15-year-old Tabish Manzoor was confident about his result but wasn’t really expecting that he would surpass everybody else. On Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE) declared the much-anticipated results for matriculation exams.
The news caught Tabish, a resident of Dogripora, Awantipora, by surprise when his uncle disclosed that he had topped the exams.
Student of Radiant Public School Islamabad, Tabish initially took the news in a lighter vein assuming that it was a friendly banter. But when it turned out to be true, he couldn’t rein his euphoria.
Tabish says, it was his hard work that paid off. “I would study for three hours maximum with consistency and steadiness,” he said. “You need to be in good faith with yourself.”
He said he never studied with an intention of topping. “I just make sure that I give my best,” he said.
Tabish believes that the joy of success is cherished when one makes a new beginning without considering that “I have achieved anything”.
He said he has never received any private tuition previously although now he has enrolled himself at KIE Srinagar. Tabish is not clear about his career choice yet. “I haven’t made up my mind,” he says. He has interests in Philosophy but nonetheless decided opting for medical stream for it has become the “tradition of town”.
His father Manzoor Ahmad Khan however wants Tabish and his elder brother to become IAS toppers.
When asked about Tabish’s success, his elder brother Faisal heaped glowing praise. “I was sure that my brother will shine,” he said. “After observing his acumen, I was confident about it.”
Influenced by Allama Iqbal and Maulana Rumi, Tabish expressed gratitude for his teachers at Radiant Public School. “All the credit goes to them,” he said.