Chasing Dreams, Tea Seller’s Daughter Makes it to Indian Air Force

Aanchal Gangwal, the daughter of a tea seller from Neemuch district in the north-western part of Madhya Pradesh has not let her background come in the way of her ambition of flying fighter planes. Despite facing multiple hurdles, the 24-year-old has been selected in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force (IAF), reported Hindustan Times.

Despite her family not being conducive to the idea of her joining the air force, Gangwal did not give up on her dreams. The student of Metro H S School in Neemuch was a class topper as well as the school captain. She went on to win a scholarship to Vikram University, Ujjain, where she was a part of the basketball team and ran the 400m race. Gangwal told Hindustan Times that she always believed in herself. “I always knew that I had it in me to make it,” she said.

Gangwal also appeared for competitive exams. She cleared the police sub-inspector’s exam, and joined the training as well. However, she realised that her tough schedule would prevent her from preparing for her dream job in the air force.

“Fortunately, the results of labour inspector exam also came at that time. Here the schedule was easier and I got chance to prepare,” Gangwal told Hindustan Times.

But as she found out, clearing the Air Force Common Admission Test was not easy and only on her sixth attempt was she able to clear the interview. The results were declared on 7 June and she was the only one from Madhya Pradesh. Twenty two people have been selected from across the country out of 6 lakh students who appeared for the exam, reported the daily.

After her acceptance, Gangwal has received accolades from many quarters. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated her on Twitter, while the state’s woman and child development minister Archana Chitnis visited her house.

Aanchal Gangwal was congratulated by Minister of Women and Child Development on her selection in the Indian Air Force.

Her proud father, Suresh Gangwal, runs a tea stall at the Neemuch bus stand. “Now everyone in the area knows about my “Namdev tea stall” and I feel very happy when people come and congratulate me”, he told Hindustan Times.

Gangwal’s year-long training is due to begin on 30 June, on completion of which she will be able to make her dreams come true.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times.)

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