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Dipti Bhadoriya, Social activist who deserves an award for the awards

In a society where people are expected to at least contribute a drop of responsibilities, Dipti Bhadoriya is contributing a bucket full of responsibilities to make society a better place for everyone.  Dipti Bhadoriya of a small district Katni in Madhya Pradesh is an extraordinary woman, being a social activist and an educationalist she has a number of responsibilities on her shoulders. As of now, she is the District president of Private School and Children Welfare Association of India, National Adviser of Sports Academy Association of India, State Coordinator at Anticorruption Foundation of India, principal of B.C. Jain hr. Sec. School, Earth Peace Ambassador,  Member of UN global compact  AUGP in USA and UNICEF at International UNION Educationist Forum, Madhya Pradesh, Chairperson National Human Rights and Humanitarian Federation Madhya Pradesh, Ambassador for Child Abuse Prevention Program “My body is my body”, and also a career counsellor.

The list of her responsibilities doesn’t look like to be a non-exhaustive one. Dipti always excelled in academics as her aim was always to be an educationalist. She got her chance to do what she wanted when her father, Shri. Devendra Singh Rajput, a renowned lawyer started a school in the village by the name of Vidya Vihar School, where she worked on educating the slum children and overall development of children in slum areas.

Dipti also has a political background as her mother Smt. Vidhya Rajput who was a constant part of the municipal corporation and was also the president of the Women Cell. Dipti always wanted to be like her mother as she always motivated her with her dedication towards Nobel causes.

Dipti is married to Mr. Rajnish Bhadoriya who is an assistant police inspector. After marriage, Dipti shifted to Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh with her husband. She became a housewife for 4 years after her marriage and she found it to be really difficult to be a housewife with so many aims and dreams in her mind.

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Dipti Bhadoriya always keeps one incidence of her life close to her heart. That is the demise of her father and the teachings which he gave her in his last breaths. her father told her to work to serve humanity selflessly while focusing on doing noble deeds, help as many people as she possibly can, always believe in good deeds, and never to give up in tough times. Dipti now plans to follow the path given by her father and follow all his directions as an order.

 

Just like the list of her responsibilities her list of awards is also very long, take a look:

1.National awardee at global Icon award by the anti-corruption foundation of India.
 2.National Brilliance Award by Anti-corruption foundation of India
3. Awardee of Noble Asian Award on Independence day by World Ph.D. Hindustan Movement
4. Awarded Chakra Award by Hindustan Movement
5. SaarthiSammann by Hindi Vikas Manch Dehli
6.Asia Pride Award
7.National Award for Excellence in Education Hbn by Private schools and children welfare association
8. National award India’s Youth Icon Award
9. Star Personality Award by INDIA STAR BOOK OF RECORDS

 

Journey of Afreen Khan from Overweight Mother to Mrs India Earth Face of South 2018

In India almost every 3rd girl is having a childhood dream of becoming model but soon as they grow older it changes to different direction due to the Indian society and huddles faced by the women.

But here is the story of a woman who actually started to work on this aim when she was overweight,married and even a mother.

She is Afreen Khan the self made entrepreneur running an IT company and recently won the pageant contest Mrs India Earth Face of South 2018.

 

Womenly team had a small interview with her :

Hi Afreen, please share quick highlights of your journey

I have come a Long way from being an overweight mother struggling with weight and self esteem issues to being a heavy lifter and inspiration for women who are scared to do strength and body weight workouts .I lost 15 kgs weight post partum just by strength training and a healthy diet .I made my own name from a 9 to 5 job and moving to running my own company only with my belief and determination.Today I have people applauding me for my physical strength and passion for fitness even after having a completely different profession.

 

 

That is wonderful ,so how you started your fitness journey ?

