20 April, 2021

Lessons, At School And In Life

A day in the life of a quiet 11-year-old state school student, who loves nothing more than drawing life in colour on paper

Point Of Departure
Deepanshu in his classroom at Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya
Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Lessons, At School And In Life

Deepanshu, a class 6 student of the state government-run Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya on Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upa­dhyaya Marg, starts his day at 6.30 am. “He doesn’t like waking up for school,” says his mother Suloch­ana, who is on a month-long leave from ­another school where she works as a guard. Deepanshu’s class of 30 boys, all around 11 years of age, is full of energy in the ­morning, with most kids running around and ­cracking jokes. But this child from a one-room tenement on Asaf Ali Road, which he shares with his mother and his six-year-old sister, Bhoomika, quietly takes his place on a bench and starts colouring on a piece of ­paper.

Impervious to the din around him, Deep­anshu’s eyes stay foc­used on the paper and his brush moves constantly. Even the tea­cher fails to get his attention as he carries on with his painting. Dee­panshu says he loves drawing animals the most.

You get to know soon that he isn’t big on talking. And when he chooses to speak, you have to pay attention or you...

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