"Together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky." - Sonia Gandhi
Sonia Maino, an 18-year-old student, working as a waitress in a restaurant meets a handsome young engineering student. The couple then ties knots and starts living a peaceful life. Unless a day comes when the love of her life dies of misfortune. She mourns with sadness. But then gathers the courage to take a pledge to strengthen herself and the society.
Meet the Indian politician that too of Italian descent, Sonia Gandhi, one of the most powerful politicians in India.
Born in Veneto, Italy, Sonia has two sisters who reside in Orbassano along with their mother.
In 1964, Sonia went to study English at a language school in the city of Cambridge.
The next year, Sonia came across Rajiv at The Varsity Restaurant, where she was serving as a part-time waitress. Rajiv, at that time, was enrolled for an engineering degree in the University of Cambridge.
After marrying him in 1968, she took up Indian citizenship and started living with her mother-in-law, the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, at their New Delhi residence.
It is said that even though the couple belonged to the influential Nehru family, they avoided total involvement in politics.
But then there came a time when Rajiv entered politics after the death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi in a plane crash on 23 June 1980. Soon Rajiv became the 6th Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989.
She also accompanied Rajiv on a number of state visits.
The Indian National Congress party then decided to make P. V. Narasimha Rao the leader and subsequently Prime Minister.
When the Congress' fortunes continued to reduce, and the party lost the 1996 elections, Sonia joined the party as a primitive member in the Calcutta Plenary Session in 1997 and then became the party leader in the year 1998.
That was the time when she joined the Congress Party as a primary member in the Calcutta Plenary Session.
The surgery took place in the United States. She then returned to India and spoke about her son, Rahul, taking a larger role in the party.
In 2013, Sonia Gandhi was ranked 21st among world's most powerful people and 9th most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine.
It's her 'Simple is Stylish' quote and looks that support her innate sense of fashion.
Sonia was also named among the Time's 100 most influential people in the world for the years 2007 and 2008.
New Statesman listed Sonia Gandhi at number 29 in their annual survey of the world's 50 most influential figure in the year 2010.
Sonia Gandhi – An Extraordinary Life, An Indian Destiny, a biography written by Rani Singh, Sonia Gandhi: Tryst with India by Nurul Islam Sarkar, The Red Sari: A Dramatized Biography of Sonia Gandhi (El Sari Rojo) by Javier Moro, Sonia: A Biography by Rasheed Kidwai and The Accidental Prime Minister by Sanjaya Baru are some of them.
Hats off to her strong and positive approach towards life.