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 )

The Difficulty Of Being Oneself

Written By Sahithi Divi

In the dire need of circumstances, when comes the time to act for yourself , what stops you ? What are the thoughts that hold you back from fighting back with the inner voice which knows how the spark will admit to fire ?

We often think about what is not there. It is time to revise the strengths and use them for good. This process obviously comes inclusive of the withered flashes of flying time.

Read the below lines to find out reasons behind the difficulty of being oneself ….

  • Answerability is certain , avoid it.
  • Individuality is a human right that can be enjoyed through a learning process.
  • Recognition cannot be voluntary.
  • Chances if not given can be taken.
  • Protection is a habit born out of being protected.
  • Expectation can create doubts.
  • Surprises are the way of life independent of their nature.

The difficulty of being oneself is not a condition, infact it is just the beginning of an other chapter.

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Identity Crisis For Women . Why ?

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Where does the challenge begin for women ? Why is their identity at stake ?

Women in especially developing countries and in this case India, seem to battle with identity crisis due to the lack of equal resources and cultural speedbreakers controlling her capacity to achieve or dream. Identity crisis begins with the most generic habit of giving her feminine and household rolemodels only as an option, to pick from categories to explore.

At the same time we color the girl’s life with so many identification pointers reminding her the limitations of her being a girl. Her abilities are limitless but how much can she unfold is often not for her to decide. How can a person be confused about uncertain expectations of others ?

Fulfillment of purpose and happiness inside the soul can exist when all the factors in your life are decided by you yourself. Gender roles are tearing up almost every women to defend herself against the feminine responsibilities written off by everyone else for the women in most of the cases to forgo her real identity to fulfill the voids of a shared promise all by herself.

A women has no choice but to contribute hertime and preferences to soo many people trying to create a strong influence for her well being. Every person has a vast layout of their life, a women’s layout is created by a team of family members and influencial society examples. All she can do is decorate the provided layout with her choice of theme.

This kind of a situation occurs because she is not designed to think like a bread winner instead she is told to be a meal maker and at the same time homemaking is considered compulsion not luxury.

Identity is more than a person’s right where as we are creating layers of identities with divided classes of norms and expectations.

Focusing on one’s own prosperity is much more eventful than thinking actively for an other adult especially influencing them to such an extent that gender actually becomes a considerable point of accepting inequality .

IDENTITY CRISIS IS NOT TRUE IF YOU DON”T BELIEVE

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Kanya = (Fresh) daughter ; Daan = Donation ? I Oppose This Practise

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#iopposekanyadaan

Kanyadaan is giving away the bride as a symbolic marriage ritual . Father of the Bride take’s his daughters hand and places it in the Groom’s hand, requesting for him to accept his daughter to be an equal partner.When I google the word ‘Kanya ‘ , it confuses me what a modest, fresh and virgin daugther means. This is performed in order to transfer the responsibility of daughter into the hands of the groom and his family. In my opinion giving away your daughter in donation to wash your sins after bringing her up with such compassion does not fit well with my beliefs. Along with the changing times we forgot to update the rituals to what applies today and why ? The big change is hard to imagine but what about you who is reading this ?


While we are talking about serious social issues leading to gender inequality and the changes we cannot bring on the larger scale, what about advocating for your own equality to stand as a strong example for others to begin their life not as a donated object but a person who underwent a celebration of their union called marriage.


By practising Kanyadaan, the positioning of woman in the family is naturally a draft of bound customs. A lot speaks about the things that we do not question about. There must be some beginning , a collective voice and a powerful repulsion about how we demonstrate rights,in public in form of customs. Due to the potrayal of idiolic rituals gender bias get priorly infused on public platforms and hence, such unopposed beliefs become common norms.

“Unopposed beliefs become common norms”.

Kanyadaanam is a personal expirience which one goes through and it is your own descision to question it or to convert that to a meaningful context that hooks to your view of life. While this ritual occurs at the start of wedding journey , it lays foundation to behavioral hierarchy and common expectation for millions of uniquely different girls. Inferiority need not be economic status , it can also be highly comparable to how she is treated or how her decision making naturally becomes someone else’s right or responsibility overnight.

