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Sharing One Of my Poem I had written may b in 2004..(Ghazals Effect)































Trip to Diveagar

We started from pune at 7:30 a.m. on 22nd Sept 2016.I was travelling with my Family-My Mom and Dad, My Hubby and my 21 month old boy.We decided to take the Tahmini Ghat Route as that’s the fastest route.It was drizzling on and off.

Till Mulshi the roads are good except for some bad patches after paud Village.But once the Ghat Started Wooh!!! The roads are tooooo bad…Big Big Potholes.I was really feeling bad for my car..Though the scenery was awesome..Beautiful Waterfalls,beautiful climate,Whatelse One can expect….

Bad Roads …No not again.. was ruining our good and happy mood.Many Big Heavy Vehicles had a breakdown…The Ghat Road Stretches around 45 kms,though there are no sharp turns but the ST buses are the matter of worry.As, there was a forecast of very heavy rainfall,we did not face it on the Ghat but mostly had Zero Visibility due to clouds and Driving was very risky, we could not even see 20 meters beyond …


The above Picture was taken when we halted for sometime time as we couldnot see due to heavy fog..Can u see our car on the other side of the road..

Well,You’ll see Hotel Orchard Cafe on your right and you know Tahmini Ghat is done and you will be relieved to drive on good good at least for few kms. The SH Roads are in good Condition.Again Once you reach the Mhasala Road the roads are bad..And You have to cross another Ghat before you reach Diveagar..It took around 5 and a half  hours to reach Diveagar..We had booked hotel at Hotel Exotica Beach Resort…I was a superb Stay there.



The beach was secluded but not that clean..The Water was blackish and dirty..No Stalls,No maintenance..You will find water sports..

Another disappointment was the Suvarn Ganesh Mandir in Diveagar..I mean, is this a joke..There is no maintenance.,no proper flooring, water dripping down..Only a photo hung on the wall of Suvarna Ganesh..

Overall, a much hyped place in konkan..

Keep your city Clean….


Life has to Move on…..Sad but True Story.

Cookrooo coooo…Cookrooo cooo… alarm was ringing.Aah!Stupid alarm…I said,and turned it on snooz mode..Again after 10 minutes Cookrooo coooo…Cookrooo cooo!time to get up… now it was 0600 hours and I knew I have to get up now…I pulled the curtains on one side and my room was brightened.Though it was rainy season but today it was a bright day.

I turned on the radio and was listening to beautiful song. It was time to prepare my breakfast and meal, clean my house and get ready for office. It usually takes more than an hour to complete all my household task. I was on schedule, while having breakfast I was thinking of my parents. I was missing them. Thinking that the day must go smooth and beautiful…

Once done, I locked my flat and rushed towards lift..Pheww….Lift was out of service…I murmured…Why everytime it happens to me…..climbed down the stairs and then to my surprise my scooty was not getting started….What the hell…Now I am gonna b late.

Suddenly, it was getting dark…I was getting late, and now if it rains… I was getting irritated, on the other hand finally after lots of kick start my scooty started.I rushed to hit the main road. Approximately after 2 kms..I could see long traffic…I shouted What the hell…..It was a slow moving traffic….I kept on murmuring why can’t people drive properly, why can’t they follow rules…n suddenly a man came and said that, an accident has taken place and hence the traffic. I knew it will take time to get out of this traffic, so I decided to call my office to inform them.

I finished up with my call and waited to move, I was feeling bad about the casualty..Then I could see the bus- the reason the casualty took place. On the left of the bus I could see a Scooty Pep and a hand bag on it…I know this hand bag and scooty I said to myself….as the traffic moved close to the casualty zone, I could see the number plate and I was sure it was one of my neighbors. I just prayed God No, not she…..while passing through the zone I could see fresh blood and flesh. Oh My God!!! I was about to vomit. The body was covered by a cloth. The ambulance was there to take the body and police was there to clear the traffic and maintain peace.

I could not control my emotions, tears rolled down and I cried loud, she was someone I knew. I somehow managed to take my vehicle to a side, washed my face took few sip of water and When I was feeling fine. I drove my bike to office. Everything was going wrong, though indirectly I was getting affected. I was feeling sad and was praying to give strength to her family… A big lose…

Overall, a bad day but this is life, and it says Move On..Once I was done with my office, I decided to hang out with my friends for a while, as I was disturbed. After spending some time I returned home, gave a call to my parents told them about what happened it only after I shared my feelings with them I was feeling better. They asked me to sleep instead of watching TV.

