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Himanshu Roy

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This 105-year-old Is One Of The 100 Most Influential Women In The World

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  •  November 26, 2016

 

What will you achieve in life by the time you are 105-year-old? Sounds a tad oxymoronic, eh?

But once you hear the story of Saalumarada Thimmakka, you will understand that even after being a centurion in life, there’s a lot that you can do to change the world around you for better.

Thimmakka, who is an environmentalist from Karnataka, is credited with planting more than 8,000 trees in 80 years, a feat which is unparallel.

Her incredible life has also earned Thimmakka a spot in the BBC’s list of 100 most influential women in the world.

But the journey was never easy for Thimmakka, who had to face some challenges to do what she wanted to.

As disgusting as it seems, but she was ostracized by all her relatives and neighbors simply because she didn’t give birth to a child.

As a result, Thimmakka had to fight poverty, starvation and stark opposition from the family of her husband just to survive and carry on with life.

But fortunately, in spite of opposition from her relatives, her husband always stood beside her, even when it meant for him to go against his family.

The whole idea of planting trees came into their mind to find some peace of mind after they had no choice but to face the behavior meted out by the society.

And thus, the couple found love in planting trees and started considering them as their children.

The very fact that Thimmakka’s name has been included in the list of 100 most influential women in the world shows that if a person has grit and the tenacity to not quit the fight, nothing is impossible in life.

We salute this brave woman and her husband for making it big in spite of all the odds in life being against them.

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