Deepali joined Project Mala in primary school in 2011 and it was immediately apparent that she was particularly talented. Deepali excelled academically, achieving top marks in science and maths and always appearing among the top students in exams. She also excelled at sport and has great artistic ability. It was her personal qualities, however, that really set her apart from other girls of her age.
Among her peer group of earnest, ambitious, hardworking yet somewhat single-minded classmates, Deepali has always stood out as someone quite exceptional. Any foreign visitor to Project Mala schools may have been greeted by her and engaged in lively conversation in fluent English. She is immensely curious about the world and loves to find out about other countries and ways of looking at life. Deepali is an emotionally mature child, beyond her years and has a desire to communicate. She longs to travel and to experience something of life outside the narrow confines of what is still a traditional, conservative and, for women especially, restrictive society.