Girl defies flood, rows to school daily | India News

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GORAKHPUR: The timeless nursery rhyme “Row, row, row your boat” might have had her believe “life is but a dream”, but 15-year-old Sandhya Sahini’s grim reality now is rowing a country boat through a river in spate during the monsoon to reach school every day.
A viral video of the carpenter’s daughter, clad in school uniform and riding the currents of the Rapti in UP’s Gorakhpur district, has become an emblem of the girl’s courage and determination to continue her education against all odds and give her parents and three younger brothers a better life.
Sandhya is a student of Class XI at Ayodhya Das Girls’ Inter College. Each morning, she gets on the boat near her home in Bahrampur and rows her way through the swollen Rapti — past half submerged houses — to reach Raj Ghat, from where she takes a tempo to reach school.
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