Bela Raja: How did you get into the field of architecture?
Hafeez Contractor: In the college for architecture, nobody who had got below 80 – 85 per cent was allowed to enter. I had only 50 per cent.
I wanted to join the Army. I got my admission letter but my aunt tore it up. Then I decided that I wanted to join the police force.
My mother said, “Don’t join the police force, just do your graduation!” So I went to Jaihind College in Bombay.
After hearing about Hafeez school days memories, Ms Bela was very curious to know how Hafeez got into the field of architecture. Architecture means the art or practise of designing and constructing buildings. Hafeez told Ms Bela that those who got less than 80-85 per cent were not eligible for admission in the architectural college. He also stated that he had only got 50 per cent marks in the board exam.
Hafeez later stated that he was interested in becoming an Army officer. As a result, he applied for it and was accepted. Unfortunately, the admission letter got into the hands of his aunt, and she tore it up. Later, he thought to pursue a career as a police officer. He told his mother about his desire.
On the other hand, Hafeez mother refused to let him join the police force. He was asked to do his higher studies. At last, he joined Jai Hind College in Bombay to do his studies.
Hafeez thought of becoming an Army officer
Meanings of the difficult words:
|Architecture||The art and practice of designing and making buildings|
|Army||An organized military force equipped for fighting on land|
|Graduation||The fact of finishing a degree or other course of study at a university or school|
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2008). It so happened. The Treasure Within (pp. 25-33). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.