Parikshit Shah is probably the only boy in the state who wrote his HSC exam lying on a bed in the examination hall.
Shah, 18, was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition where his bones are extremely fragile and prone to fractures. Owing to the degenerative condition, Shah, a Panvel resident, is no longer able to sit for long periods. Despite being unable to attend regular classes and suffering from pneumonia, the commerce student scored 75% in his HSC exams.
Shah’s 3.5-ft-tall frame weighs a mere 20 kg. “Since his bones are extremely weak, the height and weight remains below what is normal for his age. He needs to be handled as carefully as you handle glass,” said his mother Vijaya.
Shah, a student of VK High School and Junior College, Panvel, said he received a lot of support from his teachers, who visited him at home to clear his doubts. His principal ensured that a bed was arranged for him to lie on during the exams. He was allowed an extra hour to complete his papers and used a writer for two of his six exams.
“Parikshit is an inspiration for many students. He is a very stubborn child who will not let his condition defeat him. He came to me in Class 6 and was able to sit on a bench till Class 9. He started writing lying down from Class 10,” said his principal, KD Mhatre.
Shah wants to pursue BCom and become a chartered accountant. “I have filled my Common Proficiency Test (CPT) form and got the course books. I don’t think my condition can stop me,” said Shah confidently.
Shah likes to read about astrology, loves playing chess and is a good mimic. “I am a Facebook addict and talk to my friends every day,” he said.