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DHONDO KESHAVA KARVE

The Ordeal of an Examination

When the store was closed the question arose: what next? A candidate successful in the sixth standard examination would be eligible to become a teacher. A person had to be seventeen years of age to sit for that examination. The examination centers were in Bombay and Satara, far away from Dhondu's village. Going to Bombay meant a journey on the sea. To go to Satara, the Sahyadri Mountains had to be crossed. So to attend that examination one had to sail on the sea or cross the mountain!

It was the time of the examination. It was the rainy season and so ships did not ply. Dhondu and the other students thought over the problem of their journey. Finally they decided to go to Satara. There were no cars or buses at that time. The journey had to be made on foot. Four days before the examination they slung their baggage on their shoulders and started on foot. They had to walk one hundred and fifty miles in the rainy season. On the first day they covered thirty miles. Eating and resting on the way, they reached a town called Patan. From Patan to Satara it was fifty-four miles. By a short cut it was eighteen miles. But the journey by the shorter route was very difficult. The examination was to commence the next day. Therefore the boys chose the shorter route. They missed the way. Darkness fell. They rested in shepherds' colony. Next day they ascertained the route and continued their journey. It was five in the afternoon when they reached Satara! A large number of students were taking the examination that year; so the registration of the names took up the entire day. The examination was therefore postponed by a day. The hopes of Dhondu and his classmates rose again. The Chairman of the Examination Committee noted down the names of the other students. But when he saw the short, lean Dhondu, he said, "you are not yet seventeen years old. You are lying about your age. You cannot take the examination."

The interview was over; for Dhondu, only disappointment was in store. He had walked a hundred and fifty miles - and it was all useless. Although he was seventeen the officer had pushed him aside saying: 'You are not yet seventeen.

Dhondu sat for the examination next year from Kolhapur center and was successful.

By then Dhondu was also married. When he married Radhabai, he was only fifteen years old! In those days child marriage was common.

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You cannot take the examination
About  Dhondo Keshava Karve
Introduction
'Fill The Room!"
An Ideal Life
An Aristocratic Family
A Self Respecting Mother
An Example
A Lesson
You are Here! The Ordeal of An Examination
A Graduate
Friend Narahari Pant
The Lamp Of Service Is Lit
Independent Life
Sacrifice To Blind Faith
A Heroic Act
The Prince Of Courage
Patience Personified
New Lights Of Service
Thorns In The Path Of Service
Institution For Selfless Service
A Women's University
Greatness Recognized
Travel In Three Continents
A New Venture At Seventy-Eight
The sacred 'Mantra'
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