There are times in life when we blame our circumstances. We tend to compare our lives with others and feel if we had what they have maybe our life would be better. But this is not the case of Gaurav Pandit and his family.
Today Gaurav Pandit is a qualified Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountancy of India (ICAI) and a Manager (Finance) at TATA Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Pvt Ltd, Bangalore.
Journey while Growing up:
“Dad had to mortgage mom’s only jewelry so that my brother Govinda and myself could study in one of the best schools – Little Flower School Jamshedpur. Being academically bright, our principal took our condition into consideration and waived our school fees till grade 6. However when the expenses could not be managed and my mother took to stitching to support the family,” says CA Gaurav Pandit from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India.
“School was a difficult place where we brothers grew among other kids maximum of who were born into rich families. My dad runs a ‘TEA STALL‘ (in Azad Market, Telco, Jamshedpur) which we were and are very PROUD of and always helped him in the shop.At times we were even criticized by other classmates as we came from a totally different background. It used to be tough to hear their disheartening and demoralizing comments. However, we ( my brother and me) never paid any heed to it because of the solid upbringing by our parents and always gave our best in studies. I always topped school.My Chartered Accountancy Journey:
With tremendous support from my father and brother Govinda, I managed to graduate from the prestigious Goenka College, Calcutta. In order to earn some extra income, I used to give tuitions as well. My brother was pursuing Chartered Accountancy and that’s how I was inspired to be a Chartered Accountant.
I cleared CPT (1st level CA exam) in the 1st attempt.
Then came IPCC (2nd level CA exam which consists of 2 groups – Group 1 & Group 2). I cleared only IPCC Group 1 in the 1st attempt and IPCC failed Group 2.
This was my 1st FAILURE ever in studies but I was still really happy because I could start with my articleship and earn while studying (Articleship means internship. It is for a 3 year period.). I worked for long hours during my articleship and at times even on Sundays so as to earn a better stipend.
I somehow kept failing in IPCC – Group 2. It was upsetting but I was still filled with enthusiasm and energy. I always READ about successful Chartered Accountant students to keep me going. My teacher Mr. Shaw was a great support and kept motivating me throughout. Finally, in the 3rd attempt, I cleared IPCC GRP 2.
CA Final and Personal Struggle:
Life was going on well until my dad started suffering from health problems, he started aging very fast. It was getting difficult for him to run his tea stall which was our only income.
Here my brother stepped in and played the biggest role in making me what I am today. He took all the responsibility to look after my father’s illness and also run the tea stall. All this while my brother had to stop his CA studies so that I could study with the least difficulty.
Then came the biggest challenge, when just 6 months before my CA Final Exam (the last level CA exam. This exam again consists of 2 groups, Group 1 and Group 2), my Dad suffered a stroke. The stroke hit all of us bad financially and emotionally.
With all these difficulties I still gave my CA Final exam. I FAILED that attempt and the next attempt as well. At times I felt like QUITTING CA because it was taking attempt after attempt and with the circumstances at home my family needed my support.
However every time I failed I REMINDED myself the hard work that my parents had put in all through these years. I knew that without becoming a Chartered Accountant I couldn’t help my father’s condition. So I kept pushing.
It is said that when one has the DETERMINATION, SUCCESS finds its way!!! Finally, in my CA Final 3rd attempt Nov’16 I cleared my CA – Final Exam.
The happiest people on earth that day was my family who worked ‘hand in hand’ to help me pass this course.
Currently, I am working with Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery as a Finance Manager, my dad is back to his tea stall all recovered with no signs of illness and my brother Govinda has started his CA studies again.
My ADVICE to all is –
- The one thing required is BELIEF in self along with PATIENCE.
- One cannot just ride on “LUCK” and expect miracles. If you put in HARD WORK AND HAVE FAITH in yourself then NOTHING CAN STOP YOU.
- Avoid SELF PITY.
- Also, whatever is your father’s job/profession FEEL PROUD AND BE PROUD.
- We all have the POWER & ABILITY to create a better life for ourselves,” he concluded.