Talent born in a mud hut

Talent born in a mud hut

Against all odds: Shivananda Shetty with his mother Chandravva in their home at Saidapura. DH Photo

His mother Chandravva uses firewood to cook food on a primitive earthen stove.

The grinding poverty has not proved a constraint to Shivananda who has scored 98 per cent marks in PUC Science stream.

The boy from Saidapura hamlet near Mudalagi in Bijapur district, who got 94.48 per cent in his SSLC, has surpassed himself in PU, scoring 99 in Physics and Maths, and 96 in Chemistry.

Shivananda was an infant when his father Balappa deserted the family, never to return. Mother Chandravva worked as a labourer and brought up her son, who dreams of becoming an engineer and do his IAS. But the boy is in dire need of financial help. Those who wish to help him, can contact his teacher and guide, B H Haliyal on cell no. 9008477705.