NOTE:- Please wear Helmet and avoid using cell phones while driving. Many times it is not your fault but casualty happens .It’s better to take precaution than to be sorry latter..Everyday life teaches us new lessons….



Trip to Mahabaleshwar

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Yet another unplanned weekend Trip ( 1- jun-2013 to 3-jun-2013)

Beach or Hill station..Where to go!!! We chose Hill Station- and the destination was Mahabaleshwar.

Let me brief about Mahabaleshwar- the City of Strawberries.

About Mahabaleshwar:

It is a hill station located in the Western Ghats range. With one of the few evergreen forests of India, it served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the period of dominion. Located about 120 km (75 mi) southwest of Pune and 285 km (177 mi) from Mumbai. Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 km2 (58 sq mi), bound by valleys on all sides. It reaches a height of 1,438 m (4,718 ft) at its highest peak above sea level, known as Wilson/Sunrise Point.

It is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Mahadev in Old Mahabaleshwar. An interesting thing to notice is that 4 other rivers come out from the cow’s mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These rivers are the Koyana, Venna (Veni), Savitri, and Gayatri.

Day 1 : (1-jun-2013)1.Reach Pune.2.Decide the weekend Destination.3.Hotel.

We started our journey to Pune from Navi Mumbai at around 0800 hours in the morning; it took around 2 hours 30 minutes to reach station. We quickly wrapped up all our preplanned work and decided to go to Mahabaleshwar. Once decided we rushed to Swargate Bus depo to catch a ST Bus. But to our surprise we got a good deal A/C shared taxi Rs.500 each. It was too hot outside, without wasting time we headed to start our journey. We started at 1430 hours,a comfortable trip  as we were only four people in the taxi.It was Mahindra Maximo..

It took around 2 hours 45 minutes to reach Panchgani. The other two passengers had to get down there.Mahabaleshwar was still 22 kms to go but we have already left behind the heat a long way.It was a beautiful scenic drive, with steep valley on one side along with  the beautiful sunset..We reached the main market of Mahabaleshwar, it was a overcrowded place..Our next target was to find a budget hotel for us. As it was the peak season, it getting difficult to find a hotel.

We went to check out 5 to six hotels,but most of them were full, other charged us not less than Rs.2500.Finally, we got one, finally at Rs.1800 per day after hell lot of arguments. We checked our surprise, there came one more family and they checked in for rs.2500.Well, me and my husband walked out to enjoy the evening in the market area but, we were really annoyed, as people over here were taking advantage of the tourists. There was no fixed rate of the hotels. Anyways, We kept on wandering here and there until we stopped at the taxi stand where there was a big hording displaying the RTO Fixed rate tour packages. My hubby said, finally we can have a good trip tomorrow. Suddenly we were interrupted by a voice, you want taxi !!!! Yes, Indeed, we replied. So, we discussed our tour plan with the taxi driver, and fixed him for our next day. We booked him for Rs.1350.He gave his number to my hubby so that we can give him call the next day once we are ready to start the tour.It was 1930 hours ,  we kept on wandering in the market having fun ,tea, pani puri, and finally non veg for dinner, to our surprise the dinner was not that expensive. Exhausted by the full day journey we decided to get back to our hotel room and sleep early so that we get up fresh the next day.

Day 2: (2-jun-2013) 1.Breakfast.2.Start the tour on time.3.Book ticket for pune for the next day..

As on our agenda, we had our breakfast on time and bought some strawberries and headed towards the taxi stand. We, started our tour well on time. Here are few of the main points we covered :

Wilson Point: Named after Sir Leslie Wilson, the Governor of Bombay from 1923–26, Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 1439 mts. Known as Sindola Hill during the colonial rule, Wilson point is the only location in Mahabaleshwar where both sunrise and sunset can be seen. It offers a spectacular glance of Mahabaleshwar in all directions.

Kings Point and Pluto Point and Ganesh Temple. : There is a flat top on the hill where there is a split rock on one side.It was really fun.We had to jump through a gap to get on the split rock.

