October 28th, 2011
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Bihari boy wins 5 crore at KBC

kbc-sushil-kumarPatna: Fate changes life of mortals in unexpected ways. Goddess Lakshmi seems to be very happy with Sushil Kumar who hails from a small town in Bihar. Kaun Banega Crorepathi given the greatest Diwali gift. Sushil Kumar will be India’s first contestant to have won 5 crores in India on the Kaun Banega Crorepati 5 programme at Sony entertainment.

Sushil works for a government agency where he computes records. His salary depends on how many data files get uploaded on the website. Since the process is slow, he gets his measly compensation of Rs 6,000 once every six months. His financial condition, he admits, became worse with every marriage in his family as the responsibilities and expenses increased. “Today, we don’t have a house of our own. We used to have one, but it was in a bad state and we couldn’t afford another roof. A rented house is a pain in Bihar,” he said.

“It feels like a dream for someone who hasn’t seen anything beyond a couple of thousand rupees as his salary. Maybe I’ll believe this when I actually watch the episode with my family on TV,” beams Sushil. “Since we didn’t have the resources when I was a child, I couldn’t study. After a point, I took up a menial job which looks useless,” he says. “With so much running on my mind, my blood froze with every question after Rs 12.5 lakh. On the last question I blanked out and used double dip, which is considered the most lethal lifeline. Now, I’ll quit my job, study and help other kids’ education.”

Sushil Kumar intends to go to Delhi and prepare for the civil services examination and hopes to procure a better paying government job. “It’s time now to achieve my dreams since I have the means for it,” he said.When asked what all he intended to do with the money Sushil said, he wants to start business ventures for his four brothers.

Sushil and his wife Seema with whom he had tied the knot only five months back were moved to tears when Amitabh handed him the cheque. Drawing a monthly salary of `6,000, Sushil also gives computer lessons at a local institute in Motihari. “I never thought in my wildest of dreams that I could do this. I hope my victory will inspire others in Bihar,” he said .



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