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7 Inspiring Stories of Women From India Inspiring Millions
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Mirabai Chanu is a true example that adversities cannot douse the fire of your dreams. She was born and brought up in a family facing a severe financial crisis. Affordability of 3-times food a day itself was a daunting task. While this could have broken anyone’s spirit; for Mirabai, the situation fueled her spirits.
She got into weightlifting, and with her endless efforts and sacrifices, she is a role model for millions. Winning the Silver Medal in Tokyo Olympics 2020, being conferred with Padma Shri [the fourth highest civilian honor], and with Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award by the Government of India are some of the feathers on her cap.
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If you are from a middle-class family but dreaming big, Sneha Sharma is the Inspiration you are looking for. Her early exposure to go-karting triggered a dream of becoming a formula racer. But, being from a middle-class family meant that she wouldn’t be able to afford expensive training. She being the fighter she was, found a different route.
She took a personal loan and went to the USA to learn to become a pilot, returned to India, became a pilot with an airline, and funded her racing training from the amount she earnt.
She is the only Indian to be both a Pilot and a Formula 4 racer. She has been dubbed ‘India’s Fastest Lady’. In her racing career, Sneha has so far won six races and 14 runner-up positions. [Wikipedia]
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Rohini Mundra is an Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, Coach, and a Trainer. She is an example of breaking the stereotypes. She was born into an orthodox family background but she refused to let others define her path and instead she caved a way for herself.
She entered the training industry when she realized that it gave her the utmost satisfaction and happiness. She has impacted more than 100,000 people, 100+ corporations, and 5000+ entrepreneurs from 7+ countries.
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Mary Kom is a pride for India and every Indian for her contribution to boxing. She was born in the Kangathei district of Manipur, India. Her parents were farmers and she helped them in the fields as a young child. The moment of inspiration in her life was when an Indian female athlete Dingko Singh won a Gold in Asian Games.
She started her boxing practice. She was India’s only woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal. She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each of the six world championships. She received Padma Shri in 2010 and Padma Bhushan in 2013 for her achievements. She is nicknamed ‘Magnificent Mary’.
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For those who felt that a woman can’t manage a relocation business, the journey of Akansha Bhargava proves them wrong. She forayed into her father’s relocation business at the age of 21. She stepped up by taking the initiative of managing the newly set up Bangalore branch by herself and building it into a successful one. Post her stint of experience in International sales, corporate sales, and marketing & operations, she was promoted to the CEO of the company.
She has been a reason to increase the revenue by more than 10 times from Rs.2.8 Crores to Rs.35 Crores and employee strength from 45-45 to 600.
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PV Sindhu is a renowned badminton player from India. Her parents were national-level volleyball players but she never felt interested in the game of volleyball. The moment of inspiration came into her life at the age of 8 when she met Pullela Gopichand [a legendary Badminton Player] at an event in her city and was moved by his story. It was then she decided that she wanted to become like him.
She left no stones unturned in her practice. Her first breakthrough came after 6 years when she won a bronze in the sub-junior Asian Championships. She hasn’t looked back since then. She went on to win several events including Malaysian Grand Prix, Asian Championships, and Badminton World Championships, and bagged a Bronze in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
She has been honored with the Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for her accomplishments.
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A medical condition like Alopecia can leave a person feeling devastated. Sanah Jivani is an example of why and how is self-love the most important aspect of our lives. She was diagnosed with Alopecia at the age of 3 but had minimal hair loss.
All changed on a day in her seventh grade when she woke up and saw a large portion of her hair on her pillow. Her life changed forever since then. She not only felt non-confident but was humiliated and made fun of by her classmates.
After a series of such episodes, one day she gained acceptance of her situation and decided to turn things around.She is the founder of a non-profit organization called Love your Natural Self Foundation, the Founder of The International Natural day, and an avid Public Speaker. [Read the complete story of Sanah Jivani to know why it appears in Inspiring Stories Of Women from India]
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