As a mother I faced a lot of flak from my own circle who mocked me for my weight issues saying I m going through a mid life crisis .I was losing my self Confidence and at the same time this wasn’t the person I wanted my daughter to watch and learn .I wanted to be a mother she’s proud of.From what started as a trial to lose weight ,gave me the joy nothing could.Weight lifting gave me a direction, a passion and a feeling that made me feel invincible.Today I do single arm push-ups ,clap push-ups which even men struggle to do .I have gained the respect of people who are professionals in this industry.

 

Absolutely amazing, so what changes you made in your lifestyle for such goal ?

I have always been a foodie and starving myself for being thin has never attracted me.So I did intense cardio in the beginning to lose weight but once I understood my body,I learnt that excessive cardio will give you weight loss but loose skin too.So I started maintaining a healthy protein rich diet consisting mainly of eggs and chicken accompanied by strength training.I started learning calisthenics and trying my hand and all workouts considered masculine.

 

Nice tip, i will take it ….So what was your biggest motivation through out this journey ?

In this whole journey my motivation was my results ,my mirror and my progress checks.Today I don’t need the motivation to stay fit it’s my lifestyle ,it’s as important as taking a bath or eating your breakfast.When I need inspiration I look back at where I started and how much I went through to push myself this far .Today my 5 year old tells me mom let’s workout because it’s so much fun.Thats what I preached and practised .

That is sweet , what about family ? how they responded to your aim ?

 

Actually this was made possible because I married a guy I knew who would always have my back no matter what .My husband has been there for me every step of the way ,he’s someone who has literally loved me in every shape and size without judging me .He is someone who has always believed in me more than I did in myself and he’s an inspiration to all the men around who ridicule their wives for their appearance.When I count my blessings I count him twice,he’s the perfect husband.

 

Aww very lucky you are 🙂 , so any final words for other women ?

This journey of mine from a mother to the face of south winner ,I have learnt that nobody can make you or break you ,you do that to yourself .Every failure teaches you something and makes you what you are.Age or marital status or parenting are not things to worry about ,they are things to cherish.

Nice thoughts, Thanks for your time Afreen, All the best for the future.

Your welcome and wish you the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Inspiring Story of A girl Who Lost Her Hand at 12 ,Is Now A Director of Steel Projects

 

My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” -Stephen Hawking

The human spirit is one of ability, perseverance and courage that no disability can steal away. Paulami is a shining example of how a tragedy can be turned into a fuel that drives you to achieve your goals, no matter what. She was only 12 when she lost her right hand .But ,16 years later and with 45 surgeries performed on her, this 28-year-old  Mumbaikar is perhaps one of the most resilient and strong persons, you could ever meet.

Her story will shatter you to the pieces as well as inspire you in a way that however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. The only disability in life is not to trust your abilities. So, this courageous girl Paulami believed in herself & was confident & determined to don’t lose in life , because of the tragic incident happened to her and with her strong will and support of her parents ,she has made her career successful and life blissful. She  may be different ,but not less.

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Like all others, Paulami Patel Jotwani was also a normal girl whose life was running smoothly till an unfateful incident happened in her life. She was only 12 and to spend her summer vacations, this six standard girl went to Hyderabad  at her paternal Uncle’s home for ‘cousin’s reunion. But one afternoon, when she was playing with her cousin , she got electrocuted while playing with a fishing rod. The rod slipped out of the window and while trying to catch it, she got caught onto an electrical wire instead and 11,000 volts of current ran through her right hand. The current intensified when her body touched a steel chair for the mere fraction of seconds. She yelled in pain and blacked out. The power went off, and her bruised body was thrown back.

She was found by her relatives severely bleeding with torn clothes and she was rushed to the ICU with 75-80% burns and parts of her flesh missing. Her mother could not believe the incident , when her parents were intimated about the same ,but her father, being an engineer quickly felt that something was wrong so, they immediately took first flight out of Mumbai to flew down to Hyderabad. No doubt, it was painful for the parents to see their daughter, fully bandaged and battling for her life. It was a miracle that she survived this incident. After a week, her right hand had to be amputated to prevent the Gangrene from spreading, though second & third opinion was taken from the doctors who esp. flown in ,from Mumbai.After staying for a month in Hyderabad hospital , she was taken to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai via Air Ambulance. In 8 months, she switched four hospital beds for treatment.

