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Keily, the Bookworm Part-7

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Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

Keily’s heart started skipping two beats at a time. Dad was driving her to the British Council Center to get her O-level result.

The news had come so unexpectedly. One of Keily’s classmates had called on the land phone at her home (this was not the era of cell phones), and Dad had picked it up, and he let Dad know that O-level results for the current part of the year were out.

On reaching the British Council Center, Keily and her Dad found very few candidates and parents moving around. Most of them had already picked up their result. Keily got her result from the appropriate authority, and Dad took a peep over it.

Keily’s heart sank. It was not a brilliant set of straight A’s in all the six courses that she appeared in exams, and she regretted it in pain from the core of her heart.

After reaching home, nobody talked much with her. Everybody seemed busy with their tasks. There was nobody to console or say kind words to her.

Keily had a bad cry. She skipped dinner and went to bed early. She cried and cried silently until she fell asleep.

When she woke up in the morning, she was undecided about what to do. Dad called her to his office section of their home.

“So, what do you want to do now, Keily? Your result isn’t that bad. You could easily pursue A-levels. But they are going to be even tougher.”

Keily thought for a moment and asked, “Is there an alternative option?”

Dad replied, ”You could study in the English section of Bengali medium HSC (Higher Secondary School Certificate) in a college. Would that be something you would prefer?”

Keily replied helplessly, “I don’t know. I am not sure what the best option would be for me now.”

Dad suggested, “Maybe you could contact your best friend and ask her what plans she has for the moment.”

Keily cheered up and said, "Yes, I will ask her."

Her best friend, Emma, didn’t have a land phone. So the ideal option was to write her a letter.

Keily started writing immediately. This is what she wrote:

Dear Emma,

I hope you are doing fine.

Now that O-level results are out, what are your immediate plans? Dad says that A-levels would be tougher. But we have the choice to select the English version of Bengali medium HSC in a relevant college. Would that be something you would be interested in? Let me know.

I am eagerly looking forward to your reply.

All the best,


Dad mailed Keily’s letter and within two days Emma received it. This is what she wrote back:

Dear Keily,

This is a tough decision to take. I talked to my Dad and he said, “Do whatever Keily does. Her Dad will take the best decision eventually.”

So, you can understand, Keily, I am at your tail.

All the best,


Keily was deeply disappointed in reading Emma’s letter. So Emma was at her tail. Now, what decision would Dad make?

She approached Dad in the evening and told him what Emma wrote to her in her letter.

Unexpectedly, Dad started laughing and said, “So, we will have to find out by visiting Bengali medium colleges that also hold English versions of HSC. Don’t worry, Keily. We will work it out.”

Keily was deeply relieved. She wondered where her future lay. Both the English version of Bengali medium HSC and A-levels had their pros and cons. A visit to the specific Bengali medium colleges in the city would help them to reveal the best option and therefore, that would influence their choice.

The next day Dad and Keily set out for visiting several reputable colleges that held English sections for Bengali medium HSC as well. All the headmistresses, without any exception, encouraged Keily about pursuing A-levels and discouraged the English version of HSC. They said O-level passed students find a lot of problems trying to adapt to the English version of HSC.

Disappointed and exhausted, father and daughter returned home. Dad spoke to Keily, “I think it is better if you pursue A-levels. The headmistresses may have a point in not encouraging O-level passed students in that they find it hard to adapt to the English version of HSC. All your life, you have studied in the English medium. It would be a good idea to retain your quality standard and carry on with A-levels."

Dad went on, "They will be tougher than O-levels but you will find a continuation. On the other hand, the English version of HSC might lead you to further confusion and make you go astray. So go for A-levels and put all your efforts in them from the beginning, and you will probably do well.”

Keily listened to Dad carefully and found logic and rationality in his statements. She felt encouraged about going for A-levels. Then she asked, “Will it be the same school I would go for A-levels? I mean the one I went right before O-levels?” Dad replied, “Yes, why not? It is near our home, and I can still pour guidance and suggestions in any relevant areas that might need some improvement.”

Keily cheered up and decided to tell her tail, Emma the choice she had just made with her Dad.

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Keily, the Bookworm Part-6

Part-6 depicts seven years had passed by in the meantime. Keily was in grade 9 and wasn’t performing well in her studies unlike in her previous school. Dad gave her more independence, allowing her to prepare for academic lessons as much as she could. Keily would be facing the first biggest academic examination of her life, O-level exams. To read more, click the above link.

© 2020 Rosina S Khan


Rosina S Khan (author) on May 20, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda, for your kind and insightful comments. Yes, teenagers should be allowed to be themselves and also get great grades, not necessarily all A's. Naturally, Keily was under the impression she had to get all A's. So it must have surprised her when her Dad didn't rebuke her, seeing her result, rather he gave her emotional support.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 20, 2020:


Another good part to your series.

