- SANA ALI SHATTERING THE SPACE CEILING.
- BHARTI RUNS…AT 80!
- KHADIJA ABDALLA BAJABER WRITES THE FANTASY NOVEL WE ALL DREAMT OF AS KIDS
- AMANJOT KAUR, CRICKET DEBUTANTE, IS PROOF GIRLS CAN ACHIEVE BIG WITH FAMILY ON THEIR SIDE
T Sana Ali, recently appointed as an assistant technical engineer at ISRO made the news for her inspiring story. The daughter of a bus driver from Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, she finished her BTech and MTech from the Samrat Ashok Technical Institute in the district. Her parents sold their assets and took loans to fund her education, refusing to listen to relatives who told them not to educate her. In 2022, she got married and cites her husband and family as a huge support system in making her dream possible.
80-year-old Bharti of Mumbai recently went viral for running a 4.2km marathon, wearing a saree and a pair of sneakers. Not only did she finish the marathon in 51 minutes, but it was also her fifth time running a marathon. She keeps fit by practising every day! Surely an inspiration for the youth, Bharti’s win was shared by her granddaughter on social media, Dimple Fernandes, who wrote that she was proud of her 80-year-old Nani’s “sheer grit and will.”
Khadija Abdalla Bajaber’s The House of Rust, a novel of the Hadhrami diaspora in Kenya is making waves by winning the inaugural Ursula K Guinn Prize for Fiction. It is also the first Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize winner and tells the story of Aisha, a girl in Mombasa whose fisherman father goes missing. To OpenCountryMag, she said: “I think a lot of the work I’d been doing up till that point didn’t really take advantage of the rich nuances I already had in my own culture,” she said. “I thought, why am I not using this? Why am I not talking about this more? I needed to write something that doesn’t shy away from my identity and my culture.” Bajaber is a testimony to all the young girls across the world who want to tell their own stories to the world, in the authentic cultural voice of previously unexplored and marginalized regions.
Amanjot Kaur, former star of the Chandigarh team and then the Punjab team, made her debut for the senior Indian women’s cricket team with an unbeaten 41-run knock. She attributed her success to her father, who is a carpenter by profession and gave up half his work to drop and pick her up from the academy, traveling up to 3-4 hours a day to be with his daughter. The heartwarming story has made waves as the Indian women’s cricket team becomes more prominent and popular, a far cry from the time when cricket meant men, and women sports persons were discouraged to pursue it at the highest level due to the lack of sponsorships and support.