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A Difficult Journey

Aradhana Gautam

Born in August 2001 to truck driver Virendra Kumar and Chaman Lata, Aradhana Gautam hails from Mathura, U.P. She is studying in class 12, at P.T. Narayan Inter College.


We are three sisters and a brother. We all depend on the income of my father. My father has been driving since last 15 years. My father began as an autorickshaw driver and had to be at the beck and call of the autorickshaw owner. The autorickshaw owner would blame him for everything whether it was his fault or no. He drove the autorickshaw for three to four years and then became a truck driver. He had to work hard to become a truck driver as driving a truck after an auto is a difficult thing.

The truck owner used to pay him Rs 3000 per month which was barely sufficient to run the family. We were managing somehow. Our grandfather and grandmother used to live with us. Once my grandmother fell ill when my father was away on his trip; we did not have money to pay the medical bills of the grandmother. My grandfather borrowed money from somebody for treatment of my grandmother.

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