Tabish Manzoor Khan, a resident of Dogripora Pulwama, topped the 10th class examinations this year. A student of Radiant Public School Anantnag, Tabish has never attended the morning assembly in the school because it takes him more than two hours to reach school from home. He would leave home at 8 am, but reach the school by 10.30 or 11 am. However, Tabish found the environment at his school very competitive which, he says, helped him to top the examination. Tabish’s mother describes him as “sharp, philosophical, obedient and stubborn right from his childhood”. Tabish loves to read history books, “Because I want to understand our past especially Kashmir”. Living in a volatile area prone to frequent disturbances, Tabish’s mother says it was challenging for her son to study amid chaos. “My son never studied beyond 10 pm because we had to put out lights by then for fear of being targeted by army patrols,” she said. Tabish, however, says these things haven’t impacted his education. “Psychological impact of the situation is there but there is no short term impact on studies as such,” he said. In September 2014, Tabish’s family had to flee their home because of floods. The flood waters damaged almost everything including Tabish’s books. Apart from studies, Tabish likes to spend some time on social networking sites like Facebook and Whatsapp. He also plays chess with his elder brother, Faisal, and is keen cricket fan. Shahid Afridi is his favourite, and he is also fascinated by MS Dhoni and AB de villiers. Tabish considers all day-to-day experiences a part of one’s education. “Education is not confined to books. Experiences also make a person educated. Books too are the culminations of experiences,” he said. He has read, though not cover to cover, Allama Iqbal’s Kulyat-e-Iqbal and is currently reading Aristotle’s The Politics. Tabish is still undecided about his career. While his parents want him to become a doctor, he is slightly inclined towards civil services. “I have an inclination towards Civil Services but not sure about it,” he told Kashmir Impulse.