When I was little, there used to be a commercial where a little girl used to chase airplanes with her father and grows up to be a pilot. And then there was Kalpana Chawla who was taking Indian women into space.
When I saw them, I wanted to be them. Badly. I followed many women aviators. I wanted to study like they did and study enough so that I could reach where they were. I decided that this was it. I wanted to become a pilot whatever it takes.
School happened and jee happened. Back in my time, we had JEE mains and then the advanced. I missed my dream college by five marks in JEE Advanced. That’s when it all came crashing down.
Computer Science was an interest, not my passion. I settled down with it. I fell in love with it. While in college I was still looking at private pilot licenses and all that. Technology kept sucking me in. Gradually, I learnt many other new things and new concepts about lifestyles which I think may not have happened if I had not taken computers.
Today, I fly in airplanes but I can’t fly one. Although sitting back and flying, helps me think about choices I have made in my life and the decisions I will be making in the future for myself and also am able to touch various places on the planet at the same time.
I still want to become a pilot, if given a chance.