Helna of Thaippura, Kombodinjamakkal, spends the entire day toiling at the vehicle workshop owned by her brother Beryl. At night, she turns a BA English student. “As the classes are under the distance education stream, I get time to help the family by working at the workshop,” says Helna.
At the workshop located at Kattippokkam, Chalakkudy in Thrissur, Helna’s mother too would be present as manager.
Helna was coached in the electrical and mechanical aspects of vehicles by her brother Beryl from a young age. She loved vehicles since then and has now developed a knack to easily detect defects of any vehicle easily.
On most days, Helna would be at the workshop from 9 am to 6 pm. Sometimes, work lasts till night.
At the workshop, a hurdle Helna often faces is repairing inside the bonnet. Standing four feet and three inches tall, the youngster – who is not yet 18 – overcomes the issue by standing on a tyre.