Dimapur: 24-year-old Tinkle Rai from Assam's Karbi Anglong district is a single mother who recently found employment as a courier in Nagaland's Dimapur. After her pictures, highlighting her profession, were shared online and went viral on social media platforms, Rai has been thrust into the limelight and her story has become an inspiration for all.
"On August 28, I was hired by the courier service Delhivery. The job of delivering goods is not usually done by women, but I am ecstatic as I have gotten to eke out a living for myself and my family," the mother of one told The Sentinel Digital.
Rai reveals that belonging to a middle-class family in a rural area, she could not opt for higher education. "After passing my 12th exams, I could not pursue further studies, as the situation was really bad. Due to family issues and a dearth of funds, I had to wrap up my studies in the 12th standard itself," she adds.
Rai would then go on to become a salesperson at a commercial establishment in Dimapur -- a job that she would go on to do for a year. "After completing my 12th standard, I was working in Dimapur as a salesperson. It was around this time that I chose to get married, although my age was less than 20 years at that point of time."
After her marriage fell apart, the young lady, along with her newborn son, returned to her parents' house, where she tried to earn a living by giving tuition classes. "However, it was really hard to convince people to send their children to classes, as we live in a rural area where people are hesitant to spend money on education."
The single mother's luck finally turned around when she was hired as a courier by Delhivery. "I feel fortunate. I applied for the post when I heard there was a vacancy and was pleasantly surprised upon being hired. Every day, I ride around 7-8 kilometres to reach Dimapur, where the work is based."
So what does she think of online stardom? "Perhaps people have taken to my story because of my good fortune despite the odds, or perhaps it is because of my struggle; I had never dreamed that i would get an experience like this, that people would know about me. But I would like to thank the people who have shared my story."
Tinkle says she is especially inspired by her older sister, Anu Rai, who was working as a delivery executive for several years. "My family members continue to be a source of inspiration for me. My older sister worked as a courier for 3-4 years and I have always been awed by the amount of hard work and dedication that she puts in."