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Deepika Kumari, 19 year old archer and our inspiring woman of the week, has not had an easy ride in the world of sport.
A 19 year old archer, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, Deepika Kumari’s rise in the world of sport has not come easy.
The daughter of an autorickshaw driver, Shivnarayan Mahato and a nurse, Geeta, hailing from Ranchi, Jharkhand, she started her practice with bows and arrows made of bamboo. Scouts from the Seraikela-Kharsawan Archery Academy (run by Meera Munda, wife of the Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda) spotted her raw talent during a visit to her school. Admitted to the academy in 2005, she won a medal in the individual compound event of the junior World Cup at Merida in Mexico in 2006.
She then joined the Tata Archery Academy and won the 11th Youth World Archery Championship in Ogden, USA in 2009 at the age of 15. From then on she never looked back.
She won double gold at Commonwealth Games in 2010, emerging as the biggest archery sensation. She qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, living an Indian archer’s Olympic dream and competed in the Women’s Individual and Women’s team events, finishing in eighth place in the latter.
Fittingly, recognition has come her way. She was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2012. On 22 September 2013, she won a Silver Medal in the 2013 FITA Archery World Cup. This was her 3rd Silver medal in as many appearances in the World Cup. She is now aiming for a gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Why we find her inspiring:
– She believes in staying calm, confident and composed even under pressure.
– For her consistent and gradual improvement, adapting her techniques as she learns from past experience.
– Bringing to the spotlight a sport which not many people know about.
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'Dr Saloni will take care of everything,' my MIL said. My cowardly husband refused to go against his mother’s wishes. I was left to fend for myself!
Some time ago, I went to a marriage ceremony with my parents. It was a very high-profile marriage – not the ones we usually were invited to – but in this case it was Ramesh uncle’s son’s marriage. Ramesh uncle was my father’s first cousin. He began his career as a humble elevator operator at the TIC business group. With his sheer hard work, grit, and the knack of sensing the right opportunities, within eighteen years he became the president of the company. My father and he were the best of friends during their school time.
Half an hour before the stipulated time, we left our house, hired an auto and reached the venue. All four of us were in our best outfits. Getting out of the auto and looking at each other, we were highly convinced that we were going to fit in just right. As we crossed the dazzling and beautiful portico, we felt very insignificant compared to the big lawn and building lying ahead.
Mother was wearing all the jewellery she had got, including the big old-fashioned necklace, earrings and shiny bangles. Father was wearing a velvet coat, brother had put on a light orange shirt with a black check coat, I myself was wearing a red salwar kurta with a net dupatta. I had put on a necklace with red beads which at the time of wearing looked very pretty to me. Now looking at the other guests, I felt all four of us must be looking like clowns who had come for a fancy-dress competition. I felt my brother and parents were also feeling self-conscious and uneasy now.
Live-in relationships are legal in the eyes of the law. Read on to know more on the rights of women in live-in relationships.
Live-in relationships may sound exciting. But sometimes they become complicated, especially for women and the children born from a live-in relationship. It’s important to be aware of rights of women in live-in relationships.
Live-in relationships are where a woman and man live under one roof with mutual consent, like husband and wife, but without getting married. This has become very common in metropolitan cities these days, where two independent people simply do not want to get married. This relationship can be terminated without the consent of the other party.
Live-in relation may not be recognized completely at the social level, but Indian law does consider this relationship to be legal.
Malathi Holla, one amazing Indian sportsperson; an excerpt from Tulika Books’ India At The Olympic Games, focusing on the Paralympics
Malathi Holla, one amazing Indian sportsperson; an excerpt from Tulika Books’ India At The Olympic Games, focusing on the Paralympics.
The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games is the 14th Paralympics. It will be held in London between 29th August 2012 and 9th September 2012.
Sania Mirza carved a niche for herself as India's leading female tennis player - one that remains unchallenged to this day.
Sania Mirza carved a niche for herself as India’s leading female tennis player – one that remains unchallenged to this day.
From popularizing forehand ground strokes to nose rings, Sania Mirza was the first Indian woman to get through the top 20 rankings in WTA for singles and top 10 for doubles.
Born to a sports journalist, Sania was introduced to the game by her father Imran Mirza. She grew up learning the tricks of the sport under the renowned C K Bhupati and then moved onto the Ace Tennis Academy in USA to polish her skills further. (more…)