Impact Hour 17 – Vistarakulu ( Korukonda )

Impact Hour 17 is being curated into a video you may watch it here.

This is the village of Korukonda, East Godavari where a group of women who are skilled labour perform plate making. There are biodegradable plates made up of Sal leaves or Banyan tree leaves. These women are paid 10 rupees for making 200 such plates as showed on the video. The gap is widening between the customer and skilled labour.

This shall be further extended in the further research that includes visits to the factory outlets and supply chain of vistarakulu.

Written and video by Sahithi divi ( volunteer Ganesh Kalyan )

IMPACT HOUR With Swetha Varma

Written by Sahithi Divi as told by Swetha Varma

Actor, Human Rights Influencer, Engineer

Swetha is born and bought up in Hyderabad whose mother tongue is konkani as her mom is from Goa. She speaks six languages in total and she is a self made actor who has made her imprint in the field of performance and acting. She went on to experiment her liking with camera through anchoring which ultimately pulled her to acting where she belongs. As a child she wanted to be everything she saw. Curious about various roles played by people in the society, she often comprehended imagination to her future career choice and found herself wanting to be something each day. She enjoyed the cultural diversity and possessed varied interests. She did not have to abide by common norms around a girl child due to having a multicultural family and open minded parents. The world around her and the education system does not promote the art talents of students on power with academics which creates a longing gap between life dream and characteristics exhibited by a child as a natural talent. Peculiarities of children must be embraced and given importance by providing more resources , she says.

She was doing her undergrad in electronics and communications engineering when she saw the advertisement of the miss hyderabad contest. Swetha took the first step of enrolling with the 3000 other beautiful women, walked the ramp in her flip flops and made it to the top 20 finalists. Process of the beauty contest gave her essential learnings about the acting scenario. She transformed herself into a free spirit walking on high heeled stilettos making herself differentiate with her exceptional answers to the jury about sustainable environment. This whole experience gave her the learning curve and network exposure. She then ventured into some trails for anchoring. One day she suddenly agreed to a short film with a book, as her first remuneration.

Swetha came across behavioural hurdles from different directions. Alongside the personal parameters of being a strong opinionated woman in a male dominated industry , she also explains that there is a lot of stigma attached to how the main leads are perceived. Short films, web series, cameos and traditional film making are the various platforms where she has acted. She has been vocal about exploitation in order to provide her voice to others who are unable to get opportunities due to adversity towards non consensensual demands made by powerful people. She emphasises how important it is to have a perquisite screening process for actors according to the role.

She has chosen very bold and socially challenging characters to play in search of adventure in her field. Owning her life is her greatest assest. She is a fearless influencer of positivity and attracts stories which can open her to new dimensions. Like she played the main lead in a movie called Rani in which she played four characters. In 2020 she is looking forward to six releases in which she is playing the main lead character. From her last experiences she thoughtfully understood what she can bring to table.

When asked about her take aways for the aspiring young actors she laminates the importance of working continuously on oneself, dealing inclusively about emotions, believe and love your dreams unconditionally. She says that it is very important to observe compassionately and learn new skills everyday. As an actor an individual interacts with a production house, director and audience with contrasting environments that demands constant updation to skills.

Swetha defines democracy as yet to arrive, women as shakti and love as freedom to choose. She says , The world will say , don’t be an actor and every-time you hear that , evolve into a stronger person. She resonates to sustainable development goal five of gender equality by using her platform to voice rights violation especially for women and goal number seventeen by partnering with impact-scientist by sharing her experience to empower others.

Written by Sahithi Divi ( source : http://www.impactscientist.com )

‘ IMPACT HOUR ‘ With Dr. Apoorva

Written By Sahithi Divi as told by Dr. Apoorva

Doctor ( Anaesthesiologist, Critical Care Physician ) , Mother, Vegan, Sustainability Influencer, Education Volunteer

Apoorva’s story tunes back to childhood embraced with everything she needed as a kid. Hailing from a family of doctors and mother being a lawyer , she often comprehended ways to be able to use the resources for a larger purpose. As a child she travelled through books and conspired boundaries to being exposed to pain. Her parents compassed her confidence towards restoring healthcare. She remembers being a child who only knew the world confined to her books.

She is a an Anaesthesiologist, Critical Care Physician who started to look at the cancer chemotherapy as a painful process of healing or eradication of cancer. She explains how intense and draining the palliative therapy can be. Expressing her deepest desire is to work towards improvising the healing process for cancer patients.

Being a doctor it is equally important to be updated and create awareness about the same, to uphold a continuity in transforming knowledge into something useful with the help of digital platforms. She said every individual has the collated power to act. “Segregating your target group and begin educating them”, she said. Broadly saying, her intention was to create awareness about prevention and sustainability while curing it.

Motherhood not only brought an internal change but she also realised the importance of sharing her experiences and gave birth to a new her called Dr . Mommy’s Son. She found herself making an impact by turning a sustainability influencer and took a leap for turning into a conscious vegan. Every person’s ability to push the dial is underestimated with prefixed roles assigned even before someone is born. Dreams are for oneself but what is the point of not including the ecosystem we live in ? she stares ! A community of common thinkers is a strong force , then imagine the strength of doers. As a doctor she understands the affect of suffering on a person’s life and how lifestyle changes with-hold long terms concerns of sustainable overall wellbeing.

When asked about her perspective about women, she said most of the women do not go to sleep with the contentment of being able to do what they want , as their aspirations might not match the social standards of the leverage given to a girl for dreaming, precisely of carrying no emotional regrets. She says , ” death is inevitable, meanwhile don’t throw away your life to the comfort of anyone except you”. Turning into a vegan was an enlightenment which helped her develop a resourceful relationship with nature. At the same time she is attributing herself in the journey of Makers Of Milkshakes founded by her spouse, Rahul.

Dr. Apoorva has managed to navigate her learnings towards an inclusive network of people. She created a platform to share her blog stories about sustainable living, motherhood, health and wellness and emotional intelligence. She also actively volunteers and is associated with organisations like Animal Mark and community teachings. She defines Gender as discrimination, Democracy as paralysed and Love as life.

Influence to create an impact is a tool to understated humor behind somebody’s will to bring upon a change. Apoorva is a spark of light who is on her journey to collaborate her learnings and invest her time in improvising the networking standards in India , which she feels is the key step before amplifying the elements of changing social structures.

Written By Sahithi divi as told by Dr. Apoorva ( source: http://www.impactscientist.com )