Neha Manglik is the only woman among the 16 who scored 100 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2014. The results were declared on December 28.
In an exclusive interview to IndiaToday.in, Neha says she is “a solution seeker” and she honed her skills in maths via lessons in ancient Vedic mathematics. Here are edited excepts of her interview:
Q. So how do you feel on being lone woman CAT topper this year?
A. I’m happy and thrilled at scoring 100 percentile. But this did not happen suddenly. I have been preparing for this since I was a child. I am a solution seeker; I look for improvements. While preparing for CAT, I identified that my maths needs improvements and I require more speed in calculations. I decided to learn some easy ways, explored and discovered Vedic Mathematic. And it surely helped me to score better.
Q. Did you take any coaching in Vedic maths?
A. No. I searched online and looked for Vedic mathematics videos on YouTube and I practiced the tricks and methods for a week. And here I am with brilliant scores. Also, I took some shortcut workshops to improve my performance. I believe in finding solutions.
Q. How did you score 100 percentile in English?
A. Well, as I said, it does not happen in a day. I was consistent in getting a command over the language. I read and write a lot. I read novels and books. I also write poems. This is how I practiced.
Q. What is your dream in life?
A. There are a lot of thoughts about my future and I definitely want a creative angle in whatever I choose to do, but what exactly I will do is not fixed. One thing I’m certain of is that I want to balance my work life with my family life. I will not compromise on family just to run after money or fame. Having said that, I always have and will continue to give my best to everything I do.
Q. Can you share one of your poems with us?
A. Yes, I will be glad to. Here you go –
Do you feel helpless, depressed and sad?
Like you’re losing everything you ever had?
If you need a motivational poem or quote
Or a saying or a story that someone wrote
Look within yourself, you will find
A hundred stories of that kind
Find motivation in whatever you see
The mountain or the roadside tree
The spider weaving a web from its spit
The mark on hard earth as water droplets hit
The ant trying hard to overcome that obstacle
Everything around you is purely a miracle
But a greater miracle is waiting within you
Unleash yourself, see what you can do
And never, ever wait for that inspirational quote
You’ve read enough, it’s time you wrote.