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Daughters of Ludhiana: Admn uses Facebook to tell inspiring tales

punjab Updated: Jun 15, 2016 16:34 IST
Aneesha Sareen
Aneesha Sareen
Hindustan Times

Rajni Jain Arya is now a successful Punjabi folk singer.(HT Photo)

It is truly inspiring to read a story whose protagonist has beaten all odds to carve a niche of their own. Titled ‘Idol - Inspiring Daughters of Ludhiana’, the administration is launching a Facebook page that features city women who have overcome numerous hurdles, social and financial both, to emerge successful in their endeavours. The page has been prepared by ADC (development) Apnit Ryat along with a city-based NGO Ehsaas.

Singer Rajni Jain Arya and banker Tamanna Soni are the first to make it to the page that will feature such women every week.


Married at the tender age of 17, life was never easy for Rajni Jain Aarya ever since. Gifted with a melodious voice, Rajni was passionate about singing since childhood but never thought she could make a career out of it. Now, she is a well-established name in Punjabi folk music and keeps juggling between India, US, Hong Kong and other countries, singing at weddings and religious functions. A troubled marriage led to her raising her only son single-handedly, only to lose him to blood cancer in 2013, when he was only 15. Rajni is now living his dream.

Rajni had no experience on the job front when she left her husband and returned to her parents’ home in 2001. She ventured into a hosiery business, taking care of everything on her own. Those were difficult times, but she did not give up. Soon, she started exporting goods to Russia.

After that, she finally found her true calling in music in 2007 and came out with 55 albums in four years. She was also simultaneously fighting for the custody of her only son.

“I stopped my hosiery business in 2007 and took to singing. One album followed another and then there was no looking back,” she says.

Life took an unexpected turn in 2010 when her son was diagnosed with blood cancer. She gave up singing for a while to care for her son who succumbed to the deadly disease in 2013.

“It was my son who inspired me to sing. There was no one in the family who ever sang, no relative who ever took to business but life taught me everything. Dogged determination and my parents’ support was what kept me going,” she said.


Tamanna Soni is a branch manager of the Allahabad Bank (HT Photo)

“My parents sacrificed everything to see that I get the best education. They would request school authorities to accept fee in instalments and would work very hard, living on meagre resources. After Class 12, I started tuitions to support my family. I worked part-time after college hours during graduation. After completing my graduation, I got my first job as a typist for Rs 3,000 per month. After that I worked at a cement store for a few months,” she says.

She is now a manager of the Allahabad Bank branch in Rajguru Nagar. Her father, a serviceman in Improvement Trust, battled dire financial crisis to make ends meet.

“Later, I got an opportunity to work as a marketing executive for around a year with a company dealing in import-export of fasteners,” she said. “There were times when my father or mother got ill and I had to rush them to the hospital in the middle of the night. It was not easy to take them to the hospital on a two-wheeler but God blessed me with the power,” she recalls.

After juggling various jobs, Tamanna got a job as a clerk in a bank in 2009. That is when she decided she would put all her effort into reaching a higher position.

“One has to learn to remain motivated and to never give up,” she adds.