Lingmala Waterfall:

Strawberry Garden:

Echo Point: In the name of her beautiful daughter called ‘Kate’, Sir john malcom (a Britisher) named this point of Mahabaleshwar. Possibly she liked to come at this height of 1280 meter and Echo her voice back. Kates point is lively attracting every tourist and also called ‘Echo Point’ and a must place to see.

Needle Point : Needle hole point is located near Kate’s Point. One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle-hole. The point is also famous for the view of Deccan traps, which look like an elephant’s trunk.

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Old Mahabaleshwar Temple : The shiv mandir (lord shiva temple) is the oldest of all temples that can be seen from its carving and cave looking dark zone inside. This spiritual temple is to bee seen when you are out for sightseeing. This temple is famous for its MAHALINGA which is rudrakha shaped and is said to be ‘self-bodied’, called ‘Swayambhoo’ in Sanskrit language.

Arthur Point : Arthur’s seat is a point at an elevation of 1340 mts. The point was named after Sir Arthur Mallet, who sat here and gazed at the Savitri River, where he lost his wife and children in a tragic ferry mishap. The point is a very scenic location to visit.

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Elephant and Lordwick Point.

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We reached our hotel at around 1830 hours. It was a very good and cool experience. We enjoyed this trip.We again went to the market to do some shopping and book our tickets.

Points to note: Do carry cash with you, as you will find long queues in front of the ATMs and most of the time they run out of cash.Try and Book MTDC Hotels, atleast you will not be surprised even at peak season and in weekends.

Day 3 : (3-jun-2013) :Way back to pune.We already at booked our tickets.So, having our fresh Strawberries and wada pav we started our way back…

Overall it was a good Experience.

We ask WHY

Life goes on! Ups and Downs are part of it.

But whatever happens, we are never satisfied.

When we are happy, we celebrate, we enjoy.

But, somewhere in our mind it clicks, ‘Why’ this happiness took so long!!

In the very next instance we are again busy with our celebration.

When we are sad, we cry, tears rolls down, we need a shoulder to cry on.

We cry loud and say ‘Why’, why this happened!!!

When things are back to normal, we forget it.

When we lead a normal routine life…

We ask ‘Why’ this routine life is bothering.

Why we feel jealous, when we see our colleague going home early.

This ‘Why’ somewhere, somehow always hammers our mind.

But we should never forget every ‘WHY’ has an answer.


© Pushpita Palit

All is Well that Ends Well

I kept on looking for you, But I found you nowhere.

I tried it harder, but it ended nowhere.

Time passed by, and I was losing hope.

I thought I lost and lost you forever.

Still with a hope, I looked out here and there.

Hoping I will find out somewhere.

It was high time, I had to move on.

But, then suddenly I could see light in the dark.

I took a deep breath, I think I found you.

It was in the laundry basket, Thank god I found you.

I could not hear you.It was on vibrator.

Could not see either as the lights were on, So was difficult to figure it out.

But when I turned off the lights before leaving and my pal dialed my number.

I got what I was madly looking for.It was my Mobile. I took in my hand holding it tight.

So, All is well that Ends well!!!

Cheers!!!! 🙂

©Pushpita Palit

Women; A beautiful Creation of GOD.

Women; A beautiful and tough creation of GOD…A Women can change Anything.

On this day 8th March 2013 we celebrate Women’s Day Worldwide.I wish every women A Happy Women’s Day!!!I salute you all….Live your life king size.

In India, Women have been playing equally important role as men since years.I was just looking into the achievement of Indian women in the country (Since then..) and  thought to share.

  • Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar (31 May 1725 – 13 August 1795), was the Holkar Queen of the Maratha ruled Malwa kingdom, India. Ahilyabai’s husband Khanderao Holkar was killed in the battle of Kumbher in 1754. Twelve years later, her father-in-law, Malhar Rao Holkar, died. A year after that she was coronated as the queen of the Malwa kingdom. She tried to protect her kingdom from Thugs, the plunderers. She personally led armies into battle. She appointed Tukojirao Holkar as the Chief of Army. She was a great pillar of the Maratha Power.

