car for this purpose. Petrol worth Rs 1300 is required every day.
Shabana had scored 7 A Plus grade in SSLC examination and 80 per cent marks in Plus Two. She chose political science to fulfil her father’s dream. Though she had thought of staying in hostel near the campus, she had to change her mind due to the lack of facilities. There was no attached bathroom in the hostel rooms and the slopes to move in the wheel chair. That is why the father and daughter travels all the way to Thrissur every day.
Salim had been planning to shift to a rented house near the college, but he could not find a house for an affordable rate. Thus he decided to drive 6 hours a day to bring his daughter to college. He manages to find a living by trading used vehicles. He has four girl children younger than Shabana. His wife Raziya is a housewife.