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  1. My way is the Highway: The story of India’s most qualified woman truck driver

My way is the Highway: The story of India’s most qualified woman truck driver

While Indian youth complain about unemployment and mounting competition in the nation, there are few who have to look above their degrees and 'job standards' just so to earn a living for their kins. Agreed it might not be the smartest of decisions but as they say, Philosophy does not fill empty tummies.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 14, 2016 11:50 AM
Yogita knew that if she went the academic way, she would have to struggle as trainee for a long period. She did not have time for that. (Source: YouTube) Yogita knew that if she went the academic way, she would have to struggle as trainee for a long period. She did not have time for that. (Source: YouTube)

While Indian youth complain about unemployment and mounting competition in the nation, there are few who have to look above their degrees and ‘job standards’ just so to earn a living for their kins. Agreed it might not be the smartest of decisions but as they say, Philosophy does not fill empty tummies. So, that’s what 40 plus Yogita Raghuvanshi did when hit by destiny. The lady, with qualification in law and commerce is a truck driver only for the sole reason of earning bread, butter and education for her kids.

Raghuvanshi, who got married to a Bhopal man in 1991 have had a turbulent life as soon after her wedding, she realised that she has been fooled about her husband’s qualifications. As claimed by her in-laws, her husband was not a lawyer but Yogita, forgetting everything gave her marriage a chance. After 16 years and the death of her husband, the sole bread earner of the family, responsibilities struck upon the lady.

Yogita knew that if she went the academic way, she would have to struggle as trainee for a long period. She did not have time for that. Instant wages was what the need of the hour was and driving cargos was the only option she saw.

Since then (2000), Yogita has driven around varied terrains of the country and by 2013, she had driven 5 lakh kms. She does not see herself as a hero.

‘I certainly am not doing this job because of a resolve to break stereotypes. I am behind this wheel owing to my circumstances. So please don’t make out as if I am from another world.’ says the nation’s most qualified truck driver. Her main priority is to get good education to her teenage children and if that requires opting for a job below her qualifications, she has no qualms taking it up.

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