Boy shattered as Kalam email turns out to be hoax
A 14-year-old boy's dreams got shattered when the mail he received from the President of India turned out to be a hoax, reports Soumyajit Pattnaik.india Updated: Sep 04, 2007 03:33 IST
IT HAS been a roller coaster ride for Sujit Kumar Kar since he sent four projects by Speed Post to the President of India on January 13.
The 14-year-old was euphoric to receive an email from the “President” asking him to participate in an international science exhibition in Tokyo. After spending nearly Rs 5 lakh on preparations, the boy has begun to doubt that the whole thing was a hoax. On February 13, the Class IX student, received an email from President of India (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It said: “We are pleased to inform you that the project sent by you to the President of India has been declared successful. Our country will pass a milestone only for you, which depends upon your achievement in the international science exhibition to be held at Tokyo in 2008. We have declared them the top four projects for the month of January.”
Subsequently, the boy received another email from email@example.com. But gradually, Sujit suspected something was amiss. “I came to know that the official email address of the President of India is firstname.lastname@example.org. I was shattered.”