“I dreamt of becoming a pilot since I was young. My dad was in the army–we lived in Pathankot & then moved to Vijaywada. In school, I was taught to read & write in English–but spoken English was rare. In class 9, a teacher asked me to write 10 things I wanted from life & I took it seriously.
The first thing was to become a pilot & the second was to become a lawyer. Someone told me that I had to get above 90% for that so I worked hard & got a 100 in everything. I was that passionate.
But there was social & financial pressure on my parents. It was an unconventional field for a girl. It was expensive–but they used their savings, took loans & overcame it to send me to flight school. I worked harder–for them.
Flight school wasn’t easy. People teased me when I spoke in English and how I spoke. But instead of hiding, I learned from them & perfected my English. I was so happy to be there–that got me where I needed to go. I didn’t worry about the future–I just learned along the way & kept going.
Once I graduated, I immediately got a job & my license on the same day! In fact, I got my job before the license, which doesn’t happen. Before I knew it, I was a 19 year old pilot!
After my training in Spain, I became a first officer. It wasn’t easy–a new city with no set schedule & you go back to an empty house. But I kept taking each challenge in my stride–I knew this was the way of the world.
This somehow motivated me to cross out the next thing on my list–becoming a lawyer.
At 19, I came back to Bombay & took an LLB course. I wanted to learn everything & never worried about chasing success. I’d attend classes whenever I was here. Even if my flight landed at 2am, I’d go to class at 6am! I’d study during my breaks on flight–I couldn’t be stopped!
Now, a decade later after a lot of flights & fights, I became the youngest female commander to fly a Boeing 777 with the largest twin-jet engine in the world–it was a different ‘high’ all together!
I was able to pay off my loans, contribute to my siblings’ education & travel the world–making my parents travel too! Now with most things crossed off that list, I’m making a new one–because the best is always yet to come!”
Circa 1940’s ✧Casa Seville✧
(great-grandparents are second couple in from the left with my little nana featuring that cute black ribbon choker) "Kindly Refrain from Dancing in the Dining Room unless Properly Attired", says this 1944 menu from Casa Seville, Long Island, New York. Even if patrons were not as glamorously dressed as this couple on the front cover, it must have been a place where patrons put on their best outfits and had fun. There were two nightly shows that featured bands and other entertainers, and this was where many couples held their wedding receptions.
No me despido solo de Senegal me despido de Mam Ndong mi abuela
La reina de la casa, la leona de la familia 🖤
Elene diò a luz 14 veces
Enterró gran parte de sus hijos a lo largo de su vida como madre
Criò 8 seres maravillosos y entre ellos mi padre @fapmandiouf
mi tía (que fue una gran referencia en mi infancia)
Mi dulce tía NdeyFatou , la enérgica AmiDiouf y la sabía Anna.
En este árbol genealógico fuerte están mis tíos @adiouf353
y Tapha que no pude ver porque ya emigró a Europa 🧳
Y mi tío Musa que no tube la suerte de conocer 🙏🏽 Ya es hora de volver , agradezco este viaje en que pude conectar con mis primas como nunca antes
Me cuesta la despedida esta vez
Mi abuela llora, pregunta por Ibrahima #mipadre
... esta triste no quiere nos vayamos 🖤
#elritmo #delasavana #adentro #tranquila #familytree
Would you ever do a DNA test? 🙋🏽♀️I DID 😄 Here are my results w/ some of my thoughts... 46% English, Wales & Northwestern Europe - I've always known my mum's side was pretty much fully English so this didn't come as a surprise! However, after starting to build my family tree, so far I've been able to trace my English heritage back to the 1700's finding pictures & documentation of my English (Essex!) ancestors. I only started my tree last week so I still have even further to go!
25% Benin/Togo (West Africa) - I was interested to find out which countries in Africa my genetics pointed to. I grew up knowing that my dad's side of the family are Jamaican. But it's no secret that my ancestors were stolen & enslaved. Jamaica has become our identity, but there's a surreal feeling knowing where my heritage all began. Also, the results show your DNA matches, so I've been able to connect w/ 3rd + 4th cousins who are trying to fit the pieces to their puzzles. ✨12% Cameroon, Congo & Southern Bantu Peoples ✨ 6% Ivory Coast/Ghana ✨ 5% Mali ✨ 4% Germanic Europe ✨ 2% Spain ✨
The pic is a Christmas throwback - I'm now 7 weeks heat-free 😄💚 #JustSaying