The Odd Woman Out : Meet Gulesh Chauhan. I was bowled over meeting a female cab driver on the streets of NCR.
I was all exhausted and little sad going out on sales call in Gurgaon, as it was so sunny outside. I was thinking on how life is so complicated for women’s in this world. It’s very hard to manage both personal and professional life. I kept thinking and thinking on this and then I booked a cab and was amazed meeting a woman in her 40’s driving a cab on not so safe streets of Haryana. The moment, I stepped inside the cab. GULESH CHAUHAN smiled and said “Hi mam! kaise ho? I took the front sit with her and told her, how good it is to see a woman driver offering cab services all over NCR.
This lady is so beautiful, confident and energetic. She knows how to carry a conversion and was wearing a continuous smile on her face. Usually people blame women’s for not driving so well. But I am sure, if someday, you meet this lady you will start believing that even women’s know how to drive. Her flawless driving sense, bowled me over. A lady wearing salwar suit with her head covered with duppatta. She is very humble, down to earth and she feels proud for what she is doing.
So we started talking and she told me about her losses in life. She lost her husband in an accident just few years after her marriage and was burdened with responsibilities of her son’s upbringing. She has a son named “DEEPAK” and a mother who is a cancer patient. She had a very loving husband, and if he would have been alive would have never wanted her to work, but life and death, both are uncertain. She had no other options and she wanted to earn and take care of her family by doing something respectable. She learned driving and it has been 2 years, she is driving on streets of NCR. She hails from Indrapuram.
She struggled hard to choose driving as a profession, as relatives and our society started pointing fingers on her, telling: It’s not safe for a woman to drive late night and even during days. But she refused to listen to any such opinions and advises that she presumed will become a blockage in her life.
According to her “Everyone has their own life, people say many things, but everyone has to fight their own struggle. After I lost my husband, who loved me unconditionally, how can I rely on anyone else? I enjoy what I am doing and I am not ashamed for what I am doing. Every woman should make her own existence because life is strange. You never know, what god is planning for you. But one should be strong enough to face all the obstacles and live happily with what they have.
With her sparkling eyes and a confident voice she said, I offer cab services to men as well, and by the grace of god, I have always met gentleman and good people, complimenting me for what I am doing. Not all men are bad. World is beautiful, life is beautiful. It’s just one should keep in mind, whatever happens, well or not so well, we should not stop. Rather than crying over the spilt milk. We should live in the present and enjoy every moment of life.
When asked, aren’t you afraid sometimes of something unfavourable, if happens to you? She very beautifully said, “If it’s going to happen will happen even if you are sleeping inside your bedroom, we can’t stop moving ahead thinking negative every time”. Life is to move on.
Gulesh Chauhan: A lady with iron veins. Hat off to you! When I asked her about her views on women empowerment, she said “I don’t want to compete with men, I only want to do what is good for me, my family and the society” If my driving skills are going against the societies norms, that’s their problem not mine. I am doing a respectable job as per my qualification, within my reach. Gulesh Chauhan! You are a true example for women empowerment.
May god bless you! You are very inspiring and you just made my day. Good luck and keep driving.
Light & Peace,