Kochi temple worker’s daughter soars high amid odds, becomes IAF officer
Kochi: While Reshmi G Bhatt is soaring heights, her parents Gopinath and Sobha stood in front of the temple and said, “Sagg Dewali Daya (All is god’s blessing)”.
Reshmi completed her flying officer course under Indian Air Force the other day becoming the first Malayali flying officer from Gowda Saraswat Brahmins community.
Hailing from a family where her father studied only till second standard and mother eight standard, Reshmi’s childhood was filled with poverty and struggles. The family makes both ends meet with the mere income Gopinath receives from cooking and Pooja rituals at the temple.
Whenever Reshmi passes out of each class in flying colours, the family gets worried over her future studies. Mostly her education was on borrowed money. I am speechless as she achieved such greatness, said Sobha.
Reshmi had scored full A Plus in Class 10 from Mattancherry TD high School and 94 percent marks in Plus Two at Thoppumpady St Sebastian’s School. She completed her higher education in BTech with the help of Viswa Konkani Association. Later she joined TCS in Bengaluru.
When her friend Sanjana joined Army, Reshmi also wished to get into Air Force. She was selected to Air Force Academy in Hyderabad and completed one-year training at Air Force Technical College in Bengaluru.
Now she has been appointed to Air Force headquarters in Vadodara. However, Reshmi is downhearted as she can’t come and seek blessings from her parents before joining. Though she is allotted 15 days leave ahead of joining, she would have to undergo quarantine in Kerala and then in Vadodara.
While extending their blessings to her daughter over phone in front of the temple, Gopinath and Sobha said, “God is with her, he would protect her”.