As there was no skin or muscle left , so to save her left hand and foot ,the doctors cut open her abdomen & attached her left hand to it for 2 months in order to transfer flesh to her left hand and make it operable. To bring sensation back in her hand, a 12-hour surgery was conducted to cut open her calves and transplanted two 12-inch sensory nerves to her left hand but she still finds it difficult to close a button, tie her hair or pick a pin. So, too many corrective and re-corrective surgeries were performed on her.

Once, her mother even ensured her that her hand would grow back as she was unable to accept that she didn’t have a right hand. Her parents were really her pillars of support and refused to accept any derogatory & insolent attitude from the visitors at the hospital who would often tell her parents that her life was doomed after seeing her scars, amputated hand and even pointed the way her body looked. Her dad even made a rule that whoever came to visit her,had to first tell a joke before starting any conversation – and it helped Paulami to recover. She would look forward to laughing and slowly began to get ready to face the world with her new reality. Even though she had lost a year in school, her principal and teachers were supportive. So she was given notes at home and was allowed to continue with her batch. She studied hard and gave her final exams with the assistance of a writer, and got a decent score. The same year she was fitted with a prosthetic arm. Her mother also connected her to several other people who had lost limbs or used prosthetics. When she interacted with them, she knew she was no longer alone, and she was motivated to it her best shot.”

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Her first task was to practice to write with her prosthetic arm which seemed impossible at first, but as her  ayurvedic treatment continued, every day she could grasp the pen a little better and then one day it just happened !. Every day, she would diligently try and write five pages. At the same time, she was reading the children’s novel, Matilda. So she decided to copy the entire story on a book. By the time, she reached the end of the book, she had learnt to write one statement in one line.

That’s how the shift happened, instead of focusing on the struggle, she looked at it as a celebration of her second shot at life. From the day, she zipped her own bag, to the day she wore clothes on her own, the first time she locked a door or wrote all her examination papers by herself – everything was a celebration!

She completed her BCOM, got an MBA( in Family Business & Entrepreneurship from NMIMS) and lived by herself for two years – that’s when she knew that she was enough; that her disability was just a part of her life, not what defined it!At first, she tried to hide behind long sleeves, dupattas and never wore shorts because she has scars all over her legs, but over time ,she let it all go because, she became proud of her flaws and scars as they made her who she is today – fearless and positive

Currently, she runs her family business which deals with heavy machinery. She married her childhood sweetheart, Sundeep Jotwani after thirteen years of being known to each other through a mutual friend. , and their love story is apt for a novel. They met just after school and hit it off as best friends. According to her, he is the sweetest guy ,she know. Even in the initial days, he never asked her anything about her accident upfront. Whatever, he knew was through her friends.. From the beginning, he always understood what she needed and did it before her having to ask. She never felt embarrassed or awkward in Taking help from him . He has been her rock solid support through and through. They fell into a comfortable routine. When they entered a restaurant, and she couldn’t make smaller pieces of the food on her plate, he would listen to her order, call it to his plate, make pieces and then pass it to her. The best part about their relationship is that they communicated without words. She married the love of her life who only lifts her higher, work full time on her business, drive like a boss, skydive, bungee jump and do multiple open water drives and have so much more to do but not before she continue to celebrate every little victory and do her little dance along the way!” She is living her best adventurous life and encourages everyone to do the same.

This beautiful and incredible woman further added that she has seen both sides of life–as an able-bodied person and a person overcoming disability. All she want to say is that this is all a part of life. Don’t shut yourself down, don’t hold back. There is so much more to life and a whole world left to conquer. So what, if she don’t have a hand, she will still live her best life.”Paulami was truly born to fly and look she already is flying and how!

