Mangaluru: Meet gritty Radhika - Driver and owner of 10 ambulances

Pics: Ramesh Pandith
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (DV)

Mangaluru, Jan 27: Last month, on December 27, daijiworld had brought its readers the story of the gritty Shilpa, who runs the popular Halli Mane Rotties all by herself. Here's the story of yet another woman of substance, a woman who has fought all odds and overcome obstacles, including those that come being part of a profession that is usually seen as a male domain.

This is the story of C S Radhika, who apart from being an ambulance driver, also owns 10 ambulances.

A resident of Kulaigudda, Radhika manages the functioning of her 'Cauvery Ambulances' with the help of seven staff. Her efforts and dedication to work speaks volumes about the iron will behind this woman who has fought all odds to make a living in a field where women are a rarity.

"Nothing is impossible, if you have the will to do it," says the gritty Radhika.

Radhika lost her husband C S Suresh who was into ambulance service and operating a single ambulance van. After his demise, she had to earn for a living and also look after her two daughters all on her own.

Radhika who has been into ambulance services since 2002, bravely faced all odds and ventured into this profession. Now that her life is better than what it was, she recalls her struggle and says that in her hard times, due to financial crisis, the family had to spend many days with just a single meal. Hard pressed against all difficulties, she did not give up but took up the job at hand and started ‘Cauvery Ambulances’ with all her courage.

She further recalls that she learnt driving from her husband who always inspired her saying, "Driving the ambulance for people in itself is a form of service. We should do it wholeheartedly".

In her ambulance, Radhika has not only travelled across Karnataka but also gone to various states like Jharkhand, Bihar and Maharashtra to render her service.

"When faced with difficulties, we should have no fear, instead we should struggle hard to lead our lives," she said.

She also provides first aid as she has experience of working in a private hospital as a nurse. Whenever necessary, she takes the vehicle to pick up ailing patients. Radhika's two children are now pursuing their education in a college in the city.

Recently, she was awarded the 'Mangaluru Press Club Award' in recognition of her service to society.

Indeed, people like Radhika need to be appreciated and applauded not only for the way they have struggled and won, but also for their selflessness.


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  • Doreen Machado, Mangalore/ Sharjah

    Thu, Jan 28 2016

    Truly inspiring story! Radhika you are a very courageous and brave woman. God Bless you and your children. Wish you all the very best for the future.

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  • Shilpa, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Jan 28 2016

    Good job Ma' are an inspiration to all of us...A big salute to you..

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  • Eulalia Dsouza, Bijai/ Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 28 2016

    Dear Radhika, Congratulations. I am so proud of you as another woman in society. What you have done & what you are doing is a great job. Keep up your hard work, never failing spirit & You will do still better. God Bless you with good health & loads of courage n confidence in life.You are a Light of Motivation, kindle of inspiration to women who need to live life with dignity.!!

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  • kumar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 28 2016

    This lady is a very good inspiration to both ladies and gents who think they are unfortunate and unlucky in all issues and go to extreme decision like suicide

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  • gm, mlur

    Thu, Jan 28 2016

    The ladies who struggled and successful are the real celebrities. They are the great daughters, great wives, great mothers and inspiration to everyone in the society.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, UDUPI/NEW YORK,USA.

    Thu, Jan 28 2016

    Radhika, we are proud of you. We have no words to express your achievement. Your very words,that nothing is impossible if you have the will to do it is absolutely right. Best of luck and pray to God that he will guide and help you and our family in every way. Big thanks to Ramesh Pandith for the photo coverage.

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    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    Hats off to you Madam.

    Shenoy's terrace gardening...
    And your Ambulance service...
    Very much inspired.

    God bless

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    Wed, Jan 27 2016


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  • Kusuma Kumari Chitti G , Kodyadka

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    A very good achievement We must always encourage woman enterpenures in life

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  • Shekar Moily Padebettu, Udupi/India

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    While appreciating and commending the achievement and efforts of gritty Radhika,we must also laud the efforts of Daijiworld for bringing such a nice and noble stories in this column.Driver and owner of 10 Ambulances,is quite a fabulous and amazing achievements of Radhika in the male dominated society. Priceless ordeals and hurdles in her path to reach this level where she is now,may be it is undisclosed herculean task for her.She has proved that "WHERE THERE IS A WILL,THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A WAY".Survival of the fittest.May God bless her and daughters to accomplish their dreams and mission.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    Salute to you dear sister,with all problems to fight and stand on your are a example to all Ladys/men who just give up when trouble arises and suicide.Let the poor one not down.keep up your entusiam.good luck.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    A brave and a determined lady!!!Keep up your good works to this society!!!

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai / udupi

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    Dear sister Radhika

    you are a role model for all of us..hats off to you..May Allah bless u abundantly withnhealth, wealth n peace of mind n may your breed multiply...aameen

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  • Lavina Mathias, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    Dear radhika, Hats up for your achievement. May the Almighty God grant you a ver good health to run this business.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    Radhika is bestowed with dynamic will power. What is she today is the result of her hard work and determination.
    Her love and care for others(sick or ailing people) is truly admirable.
    "One of the greatest gifts a man can receive is a woman's heart! Don't take it for granted!"
    -Tony Gaskin

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  • Peter Lewis, Kalmady/ k s a

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    Hats off Madam Radhika. Really Inspiration to others.

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  • Mohan, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    A big salute to iron lady

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  • Yenku, Panambur

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    Inspiring.....Keep it up. God Bless!

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  • Thomas, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    Great motivation

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Jan 27 2016

    Proud of you brave lady ! Wish you loads of accomplishments in your adventurous profession !

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