Initiated in 2010, Hockey Village India is an ambitious project aimed at empowering the underprivileged rural children of India through sports and education.
This non-profit institution has been founded by Andrea Thumshirn who came up with this beautiful idea of teaching hockey as a free time afternoon activity to kids in a small village called Garh Himmat Singh in Rajasthan
She is a national level hockey player in Germany.
Her journey from Berlin to a village in Rajasthan in India is astounding. This hockey player had to leave the game due to an injury, but what healed her truly was her love for India. Battling many odds and difficulties, she started training village girls in hockey. Her story is indeed inspiring and worth sharing.
Dharam Khalsa along with his friends Bert Mueller, Gaelan Connell came up with the idea of serving the Californian burritos slightly different from the Mexican ones in India.
Dharam Khalsa, Director of California Burrito, whose American parents converted to Sikhism in 1969, are ardent yoga lovers and the main reason that drew Dharam Khalsa towards India. He along with his co-founders chose Bangalore as a location to launch California Burrito in India because of its weather and cosmopolitan population.
California Burrito launched its first store inside the technology park Embassy Golf Links in 2012.
In less than two years since the launch, the company has six outlets. California Burrito’s success can be attributed to the decision to keep prices low and customize menu options to provide more vegetarian options than non-vegetarian ones.
By the end of 2014, it had seven stores with a team of 100 employees. At present, it has 12 restaurants across Bengaluru and Chennai. California Burrito will have a footprint of 40 stores in India by the first quarter of 2018
Mumtaz M.Kazi became the first woman in Asia to drive a diesel engine train and made a remarkable place in a male-dominated profession.
This 45-year-old woman has been driving the engines of various types of trains and is currently spearheading local trains along the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal (CST) and Thane route, the most congested railway route as of now.
Mumtaz Kazi is serving the railways from last 25 years and is continuing to inspire the women who believes in breaking the stereotypes.
She has been awarded the prestigious 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' by President Pranab Mukherjee. The honor was bestowed upon her on International Women's Day, making her one of the top seven women to be facilitated by the President.
She also made her way to the Limca Book of World Records in 1995 as the first lady locomotive driver. And also awarded the Railways General Manager Award in 2015.
Kavita Devi, South Asian Games gold medalist and former powerlifter Kavita Devi has created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to participate in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
She was a posted constable with the Sashastra Seema Bal which is a border guarding force under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and retired as a Sub Inspector.
She has been a national-level champion in Weightlifting, Wushu as well as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
Kavita Devi has been trained in professional wrestling at the Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) Academy, which is owned and operated by former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, The Great Khali, in Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
34-year old Kavita Devi won gold medal in the 75kg weightlifting division of the South Asian Games 2016.
With the zeal and courage to break through the male bastion occupation, Harshini Kanhekar, became the first ever woman fire fighter in the nation. She made her mark in a male dominated line of working by breaking the stereotype and hence proved that no profession requires to be chosen on the basis of gender.
Harshini joined the fire fighter services in India at a mere age of 26 where after passing the course she got selected and designated as a fire engineer at the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC).
She studied fire engineering course at the National Fire Service College located in Nagpur and also became the first woman to enroll herself in the course in 2002.
37 year old Harshini is a true inspiration for all the Indian women, she inspired us to be fearless and chase our dreams.
She completed her Bachelors in Science from Lady Amritabai Daga College.
Rasila Vadher was among the first batch of women guards recruited by the forest department in the western state of Gujarat in 2007. Today, she has surely come a long way from those days, she has been involved in nearly 900 rescues - 200 of them involving lions and 425 involving leopards.
She has also played a starring role along with some of the other women guards in a four-part Discovery Channel series called The Lion Queens of India.
Rasila also participates in awareness programs and nature camps to sensitize villagers living along the periphery of the Gir National Park. Her exemplary courage and dedication has been lauded by not only the forest department and locals but also Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.
Rasila Vadher have been recognized through Hem Chand Mahindra Wildlife Foundation and Saevus Wildlife Warriors Awards, 2014.
