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Anny Divya: The world’s youngest Indian pilot to fly a Boeing 777 shares her success story on Women's Day

Anny Divya: The world’s youngest Indian pilot to fly a Boeing 777 shares her success story on Women's Day

Anny Divya: The world’s youngest Indian pilot to fly a Boeing 777 shares her success story on Women's Day
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By Suman Singh  Mar 8, 2019 12:28:36 PM IST (Updated)

In a patriarchal society and a male-dominated sector like aviation, Anny Divya, dared to dream of becoming a pilot and she went out and became one.

In a patriarchal society and a male-dominated sector like aviation, Anny Divya, dared to dream of becoming a pilot and she went out and became one.

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In 2017, Divya became the youngest Indian woman to pilot a Boeing 777. Her story on how she fought societal conventions, language barriers, and family pressure to succeed in a male-dominant profession made her a LinkedIn Influencer, sharing the space with global personalities like Narendra Modi, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Priyanka Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Trudeau, Sachin Tendulkar, and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw among others.
“When I became the youngest woman to command a Boeing 777, I didn’t realise that I had unknowingly become an inspiration to young women around the world, who want to pursue a profession in flying… I look forward to inspiring others through my personal story,” the 32-year old Divya told LinkedIn in an interview.
Hailing from the temple-town of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, Divya had limited exposure to the aviation sector. But she knew what she wanted to become a pilot, and her mother helped her fulfil her dream.
"A lot of individuals, coming from small cities and towns, get intimidated and almost always fear that they are getting judged by people around them. However, this may be true, sticking to your passion and dream and not letting go of it is the key to success", Divya said.
She added, “Maybe getting those marks, high and low, was because I was not bothered about being judged by anybody. I do what my soul says and I just love to learn.”
A big lesson that Divya learned during her training days was that it is okay not to know, but it is not okay not to learn. Many young entrepreneurs or individuals when they start out on pursuing their dreams, most of them are not aware of the hurdles that they are about to face. They know what they have to achieve, but they do not how to do it.
Learning is a constant process and every failure is not the opposite of success, it is a stepping stone.
“You should learn what is best and how best you can do and get the best out of yourself. You have to choose your struggle and do it well. So once you're passionate about something, I think you'll go beyond your capabilities to work towards it, and that's what happened. I did it. I thought every profession that I go for would have its own challenges and obstacles, so I might as well stay here and fight for my dream,” Divya said.
Over the years, the number of women pilots in India has doubled compared to the global average, Divya said, explaining that times are changing rapidly and awareness among women is the key to open up different avenues for the myriad of professional opportunities.
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Divya added, “Definitely there are women I look up to. I have seen right from my grandmother who has done so much hard work to my mother, who has always been my idol, and my sister who had to go through a lot of struggle to reach where she is in her life. There is a lot of inspiration in my own family to look up to. And it definitely also makes me feel inspired."
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