Rashmi Rekha Das

Famous author Paulo Coelho had once quoted saying, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

The above saying perfectly suits Hemant Nayak who overcame every odd to qualify for the Indian Army Agniveer entrance examination and join Indian army. 

From grazing goats to obtaining job in Indian Army, his journey from rags to riches is really motivating. 

Hemant, who hails from a poor family, proved that poverty is not a hindrance to success. Determination is the biggest key to become successful. And when you are determined, nothing can stop you.

Hemant, a resident of Sikidia village under Oupada block in Balasore district, lost his mother when he was barely three. Following his mother’s death, his father went missing. Even after losing his parents, he did not stop dreaming big. 

His grandmother sheltered him and his four siblings. His grandmother used to work as a maid to meet the daily expenses of her grandchildren. After completing his schooling, Hemant decided to help his grandmother. Apart from grazing cattle, he started working as a tutor to meet his siblings’ educational expenses. His eldest brother also worked as a tutor. Simultaneously, he prepared hard to crack Agniveer.  

As you know hard work never goes wasted, Hemant qualified the Agniveer exam with flying colours and is all set to join Indian Army.

Hemant said, “I used to practice racing at the foothills while grazing cattle. I used to do a lot of physical exercise to stay fit and qualify the entrance exam. I was disqualified twice earlier but I did not feel disappointed. I took it as a challenge and today my dream came true owing to my hard work. All we need to be remain grounded always.”

Dusmanta Nayak, Hemant’s brother said, “We lost our mother when we were toddlers. Our father is still missing. Our grandmother came to our rescue and took care of us. After my schooling, I pursued Plus II Science at Soro College by providing tuition to school students. I completed graduation with Physics Honours in the same way. My brother always also did his bit for our home. From my childhood, I had dreamt of joining Indian Army. However, my brother fulfilled my dream.” 

Hemant’s grandmother said, “Hemant is an all-rounder. Starting from doing household chores to grazing cattle, and running at foothills, he does everything with perfection. We are proud of him.”

Reported by Biswambar Das, OTV