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The Roadrunner!

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ic: thehindu.com

A couple of days back, a headline in a daily newspaper titled, “Her Highway” caught my attention.

Yogita Raghuvanshi – The first Indian truck driver!

The article briefly described that Yogita, a law graduate and single mother, took to the wheels and has been driving her truck across the length and breadth of India for the last 15 years.

Driving on the highways picking up and delivering industrial goods, clocking about 500000 miles so far, she says life has been good to her.

Given the unfavorable conditions in some pockets of India for a single women, Yogita says she has  never faced any handicap or felt vulnerable being a woman. In fact she has found people to be very helpful.

I applaud her courage and grit to break into a predominantly male bastion and make a successful career for herself. Kudos to such courageous women from everyday life, who set an example and  inspire many others!

“ A strong woman has a strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong. “

Have you come across any such strong women in a male dominated profession?

 

73 comments on “The Roadrunner!

  1. Hélène - Willow Poetry
    April 16, 2019

    An inspiring story, Radhika. Thanks for sharing it.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. The Typewriter
    April 16, 2019

    Great.. hat’s off to the lady and thanks to you for this beautiful share.. an inspiring one.. 😇💕👌🏼👌🏼

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Nirant Gurav
    April 16, 2019

    Good read ma’am 👍!! .
    Thank you for this share !!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Krishna
    April 16, 2019

    Salute to Yogita ❤😊🙏

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Abhay
    April 16, 2019

    Such an inspirational story, when you do things different and break the norms for good, you inspire. A similar story which I came across was of Sujata Gidla. If you get time read about her and her occupation on Wiki.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. balroop2013
    April 16, 2019

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring story Radhika. I am pleased to note that she doesn’t feel vulnerable.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Yes, more power to her!!
    On my trip to Rajasthan 3 years ago, I met a young women in a famous spice store , I believe it was in Jodhpur, who was running the store along with her six sisters, after her father had passed, the seven young women took over the business of him, as he had wished. Unfortunately they were severely harassed by men, since it is uncommon for women in India to run their own business. Luckily they succeeded and by now they branched to London, UK for another location of their business. It is a long time ago, that I had a post about their story.

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 16, 2019

      Wow! I admire the courage such women show despite pressure from every corner. Bravo!
      Do share a link of that post Cornelia. Would love to read it!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Someswar
      April 16, 2019

      The gender divide, unfortunately, is a part of India’s past and, hopefully, disappearing due to the efforts of the seven sisters you mentioned and the truck driver Radhika wrote about. I was happy to find a woman Ubar driver, who appeared cultured and educated, in a backwardness town like Nagpur in Maharashtra , India.

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  8. krishnapriya108
    April 16, 2019

    Thank you for this amazing story – it is amazing that people are helpful and she doesn’t feel vulnerable. I always imagined it is totally unsafe to travel or drive alone at night – and truck drivers seem so macho — or maybe that is the image from watching too many Hindi movies! Thank you so much Radhika for sharing this inspiration about a woman in our country – succeeding in a way that speaks to our heart. All glory and best wishes to Yogita! 🙂

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 16, 2019

      I have the same picture in my mind…brutal rugged men driving trucks, devoid of emotions. I applaud Yogita’s courage and optimistic attitude to foray into this. Not many of us can take on something like that.

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      • krishnapriya108
        April 16, 2019

        And in the movies they always show them drinking and dancing in the middle of the night in shady places! Thank you for sharing about such an inspiring and courageous woman with all of us.

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      • radhikasreflection
        April 16, 2019

        Yes 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  9. DeepikasRamblings
    April 16, 2019

    Wow, that’s so inspiring. Kudos to Yogita 👍 Thanks for sharing!!

    Liked by 3 people

  10. boundlessblessingsblog
    April 16, 2019

    An inspiring story and yes to be working in a male dominated society needs courage. I have heard in our Mumbai there are some women driving taxis and that is commendable. Nice post, Radhika.

