The pressures of staying up to date with the curriculum while keeping his place in the playing team, Devansh has learnt the art of taking challenges head on. There is no hiding, as he says.
Not one to look and plan too far into the future, the burly young man never saw himself playing college golf in the United States.
It was after he started to get better in India, aided by the hours of practice at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC), did the parents, especially mother Ruma, take note and stepped up efforts to ensure the boy got into an institution where he could continue to pursue twin passions.
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It was one step at a time. The stint with the Hills International College in Queensland, Australia, prepared him for life ahead and by the time Devansh arrived at the Texas Southern University with a two-pronged plan, the focus was unwavering.
The eye on the target was quite like the collection spree he went on as a child at RCGC. A storm has felled a mango tree at the driving range and leaving everything aside, Devansh collected more mangoes than his small frame could support for his grandmother’s chutneys and pickles.
The nickname ‘Mango’ was born and travelled with Devansh from Kolkata to Australia and the US.
For people overseas, pronouncing ‘Mango’ instead of Devansh made life easier for the amiable boy as he settled down to chase a dream that might just culminate with a spot on the PGA Tour.
Devansh is willing to wait for that moment, and should that happen, a prayer will go out with folded hands.
Photo credit: Devansh Chadha