An Inspirational Journey of CA Kamlesh who pursued Chartered Accountancy after his Graduation. HIs main goal of sharing his journey is to help others in similar situations by making them believe that everything is possible!
“If I CAN become a Chartered Accountant (CA) anyone CAN..!!! I literally GREW UP in a very poor family background with my Mother struggling to make ends meet. My father was an alcoholic and he expired when I was 8 years due to excessive drinking,” says CA Kamlesh Lalwani from Ulhasnagar, India.
“Thus all the burden was on my mother with very little support from my extended family. But my MOM fought with each and every challenge which came our way. She WORKED IN PEOPLES HOMES to feed and educate us, she was adamant that we (my bro & me) CONTINUE WITH OUR STUDIES and WE DID. I knew studying was one way to take me out of the HAND TO MOUTH life we were living in. Whatever I am today is because of my MOTHER. She knew the importance and the POWER OF EDUCATION.
I studied in a Sindhi medium school in Ulhasnagar. After my graduation, I was confused as to what should I do, so I decided on CA because it was economical for me.
I cleared CA – IPCC in 2 attempts. The 1st attempt I failed, I almost dropped out of CA. It was painful to redo it. More than painful, it was frustrating. However, I knew GIVING UP WON’T HELP so I started studying again like a Roaring Tiger. I studied for 7- 8 hrs a day with all my dedication.I used to work as an accountant simultaneously to support my family financially.
CA Final Journey:
Then came CA FINAL. I knew I couldn’t give both groups together as I was working and studying. So I gave one group at a time.
My advice to everyone:
- For all those who have lots on their hand, ONE GROUP at a time can really help. I knew I had to stop being obsessed about GIVING BOTH GROUPS if I could MANAGE ONLY one group at a time.
- Work very hard and maintained the RIGHT ATTITUDE throughout…!!!
- When I would watch TV/ waste time my brother would remind me that I had to study, all this kept me on track. I cleared my CA Final as planned one group at a time. So stay focused.
Life Post CA:
Earlier my relatives looked down upon us however after becoming a CA, things began to change. I started getting respect from my relatives. We suddenly rose from a lower category to a higher category in the minds of everyone around us! I became THE HERO of my family and my Mom a SUPER MOM. So my advice to everyone is DON’T WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT SOCIETY/ PEOPLE/ RELATIVES. Just GIVE YOUR BEST AND HAVE FAITH!!!
The journey of Finding the Right Job:
Next came the second biggest challenge of getting a Job. I was rejected by so many companies because of my POOR ENGLISH. I studied in a Sindhi medium school so my spoken English is not very good. Many companies prefer employees who speak fluently in English. I had given 50 plus interviews continuously for 4 months and was frustrated. At times I used to think that I wasted my time becoming a CA.
However, if you DON’T GIVE UP MAGIC HAPPENS…AND IT DID. After 4 long months, I was selected in a well-known Corporate – Shapoorji Pallonji Group (Real Estate Division) as Deputy Manager Accounts & Taxation. I still find myself in an unbelievable situation. Recently I bought my own house too. All this has been POSSIBLE because I studied and DID MY CA. CA literally took me out of poverty, from a 1RK to a 2BHK. And I can proudly say my mom is a housewife now, no longer working in people’s homes.
Every person who struggles to become something tends to ask God “WHY ME??!! I did too, only to understand the fact that STRUGGLE is a part and parcel of everyone’s life. So as long as there is life there is going to struggle. There are two kinds of people, one who is least bothered about their life (Jaise chal raha hai life chalne do ) & second one who want to live a better life !!! I CHOSE TO BE in the second category.
I have also written a novel ‘No Mercy – Presence of Above Hit Me‘ (Available on Amazon). It is a FICTIONAL LOVE STORY. No Mercy IS NOT about showing No Mercy on someone, its all about kicking LIFE back by showing no mercy when life kicks you. The only way to do it is to STAND UP WITH EVERY FALL WITH THE INTENTION TO SUCCEED,” he concluded.
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