    Liked by 2 people

    • radhikasreflection
      April 16, 2019

      Thanks Kamal. I heard there are some women who steer the local trains there as well.

      Liked by 1 person

      • boundlessblessingsblog
        April 16, 2019

        Yes I think I have seen one or two in local trains but they will have other men besides them too. It is a good start, Radhika. When I went to Spain I saw many ladies driving trains and buses. Welcome.

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  11. Miriam Hurdle
    April 16, 2019

    Radhika, thank you for sharing this. I applaud her courage. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • radhikasreflection
      April 16, 2019

      I join you in applauding all such courageous women Miriam!
      Good to see you here after long. How have you been?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle
        April 17, 2019

        Our family went to Hong Kong and Japan in January, I had a blog tour for my poetry book in February and a promotion on Amazon in March. I have some interviews this week and some weeks to come.
        I got to go see my granddaughter for a week last month.
        So I blog as much as I could, and I was glad to stop my your post.

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  12. Chiru
    April 16, 2019

    Wow… Such an inspiring woman….
    I remember during my childhood trucks were the only ride that made me scared..
    Kudos to this woman for taking up the wheel.. That’s power and confidence…

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  13. Someswar
    April 16, 2019

    A truck driver’set life is a very rough one. It is admirable – and bold – that Yogita chose it. Hope she is a trendsetter.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. arlene
    April 16, 2019

    Such a brave woman.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Moushmi Radhanpara
    April 16, 2019

    This was an inspiring story, thanks for the share Radhika.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Megala
    April 16, 2019

    Wow! Amazing woman! She is really an inspiration and she proves that nothing is impossible for women.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Indira
    April 16, 2019

    Kudos to Yogita Raghuvanshi !! 👍👍

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Shantanu Baruah
    April 16, 2019

    Amazing story – thanks for this beautiful share – very inspiring

    Liked by 2 people

  19. Kranti
    April 17, 2019

    How inspiring… kudos to Yogita for her courage, determination and positive attitude!!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. BeingAlive
    April 17, 2019

    Thank you for sharing this…it is indeed motivating…

    Liked by 2 people

  21. iScriblr
    April 17, 2019

    An inspiring story, Radhika!❤️❤️
    Indeed it takes more than just courage and conviction to survive in today’s male dominated world! Hats off to her resilience!👍👍

    Liked by 2 people

  22. Sifar
    April 18, 2019

    This is really amazing and commendable! It’s not easy for men too what she was able to achieve!! Admire her courage!!
    Regarding coming across such women, i once booked an uber and when it arrived i saw that it was driven by a lady…and she was really good at it!! Much better than male drivers! Her driving was smooth, she followed all the traffic rules and was very polite…i was very impressed by her and it also showed women are no less than men…infact they have proven to be better!

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 18, 2019

      It’s truly wonderful to see women foray into male dominated professions and excel at it too. Given the opportunity, she can do wonders 👍. Thanks Sifar for sharing your inputs!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Yasmin Khan
    April 18, 2019

    Thanks for sharing this Radhika😊
    Its truly inspiring and highly motivating. She is indeed a very courageous woman👏👏👏

    Liked by 2 people

  24. ESP
    April 18, 2019

    we need more women truck drivers, assuming they wont drink, more for their own safety, also making our roads safer.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Bhavana Madbhavi
    April 18, 2019

    Awesome!!What a read indeed inspiring…

    Liked by 2 people

  26. I am happy to know these kind of positive things happening in the society where we are always surrounded by negative news.

    Liked by 2 people

  27. Kunal Thakore
    April 20, 2019

    Wow! Brave woman! I didn’t know this, but it makes me happy that another stereotype has been broken

    Liked by 2 people

  28. Megha's World
    April 23, 2019

    Oh this is such a moving account. Hats off to her strength and courage. One can only imagine the hurdles she must have gone in her life to be where she is right now.
    Thanks, Radhika for sharing.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. daneelyunus
    May 21, 2019

    Great story

    Liked by 1 person

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