Doesn’t her story makes you want to celebrate the little joys of life and make the most of each day? And while her life is something each of us can learn a lot more from, what is even more heartwarming about her story is the relentless support her parents gave her through and through.

“The difference between those who fail and those who succeed is largely perseverance. So, never quit.”

Kalpana Chawla- A Woman Who Inspired Million Others

 

When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system”– Kalpana Chawla

 

There is no shortage of stories of people making it big from nothing or to riches from rags, but hers is one of the most wonderful ones. From the small town of Karnal in Haryana to space, Kalpana Chawla’s journey is not only remarkable but is also an inspiration.She hailed from an orthodox society where girls seldom become the reason for celebration. So, that is the power of dreams – one cannot shackle them. So, she is truly the nation’s beloved astronaut  and an embodiment of achieving one’s dreams.

Born on March 17, 1962, Chawla was the youngest  child  ( four siblings) of Banarasi Lal Chawla and Sanjyothi. Her name means imagination. She grew up in an environment where hard work was encouraged. She was a precocious child and confident, outgoing girl with a natural curiosity, independent ,creative & imaginative nature and  also, had delight in discovering how things worked. During career discussions with her peers, she would always point to the sky and say, ‘I’m going to fly!’ She completed her schooling from Tagore public school Karnal, engineering from Chandigarh in 1982 and further pursued her M.Sc. in Aerospace engineering from Texas University in 1984.

She got interested in flying after seeing her idol JRD Tata who was a great pilot and a leading businessman. Kalpana Chawla, who had dreamt of being an aerospace engineer from an early age, said she was inspired by seeing anybody who gave their best to something. So, she was really the Indian Braveheart, Who Died Living Her Dream.

She met and married Jean-Pierre Harrison, who was a flight instructor. It was from Harrison that she learned how to fly a plane. Chawla was licensed to fly single and multi-engine land airplanes, single-engine seaplanes and gliders and was also a certified flight instructor.

 

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She started working at Ames Research Center of NASA in 1988 & was chosen in 1994 by NASA in the 15th group of astronauts for space flight. After her training at Johnson space Center for one year, she was recruited for technical jobs which included, development of Robotic equipment and testing in Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory.

Her First Mission in space was for 376 hours and 34 minutes, travelling over 10.4 million miles in 252 orbits of the earth, (19 Nov 1997 to 5 Dec 1997) from flight STS-87 Columbia. Her experiments there were based on how zero gravitation mode affects the physical activities. While traveling in the weightlessness of space, she said “You are just your intelligence”.

 

“Chawla was the first Indian-born woman and the second Indian person to fly in space, following cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma who flew in 1984 in a spacecraft.”

In 2000, Chawla was selected for her second voyage, & the mission was delayed several times, up till 2003 when on 16th Jan, her last space flight with space shuttle Columbia The crew of seven went on a 16-day mission and conducted over 80 experiments in two days. It was totally based on science and research.On the morning of February 1, 2003, the space shuttle was intended to come back and land at the Kennedy Space Center. Upon launch a briefcase-sized piece of insulation broke off and damaged the thermal protection system of the shuttle. As the shuttle entered the atmosphere, the pressure had deemed the shuttle unstable. The shuttle de-pressurised and blew up over Texas and Louisiana, killing all six astronauts along with Kalpana

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The Columbia disaster of 2003 is etched into the memories of every person who sat in front of the television that day to cheer the successful landing but was met with a rude shock. It has been 15 years now since the fateful day. The nation still loves her as ever. And she continues to inspire little children to break away from inhibitions, aim for the stars and settle for nothing less.

Dreams can be turned to a successful reality. One requires foresight, courage and regular hard work for the same. These words by her are truly a motivating factor for today’s youth.

