13 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: “In the beginning, I got support from a noble man who helped me in getting a cab license and allowed me to drive his car. But there were roadblocks and I was uncomfortable,” said Odisha's first transgender cab driver Rani.
Rani’s story is an inspiration for many. She fought the battles on her own but always had a dream to fulfil. This dream was realised when a man from the United States of America identified her and offered financial support.
But before that she had her own share of struggles. Rani started with a battery-powered rickshaw with which she used to ferry devotees at Puri. An American tourist who extended financial support to buy a cab recognized her service.
However, this amount was not enough and Rani had to knock many doors for a bank loan. Her perseverance paid off and Rani got a loan which enabled her to buy a cab.
She bought a cab of her own and today drives around the cab in Bhubaneswar with pride and dignity. This transgender earns a living and also supports others. Rani urges other people in her community to adopt a dignified living.
A resident of a slum in Kalinga Studio area, Rani moves out in the daytime and night as well. She has earned respect from her customers who always praise Rani’s dedication and honesty. Personalities like Rani are certainly role models for the society.