Inspired by the Armed Forces rescue operation during the Kedarnath floods in 2013, a tea seller’s daughter dreamt of joining the IAF. Her determined father helped propel her dream, toiling day and night, selling tea.

Immediately after her induction into Indian Air Force she was identified as a flying officer. She was the topper among her batch consisting of 123 candidates.

Her journey was not an easy one. Her father had to toil selling tea day and night, borrow money and had to face pressure from lenders. He took the risk only to see her daughter fly the proud metal bird.

Happy upon seeing her daughter being recognised and receiving her medal from the academy, her father recalled how he faced all odds to ensure she achieves her dream.

Before taking the giant leap, Aanchal graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Sitaram Jaju Government Girls College, Neemuch. She joined the government service and worked as a labour inspector as well as a sub-Inspector.

She made time to prepare for a competitive exam in the defence sector and after five failed attempts, she emerged victorious in her sixth.