Lt Supriya Choudhary : The 2nd Indian Woman to Join the Territorial Army!!

Lt Supriya Choudhary is the second woman in India, who has donned the olive uniform to become the first lady from Rajasthan to join the Territorial Army .Lt Shilpy Gargmukh is the first woman to achieve the feat. She gave the credit for her success to the family working in ONGC and her husband Varunasinh Pooni.

She mentioned that meeting with the Honorable President of India & Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army on the occasion of Territorial army day in the year 2017 was a dream come true for her, which would not have been possible without the support of ONGC. She further added that “It is my privilege that I got the opportunity to serve my country by joining the Territorial Army.” She eagerly looks forward to serving the country and feel that more country women should be given such proud opportunity. The courageous women of the country would always be ready to be given golden opportunity.

Choudhary had been working as a scientist at ONGC since 2013. She has also had the privilege of commanding the Republic Day parade at the ONGC Headquarters in Dehradun. She talks of her experience with ONGC , “The exposure at ONGC rejuvenates my spirit and I also feel motivated to apply my scientific & research knowledge in the field of Oil & Gas. As a Scientist, I am working with this great organization from 2013 and this journey has been very enriching for me professionally and personally,”
She hails from the Gokhari village of Alsisar Tehsil in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan and faced her share of hardships as she was the only woman in the training . But, her strong determination and hardwork did not allow toughest of the tough situation to hold her back. For the service of the country, daughter of Gokhari village of the district and Bahu of Hetamsar village has glorified the district. Jhunjhunu district must be proud, the hometown of First Lady Officer Shaheed Lieutenant Kiran Shekhawat and First Lady Fighter Pilot Mohana Singh(she carried on her family tradition of serving in the IAF. Mohana Singh’s grandfather was the Flight Gunner in the Aviation Research Centre.) Lt Supriya Choudhary, is the district’s newest pride, and rightly so!

The Territorial Army works as a unit of the Indian Army. Those who are in the outfit are given rigorous training every year for a specific period. The Territorial Army helps the regular army with static duties, and protects the nation’s shores and arranges air units. Life is tough, from the very start who aspire to join Territorial Army. A strong frame of mind and impeccable self-discipline is required by those who aspire to protect the nation. Lt. Supriya has told women that they will fulfill their dreams by taking complete trust in themselves and proceeding further

Lt Shilpy Gargmukh, who was the first territorial army officer, was inspired by family members in the armed forces and donned the olive green uniform to serve the nation as a combat soldier. Following in her footsteps, Lt Supriya Choudhary has also become the first lady to join the Territorial Army in Rajasthan. Without doubt, joining the army means putting service before self and to dedicate their entire life, serving the nation and its people.

The officer also spoke of the importance of physical fitness for a healthy work culture and credited ONGC for allowing her to maintain physical well-being by providing state-of the art-sports facilities and various platforms to prove their mettle. After joining ONGC, she got ample opportunities to pursue her passions such as playing badminton, lawn tennis & golf, trekking, social activities & by this way organization has groomed her personality too. She said,”It is my pride association with ONGC, that has helped me rise and shine. l wish, ONGC to achieve greater heights in the future and nurture many more individuals like me to realize their true potential.”
Kudos , to this courageous lady territorial Officer. We wish her all the best in her great step to serve the nation wish that following her footsteps, many other ladies will aspire to join Territorial Army and dedicate their lives, protecting the nation.

 

From Martyr’s Wife to Mrs India : Inspiring Story of Capt. Shalini Singh

 

I won’t give up on tough situations, God knows I’m tough enough, I’ve got a lot to learn, God knows I’m worth it!!