             “The reign of Ahilyabai, of Indore in central India, lasted for 30 Yrs. This has become almost legendary as a period during     which   perfect order and good Government prevailed and the people prospered. She was a very able ruler and organizer, highly respected during her lifetime, and considered as a saint by grateful people after her death.” An English poem written by Joanna Baillie in 1849 reads:

“For thirty years her reign of peace,
The land in blessing did increase;
And she was blessed by every tongue,
By stern and gentle, old and young.
Yea, even the children at their mothers feet
Are taught such homely rhyming to repeatAhilya Bai
“In latter days from Brahma came,
To rule our land, a noble Dame,
Kind was her heart, and bright her fame,
And Ahlya was her honoured name.”

“The Great Maratha lady who affords the noblest example of wisdom, goodness and virtue. One english writer quoted that which Akbar is among male sovereigns, is Ahlia Baie among female sovereigns.

  • Kitturu Rani Chennamma (October 23, 1778 – February 21, 1829) was the Queen of Kittur, India.She was one of the earliest Indian rulers who fought for freedom. 33 years before the National Uprising, this queen of a princely state in Karnataka led an armed rebellion against the British, and lost her life in the end.                                                            Kitturu Rani Chennamma                                           She is best known for leading an armed rebellion against the British East India Company in 1824. The resistance ended with her arrest and she became a symbol of the movement for independence in India. In the state of Karnataka, she is celebrated along with Abbakka Rani, Keladi Chennamma and Onake Obavva. Even today, she is revered as one of the bravest women in Karnataka.
  • Begum Hazrat Mahal (1820- 1879): She was one of the iconic freedom fighters of the National Uprising in 1857. When the mutiny began, she was one of the first freedom fighter who urged the rural folk to rise up against the British oppression.                                                                                                                                                                     200px-Begum_hazrat_mahal                                          She thus seized the control of Lucknow and announced her son as the King of Oudh. However, when the British recaptured Lucknow, she was forced to retreat to Nepal.
  • Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi: (19 November 1828 – 18 June 1858; was the queen of the Maratha-ruled princely state of Jhansi, situated in the north-central part of India. She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and for Indian nationalists a symbol of resistance to the rule of the British East India Company in the subcontinent.

Lakshmibai was born probably on 19 November 1828 in the holy town of Kāśi (Varanasi) into a Brahmin family. She was named Manikarnika and was nicknamed Manu. Her father was Moropant Tambe and her mother Bhagirathi Bai. Rani Laxmi baiHer parents came from Maharashtra. Her mother died when she was four. Her father worked for a court Peshwa of Bithoor district who brought Manikarnika up like his own daughter. The Peshwa called her “Chhabili”, which means “playful”. She was educated at home. She was more independent in her childhood than others of her age; her studies included archery, horsemanship, and self-defence.

Manikarnika was married to the Maharaja of Jhansi, Raja Gangadhar Rao, in 1842,and was afterwards called Lakshmibai (or Laxmibai).She gave birth to a boy named Damodar Rao in 1851, but when he was four months old he died. The Raja adopted a child called Anand Rao, the son of Gangadhar Rao’s cousin, who was renamed Damodar Rao, on the day before he died. The adoption was in the presence of the British political officer who was given a letter from the raja requesting that the child should be treated with kindness and that the government of Jhansi should be given to his widow for her lifetime. After the death of the raja in November 1853 because Damodar Rao was adopted, the British East India Company, under Governor-General Lord Dalhousie, applied the Doctrine of Lapse, rejecting Damodar Rao’s claim to the throne and annexing the state to its territories. In March 1854, Lakshmibai was given a pension of Rs. 60,000 and ordered to leave the palace and the fort.Rani Lakshmibai was accustomed to ride on horseback accompanied by a small escort between the palace and the temple though sometimes she was carried by palanquin.Her horses included Sarangi, Pavan and Badal.

  • Savitribhai Phule: (January 3, 1831 – March 10, 1897) “If you educate a boy, you educate an individual but if you educate a girl, you educate the whole family,” was the words in which she firmly believed in.freedom_savitribai-phule_600x450

Tired of seeing women being oppressed and being denied the rights of education, Savitribai Phule took it upon herself to provide girl education. Even though she had to bear the insults and abuse which were thrust upon her by the higher class, she continued to provide basic education to girls and women. Savitribai Phule became the first women teacher in India.

