Life Never Stops Teaching

Ashwitha B.

Born in October 1999, Ashwitha B. hails from the village of Nellyadi, Karnataka. Born to Mr. Anni Madivala, a truck driver, and Mrs. Mohini, Ashwitha has enrolled for B.Sc. in Nursing and aspires to become a nurse, who can serve people and the society.

Safety awareness should begin right from childhood, as it is difficult to impart awareness to grownups. When children learn about the concept of safety at home, safety becomes a habit. So I would request everyone to make their children aware about safety in general and also about road safety from a young age itself.

My father taught me about road safety during my childhood. He says that video and computer games that simulate racing should be discouraged by parents as it will develop an irreparable racing habit in children, and he believes so for some sports as well.Throughout his career, my father didn’t have any accident. His vehicle was once slightly damaged by another vehicle, but that’s about it.

Sometimes my father has to travel long distances and go to other cities. That’s when we all feel sad, but can’t do much about it. There are five of us in our family—my father, mother me and my two sisters— but my father is the sole bread earner. If he leaves work or falls sick, we wouldn’t have any other financial support. He is the main pillar that supports our family and holds it together.

He often shares the problems that he faces and we feel really bad for him. During heavy rains, it becomes really difficult for him to drive, and the roads get blocked as well, which makes it worse. Instances such as tires getting stolen and other road robberies make the life of a truck driver very challenging. He feels bad for leaving us behind too, as we miss his presence.

Nowadays money is most important. I can speak from my experience that if we had no money, no one would care about us.  My father works hard and suffers to get enough food for three meals a day.

I feel sorry that I don’t know proper English; my mother tongue is Tulu and I studied in Kannada medium. I can still understand a bit of English and write some, too. My father always supports us and his wish for us is to get a good education. Education opens one’s mind and makes one more responsible socially.

Being a truck driver’s daughter, I am very thankful to Mahindra Sarthi Abhiyan scholarship because that financial support helped me complete my PU education. This initiative is helping many truck drivers’ daughters and will help to many students in future as well.

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