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A long wait for matriculatation

Shiv Charan alias Sheojiram, a 72-year-old bachelor here, is still hopeful of tying the knot. If only he could clear the board examinations that he has been taking for the last 36 years!

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 04:40 IST
IANS

Shiv Charan alias Sheojiram, a 72-year-old bachelor here, is still hopeful of tying the knot. If only he could clear the board examinations that he has been taking for the last 36 years!

Hailing from Behror town, 130 km from state capital Jaipur, in Alwar district, the farmer had once vowed in mid-life to get married only after getting through his secondary examinations. But his inability to pass the mathematics paper always dashed his marital hopes.

Shiv Charan took his first board exams in 1969 when he was 35 years old.

Since then, clearing the board examinations has been the only goal of his life. This year will be his 37th attempt and he is quite optimistic.

“For me, success will not merely mean clearing the exams but it will also throw open the doors of marriage for me,” Shiv Charan told IANS.

“Till now I have been clearing all the papers except mathematics. Maths has always been a difficult subject for me but this year I am sure I will clear it.” He said he sometimes feels embarrassed when he is mistaken as the parent or guardian of a student at the examination hall.

“Sometimes invigilators throw me out thinking I am the guardian of one of the students. But such things have never dampened my spirit as I hope one day I will clear my exams and get married.”

He said whenever he goes to the examination centre many curious people converge for a glimpse of a 72-year-old examinee. “But these things do not trouble me any more.”

Ram Prasad, a resident of Behror, said: “We also want him to clear the exams... after all 36 years is a long period. But one thing is there—he has kept his word of getting married only after clearing his Class 10 examination.”

“Our town’s best wishes are with him for the upcoming secondary board exams.”