She is 53 years old, she lives on the outskirts of Delhi and she is believed to be the only woman mechanic in India. She is 50 years old, she lives on the outskirts of Delhi and she is believed to be the only woman mechanic in India. She is Shanti Devi.
Shanti, who “loves” her job, has run her garage for 18 years. She works 12 hours a day, non-stop for a week. It sure is hard work that Shanti does, but she says that she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love my job. It’s hard, but I’d be bored if I was sat at home and did nothing,” told Shanti.
Shanti and her husband Ram Bahadur arrived in Delhi from Madhya Pradesh more than 20 years ago. Ram worked at a textile mill in Gwalior but he gave it up and we moved to Delhi for greener pastures, Shanti told.
My husband took up various jobs and even pulled a rickshaw when everything failed we opened a tea stall at AW-7, Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar (SGTN) in Delhi, Shanti said before explaining that it was a decision that changed their lives.
Shanti and her husband opened the tea stall, see around 70,000 trucks parked at any time and around 20,000 trucks pass by every day.
Shanti explains that with that many trucks, one can imagine how a tea shop would do here. The duo did well for a while but decided to diversify seeing a massive potential to make that extra money.
They decided to learn the basics of mechanic work from a friend and invested all their savings into buying tools. I’m not bothered when people say that I must be the only female truck mechanics in India – I am proud of this.