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Aishwarya Pissay:

Biker Aishwarya Pissay has learnt that success comes the hard way. After failing to clear her 12th exams, the Bengaluru-based Pissay had to leave the house that she was staying in with her father, after her parents divorced. She then went to stay with her mother, and started working while she continued with her studies. It was as she went on weekend bike trips with her colleagues that her passion for motobokes developed. She then enrolled in the Apex Racing Academy and has relentlessly pursued every challenge that she can take up, while ignoring the jeers and comments made by those who feel that bikes are not for women. The 24-year-old biker recently made history when she became the first ever Indian to win the FIM Bajas world Championship held in Hungary. She won the trophy in the Women’s category after winning the first round in Dubai, coming third in Portugal, fifth in Spain and fourth in Hungary, and ending with the maximum number of points. The motorcyclist has won six championships both on the off-road and on-road events. Pissay has also overcome a major accident in 2017, where she broke her collarbone and suffered a pancreas injury. Image credit: By Akshay.mariraj - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74674850

These eight super women are defying the odds to ace in their chosen, offbeat sports

‘You don’t have the strength or caliber to do it!’ ‘Go back to the kitchen where you belong!’ ‘This is no place for women’ - these are the kind of statements that women and girls who dare to think and act differently are often faced with. However, these words have not affected the daring sportswomen who take on challenges in areas which are not heard of in India or are considered to be a male domain.

We take a look at eight Indian women who have broken stereotypes and glass ceilings to excel in their chosen, often offbeat, sports: