05 April 2007

A walk thru the sky station and over India


I am gonna share a story of one girl..a girl who can be termed a Global leader and an Indian at heart. One who is sitting right on top of the world, with her heart set out for India.

Bonnie Pandya recalls how once, on a bright spring day, her daughter, then a high school student, got excited by the beautiful weather and said she wanted to take part in the famous Boston Marathon, which was to start in a few hours. "I told her we were not prepared and that she hadn't done this before," says her mother, "but she said she wanted to try. So, we drove off to the staring point just as the gun was going off." She just got into the crowd. Her mom told her to call from a public telephone booth if she couldn't make it to the finish line, so she could pick her up. She gave her 10 cents to make the call and asked her to put the coin in her tennis shoe. After a while, apparently, she found it difficult to run with the shoes and took them off. "She made it without shoes, running the full 26 miles, half of the stretch barefoot," her mother says. Such grit has always been the staple of Suni's character.

Suni is none other than Sunitha Williams nee Pandya, NASA astronaut -- currently on board the International Space Station, 250 miles above the rest of us.




Today, she will take us thru the International space station and over India. Click here for this rare and astounding journey.


News courtesy : rediff India.
Photograph courtesy : NASA and the Pandya family.

13 comments:

anand balaji said...

My salutations to this Iron Lady who has taken forward the dream of yet another committed achiever of Indian origin, Kalpana Chawla.

Vijay said...

Srik: Good piece of info...

Srik said...

Kalpana Chavla is the face of Indian grit and determination.

Let her be a model to millions on those lines.

Salutations to her!!

bellur said...

sunitha williams: gritty girl for sure.
(also reminds me of that fateful day when we lost Kalpana chawla)

know what? that first picture reminds me of a popular song featuring Upendra (H20): Mongolia, Siberia, Kalasipaliya, India, Mandya hudugige...

Srik said...

Hahahah Bellur...

H2O and Sunita Williams what a combination!!

anand balaji said...

Upendra must be tearing his hair at Bellur's comment!

neel3 said...

What a run...
Bhoomi to antariksha
Where next?

Srik said...

anand, ROFL....

Sure yes. He must be thinking of getting Suni to act in his next movie from air ;)

neela,
Bhoomi to antariksha.... may be from there to Devaloka(?)

mouna said...

srik, your reply, hilarious!!!! :D

Anonymous said...

Let us benefit from her knowledge for some more days before 'sending ' her to devaloka!

anand balaji said...

Lollzzz... no, no! Knowing Uppi, he might as well travel to Outer Space to make a film:)

Srik said...

Annon,
I assume it is neela.

Well... i was talking about me...on my blog...we've travelled from Bhoomi to antariksha...
next post would be from Devaloka(?)
;)

Anand,
Too much to expect!!

Neela said...

Oops .I forgot, to fill in the details .Yes,It was yours truly.
Somehow that word devaloka reminded me of Kalpana Chawla and I posted that comment as a quick-flare reaction bcoz that memory brings pain. :(
I meant Suneez ota has covered so much.She has reached the pinnacle.