  • Matangini Hazra (19 October 1870  – 29 September 1942) was an Indian revolutionary who participated in the Indian independence movement until she was shot dead by the British Indian police in front of the Tamluk Police Station (of erstwhile Midnapore District) on September 29, 1942.200px-Kolkata_Matangini_Hazra

She was affectionately known as Gandhi buri, Bengali for old lady Gandhi. India earned Independence in 1947 and numerous schools, colonies, and streets were named after Matangini Hazra. The first statue of a woman put up in Kolkata, in independent India, was Hazra’s in 1977.A statue now stands at the spot where she was killed in Tamluk.

  • Sister Nivedita( born Margaret Elizabeth Noble; 1867–1911)was a Scots-Irish social worker, author, teacher and a disciple of Swami Vivekananda. She spent her childhood and early days of her youth in Ireland. From her father, from her college professor etc. she learned many valuable lessons like – service to mankind is the true service to God. She worked as school teacher and later also opened a school. She was committed to marry a Welsh youth who died soon after engagement.220px-Sœur_Nivedita

Nivedita was a prolific orator and writer and extensively toured India to deliver lectures, especially on India’s culture and religion. She appealed to the Indian youth to work selflessly for the cause of the motherland along the ideals of Swami Vivekananda. Initially Nivedita, like contemporary intellectuals from Europe, was optimistic about British rule in India and believed that it was possible for India and England to love each other. However, in the course of her stay, she came to witness the brutal side of the British rule, the repression and oppression and the division between the ruling elite and the ruled plebians; she concluded that it was necessary for India to gain independence to prosper. Therefore she devoted herself wholeheartedly to the cause of opposing the British rule. After Swami’s death, she, being acutely aware of the inconvenience of the newly formed Ramakrishna Mission on account of her political activities, publicly dissociated herself from it. However, till her last days she had very cordial relationship with the brother disciples of Swami Vivekananda like Swami Brahmananda, Baburam Maharaj (Swami Premananda) and Swami Saradananda, who helped her in her charitable and education activities in every possible way; she was very close to the holy mother, Sarada Devi.

  • Sarojini Naidu (13 February 1879- 2 March 1949), also known by the sobriquet The Nightingale of India, was a child prodigy, Indian independence activist and poet. Naidu was one of the framers of the Indian Constitution. Naidu is the second Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congressand the first woman to become the Governor of Uttar Pradesh state. Her birthday is celebrated as Women’s Day all over India.Sarojini Naidu joined the Indian national movement in the wake of partition of Bengal in 1905.Sarojini Naidu

In 1925, Sarojini Naidu presided over the annual session of Indian National Congress at Cawnpore. In 1929, she presided over East African Indian Congress in South Africa. She was awarded the hind a kesari medal by the British government for her work during the plague epidemic in India. In 1931, she participated in the Round table conference with Gandhiji and Madan Mohan Malaviya. Sarojini Naidu played a leading role during the Civil Disobedience Movement and was jailed along with Gandhiji and other leaders. In 1942, Sarojini Naidu was arrested during the “Quit India” movement and was jailed for 21 days with Gandhiji.

  • Vijaylakshmi Pandit (August 18, 1900- December 1, 1990): Like her brother Jawaharlal Nehru,                                                              she too felt passionately for her country. Vijaya LaxmiAfter serving our nation for years, she became the first woman President of the United Nations General Assembly.

A writer, a diplomat, and a politician, her works are an inspiration to many young women.

  • Sucheta Kriplani (25 June 1908 – 1 December 1974)freedom_sucheta-kriplani_600x450 With the dedication and passion that she exuded for her country during the struggle, she was elected as the first woman Chief Minister of any Indian state.

She stepped up for her country with the Quit India Movement and she was one of Gandhiji’s close associates in several Partition riots. She was a role model and encouraged many women to join the struggle.

  • Aruna Asaf Ali (July 16, 1909 – July 29, 1996) She was an active member of the Congress Party who not just fought for our country’s freedom, but also for the rights of political prisoners in Tihar Jail.freedom_aruna_asaf_ali_600x450

She launched a hunger strike for the latter and her efforts resulted in improved conditions but she was subjected to solitary confinement. She displayed great courage by standing up to the oppressive rule as well as her family who were against the idea of her marrying a Muslim (she was originally a Brahmo).