The above saying  is very apt for Capt. Shalini Singh , a brave young woman whose fate brought her face to face with challenges she had not even dreamt of. But still this fearless lady became her own knight in shining (olive- green) armour. Here ,I am sharing a inspirational tale of this braveheart lady ,who never lost her faith in the spirit & strength of womanhood and after losing her officer husband at a very young age, this single mother struggled really hard to give best of life to his son by joining army herself & later crowned as ‘Classic Mrs India – Queen of Substance’ in 2017.Proudly mentioning her achievements and abilities, she  has surely come a long way, from a delicate and charming young girl- who got married to a young army officer in 1997 to a self-dependent ,tough & courageous crowned single mother after 15 years of her husband’s death.

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So, talking about her early happier days, she was a loved fauji wife, a delighted mother, and a sincere and successful student. It must be mentioned that despite getting married at an early age, she continued her studies to strive for her own individuality and was blessed with a baby boy ,after two years of her blissful marriage to Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria. But , at that time she was not aware that her happiness would be soon snatched away by a cruel twist of fate, when her husband was posted in Kashmir in 2001. The separation was naturally tough for the family. Their interactions consisted of long- distance trunk calls, which were the only point of contact between them. But, her world turned upside down, when she received a call from her husband’s unit dated September 28th 2001, to inform that her husband was no more and had fought valiantly against an offensive attack for his country and single- handedly killed four terrorists. He suffered gunshots and died a martyr at a young age of 29 years. A 23 year old Shalini was distraught as her worst nightmare was now her reality. At this moment, she decided to take charge of her life and be her son’s pillar of strength. She made up her mind to join the Indian Army as a lady officer!

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Her gumption and courage in this terrible time is worthy of applause. With a renewed zest for life and a son that gave meaning to her world, she started to walk on a long and challenging path. She knew it would not be convenient for her ,so she  determined to be physically resilient . With support and guidance from her loved ones and her late husband’s colleagues and their familes, she started preparing herself for the ordeal.. She worked hard for the written examination (CDS) and the tough SSB procedure. She quit her post- graduation studies.Her son was a motivating factor, not her weakness. She worked with grit and focus and it did not go unrewarded.

She was declared to be a fit candidate for the Indian Army in December 2001and also, cleared her medical tests, and was asked to join training at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai. Cadet Shalini’s training period was a difficult time for her as it meant a six month long tumultuous separation from her son . It was beyond her imagination and her physical stamina and feelings of remorse and bitterness would occasionally trouble her, but she was too determined and finally, on September 7th 2002, she was commissioned as a Captain in the Indian Army; that too within a year of her husband’s unfortunate and untimely death. His son, Dhruv himself pipped the epaulettes on her strong shoulders, a gesture symbolic of her commendable feat as a mother and a woman. In October 2002,  Major Avinash Singh Bhadauria was awarded the Kirti Chakra award (posthumous)  at the annual Defence Investiture ceremony. Shalini, in uniform herself, went up to President Kalam to receive it on behalf of her husband.

Although things settled down relatively for her but, life as an officer is tough, as it includes remote postings, frequent movement, and an unstable lifestyle. So, she also faced many challenges in her life to construct a solid future for her son and proved to be equal in mettle to her brave husband. After Six years of her commissioning, she left the Indian Army and worked at an MNC to provide a good home and stable life to son, Dhruv .Currently, she is on sabbatical to help Dhruv with his studies and career goals.

Incidentally, on 14th of April, 2017, 15 years after she received that fateful phone call, 39 year-old Shalini was crowned ‘Classic Mrs India 2017 Queen of Substance’ at New Delhi. When asked about her aspirations for the future, she says,

“I only wish to see my son grow big in life and live up to his father’s name. That’s what I tell him. That’s all that I want and wish for. If he does well my sacrifices of this life does not matter at all. I will thank my stars for being kind on us now.”

 

In a largely patriarchal society, Captain Shalini is surely an inspiration to millions of women in the country. Her poignant tale teaches us that our will is stronger than our challenges. If you think your life is hard, think again. You are stronger than your troubles. We offer a salute to this unique officer and distinguished mother..

