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Four-in-one

Saraswati Amma can teach you to drive not only two-wheelers and cars, but also heavy vehicles. She is a beautician, costume designer and a Reiki practitioner as well.


ONE COULD always take a leaf out of Saraswati Amma's book. She has never let opportunities pass by.Today, she is a veritable one-stop-shop. Adept at fabric painting, her nimble hands are skilled in hand and machine embroidery; she can design your clothes and give you a facial. She can teach you how to drive two-wheelers, cars and (hold your breath!) heavy vehicles. She is a Reiki practitioner as well.

"I was trained under Anila Joseph to be a beautician. The urge to do the Shahnaz beautician course made me get in touch with Shahnaz Hussain to find out whether a person like me with little working knowledge of English and no knowledge of Hindi could qualify for her course. The reply was positive," she says. Training under Jessy Zachariah, a Shahnaz franchisee, she completed the course and appeared for the exam in New Delhi. Somewhere along the way, she acquired skills in embroidery, fabric painting and Reiki.

As a young mother, with her husband in the Gulf, she was exhorted by relatives and well-wishers to move to Thiruvananthapuram, which had better educational facilities than her hometown.

The city had its own problems for this newcomer. Public transport facility was scarce and three-wheelers were proving expensive. The need for mobility prompted her to learn to ride a Kinetic Honda, in the late 1980s. Before long, she found women approaching her to learn to ride the gearless two-wheeler. Identifying the need for a driving school for women with women instructors, she set up one such.

Now `Saras Driving School' takes up a major part of her morning hours. When she began the school, the USP was a woman driver to teach women. "Now women, who have secured licences after training here, bring their husbands to Saras," she says.

BHAWANI CHEERATH

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