"Yes, I am serious sir!" she said in all excitement. She was sitting in front of the college Principal on the day of admission. The college was in a distant town and was far from her small village.
"Your academic performance is great," the Principal began in a calm voice. "Pick whichever stream you want, but why this one? Do not expect other girls to join you! Which girl does this course? This stream is a monopoly of boys."
"Sir," she responded in her calm voice. "I have dreamed this! I want to do this! I know I can, and ever since I knew what I loved, I wanted to live this! Why should I curb my dream just because I am a girl? And do I look like a normal girl to you? Give me a chance and I will prove my worth." she replied. Her voice was firm.
The Principal knew at that moment, that she was more than the boy-cut hair and jeans. He looked deep into her eyes and they were sparkling with confidence. "What was your name again?" the Principal asked her while he looked into the admission form.
In a voice filled with enthusiasm, she replied. "Kalpana Chawla, sir."
~ Author Unknown
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