Yogita Raghuvanshi proves if women stop feeling sorry for themselves they can achieve anything.
Yogita Raghuvanshi is a truck driver and a single mother of two children. She has been running a truck for the past 15 years and has travelled across the Country. Yogita who frequently makes trips says that her journey becomes easier due to the fact that she speaks different languages. Yogita is fluent not only in Hindi but also in English, Gujarati, Marathi as well as Telugu.
Yogita checking her phone
Yogita Raghuvanshi who runs a truck on the highway to support her children has to deal with many challenges, especially because she is a woman. People in India who learnt about Yogita's profession for the first time were awestruck and some were even foolish enough to think that she never had any formal education. The 49-year-old Yogita has a degree in commerce and law. She also has a beautician's certificate. But when she felt that all this was not enough for her children's future, she decided to drive a truck.
As a truck driver, Yogita and her children have to travel throughout the year night and day. Driving at a speed of 45 kmph, Yogita and her children munch on sprouts and keep chewing cinnamon stick to keep them alert at night.
Yogita fixing the nut and bolts
Yogita is a living example of a woman fighting patriarchy with her head held high. Women should take inspiration from her story and stop conforming to the nonsensical rules created by troglodytes. However, life as a truck driver is not easy for Yogita. She has to face many conditions that are challenging for a woman. One of the primary concern that Yogita has and thinks about a lot is the security of her two children and herself. However, with time Yogita has learnt the rules of life on wheels and is surviving gracefully.
Yogita's life was not always like this. In 2003, her husband Rajbahadur Raghuvanshi passed away in a road accident. While going to the funeral of Yogita's husband, her brother also embraced death on the way in a crash.
Yogita enjoying her lunch at a local dhaba after the days hardwork
However, all the tragic deaths due to accidents in her family never scared her. She says that she never felt any fear or danger in the long journey of driving a truck. Yogita also adds that her fellow truck drivers encourage her and she is warmly welcomed to the dhabas (a local eatery where truck drivers take repose). The truck which Yogita drives is a custom built vehicle by a leading manufacturing company and is painted red.
A fearless Yogita ready to face any challenge life had to hurl at her
Yogita says she was never afraid of the roads and will not stop driving because she is enjoying it and can provide a secure future for her children.