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Breaking barriers during tough times

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Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10

Amidst the Covid-induced lockdown, many lost their jobs and others reached a point where they could have taken the extreme step, but for some it was an opportunity to present an exemplary spirit of courage.

During these testing times, many women from the city have broken into male bastions for survival. From running an ice-cream cart to delivering online orders and working at petrol pump, these women are doing it all with elan.

Maninder Kaur, a graduate in bachelor of computer applications and resident of Sunet village, has bought an ice-cream cart to make the both ends meet. “All job options were closed when the pandemic struck. I wanted to earn something and support my family. So after much thinking, I bought an ice-cream cart,” she said.

Maninder’s mother Nirmala Devi said, “I am blessed to have such a compassionate and helpful daughter.” Maninder, who has four sisters and two brothers, says as soon as the Covid situation improves she would find a suitable job for herself and pursue her MCA.

Another inspiring story is that of 19-year-old Charu, who worked as a salesgirl at a local garment store and lost her job during the lockdown.

“I was looking for employment and found the delivery girl’s job a suitable option as increasing number of people are opting for online shopping,” said Charu. She has long working hours and after dispatching all the orders she studies at night.

Like Charu, Parminder and Santosh too are delivering happiness at the doorstep. The three can be found on Ludhiana streets with online orders.

Another city-based girl, Pooja started working at a petrol pump. “I was working at a salon but it shut down during the lockdown. I was in need of a job so I opted for working at a petrol pump,” she says.

from The Tribune

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