“Where there is a will, there a is a way”
The golden quote fits perfectly when we talk about Annie Shiva, 31, who has been in the news lately for her inspiring life story of overcoming odds to join Kerala Police as a Sub-Inspector on June 25.
It was only ten years ago that Annie was selling ice creams, candies and lemonade for living near the Sivagiri Mutt – founded by Sree Narayana Guru, one of the main spiritual leaders of the state who led a renaissance movement against caste, untouchability, and for the necessity of education, leading to the all-round development of the state.
Interestingly, the famous Sivagiri Mutt comes under the jurisdiction of Varkala Police station – the same police station where Annie is now posted.
“Ten years ago, I was selling ice creams, candies, and lemonade. And now, I am the Sub Inspector at the same place. What more revenge can I take against my yesterdays,” said Annie.
Her complex story has been the perfect example of grit, determination and self-confidence.
Annie left her home at the age of 18 with her college mate during her graduation at Kanjiramkulam Government College, Thiruvananthapuram. However, her life took a bizarre turn when her live-in partner left her with a six-month-old baby boy, Sivasurya.
Rejected even by her family, Annie had to take care of her son all alone. Although, her ‘never give up’ attitude and grit helped her to sustain.
Annie lived in a shanty adjacent to her grandparents’ home. She did all sorts of odd jobs, starting off her career by selling soap and detergent powder door to door, selling insurance policies, delivered groceries to the households, etc. All this, for her, and her son’s survival.
Along with the odd jobs, Annie studied privately and completed her graduation in Sociology. In 2014, she joined a training institute to prepare for the Kerala State Public Service Commission at Thiruvananthapuram.
She cracked the police constable examination in 2016 and joined the service.
Later in 2019, Annie appeared for the officers’ exam, cracked it, and after training for one and half years, she is now a Sub Inspector of Kerala Police.