Women’s Day Special: Ordinary Girls, Extra Ordinary Achievers

Ahead of International Women’s Day, six girl achievers were felicitated in Mumbai on Sunday. They received a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a laptop by the Governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao as part of the Shanmukhananda Fine Arts Sabha (SFAS) annual International Women’s Day awards. The girls are from humble backgrounds and despite facing adversities, have come out with flying colours. SFAS President V Shankar said that each awardee has proven that poverty is no bar to realise professional goals. Here’s a look at the young achievers:

Eight-year old Tajamul Islam from Srinagar is the country’s youngest girl to have won kick-boxing world championship. Her father Ghulam Mohammad Lone works as a driver at a construction company and earns Rs 15,000 to support her mother and four siblings. In the absence of proper infrastructure, Tajamul was trained in an open field with makeshift apparatus. Her hard work bore fruits and at the world championship where the child prodigy lifted the trophy in the sub-junior category, bringing laurels to the entire country.

Rida Zehra, 10, hails from Meerut and was born with 80 per cent blindness. Since the age of 7, she can recite the entire Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, which she has memorized by heart. She did not learn the text by reading but through oral recitation with the help of her teachers. She says that she likes praying to the God and whether it is by reading the Bhagavad Gita or the Quran, it doesn’t matter. 

Malavath Purna, 13, belongs to a tribal family in Pakala village, in Nizamabad district of Telangana. Her parents are farm labourers. She shot to global fame in May 2014 by becoming the youngest girl to have scaled the Mount Everest. 

Sushma Verma (Left), 17, and her four-year old sibling Ananya Verma (Centre) hail from Lucknow. Their parents are labourers. Sushma completed Senior Secondary School certificate (SSC), that is, passed Class 10, at the age of seven, graduation at the age of 13 and post-graduation at the age of 15. She is currently the youngest Indian pursuing her PhD in Science.

Her sister Ananya can recite and is fluent in the Indian epic, the Ramayana. Impressed by her grasping powers, the education department granted her admission directly to Class 9. She could be on her way to beat her elder sister Sushma’s record (SSC at age seven) by completing SSC at the age of 5 next year. 

27-year-old Prema Jayakumar is the daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver from Malad in Mumbai. She grabbed national headlines by topping the Chartered Accountancy exams in 2013 and was directly appointed as Branch Manager with Indian Bank.

(With Inputs From IANS)


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