An octogenarian pulling her ghoonghat to cover her forehead and adjusting her lehenga before hitting the bull’s eye is a strange view for many. But, someone has done it in India. An elderly woman with a heart of gold and mind as strong as steel became the one of the world’s oldest sharpshooters.
Who are we talking about?
It’s none other than, Prakashi Tomar, Revolver Dadi.
Have you heard the name “Chengnei Jang Mary Kom Hmangte”?
Yes, this is Mary Kom, the famous boxing world champion. Born in Manipur, she is the only female who has made India proud by winning World Amateur Boxing Championship for six times. Not only this, Mary is unstoppable. She bagged medals as the only female boxer in each of the total seven world championships held till date.
Most of the Indians are aware of ‘Shooter Dadi’ after the superhit Bollywood movie ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ starring Taapsee Pannu and Bhoomi Pednekar. Chandro Tomar who is now a famous perosna as Shooter Dadi is an octogenarian sharpshooter from Uttar Pradesh, India. She lives in Baghpat district’s Johri village.
“Pinjre me qaid ho jana nahi, Pinjra tod ke udd jana he”
She was a child visiting the cockpit of a plane. It all started there. Her dreams were given the colorful wings by her father who was an army officer. His encouragement and her will gifted Flight Lt. Gunjan Saxena aka ‘The Kargil Girl’ to us.
“Numbers have life; they are not just symbols on paper.” – Shakuntala Devi
Shakuntala Devi, a timeless mathematic genius, a name that is now familiar to us after Vidya Balan starred and Anu Menon directed latest Bollywood movie ‘Shakuntala Devi’ got released on Amazon Prime Video. When the dialogue uttered by the protagonist Shakuntala Devi confronts “Jab amazing ho sakti hu… Toh normal kyun banu?”, then it naturally raises a question in the audiences’ mind concerning the unique persona of amazing Shakuntala Devi in real life. Continue reading
“The remarkable journey of courage and the determination that made this Indian woman, hailing from a small town in Haryana, a citizen of the Milky Way will remain a source of pride for all Bharatvasis and Bharatvanshis,” these were the touching words of the former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam who paid his tribute to Kalpana Chawla.
Chawla, along with six other astronauts, lost their lives in the ill-fated Columbia Space Shuttle disaster in 2003. The entire world mourned her death. Sir Kalam added, “It will also inspire young Indians, especially women, to dream big and to work hard to realize their dreams.” Continue reading
Success is what everyone wants, but the path is not that easy. Every parent wants their kid to grow in the best way possible, be it academics or sports. The same went for Saina’s parents as well who wanted to see their daughter excel in badminton. And thus, all the hard work paid off as she is one of the most talented players India has got.
Heinous crimes against women and children are increasing at an alarming rate globally. Rapes, gang rapes, molestation, and stalking taking place at rampant, but nothing is being done excepting big talks and significant convictions.
In a country like India, the women who survive the acid attacks are forced to live their lives as unwanted and untouchables. Like a ray of sunshine after several years of dense black cloud, Laxmi Agarwal in India received massive applause at the Speaker’s Fest organized by FICCI Ladies Organization in Jaipur by singing the famous lines “Nam gum jayega, chehara yeh badal jayega, meri awaz hi pehchan hi hai…” from Bollywood movie ‘Kinara.’