Mangaluru: Capt. Aarohi Pandit is a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai who created history by becoming the first woman in the world to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA). In a strong message of women empowerment, the Indian pilot performed the feat on the midnight of May 13, 2019. She achieved the record by landing her aircraft at the Iqaluit Airport in Canada. She flew the 3,000-km long flight under some extreme weather conditions after taking off from Wick, Scotland (UK) with a couple of stopovers in Greenland and Iceland.
Capt. Aarohi also set a world record for flying across the second largest ice sheet (Greenland icecap) on the planet. She is flying around the globe as part of the WE! Women Empower Expedition: the first all-female team to circumnavigate the world in an LSA. She travelled in an eco-friendly, ultralight Sinus 912. Aarohi and her achievements are symbols of hope that we are moving towards a world free of gender discrimination. The Captain is a true inspiration for all Indian women and women across the world to believe in themselves and chase their dreams.
This inspiring young woman will be speaking at TEDxSJEC a few days from now, on February 16 at the St Joesph Engineering College in Vamanjoor, Mangaluru. You've got to be there! She is one of eight personalities that will speak and inspire you. She can help you build your castle - for she has been where no woman has been before - all alone in a light aircraft in turbulent weather in the middle of the Atlantic. Listening to her narrate her experience and the lessons she learned from that flight and others before and after it, will be a learning experience beyond compare. But first, you must be ready to spread your wings. The only question now is, are you?
About SJEC's TEDx Event
This is the first time that this prestigious institution will be conducting the event, which will be held in the Kalam Auditorium.
The theme for the day-long event is "Love Conquers All", and with just under a fortnight to go for valentines day... love conquers all is a great theme, especially in these times of hate. Eight inspiring speakers, three glamourous entertainers will conquer you with the tales of all that they have done, and all that you can do - If you believe.
Apart from Capt Arohi, speakers include Corrine Antoinette Rasquinha - social worker and founder of White Doves NGO, Girish Bharadwaj (Padma Shri Awardee)- engineer and social innovator, Omkar Pai - engineer and nature enthusiast, Vaishak JP - mountaineer, Rishabh Seen - Indian classical and metal musician, Abhiraj Rajadhyaksha and Niyati Mavinkurve - chief storyteller at Following Love, travel writer and author, and Mx. Ria Sharma - model, speaker, storyteller and LGBTQAI + youth activist.
Then, of course, there is entertainment - live your passion be it music or the creative arts with Sitar Metal - the Indian classical and rock/metal fusion band, Vidwan Deepak Kumar - Bharathanatyam, Mahima S Rao - Yakshagana, and Prithesh Bhandari and team topping it off with an English play.
SJEC students are no minnows in the creative arts though. Their creative instincts and talents occasionally override their logical brains and the TEDxSJEC event is one such occasion. The students will be showcasing artistic installations, mime, drawings, etc under the title "Corridors of Love".
A token registration fee is all it takes
To get all this and more, interested persons (and having read this piece, you will be) can pay a registration fee of Rs 1250, but wait... don't be put off just yet! The registration includes a TEDxSJEC kit valued at Rs 600, and comprises breakfast, lunch and two refreshments! Participants will also receive an e-certificate as proof that they have attended the event, which will be sent via email.
Please be informed that the registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
To know more about the event and to register, go to http://tedxsjec.in/
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