 

First Female Turbaned Sikh Officer Inducted by New York Police Department

The first female turbaned Sikh , Gursoach Kaur  has been inducted by the New York Police Department (NYPD ) as an Auxiliary Police Officer (APO) after graduating ,the previous week from the New York City Police Academy & for sure, it will motivate others to join law enforcement to help create a better understanding of Sikhism.

 

In 2016, James O’Neill (New York Police commissioner) had mentioned that there are about 160 Sikh officers serving in various ranks and he was looking to expand those numbers. Further, NYPD said that it will allow its Sikh officers to wear turbans and maintain beards, relaxing its uniform policy to promote inclusiveness and  also, encourage the minority community members to join the force. So, under the revised policy, officers from the Sikh faith were allowed to have beards that extend up to one-half inch from the face. In place of the traditional police cap,the officers were allowed to wear blue turbans with a hat shield affixed to it’

Further , while making the announcement after a police academy graduation ceremony,O’Neill added ,”We’re making this change to make sure that we allow everybody in New York City that wants to apply and have the opportunity to work in the greatest police department in the nation, to make sure we give them that opportunity,”

 

On this occasion ,the Sikh Officers Association, which is the nation’s first organization to represent Sikh Officers in Law Enforcement  tweeted , “We are proud to welcome first Sikh turbaned female Auxiliary Police Officer in the New York Police Department. APO Gursoach Kaur and other Auxiliary Police Officers graduated from the academy. We are proud of you. Stay safe. #sikhsinlawenforcement,” .

On facebook also, the association mentioned it a proud moment to welcome Kaur to the Police Department & further added that her services will be a motivation for others to join the Law enforcement Family.

 

Also, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri  while referring to the 2010 incident ,  tweeted ,”Delighted to see a turbaned lady officer in NYPD. Hope this fosters a better understanding of Sikhism and Sikhs and corrects perceptions in the US so that incident which happened with me in 2010 and recently with Canada minister Navdeep Bains do not recur. Sikhs are ambassadors of harmony,” .He further expressed hope that a turbaned lady officer will help create a better understanding of Sikhism in the US.Actually, when he was Ambassador to the UN in 2010,he was asked by airport officials to remove his turban during a security check at Houston Airport. He refused to remove his turban & the officials made him  wait  for over half-an-hour in a ‘holding room’. Only after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official, accompanying Puri, intervened ,that the matter was resolved. Because of this incident , India also lodged an official protest with US authorities

 

The same thing happened with Mr. Navdeep Bains( Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development ), when he was asked to remove his turban at Detroit Metro Airport on his way back to Canada ,after meetings with Michigan state leaders in April 2017.Although,he already passed through regular security checks at the Airport, but just because of his turban ,he was asked to undergo additional checks by a security agent .In his interview with the French paper,” LA Presse”,the minister mentioned ,”He told me to take off my turban.” I asked him ,”why I would have to take off my turban when the metal detector had worked properly,” .

Journey Of A Woman In A Beauty Pageant

Most little girls dream of gliding down a runway in a flowing gown and a glittering crown. Most grown-up girls know they’re not beauty queens and mutter under their breath about “those airheads competing on stage.”

I’m one of those “airheads” who has stood under the floodlights with a pasted-on smile. And though I never sauntered away with a crown perched on my head, the experience was invaluable

The first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word “beauty pageant?” we think about tons of glitz and glams. As for me, I think about an experience that helped me step out of my comfort zone and grow into a more confident individual.

Goal setting, “can do” attitude, and performance under pressure all while wearing heels.

