Before the sun dawns on Delhi, Ved Prakash’s day is half over. A newspaper delivery man in Saket, his mind is full of worry about his daughter Shweta, who wants to join a postgraduate institution for engineering.
Prakash’s thoughts take him four years back—when Shweta had just cleared the JEE with flying colours. He remembers how proud he was that she hadn’t been to the now-almost-mandatory coaching classes. And then the anxiety returns—the familiar one that had hit him when he heard of the Rs 4 lakh annual fee. After everything he had done till then, would his economic status still thwart his daughter’s plans? The very thought was painful.