A man's journey from dabbas
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MUMBAI: Bijay Moharana was like any young man
who came to Mumbai in the 90s hoping to get lucky. By the end of almost two
decades, the city gave him more than what he asked for. On Saturday, Moharana
(40) received a doctorate after spending a decade pursuing his PhD.
But just that is not his story. Moharana came to the city with a degree form the
Utkal University. Enamored by the city and its huge urban sprawl, he would go
around Mumbai all day for days on end, and slept on the CST station platform at
night. A few months later, a slumdweller in Kalina offered him space in his
That's when Moharana found the university campus. He ran out of money and
started working as a dabbawalla. Meanwhile, he also enrolled for his masters in
philosophy in 1996 at the University of Mumbai.
He also signed up as a courier boy and frequented The Times of India building as
a delivery boy.
Signing up for a master's course was just the route for a PhD. "My father wanted
me to be a doctor. He told me that with confidence, passion and will power, I
would achieve my goals," he said.
Moharana who studied the relevance of yoga in modern times, now works for the
Braj Gauri Trust and teaches yoga to cancer patients. "Yoga is all the more
important in today's stressful life," Moharana concluded in his thesis.
Courtesy: The Times of India