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. .