Bangalore: When little Sujata went along with her father for short drives in their white-colour Ambassador in Bhopal's Arera Colony, she had a dream to become an IAS officer. But, life took a different flightpath and she became an air warrior. Today, Wg Cdr Sujata Tiwari's is one of the sweetest voices, the entire nation is familiar with. Read on to know why!
A postgraduate in Economics, Sujata joined the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 1999 as a cadet at the Air Force Academy (AFA), Hyderabad. Interestingly, she is now an instructor at AFA, training her junior cadets and inspiring them to touch the skies with glory.
At Aero India-2013, Sujata's commentary has already caught the attention of the plane people, thanks to her inimitable style and versatile voice. “Commentary and participating in quiz competition was always my passion. Before joining the IAF, I did some programmes for the All India Radio's Yuvavani programme. My first commentary in the IAF was during the Passing Out Parade at AFA in 1999, and I was a cadet then,” says Sujata, with a child-like smile, during an interaction with City Express. Then on, IAF took her onboard and made her almost permanent at all important events.
So far, she has given commentary during 10 IAF Day (October 8) parades, nine Republic Day Parades, two international air shows and many others. “During R-Day Parades the pride makes all the difference,” says Sujata, who is an expert in cooking paav bhaji and egg curry. “So far, no complaints from anyone,” she says, unable to control her laughter.
At Aero India, for the first time, she has fallen in love with the Flying Bulls. “They are so cute looking. My God! So much of daredevilry. They capture the skies and become its masters within no time. I love our Sukhois too,” says Sujata, now a Permanent Commissioned Officer. Interestingly, Sujata's role models are Swami Vivekananda, Amitabh Bachchan and her father herself.
In love with Bangalore and its weather, Sujata says even the people are really warm and very hospitable. “You feel very much at home when you are in Bangalore,” says Sujata, whose first posting was in Srinagar.
Her biggest compliment so far came from a spectator at R-Day Parade, when he came to her and said: “Aapke zabaan se jo aawaz nikalthi hain, woh seedha hamare dillo main gus jaatha hain (Your voice goes straight in to our hearts)”
Well, come to Yelahanka, and even you would agree!