Being part of mrs india earth was a challenging task for me…
They are judged on a behind-the-scene interview before the start of the pageant, a speech given on any topic they choose, a talent or demonstration, a walk across stage in their gown, and their answer to a random question. I was given the opportunity to participate in this pageant, and it was one of the most fun and memorable experiences I have to date.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not exactly the most outgoing person around. I like to keep to myself, and I don’t usually do things that are outside the comfort zone. However, when presented with the chance to compete in the Mrs India Earth 2017 , “What is the worst thing that could happen?” and I decided to sign up. In the beginning, I was really nervous about it for several reasons. First, I was worried the other girls would think I wasn’t good enough to be part of the pageant. Second, I absolutely wear Western clothes,dance etc (I was terrified). Third, I have not always been the most comfortable person in front of big crowds, and I worry about just being myself sometimes. But, I pushed past all the nervousness and ended up having the best time.

I realized that the directors who run the pageant don’t judge anyone, and they welcome everyone into their little Pageant family. I got to know girls who I otherwise might not have talked to at school and always had a good time with them at all our meetings and events. We all supported each other and tried helping each other out whenever we could, so it was often easy to forget that I’d later be competing against all of them. I learned to just laugh at myself when I dance and embrace the awkwardness I felt. Also, we weren’t even judged on that part, so I just had to have a good time with it. I looked past the fear of the crowd, mainly because it’s so bright on stage you can’t even see anyone in their seats. I was able to gain a huge piece of confidence in myself to just let people see who I really am and be me. Overall, I was able to learn a lot and gain valuable life lessons and skills from participating in this pageant. I just opened up and went for it. I had a lot of fun walking up on ramp no matter how bad it might have looked, I gave a speech completely from memory on a topic I feel very strongly about, I played “Amazing Grace” on the clarinet which was the first time I had ever done a solo in front of a large crowd, and I smiled my hardest as I walked across the stage wearing a beautiful dress. Throughout the pageant, all of us girls cheered each other on, wished each other luck, and encouraged one another backstage the whole time. It was so enjoyable to be alongside all those girls, and I will always be thankful for the experience they helped me have as I participated in the pageant.

It truly isn’t all about the competition and winning the crown, it’s about being yourself, making the most of the experience, and creating friendships and memories that you’ll remember forever. No matter how it all ends up, you should be so proud of yourself for putting everything you had out on the stage and giving it all you have to represent yourself and your hometown. Don’t let nervousness or fright of stepping out of your comfort zone deter you, because you might miss out on something extremely special, or totally surprise yourself like I did.

So, to any girls who have participated or will participate in mrs India earth Pageant, I hope it means as much to you as it did to me, and I hope you would had/have just as much fun as I did and that you fully soak it in and love the atmosphere of it.

This Woman Marries Her Love Just Minutes Before Dying, Her Vows Become Her Last Words

Just minutes before dying on 22-December 2017, a woman said her wedding vows and married the love of her life. Her pictures – which are now viral on the internet – are moving people to tears and also giving them hope for tomorrow.

Heather Mosher married David Mosher at St Francis Hospital in Connecticut, a place where she was being taken care of. Her last and final words before dying were her wedding vows.

“Nobody thought she would’ve made it that far. She proved them all wrong and that’s what that photo says to me.” David told WFSB. “It reminds me of someone who is crossing the finish line of a marathon or something,” he added.

The couple met in 2015 and became inseparable. But on 23rd December 2016, they found out that Heather suffered from breast cancer and that it was terminal. Knowing that it was breaking Heather’s heart, David decided to propose her on the same day.

“She didn’t know I was going to propose that night, but I said to myself, she needs to know she’s not going to go down this road alone,” he said.

But just months after he proposed her, they found out that Heather was diagnosed with triple negative, one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. They then decided to get married on December 30th but seeing Heather’s health was deteriorating so quickly, they exchanged their vows on 22nd December.

David said, “She’s my great love, and I’m going to lose her, but I’m not losing her forever. Heather said, ‘I want to keep fighting,’ so that’s the mantra I’m picking up. She was able to fight until the end, I’m going to fight until my end.”


We hope David finds the strength to cope up with this magnanimous loss, and that they find togetherness beyond the realms of time and space.

Via IndiaTimes