Nalbari, May 16, 2019
Chandana Patgiri, an HSLC candidate from Nalbari district who fell in love with the idea of collecting pens at a very young age, has not disposed of a single pen since the day she got accustomed to writing with a pen.
On May 15th, 2019, congratulatory messages started pouring in from nook and corner of the district for Chandana as she came out with flying colours in her 10th examination. Her well-wishers who dropped in at her place to congratulate her were amazed to see the four walls of the thatched house where she carries her used pens meticulously coded by colour, collected with love as she grew up.
All smiles for the Patgiri family as Chandana passed the HSLC examination with distinction marks from Paschim Banbhag Higher Secondary School of Nalbari despite their financial constraints. Chandana’s father Dharmakanta Patgiri is a daily wage earner.
The 16-year-old has big dreams of becoming a civil servant and has told this correspondent that she will keep collecting pens in the future.
“Pen is not a mere ink container for me, it has my father’s blood and sweat in it. There is an inherent charm in the words which come out from the nip,”, said Chandana.