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Turning 18 with HT: ‘ I want to contribute in creating a healthy society’

Geeta says India is a great country but its education system is not good and standards need to be raised.

punjab Updated: Jun 14, 2018 13:23 IST
Ribha Sood
Ribha Sood
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Geeta Rani wants to be a doctor because she loves biology, but her physics teacher is her favourite.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Geeta Rani, the head girl of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Lalru, loves studying, playing carrom and spending time with friends. A student of the medical stream who aims to be a doctor, she is an avid learner and an optimist.

Born on: January 25, 1999

Badge of honour: Head girl, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Lalru

What turning 18 means to me

It’s a different feeling. I feel like a grown up ready to accomplish great things in life.

What I want to be and why

I want to be a doctor because I love studying biology. I want to heal the sick and help create a healthy society.

My idea of India

India is my country, I belong here. Indians live together with unity. It has all the facilities to make us competent in the world market.

What makes me happy

I’m happiest in the company of my friends and family. I love helping my mother Uma Devi with her work and moving about in the city with my father Lalit Mohan. Studying and playing with friends makes me happy too.

What makes me angry

I get angry when someone disturbs me while I’m studying, my brother Kushaal does it often (laughs). Narrow-mindedness in society and gossip mongers add to my anger.

My fear and fantasy

I don’t fear anything as such. But that one moment inside the examination hall, before the question paper is handed over to me, is pretty scary. I have fantasies about going abroad, studying there and getting a job.

Am I happy where I am?

I am extremely happy. We are three sisters, Jyoti is the elder one and Lata is younger to me. I am the only one studying science. My father is very proud of me and that makes me happy.

What money means to me

Money is important in life. One cannot study without money. I want to earn a lot of money to provide all sorts of comforts to my family. My father, who works with the Anand Nishikawa Company Limited, Lalru, funds my education even though he has a low salary. I want to fulfil his dreams.

What makes me proud of India

I am proud of India because it’s my own country. The fact that Indian farmers are so hard working and feed the entire nation makes me take pride in my country.

What I can’t live without

I just can’t live without my parents. Even if they go away for some time, I miss them badly.

What social media means to me

Though I have a Facebook account, I don’t use it. But I feel social media is a great platform to connect with people living miles away. It provides us with the latest information on current affairs and fashion trends. It’s a reservoir of knowledge.

Changes I would want to see in Lalru

The lanes in Lalru are very narrow and people keep honking horns, creating noise pollution. Garbage dumping in the city needs to be checked and measures should be taken to promote cleanliness.

Changes I want to see in India

India is a great country but its education system is not good and standards need to be raised. Environmental changes due to pollution in India are harmful and steps should be taken to control it.

What religion means to me

I am not very religious. I have faith in God, but believe more in the power of action.

My role model and why

My physics teacher Meena Gupta is my role model. I like many of my teachers but she is the best. She clears the concepts of physics so well that I feel none of the students taught by her can fail.

First Published: Jun 14, 2018 13:23 IST