Anny Divya, a 30-year-old woman from Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh, made history after she became the youngest Boeing 777 female commander in the world.
Belittled, discouraged and brought down for her ambitions and dreams, Anny defied the odds and at the age of 17, enrolled at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, a government-run pilot training academy in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh. Soon enough, she was recruited by Air India when she was just 19. She started to learn to fly a Boeing 737 and later found herself in the cockpit of Boeing 777, flying the largest twin jet in the world.
My mother helped us till she could with her limited education — Class IV or so — and then she left us to our own devices. No pressure was ever put on us so sometimes we did well and sometimes we didn’t.
I had the option to take command on a 737 but the Boeing 777 is the plane I always wanted to fly, so I had to wait a bit longer. This is what I wanted to do.