Bengaluru, March 16: Here is another International Women's Day and there is no shortage of the occasion to celebrate the heroes in our womenfolk.
Girija is one of them.
The 35-year-old mother of a nine-year-old girl carries the responsibility of her household by driving a auto-rickshaw in the IT capital of India. And she does it smoothly in an otherwise male-dominated profession.
Girija, who resides with her family at Jaraganahalli near Banashankari, has been driving auto-rickshaw for the last three years and bought her own LPG-run vehicle just a month ago.
It is not my auto but the bank's which has given me a loan, said Girija
But the woman is very particular about the ownership of the vehicle she drives around the city for earning a livelihood. "It is not my auto-rickshaw. It's the bank's property. They gave me loan to buy it," Girija told this reporter when asked about her three-wheeler.
Girija said she earns around Rs 500 a day on an average but the figure could widely varies from day to day. "But I don't find any problem in running my house," she said, with a sense of assurance on her face.
Her husband Ramesh works as a welding staff near their house while their daughter Kirtana resides in a public school in JP Nagar.
"I have studied till the 10th standard and I want my daughter to be more educated," said Girija as she looked around for commuters at a busy bus stand in Jayanagar 3rd Block on a hot March afternoon.
Before this reporter bid her a goodbye, Girija shared her phone number and told to let her know about the story once it is published.
The India of today is changing and it is changing very fast.