Agartala: Pralay Dey, the 15-year-old teen from Udaipur in Tripura’s Gomati district whose story was highlighted by EastMojo in March this year, has cleared his Class X board exams, the results of which were declared on Saturday.
Born with deformed hands, the student of Matabari HS School wrote his papers using his feet. He secured a first division in the exams securing 346 marks in total with ‘letter’ marks in both the language papers.
Earlier, while speaking with EastMojo on March 25, Dey had said, “The exams went well. I am confident of securing 80% in the exams.”
He plans to apply for a review as he is apparently not happy with the marks that he’s scored this year.
Determined to not let his disability define his capabilities, Dey has been using his limb to write, draw and paint. He has trained his leg to draw pictures and has won many awards competing in state-level art competitions.
Putul Guha Dey, Pralay’s mother who works as a helper at an anganwadi centre, said, “My son has scored well in his language papers but marks in two papers were not up to the mark. So, he will file a review with the Tripura Board of Secondary Education [which conducts the exams in the state] as my son is confident that he’s secured more marks in the rest of the papers.”
“We wanted him to study engineering but due to financial constraints, we cannot afford his educational expenses. He will take admission in Chandrapur HS School and study further in Humanities stream,” his mother added.
Talking about his journey so far, Pralay’s mother said: “He started drawing by looking at various pictures. He had a drawing book, and then he asked me to get him colour pencils. I bought him a pack of colour pencils. He didn’t have any art teacher at that time.”
Pralay added, “At the time of my birth, my hands were folded backwards. After 15 days, my hands were plastered. After being kept plastered for three-and-a-half years, it was brought to this current position.”
“I don’t see myself as different from the other kids. I feel I am also one of them. I can move like them and do things like them,” he added.
Pralay now wants to enroll in the Arts stream to hone up his dream of becoming a professor of English. “I will get enrolled into the Arts stream. After this, I am going to pursue my graduation in English and will become a professor,” he added.