There, I was to either take French or German. Though I had studied French for seven years, I did not know seven words of French. So I took German. Then my German teacher died. The college told me that I could change the college or take French. Now, who would give me admission in another college? I had got admission to Jaihind by influence.

     So I thought, ‘Okay, I will take French’ and I started learning French again. I learnt it from my cousin. She was an architect’s wife.

     I was going to an architect’s office to learn French!
After joining in Jai Hind College, Hafeez had to take either French or German. He had spent seven years of his studies studying French. But he didn't know even seven words of French. It implies his disinterest in both the subject and the language.
Hafeez studied French, and he did not know anything about the language. If he took the same language, no one would teach him the basics, and others might have criticized him for not knowing the language. So he decided to start learning a new language from the beginning. So, he felt it was better to take German. Unfortunately, his German teacher died after a few days. As a result, he was in a tight spot to choose French or change his college. It meant that if he weren't ready to learn French, he'd have to choose a college that offered German.
Hafeez was in confused state either to select French or to change the college

Later, Hafeez was stumped as to what to do next. Because he was aware that no one would admit him to other colleges due to his fifty per cent score in the board exam. Later he remembered that he had got admission to Jai Hind College by influence. As a result, he decided to enrol in French classes and study the language. His cousin taught him, French. She was an architect's wife. He would usually go to the architect's office after classes to study French. His cousin would assist him in learning the language.
Meanings of the difficult words:
Admission The process or fact of entering or being allowed to enter a place, organization, or institution
InfluenceThe capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself
CousinA child of one's uncle or aunt
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.