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I Salute The Women In Their Unusual Jobs

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by sln, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. sln

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    I Salute the women in their unusual jobs

    Hindu women do not visit a crematorium for the final rituals of their loved ones as a matter of custom and tradition. But in Chennai, Praveena Solomon a 34-year-old woman has been managing one of the city's oldest and busiest cremation grounds at Velangadu.She is an English Literature graduate from Madras university.Divya Raju works with her.” Overwhelming and there is nothing after death says Praveena. In three years she has made the crematorium less ominous with a nice garden,walkway and benches.

    Women working as forest guides-scary is your first impression.The ease with which they navigate between grass and bushes and updating with all the jungle stories leaves you spell bound.These women drive,guide tourists and guard the forests.Many of them are tribal girls to whom the forest is their second home and the inmates their neighbour. . Sharing the joy working as a forest guide P A Borje ,Kanha national park said, “The connect formed with every family visiting the forest is something invaluable. Many times tourists want to take selfies with us and make us feel like their friend. And we, the guides and drivers are overjoyed on seeing the excitement of the tourists when they spot a tiger or a leopard.” Kanha is one of the few national parks where women forest guards are stationed in the core forest posts and licensed women drivers them around the forests .


    Avani Chaturvedi along with two others are the first ever women fighter pilots.Avani is a from a small town in MP.After graduation in engineering she completed her training in Air Force Academy.Hyderabad She is a Flight Lieutenant and posted in one of the forward airbases of IAF..

    Captain Rdhika Menon is the first captain of the Indian Navy.She is the first woman in the world to receive the IMO award for exceptional bravery at sea for rescuing seven fisherman stranded in the Bay of Bengal in a severely stormy weather condition.

    Hina Jaiswal is the first woman Flight Engineer.She completed her Flight Engineers course from Air force station Yelahanka in their 112 helicopter unit.She started as chief of firing team and battery commandeering a front line surface to air missile squadron. , "My achievement as the first woman flight engineer is a dream come true as I had aspired from childhood to wear a soldier's uniform and take to the sky as an aviator," said the statement quoting Hina.


    Vanitha Borde is an expert snake catcher in Maharashtra.She is around thirty and has caught and relocated about 50000 snakes including the venomous ones.Irula snake catchers industrial cooperative society in Chennai has 344 members including women.Each member is allowed to to catch 8500 snakes per year and they are paid Rs 2000per cobra,700 for krait,2000 for Russel viper and 250 for saw scaled viper.The snakes caught are taken to their centre for extracting venom and released again the forest area.Snake venom is in great demand and a gram of venom costs anywhere between RS.25000to 45000. They consume a herb before setting out to catch snakes and the formula is kept a secret.This is a dangerous job requiring extreme courage,deft handling and quick response.

    Parvati Barua,a daughter of a Zamindar in Assam chose to play with elephants instead of dolls. Jungle life is tough with extremes of weather and devoid of even basic facilities is a mahout.She caught a wild elephant at the age of fourteen.She says that is not physical strength but mental stamina that matters.To join her profession a few weeks back is Shabna Sulaiman from Kerala,a 27 year old girl,just five feet turning a a mahout.Manisheri Rajendran,a towering tusker obeys he command not out of aggression but out of bond she has created.Surprisingly she has left her job as a medical professional inDubai .Incidentally her grand father owned a circus earlier and this should have influenced her courage and affinity for the animal.

    Sangeeta Kapoor is a magician based out of the capital city of India, New Delhi. She has performed over 1000 shows nationwide, in different TV channels, cultural programs, birthday parties, schools, stages, govt programs, embassies, events, social work programs, product launch, promotional schemes, etc.Sangeeta belongs to a family of magicians. She is the second generation of magicians out of the three generations of her magician family.She is an ashtavadhani,magician,illusionist,practising alternate medicine and running a school of magic.

    PS-Reports in news papers,you tube etc.Some may be in the original script as there is very little scope for any changes.


