My dear Asif,
I am really very sorry to hear the news of your failure in the Final Examination. It is a matter of surprise to me how you could fail at all. You had never failed before in any examination. However, you had informed me just after the examination that you could not write satisfactory answers to a few questions in English and History.
So I thought that you might miss the 80% by a few marks. But that you would be unsuccessful in the examination was beyond my imagination. Now I think that your prolonged illness before the examination may be the root of your failure. You need not, however, be dipped in frustration. Take heart and start afresh.
The news, in fact, came to me as a great surprise I could not even dream of it. What can I convey to you except my heartfelt sympathies and a bit of advice not to give up hope? Work more resolutely. If you work with attention, I am sure, you would come out successfully in the next chance. Please remember the good old saying: ‘Failures are the pillars of success’.