#WomenAtWork – A FG Second Officer

I am a FG Second Officer.

Foreign Going and friends with water.

I always wanted to do something challenging,

But things did not go as easy in the beginning.

My job keeps me away from the shores,

six months at work and six at home.

I start at 5 in the morning,

and no day ends before late evening.

No weekends and no half days,

I don’t complain when there are choppy waves.

My parents are supportive and believe in me,

worried for my safety but always let me be.

The sea knows no difference between a man and a woman,

and I can say my team thinks the same.

Money will come when it has to come,

your difficulties you need to overcome.

Life taught me to work hard,

mentally or physically, be very strong.

My name is Rathi Shann and I am a FG Second Officer.

A FG Second Officer

Rathi Shann – A FG Second Officer

Today is edition #14 of #WomenAtWork, a photo feature on this blog. If you are interested in participating, please read the inaugural post and join by adding your post below. I would love to see your take on the tag. 

I met Rathi on my travel from Port Blair to Havelock Island. Rathi is Foreign Going Second Officer on Green Ocean-I and was willing to talk to me. I have never met someone as courageous as Rathi. Imagine the ocean, the uncertainty of the weather and yet that smiling face ensuring that the passengers stay safe. I loved her zeal to do something challenging in life. When one door closes, another opens – Rathi in her life so far has always kept on going with her dreams which was inspiring to hear. She told me that women need to be strong and work hard. A message that I will never forget.  

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32 Responses

  1. Such a wonderful post! I had no idea such a job even existed before reading the post, so adventurous and completely different and world apart from the rest of us. Hats off to Rathi

  2. Wonderful to know how far women are going to break stereotypes, Parul. Thanks for sharing this – I had no idea that there were Indian seapersons (is that what we could call them?)

  3. Geets says:

    This is so inspiring! I wish I was half as courageous as Rathi! Such posts only make us realize how lucky we are and how grateful we should be for the ones who are guarding us and are ensuring our safety, staying away from their families!

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  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    Wow, this has got me pumped up. To brave those choppy waters is really something 😀 Very brave and Strong Woman 😀
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  5. Eli says:

    That was an interesting read Parul – thanks for giving her a voice 🙂
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  6. Vidya Sury says:

    How inspiring! She must love her work! Glad you met her and introduced her, Parul!
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  7. Soumya says:

    What a wonderful choice of career! Women need to be strong, follow their passions and do whatever they want. With or without support.

    I love this series of yours Parul. I know that you are a strong woman and I love the fact that you are bringing more such women in focus 🙂
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  8. Obsessivemom says:

    What an unconventional choice of a career. Not an easy one too. Thanks for sharing Parul
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  9. Rachna says:

    Fantastic! Loved reading about Rathi. Such poise and confidence. Thank you for sharing these lovely stories with us, Parul.
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  10. Bellybytes says:

    I love this series of yours Parul. Truly informative and inspirational.

  11. Guilliean says:

    Seeing this was definitely something I needed to read. She’s a very cool woman to be doing what she does.
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  12. Shilpa says:

    This is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing it with us😊

  13. Writer from the East says:

    Hip Hip Hurray, Rathi’s story is inspiring for all women and gives us the confirmation that women are today also joining non traditional careers such as marine and sea. Thanks to you for bringing her story to us!

  14. Ritu says:

    Wonderful to read stories of inspiring real women!

  15. Sulekha says:

    Hats off to Rathi. Your womenatwork photo feature is truly inspiring. It feels nice to see brave women making a mark in the world. Kudos to us all.

  16. Rathi is inspiring! It’s absolutely not easy to be in her shoes!
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  17. Wow! Rathi is so inspiring! It’s absolutely not easy to be in her shoes. Hats off!

  18. Beloo Mehra says:

    This is great! These stories of women at work in unusual or uncommonly seen occupations are inspiring indeed. Thanks for giving us a glimpse at such women’s lives and work.
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  19. Shilpa Gupte says:

    Your ‘Women at work’ posts are always so inspiring and encouraging, Parul! Each time I visit your blog to read these posts, I come back feeling motivated to do my best for the life I have been blessed with!
    Thanks to women like Rathi, people will be compelled to look at women as not just “the fairer sex”, but also the stronger sex!

  20. Kala Ravi says:

    Indeed inspiring! We do look at women in roles that we find so adventurous like an FG second officer or a pilot but it takes tremendous grit to pull it off day in and day out! Hats off to Rathi! Thanks for introducing us to yet another inspiring Woman at Work Parul!

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