We went to meet the Principal of the college.

     The Principal warned me, “I will allow you to take part in the entrance exams, but if you do not do well I will not allow you to join.”

     I got an ‘A+’ in the entrance exam and from that day it was a cakewalk.

     I had never made a plan, but I knew how something looked like, from the top.

     I had never known what a section was, but I knew if you cut a plan what it would look like.

     I stood first class first throughout, after that.
     I believe that all this understanding came from what I used to play and do during school.

     I had a friend called Behram Divecha. We used to have competitions between us for designing forts, guns and ammunition. Each of us would design something in an effort to be different.
     In school, when I was in the second or third standard, one of my teachers, Mrs Gupta, saw my sketches and told me, “See, you are useless in everything else but your sketches are good. When you grow up you become an architect”. I did not know at the time but she was right. Later, after I became an architect, I went back to meet her and tell her.
The architect took Hafeez to meet the college Principal after learning about his interest in developing plans. The Principal stated he would let Hafeez attempt the entrance exam, but he wouldn’t be admitted to the college if he didn’t perform well. Fortunately, Hafeez scored ‘A+’ on the entrance exam, and he continued to perform well throughout his course. He scored first class throughout the year.
Hafeez had never made a plan before, but he knew how things looked like, from the top. Likewise, he had no idea what a section was. A cutting across the body of a building perpendicular to the horizon line is referred to as a section. But he knew what a plan would look like if it were cut out into a specific shape. Throughout the year, he was always top in class.

According to Hafeez, his great understanding of architecture came from how he played and did all other activities in school. Hafeez told Ms Bela about one of his friends named Behram Divecha, with whom he used to compete about designing forts, guns and ammunition. Both of them would put in a lot of effort to be different and make their piece stand out.
Hafeez and his friend used to draw gun
Later, Hafeez told Ms Bela that he had a teacher named Mrs Gupta. One day, when he was in second or third grade, Mrs Gupta told him that his work was good after seeing his sketches. She acknowledged that he was useless in practically every other area, but she recommended pursuing a career as an architect when he grew up. Hafeez had no idea that he was going to be an architect at the time. So, when he became an architect years later, he returned to meet his old teacher, Mrs Gupta and told her that her predictions had come true.
Meanings of the difficult words:
Entrance The right to be admitted to a place or to an organization
Warned Give someone forceful or cautionary advice about their actions or conduct or performance
CakewalkSmooth ride/something easy to achieve
AmmunitionA supply or quantity of bullets and shells
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.