You might have seen men fixing tyre patchwork in our localities or on the highways. But have you ever seen a girl doing the same work in Vizag? Don’t be surprised, K Revathi, armed with a B.Com degree from Pragati Degree College in Kothavalasa, currently working as a mechanic in BEV Electronics in Pendurthy, Visakhapatnam.
Revathi, boldly says, she learnt how to fix a type path when she was in class 8. Almost 10 years hence, now she can assemble a vehicle all by herself. Though a degree holder, the sounds of grinding tyres and clinks of a tool kit have turned into her passion. She was initiated into the world of mechanics by her father K Ramu, who runs a small mechanic shop in Sujata Nagar in Pendurthy. Speaking to Hello Vizag, Revathi says “after school, I used to come directly to the shop to help my father, who always had difficulty in finding trustworthy assistants. Working as a helper to my father in day-to-day works, I started liking the work as well.
Even though girls more often than not take to repairing vehicles, such was Revathi’s passion that she started learning all the intricacies of repairing a motorcycle within no time. “I became an expert to fix the problems such as car/two-wheeler engine issues, clutch plate at the age of 17, she said, proudly. Revathi was never once told to go home just because she was a girl. “I used to encourage her just by seeing her interest in this work, K Ramu said, gleaming with joy. Due to my financial scarcity, my daughter could not study mechanical engineering, he added. But despite not studying a professional course in mechanics, Revathi has been doing extremely well in her field.
Speaking about her current workplace, Revathi said, “Initially, it was a bit scary of being only women employee, but thanks to my colleagues I am able settled down by learning constantly to be able to grow more, she said. Due to the fact that BEV Electronics specializes in producing electrical scooters, a huge amount of electronic wiring system is being assembled by Revathi. “It is quite challenging work. Neither I studied nor worked with electric vehicles. Indeed it is quite challenging and I am loving to do it, she said. In fact, for Revathi, it is a dream to teach other women the basics of mechanics. “After all, the grease strains at the end of the days’ work are worth it,” Revathi said smilingly.