Ishita Malviya brought the waves of change by becoming the India’s First professional surfer. She has cofounded The Shaka Surf Club in Kodi Bengre, Udipi, with her partner Tushar Pathiyan and is currently making waves internationally as India's first professional surfer.
Ishita discovered her love for surfing while doing her higher studies in Manipal, when she met a German exchange student who had come down to India with a surfboard. With no background and little help, Ishita has appeared from nowhere to stamp her country on the surfing map.
In 2007, Ishita with her partner opened The Shaka Surf Club aiming to promote the sport and culture of surfing in India. At The Shaka Surf Club, they provide beginner level surf lessons, surfboard rentals and accommodation at our Surf Camp Namaloha.
She is surely India’s figurehead for the sport. She is now sponsored by Roxy surfwear and runs her own surfshop in India.
Born and raised as a male, K Prithika Yashini, a 25-year –old, after fighting a lengthy legal battle, became India’s first ever Transgender Sub Inspector. She is a Computer Applications graduate and since her childhood always dreamt of becoming a police officer.
Her application was rejected as the state police recruitment board doesn't have a third gender category. But in a landmark judgement in November 2015, the Madras High Court directed the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board to include members from the transgender community under 'third category', which paved way for her selection.
The journey of K Prithika Yashini, the first transgender Sub-Inspector in Tamil Nadu police, is as inspiring as it was arduous. Her aim is to help other Transgender people to achieve their dreams.
Ayesha Aziz, India's youngest pilot, who received her student license at 16 years of age, is set to become the first woman in the country to break the barrier piloting a Russian fighter jet. At 21 years of age, Ayesha Aziz planned on flying the MIG-29 fighter jet in Russia’s Sokol airbase.
Her training to become a pilot started while she was in school and Ayesha got her student pilot license from the Bombay Flying Club when she was 16. Among the three Indians to be chosen for an advanced space training course at NASA, Ayesha finished the two-month training in 2012.
Besides holding a Flight Radio Telephone Operator's License (FRTOL), Ayesha is a member of the Indian Women Pilots' Association.
Ayesha has flown a Cessna 172R aircraft for 10 hours. She and two other students were selected by a NASA panel for space training program in the United States. She visited NASA for astronaut training in 2012 and cherishes the moments when she met famed astronauts Sunita Williams and Jon A McBride.
Hailing from Noida, Shrishty Kaur grabbed the limelight when she was crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017 after beating 25 contestants from around the world at the annual beauty pageant held at Managua, the capital of Central American country Nicaragua.
She has also won the prize for best national costume featuring a peacock.
She has bagged various awards like The Hindustan Times youth award 2017, The Fashion Award'17 JD Institute of fashion technology & International women's film forum: AAFT Marwah studio.
A former student at Noida's Lotus Valley International School, Srishti is currently studying at the London School of Fashion and aspires to make Indian fashion reach the global stage.
A Small tea grower in Assam who went on a quest to stop using chemical pesticides and fertilizers was able to do so with the help of a Canadian NGO, Fertile Ground. Today he prepares his own bio-pesticides and has an understanding of assessing soil and applying appropriate treatments.
With yearly turnover of around Rs 60-70 lakh per annum from the Tea plantation, Tenzing Bodosa became the owner of world’s first elephant-friendly farms. He brought back the ecological balance by growing crops organically in his farms. Tenzing Bodosa has never used any kind of pesticides in his farms.
Tenzing’s success inspired many, and farmers from Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh also started coming to his farm to learn organic farming. He has trained about 30,000 farmers so far
Every year almost 100 tourists visit Tenzing’s farm from various parts of the world like Japan, China, UK, Australia and Germany.
India’s Got Talent fame Sarvam Patel, is well known for depicting heart touching themes through Sand art.
Sarvam started sand art about six years ago. He is also a speed painter and a sand sculptor
His talent even took him across the globe a couple of times. Sarvam is a self-taught artist and also started a school in Balasinor, Ahmedabad. He has over 500 students in his academy.
He has performed for the reputed brands and institutions like TATA, Vodafone, Bharat Petroleum, Skoda, Mahindra, AXIS Bank, HDFC Bank, Birla Sun Life and list goes on. His immense hard work and dedication made him the prominent name in the country in the field of arts.