On a blistering, June afternoon, this year, I received the eagerly anticipated news. All six Lotus Petal aspirants for the Class 10th Board examinations had passed and performed exceedingly well too! Initially I could not believe my ears when my colleague called up and I asked immediately to see the scorecard. Within a few seconds the scores arrived on my phone via the modern miracle we call ‘whatsapp’ and there they were…magic translated into reality. The numbers were not scores. They were individual stories of battles fought and won with grit and determination.