365 Writing Prompt: Four stars
Write a review of your life –or the life someone close to you –as if it were a movie or a book.
He was my younger brother, his name was Nurul, my father named him. As a little boy he seemed bright, but we could not gauge his brilliance before he started going to school.
On the instruction of my eldest brother I registered him In “Our Lady of Fatima Convent”, none of us took the time to teach him the alphabets or the numbers. His classmates were well ahead of him.
One day his classmate who sat next to him was far ahead of him in Mathematics and Bengali, Nurul requested him to teach the numbers, it took him probably a month, he was able to go ahead in every subject of his classmate from whom he learned the numbers.
From that month onward he was speeding along in each subject, no one could beat him in any subject. When he was in grade six he asked me to pray for him for he was planning to compete in the sixth grade scholarship exam. I remember I stayed quiet, I did not give him too much hope, I had no idea about these exams.
When the results came out he was one of the boys who was successful. Two years later he competed in the eighth grade scholarship, he quietly asked me if I thought he will get the scholarship. I only said “I do not know how good you are, I can only find out by asking you some questions from History.”
It was the subject I took for my post graduate course.I was clearly amazed how much he knew,it was as much as I did, and he was only in grade eight.
I told him then , “If you know this much in History, I have no doubt you will get the scholarship.”
He stood first in the scholarship exam.
After that success he never looked back. he kept doing better and better in grades nine and ten. In the final board exam, he scored three hundred out of three hundred in general Math,Additional math and compulsory math. His scores were unbelievable in every subject. He secured first place in the exam in the whole district.
He chose to study in Dhaka city, he registered in the catholic college. In those days there was stiff competition between the catholic college and the government college students. Unfortunately the government college principal made it his mission to stop the catholic college students do better in the final exams. Before this the catholic college students always topped the list in the final exams. The year my brother was in the final it changed, the government college students did better.
My brother was heart broken, yet he continued his studies and successfully completed his masters degree in Physics.
He then came to Canada to work on his PhD. in Space Physics, he was unable to complete it as he fell victim to cancer and could not survive!