‘IMPACT HOUR’ With Ratna Malladi

Written By Sahithi Divi as told by Ratna Malladi

Ratna Malladi, Mother, Architect, Entrepreneur |Founder – Yellow Seven Architects, Gender Equality Ambassador

When asked about female quotient, social stigma, strategy | powerplay, parenting, challenges of life in decentralised towns, purpose and finding oneself in this world…….Here is her Impact story.

She got married in the third year of her bachelors degree of Architecture. She is a mother of two wonderful children. She is an entrepreneur who broke all odds to turn every opportunity into a realtime project in front of which she proudly stands like a minuscule and moves forward. She, who does not shy away from teaching about sex education to her children and menstruation to her son , not just daughter. During my conversation with her , I found that she often connected dots from her childhood in relevance to her role as a parent who is also an entrepreneur in a male dominated field combined with social stigma. As a child she wished to have had the courage to speak up about the things she is unlearning as a women much later. When the driving force is family for a woman , she is unstoppable .

Worked for corporates like Keystone, Jurong, Phoenix as a leading Architect before she moved out to float her own enterprise Yellow Seven Architects . She is taking over new projects for scaling sustainable architecture in Andhra Pradesh and other parts of the country. Driven by expertise , she provides an intrapreneur atmosphere for her employees to enjoy their best performance.

She repeated the importance for every woman to exhibit her strength. She emphasised on the team work that she benefits from at home along with her husband to tackle the circular challenges which go unseen in the fast moving life journey. She received an unconditional companionship while relocating from a city to a smaller town that applauds beneath the social stigma of applauding a women in the first place. She believes that a women cannot belong to anybody except for her education and experience in order to prosper.

According to Ratna , every woman must prioritise to retain her financial freedom to embark beyond the possibilities set by acquainted stereotypes. Money is the value that you earn which defines you over a period of time. When asked about the impact of regulated societies on children? she narrated , how women are conditioned to behave and up-bring in a certain way differentiating between children through Gender. Parents need a chance to unlearn before teaching their kids. In contrary to this ,men also have a reflected pressure to carry financial atrocity and authority. This long term practice is now a norm divided by gender specific roles. Why is it challenging for anybody to go through the beautiful experience of a strong women with power ?

” Although women might be the answer to rising economies yet the real impact can be founded and measured through children “. says Ratna.

Her children bear the opportunity to watch home tasks and lifeskills performed by the mother and father equally. This visual learning grows with the child to create normalcy and detangle the gender roles with generosity. Schools must teach life skills like cleaning , cooking, gardening, sanitation, sex education that are non gender specific learnings to self sustainable life.Children learn from those whom they love. Every child must get used to see a women being in charge.

She looks back to the time ……when she immensely learned from her mother’s perseverance and her mother in law’s will power for Ratna’s career. They remained influential reasons to not get carried away withering to the changing weather of social introspection.

She wishes to be remembered as a happy woman who used her fire to spread the light and restore herself. She defines Democracy as bullshit, Gender as overrated and Love as companionship

Written by sahithi divi as told by Ratna Malladi ( source : http://www.impactscientist.com )

‘ Impact Hour ‘ with Manju Kalanidhi

Written By Sahithi Divi as told by Manju Kalanidhi

Manju Kalanidhi , Mother, Indian Journalist, City Editor – The New Indian Express, Founder of Rice Bucket Challenge

When asked about her childhood wishes, purpose, happy quotient, scaling up plans, self discovery and milestones of life journey ….. Here is the impact I collected.

The perseverant curiosity of this 70’s kid foresees what is beyond the drawn lines as a girl child, which transpired a will to cut through the finite awareness and resources available to visualise a dream from a small town Kazipet of Warangal district in Telangana.

She choose journalism as her tool to deliver value to the world although from a science background. While pursuing journalism in Bangalore, she closely tackled the challenges around diversity paired with competence. Balancing herself through the setbacks of coming from a middle class family, which also means that inclusivity was difficult to sustain yet very important for not looking back. Extracting resilience from the setbacks empowered her to be financially independent which in-turn impacts the personal choices too.

” To be useful is a privilege” , she says with a standby smile held up.

The Rice Bucket Challenge is her brainchild. Connecting her dots with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals , while 821 million people are facing food deprivation in the world as of today with rising numbers, Manju profoundly came up with the rice bucket challenge as an effective solution using collaboration to mitigate hunger. Through this initiative she aimed to connect the rice donors to those in need. As a part of this campaign she collected more than 200 thousand kilos of rice as her initiative towards Hunger Mitigation. She is looking for potential partnerships for scaling this to educational institutions for a sustainable and automated operation. She is fighting towards zero hunger using shared economy and collaboration as her key drivers.

Her visit to the United States for a social exchange program encased a brilliant networking stage with a community of common thinkers from across the globe for her.

As a journalist she says that women are the forefront for millennial media. Women of this era create more voice , especially now a days media is playing a crucial role in bringing social intelligence into limelight. Women in STEM , menstrual health, educational / career opportunities, sport attributions are the current affair to socio economic strata of gender equality in media.

Manju defines ; Women as POWER , Democracy as NECESSITY and Love as NECESSARY EVIL.

Dreams became milestones when urbanisation gave her words a loud voice that irrigates change. Choosing her own path provided her the tenacity to remain committed and continue her journey into who she is today. Financial freedom gave resistance to personal challenges, independent risks and a sustainable career. She entitled hope for human centric solutions using Sustainable Development Goals. She proved that Journalism , Shared Economy and Collaboration has the power to make a remarkable change in the world by just one person alone…..Manju Kalanidhi.

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

Inequality In Delusion Of Democracy

Written By Sahithi Divi

Democracy is a delusive state of mind. Hard to appreciate and difficult to live without. While we are finding a million ways to manage and platform our opinions, fundamental rights are in danger within the power of democracy. Objective norms created by individuals are now followed as summary of regulations which are in turn opposed by the rest.

In India, where diversity is the main characteristic of our country, diversification cannot be embraced. We are living divided lives without considering the affect of our thoughts and actions on our land.

Political system is enabling democratic practice of bringing leaders to policy making. While policies are attempting to vitalize India from the last seven decades, healthcare and education system are scarce of voices to reflect the deficient needs and increasing demand of compulsory reforms which are now on the verge of building blocks for dangerous after-affects.

Accountability is the only possible solution for de-masking the delusions paralysed by democracy. Each of us are facing the undermining remains due to the discussions initiated by insufficient ability to monetise the socio- economic conditions.

Democracy is suppose to bring betterment not division ! Time is comprehensive , fading into darker myths. Manipulated history with a glimpse of changing times that are further frightening the future security of Equality in association with education , healthcare , political reform, gender bias and distribution of sophisticated power.

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