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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Strength of a woman - Series 02

Disclaimer: The story here is NOT a piece of fiction. It is as real as the sun and the stars.

In her age and times, women were supposed to be at home, cook, wash, look after children, celebrate festivals, jump into the fire when their husband died. She also married a man twenty years her senior.

She lost her first child that was less than a fortnight old. Difficulties make us stronger - and she resolved to be a doctor herself.

When she expressed her wish, it became a topic of public discussion. And she became an outrageous woman - and was considered an outcast.

She became the centre of religious turbulence when the Christian missionaries approached her to convert to Christianity - and they assured her that she would get her respect and dignity back.

She retained the religion she had believed in since birth, she followed her dreams too.

She became the first Hindu lady doctor. She was Dr. Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi.

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