THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: For Manjima, her mother is an unending source of pride. “My mother is a rock star among my colleagues,” she says. What makes Manjima’s mother one-of-a-kind is the fact that she is one of the first women cab drivers in the city.
Yamuna Devi has successfully made inroads into a job category traditionally considered a male bastion. Egged on by circumstances and driven by a passion for driving, Yamuna became a working mother.
Despite working at odd hours, Yamuna managed to secure her daughter and son a good space in life. Her daughter has got a job in Bengaluru after a degree course in business management and her son, Sai Manjish, has enrolled for an engineering course. “I start my work at 4.30 am.
That is the time when there is good demand for taxi service to the airport and railway station. By the time I return it is past 11 pm. But I enjoy driving,” Yamuna says. There are four women drivers in the city.
It takes grit to fight the odds and the women cab drivers in the city are definitely in the league of the grittiest. The story of Beena (name changed) is not different from that of Yamuna. She too became a driver with Uber after a personal tragedy.
“Taking up driving was the best thing that happened to me. I was not very sure in the beginning. But I found support among family members.” said Beena. Her steady income helped her take care of the her children. She starts her work after leaving her children at school and works late. The women drivers say they think the city is a safe place.