Sheela Ramani, the first girl who flew glider in Kerala, retires from service
Thenhippalam: After retiring from Calicut University, Sheela Ramani has no time to rest. Now she has to play different roles as Ayurveda doctor, Yoga trainer, shooting champion and the like.
The new generation in the university might not be familiar with Sheela as a 'glider girl'. She was the first woman from Kerala who flew a glider. When she flew the glider on the Republic Day celebration in 1984, the then prime minister Indira Gandhi also was present there.
Daughter of Thampanoor native late K P Sreedharan and Leelabai, Sheela was an NCC cadet while studying in Vazhuthacaud Women's College. The training from there motivated her to get private pilot license to fly gliders.
However, obtaining commercial license was an expensive procedure and Sheela switched her career to other fields like Ayurveda doctor, shooting champion, karate blackbelt holder, Yoga trainer and NCC under officer.
Sheela joined Calicut University 27 years ago. She retired as assistant registrar in NSS section. Dr Sam Ebenezar is her husband. The couple has a daughter named Adya who was born 14 years after their marriage. They live in a rented house near the university.