#WomenAtWork – A First Officer

I am a First Officer.

A single child and a sincere student, at work I have to be prudent.

First in my family to enter aviation, my career choice is my decision.

There were ups and downs in life but I took each day in its stride.

Dreams in my eyes, up close I can watch the Sunrise.

Men can be stewards and women can fly, someday we will bid gender bias a goodbye.

Come to my home and watch us share chores, we three are together indoors or outdoors.

I love what I do and I want to grow.

Giving up is not my cup of tea, someday to the ‘left’ I will be.

My name is Richelle and I am a First Officer with Indigo.

I am a First Officer at Indigo

I am a First Officer at Indigo


Today is edition #4 of #WomenAtWork, a regular photo feature on this blog. Read the inaugural post to know more. 

I met Richelle over emails when I travelled to Bangalore from Delhi early March. I passed on a note to her expressing my desire to feature her. With Ms Anita Tuteja’s support, she shared about her career story and family. I found her to be a genuine person who would always try to do the right thing. 

Richelle – Pursuing the desire to feature you here, I was reminded of a very important lesson that as adults we all tend to forget. If we want something, we need to take the first step and ask for what we want. Happy to meet you!

24 Responses

  1. Indrani says:

    Great to know her! All the best to her!
    Love these posts Parul.

  2. She loves what she does and, that is very much evident from her words and demeanour…. 🙂 Great post…
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  3. Swati Dixit says:

    This is so cool and inspiring. Her smile says it all, she sure loves what she’s doing, totally gratifying! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    this is so c..o…o…l!! she totally owns it 😀 Thank you for sharing 😀
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  5. OMG, she. so. cool.
    AND pretty 🙂

    Thanks for this, Parul. I need to know more women like her <3

  6. richa singh says:

    Taking the first step is much needed in life. You never know what surprise awaits us! Thank you for sharing her story with us 🙂

  7. Kudos to her! Such an inspiration 🙂

    Also, those are lovely words you’ve penned Parul
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  8. Sid says:

    You know what strikes me – At least on the surface and from the picture, Richelle seems to be genuinely happy with her career and choice. And here’s to more women discovering what they love and being able to pursue their choices in career.
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  9. kalpana solsi says:

    Richelle- I doff my hat to you and Parul thanks for sharing this wonderful story with the readers.

    Gender stereotypes have to be broken and new ones created.

  10. BellyBytes says:

    Parul, it’s amazing how you manage to do it all! Working , blogging, yoga, travelling etc…..lady you truly rock.
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  11. Archana says:

    Flying high!! All the best Richelle. 🙂

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    Spice of Life!
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  12. Indeed women are growing leaps and bounds..so happy for Richelle. . I know the hard work that these ladies have put in. . What all they have gone through .. my sister also flies .. she was with kingfisher earlier and now she also flies for an Indian airline..

  13. Wonderful. She looks happy doing the job she loves!
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  14. Bernie says:

    A dream job. You obviously love it 😊

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