Mumbai: Rickshaw driver’s daughter fulfills father’s dream, becomes CA

Swapnil MishraUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 09:43 AM IST
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Mumbai: The daughter of an auto rickshaw driver has finally cleared the Chattered Account (CA) exams in her sixth attempt. The 25-year-old Steffi Pereira who cracked the CA final exam said that it was her father’s dream that she has fulfilled after two years.

Steffi decided to pursue CA only because it was her father’s dream. She believes that by becoming a CA she can help to contribute to her family in a better way. Her father Francis is an auto rickshaw driver and her mother Meena works as a domestic help in the nearby societies.

“My father and my entire family have always motivated me and have bestowed their faith in me. This is the only reason I could clear the CA exams. I am very happy that I could finally fulfil the dreams of my parents,” Steffi told Free Press Journal. She added, “Both, my father and mother have struggled a lot their entire lives to ensure that I had all the resources available to pursue higher studies. I owe this success to them.”

Steffi also has an elder sister Anita, who is an interior designer. The family stays in a small rented apartment in a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) building at Ghatkopar’s Laxmi Nagar. Francis, Steffi’s father was proud of her achievement. “I have not studied much and my ambition was to provide all facilities so that my daughter aims high. We could barely manage to pay her college and tuition fees. I am very happy that she has fulfilled my dream.” The celebrations in Perreira were long overdue.

After clearing the Common Proficiency Test (CPT) and Integrated Professional Competence Course (IPCC) Steffi had hoped to clear the finals in the first attempt itself. Though she did clear the first group in November 2014, she missed the second group by a few points. For the next two years she failed consistently to clear the second round. By then Steffi had lost all hope.

“I was very de-motivated when I could not clear second round of the CA exam. I had lost all hopes that I will never be able to clear this exam. However, my family stood by me and who supported me in this entire period. I used to study 13 hours a day and consulted many of my friends who are CAs,” added Steffi.

Steffi has recently taken up work with the consultation firm and is now looking forward to big opportunities. “Now I am waiting for the big and good opportunities,” added Steffi.

Meena, Steffi’s mother is one happy lady but has made it clear that they will not stop working. The parents do not intend to live off their daughters.

“When she appeared for the exams in November last year we made sure that we provided her the best environment to study. It was her father’s dream and she has worked really hard towards it. We are happy for her success and are now looking forward to having a more stable life.”

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