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.