I am kind of glad she didn't get all A's. It is so hard to keep up with that sort of pressure.

When I was younger I had to get good marks or I would get grounded, so I know the pressure.

She is young and as long as she does her best she will be fine.

She can enjoy being a teenager and having great grades too.

She will not fall too far down with her grades for she studies hard.

Nice to see Dad is helping her without getting upset.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 03, 2020:

Yes, Lora, Keily's Dad is finally giving more support to her rather than simply rebuking. I am pleased that you found the episode interesting and enjoyable. Yes, please stay tuned until next week to find out what happens next. Thank you so much for your generous and exciting comments.

Lora Hollings on May 02, 2020:

Another interesting episode in the life of Keily. I'm glad to see that her father is loosening up a bit and is showing his daughter more emotional support. You have the reader's attention on Keily and if she will be able to rise to the challenge of the A-levels. I certainly would like to know if she can. I will stay tuned. A very enjoyable read.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 01, 2020:

I am happy you visited here. I would like you to read from the start so that you know fully what my story series is about and where it is going. Enjoy your day too!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 01, 2020:


Looks like you have really been busy with this series.

I look forward to reading them and getting caught up.

Talk with you soon.

Have a lovely day.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 01, 2020:

I am very happy that you found this episode to be interesting also. Yes, Keily's result was not up to her expectations but she is able to proceed to the next level with her result. Yes, it's mainly apprehension that is working in Keily and her Dad. Probably Keily will pull through. Let's see.

Thank you for your insightful comments, Chitrangada. Stay tuned until next week.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 01, 2020:

The story of Keily is progressing in a natural way, I believe. Most of the times, the results are not, as expected. And then, the process of discussion begins, of which course to pursue, and which not. This is a tough time, for both the parents and their children. There is apprehension, before taking a decision.

Thank you for sharing another interesting episode.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 01, 2020:

Yes, although Keily's results are not that bad, they weren't up to her expectations and therefore, her drama of emotions. And because her Dad didn't rebuke her badly about it, she got along well with him, listening to his advice for her future academic endeavors.

Thank you, Liz, for reading and commenting.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 01, 2020:

It is interesting to find out how Keily got on with her results. It's good to see that her father is now being more supportive.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 30, 2020:

Yes, the father-daughter relationship is improving as Keily matures. She also takes advice from her Dad regarding her future academic endeavors. I hope you liked this part of the story. Stay tuned until next week.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2020:

Keily, and her dad, seem to be getting along better these days, and they seem to be drawing closer together as she matures. She has to make decisions now, and she is taking her dad's advice as to the best course of action to take.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 30, 2020:

Thank you so much, Pamela for your encouraging and generous comments. I am happy that you find the story lovely. Yes, Keily has to decide about her future and her Dad is helping her. That is really a positive sign of the father-daughter relationship.Stay tuned until next week.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 30, 2020:

I am still enjoying this story as Kelly gets older and decides about her future. Her relationship with her father has also improved. This story is lovely, Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 30, 2020:

Your comment made me smile, Bill. Actually we keep learning in our lives and therefore, no matter what our occupation is, we are all students/learners in this lifetime. Thank you for liking Part-7.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 30, 2020:

Yes, Fran, father-daughter relationship is finally improving. I am happy you found this episode wonderful as well. Thank you so much.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 30, 2020:

The girl, and her father, are growing and maturing at the same time. Who is the teacher and who is the student? Lovely story, my friend.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on April 30, 2020:

Wonderful as usual. It sounds like her dad is really beginning to offer advice and encouragement. That is a really good sign for their relationship.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 30, 2020:

Yes, Keily's Dad's temper is getting more even it seems. Stay tuned for the next part until next week.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 30, 2020:

I am glad Keily's dad didn't scold her for disappointing results and is helping her with a solution. Looking forward to the next chapter.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 30, 2020:

Yes, Keily's Dad has a bad temper, but day by day it's getting tamed. I am happy you find the story more interesting as she didn't get the results she wanted and that she will now do A-levels. Yes, Emma, her best friend from O-level classes at school is now going to continue A-levels with her. Thank you, Lorna for your generous and insightful comments.

Lorna Lamon on April 30, 2020:

Even though I was disappointed for Keily I felt the story became more interesting because she didn't get the results she wanted. I also felt that her Dad is much more relaxed in the way he communicates with Keily. I'm glad she is now going to pursue 'A' levels and I am sure she will do well.

I enjoyed this latest chapter Rosina where we saw how Keily coped with her results and where you introduced Emma, Keily's friend and future classmate. Another great write.

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