A family that eats together, dances together, laughs together and flies together. Yes, meet a one of their kind family in the world “Bhasins“. Crisp whites, peak caps, flight bags, four stripes on their shoulders – These are Bhasins, The Ultimate Sky Team. The three generations of them are flying constantly. Five members of the family — parents, two children, and their late grandfather — have nearly 100 years of flying among them.
Captain Jai Dev Bhasin, the grandfather of the family was among the first 7 pilots in the country to become an air commander in the year 1954. More interestingly, his daughter-in-law Nivedita Jain, before marrying his son, was the third woman pilot who joined his company Indian Airlines. She then married Jai Dev Bhasin’s son Captain Rohit Bhasin who was also a pilot. And today by making the streak up the couple is the proud parents of two young commanders, Rohan and Niharika Bhasin.
Recalling the day when she joined Indian Airlines Nivedita says,
“Flying fascinated me for as long as I can remember. Maybe when I was as young as six or seven. I was at a friend’s birthday party when my father came running with an appointment letter for me from Indian Airlines. The day is etched in my memory. It was June 29, 1984.”
She was just 20 years old when she received the appointment letter and in the next 11 years, went on to achieve her most cherished career milestones. At the age of 26, when she already a mother of a one-year-old, she received her command on Boeing 737, becoming the youngest woman captain of a jet plane in the world.
Nivedita’s daughter Niharika says her mother was her inspiration as she grew up seeing her booted and suited in the dress. She always wanted to become like her mother. Her desire helped her to meet her dream successfully. On the other hand, Rohan says,
“I was appearing for an interview for KG class when I introduced myself as Captain Rohan Bhasin. Somehow I felt that since both my parents were captains then I must also be one. I was obsessed with aircraft.”
We got truly fascinated from this family. Wow! what an aviator family.
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