    I salute these women who have chosen a path where men fear to tread.The indomitable courage shown by them is a thrilling example of what any one can achieve inspite of personal consequences,obstacles,dangers and pressures.”Fraility thy name is woman”is what we have been told and believed.This is no longer valid. We idolised them as mothers,adored them as sisters,loved them as wives but it is time now to hail them for their achievemants.



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    A laudable career that women have! a great list indeed!

    Leave alone the adventurous jobs.Very rarely we see women conducting marriage rituals.Last week it was a topic in many many of the news papers that a lady was photographed conducting a Hindu marriage reciting the Vivaha mantras and explaining meanings therefor.
    In 1996 my sister's daughter( iyer community) got wedded to a boy belonging to Salem Gounder community. I was surprised to see that the marriage rituals were conducted only by a group of women .All the verses were in chaste Tamil .The meaning was almost the same as that of sapthapadhi.They recited or rather sang the verses in a peculiar metre ,one woman starting and others followed., as in Bhajans.
    There was no oonjal ceremony but there was a corresponding event of warding evil eyes and the verses for removing of evil eyes caught everybody's attention.

    No doubt, women shine in whichever walk of life they choose since they have have better focus and sense of determination.
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    No doubt, women shine in whichever walk of life they choose since they have have better focus and sense of determination.
    jyasala42
    It is patience,focus and SELF ESTEEM which drive women to excel in whatever they are doing.Success is never final: failure is never fatal:it is courage that counts-Winston Churchill said.The quote is amply vindicated by the case studies I have presented.
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    :hello:
    @sln @jayasala42
    Kudos to both of you in highlighting the women power through live examples.

    2. It is interesting to note the women excel in every field that hitherto considered male bastion.
    3. It is also of interest to know there are young and old differently ambled women excel in many fields. A woman lost her leg to scooter accident emerged with Olympic medal . Read in link

    A Date With Shuttling Manasi Joshii

    4. In Kerala the men folk - clambers lost the job to ladies! The output from employing lady clambers found far more than employing young experienced men.
    5. There are fire fighters managed entirely by young women in tier two cities.
    Young entrepreneurs no more threatened by drunkards - husbands- lots of examples demonstrating raising women power in every arena.

    6. A real life story of a vegetable vendor - a single mother - of Tamilnadu of the Vegetable market at Meerut in link
    Rupa Behind Overwhelming Odds
    Is solid example how daring and challenging the type of women of Tamilnadu to menfolk .

    Thanks and Regards.

    God - JAI JAI SARVA SHAKTHI JAYA MATHA
     
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    6. A real life story of a vegetable vendor - a single mother - of Tamilnadu of the Vegetable market at Meerut in link
    Rupa Behind Overwhelming Odds
    Is solid example how daring and challenging the type of women of Tamilnadu to menfolk .

    Thanks for the valuable addition to the list of women in the process of overtaking men in their territory. In less adventurous fields women employees equal men.Such representation is necessary for women representing around 50% of the population.
    Regards.SLN
     
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    Dear SLN Sir,

    India has many women who played an extraordinary role in their fields whether it is politics or science or academic or entertainment or sports or service to humanity. But until one-half of the workforce in India is filled with women, the mission to promote women should continue. There is one politician in the US from a minority community who kept providing statistical data about how the women in the US are underpaid when compared to men and she was getting ready to bring in legislation to prevent companies from paying different pay for a similar job description. We are living in ages when women have successfully reached the international space station and was instrumental in conducting space programs. Women CEOs have successfully led large corporations as well.
     
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    We are living in ages when women have successfully reached the international space station and was instrumental in conducting space programs. Women CEOs have successfully led large corporations as well.
    Dear Viswa,
    I am closely following the fight for equal pay for women in the US.The priorities in India are different.Safety and security both at office and while commuting ,working in home town etc and girls are prepared to sacrifice salary.Even good matches are sacrificed in the interest of safety.It all depends on one's goals and girls are in the driving seat.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.
    Regards.SLN
     

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