  • Pritilata Waddedar (5 May 1911 – 23 September 1932) was a Bengali revolutionary nationalist. After completing her education in Chittagong, she attended the Bethune College in Calcutta. Pritilata graduated in Philosophy with distinction.Pritilata_waddedar

After a brief stint as a school teacher, Pritilata joined a revolutionary group headed by Surya Sen. She led a 15 man team of revolutionaries in a 1932 attack on the Pahartali European Club, which had a sign board that read “Dogs and Indians not allowed”. The revolutionaries torched the club and were later caught by the British police. To avoid getting arrested, Pritilata consumed cyanide and died.

  • Lakshmi Sahgal  (24 October 1914 – 23 July 2012) Laxmi Sehgalwas a revolutionist of the Indian independence movement, an officer of the Indian National Army, and the Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Azad Hind government.

Sahgal is commonly referred to in India as Captain Lakshmi, a reference to her rank when taken prisoner in Burma.

  • Indira Gandhi(19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the third Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party.Indira2

Indira Gandhi becomes the first woman Prime Minister of India.Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, is the second-longest-serving Prime Minister of India and the only woman to hold the office.

As Prime Minister, Gandhi became known for her political ruthlessness and unprecedented centralisation of power. She presided over a period where India emerged with greater power than before to become the regional hegemon of South Asia with considerable political, economic, and military developments. Gandhi also presided over a state of emergency from 1975 to 1977 during which she ruled by decree and made lasting changes to the constitution of India. She was assassinated in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star.

  • Usha Mehta (March 25, 1920 – August 11, 2000) She was one of the youngest freedom fighters of the Indian freedom movement.usha mehta

She was hardly five years old when she met Gandhi and was inspired by his ideals. At the age of 8, she participated in the ‘Simon Go Back’ protest. Even though her father who was a judge under the British Raj tried his best to dissuade her from participating in the freedom struggle, she made sure to be a part of it in small yet significant ways. After quitting her studies to be a part of the Quit India Movement, she dedicated herself completely to the struggle.

  • Kiran Bedi (born 9 June 1949) is an Indian social activist and a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. Bedi joined the police service in 1972 and became the first woman officer in the IPS.Kiran Bedi

Bedi held the post of Director General at the Bureau of Police Research and Development before she voluntarily retired from the IPS in December 2007. Bedi was the host and judge of the popular TV series “Aap Ki Kachehri” (English, “Your Court”), which is based on real-life disputes and provides a platform for settling disputes between consenting parties.

  • Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha (born June 27, 1964), popularly known as P. T. Usha, is an Indian athlete from the state of Kerala.P.T Usha

P. T. Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is regarded as one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced and is often called the “queen of Indian track and field”. She is nicknamed the Payyoli Express. Currently she runs the Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy in Kerala. P. T. Usha was born in the village of Payyoli, Kozhikode District, Kerala. In 1976 the Kerala State Government started a Sports School for women, and Usha was chosen to represent her district.

These are list of few more that can be highlighted by looking at what has been achieved by women in the country:

  • 1883: Chandramukhi Basu and Kadambini Ganguly became the first female graduates of India and the British Empire.
  • 1886: Kadambini Ganguly and Anandi Gopal Joshi became the first women from India to be trained in Western medicine.
  • 1905: Suzanne RD Tata becomes the first Indian woman to drive a car.
  • 1944: Asima Chatterjee became the first Indian woman to be conferred the Doctorate of Science by an Indian university.
  • 1959: Anna Chandy becomes the first Indian woman judge of a High Court (Kerala High Court)
  • 1966: Captain Durga Banerjee becomes the first Indian woman pilot of the state airline, Indian Airlines.
  • 1970: Kamaljit Sandhu becomes the first Indian woman to win a Gold in the Asian Games.
  • 1979: Mother Teresa wins the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first Indian female citizen to do so.
  • 1984: On 23 May, Bachendri Pal became the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest.
  • 1989: Justice M. Fathima Beevi becomes the first woman judge of the Supreme Court of India.
  • 1997: Kalpana Chawla becomes the first India-born woman to go into space.
  • 1994: Harita Kaur Deol becomes the first Indian woman pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF), on a solo flight.
  •  2000: Karnam Malleswari became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal (bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney).
  • 2007: Pratibha Patil becomes the first woman President of India.
  • 2009: Meira Kumar became the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha, the lower house in Indian Parliament.

© Pushpita Palit