Nothing's impossible for 15-yr-old achiever
She's flown a plane in Russia, maneuvered a submarine in France, sold a painting for Rs 77 lakh in Europe, and is now finishing work on a film that will release in February. Bhavya Dore reports.mumbai Updated: Dec 17, 2010 02:57 IST
She's flown a plane in Russia, maneuvered a submarine in France, sold a painting for Rs 77 lakh in Europe, and is now finishing work on a film that will release in February.
These are the many parts that comprise 15-year-old Shriya Dinakar, a full-time Class 11 student and serial extra-curricular achiever.
"It's nothing really," said the girl from Bangalore, shrugging off her several achievements. "If you have the passion and the desire, you can easily do whatever you want."
Dinakar was in the city on Thursday to receive an award for women achievers. Other awardees included boxer Mary Kom, deputy commissioner of police Ashwini Dorje, archery champion Deepika Kumari and biotechnologist Gitanjali Yadav.
The awardees also addressed the young girls in the audience whose education the Fair and Lovely Foundation is funding with scholarships worth Rs 1 lakh. Narendra Jadhav, member of the Planning Commission was the chief guest at the function.
"Everyone should believe in themselves and work towards it. It doesn't matter who you are as long as you have the ambition," Dinakar told the audience at YB Chavan Auditorium.
Dinakar is training to be an astronaut, and of the 16 levels required to achieve this, has already done four levels by completing different kinds of courses around the world.
"I was always fascinated by the moon and the stars, and because I grew up near an airport the sky was always impressive for me," she said.
She has won 145 different awards to date, from private organizations as well as the government, for her achievements.
None of this though, has affected her routine life as a student.
"It's not like I am treated as a celebrity in my school, my friends think of me as a normal person," said the student of National Centre for Excellence in Bangalore.
First Published: Dec 17, 2010 02:56 IST