Pune: “Every woman has her own super power and if I can understand what my super power is, then I will stop comparing myself or my child with all others in the world,” said Dr Nikita Mittal, a dance psychotherapist while Captain Apurva Gilche, an Indigo pilot, said, “When I realised my dream is to be a pilot, I worked as a cabin crew before reaching to my goal.’’
Both were speaking while interacting with the Sakal Media Group (SMG) workforce here at Shivajinagar office on Friday on the occasion of International Women’s Day. This year, the theme of the International Women’s Day was ‘balance for better’. Also present was Sakal Media Group Director Mrunal Pawar.
Dr Nikita is one of the few trained dance therapists who uses dance therapy as a tool for treatment. Capt Apurva and Dr Nikita challenged all the odds in their life and emerged victorious.
Capt Apurva never thought of becoming a pilot but when she took her first flight at NDA, she realised that this is her calling. Joined as a cabin crew in 2011, she always wanted to go on the other side of the cabin.
She said, “It was a very enriching experience to work as a cabin crew and all my colleagues knew that I am a pilot and they had a great deal of respect for me. They made sure that I go in the cockpit as much as possible. If I had any doubt, I used to go and ask the captain. They always encouraged me and I was sure that one day I will come to this side of the cabin.”
Dr Nikita, a trained physiotherapist turned into a dance therapist, felt that career change was very challenging for her. She said, “Making a career change is extremely challenging especially in a field where I am working 10 years ago. Nobody understood us and it was challenging. Even for families, it was challenging as they too were unknown about this field. And most importantly while choosing any career, we always think about how much money we can earn?”
Talking about the challenges a woman pilot faces in the aviation industry, she said, “India, as compared to rest of the world, has the maximum number of female pilots. The percentage is highest at my company too. For us, it is a very transparent and open environment as we are considered as aviators and not classified as male or female. We just go there and do your job.”
“Psyco moto skills of the person determines the pilots’ capabilities and gender has nothing to do with it. It is the individual, their hard work and skill that all matters. Anyone who want to pursue this I want to say that you have to be your own hero and not expect the world to be with you,” said Dr Nikita.
“When I decided to make this shift, my mother did not talk to me for four years but today she says that this is the best decision of my life and then it is a matter of pride as she keeps sharing my videos and articles. It came at a price of losing my relationship with her for three to four years,” Dr Nikita said. Dr Nikita added, “Today, when I am a mother of two kids, my job is to help my child discover his superpower. I am not going to categories that this is what he should be doing.”
The interactive session was followed with the launch of ‘Tanishka’ magazine’s women’s day special edition by keynote speakers.
An interactive session was held at Sakal Times office on Friday and entire female staff of Sakal Media Group across Nashik, Kolhapur, Mumbai etc., participated in this session.