Everything begins with you. Let us know your thoughts about this custom and why we must bring an end to it as it gives a very inequal picture to the whole world from where the life of a girl begins after marriage.

#iopposekanyadaan

I raise my voice against donating daughters publicly in a wedding celebration.

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You Too Have A Role In Rise Of FEMINISM

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Sustainable Development Goal 5

Gender Inequality is multidimentional socio economic issue which need both policies in place as well as the personal mindshift of every individual. It is spread across the corners in disguise. Gender Equality cannot be provided as a service or product. It is a change in the way of thinking and more like cultivating a natural habit of treating an other person equally. Rise of words like women empowerment and feminism is a result of dominating outdated beliefs which are unparallel to current social structures where women are breaking the glass shell around them.


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Let us look at the Gender Statistics for India

Gender Inequality Index Rank – 132 out of 187 countries

Female Male Sex Ratio – 930 out of 1000 males

No. of childmarriages in a day – 39000 girls

No. of women with NO bank accounts – 80%

Percentage of women in labour force – 28% compared to men which is 82%

Literacy rate of women – 66%

Women suffering sexual or physical voilence – 1 in 3

Percentage of women in parliament – 11%

Working women in unorganised sector – 95%

No. of teen mothers per year – 16 Million

Percentage of girls able to use sanitary napkins – 16%

While navigating the young minds of our daughters, gender roles are centered towards family and wellness. Growing up to certain unreal fascination, childhood remains the most influencial part of everyone’s life. This directly affects the behavioural incompetence and confusion in choosing roles to play. Elimination process is conducted by the parent, partner or children for the women. This is also called Patriarchy !


Unlearning is the factor of importance in tackling gender inequality. Leadership to advocate against constructed bias will influence change. Gender inequality has the power to destroy healthy and sustainable ecosystems. Women who have the gift of being able to reproduce , must not be undermined to emotional duties dictated by someone. Self initiative by each of us will bring a collective movement that will enforce each person to restructure their homes and surroundings.

Fuck Off Patriarchy

Click Here To Take The Gender Pledge


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Daughters Are The Human Capital Of India ?

Written By Sahithi Divi

Women consists of 48 % of population in India

India is still expecting it’s daughters to silence their voices to the fury of dominance. Every time a girl is quiet, she is hiding enormous amount of power that is a wasted human capital that could have reflected towards a stronger foundation including the opinions and point of views of it’s 48 % of unheard screams. The policy making and leadership must not have been dictated under the reign of unequally divided governments !

Indian women alone make 7.5 % of the whole World’s population ! World’s second largest growing economy is unable to cope up to the equality standards that must be provided or approved for a women. Technology is able to reach the corners yet unable to solve the deeply rooted problems arising from the harsh social conditions of life.

Impact measurement is a very important and ignored factor. The basic piece of awareness that we all must have is about the fundamental rights of a women. Then we can measure how many of us are using the fundamental rights for their personal benefit and country’s social and economic benefit.

Is the availability of increasing techonolgy decreasing the social intelligence of personal liberation ?

Every place has an objective cause of certain social problems pertaining over there. The solutions must be integrated after understanding each problem differently. Generalising the solutions in such a diverse and multidimensionally populated society will not solve but infact create problems like urbanization which might sediment the turn out of real empowerment to very generic.

Our acceptance to change is the foremost science behind the flashing success of women empowerment. Reflecting learnings from one time to the present to create a life which suits the common interest of any family cannot transpire above the rapidly increasing need for us to act socially. EACH OF US !

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

Statitics : if any ( https://www.weforum.org )

YOU ARE THERE FOR YOURSELF

Written By Sahithi Divi – Poetry Narration Of A Person’s State Of Mind


I wish someone comes to see,

How often I am amongst nobody.

I wish someone comes to see,

How difficult it was getting for everybody…

Across densely decorated lives,

Streams of differences withhold us,

Like the revised versions of songs,

Anybody can learn to forget….


To move away from the  face of yesterday,

Counting on the memories, 

Counting on the dreams,

I wish someone comes to see,

How often I am amongst nobody……..

Come in for the cure of burning soul,

Like a broken heart determined to heal,

Sling shots of people debating,

Amongst the delusional voices of outcry……

Lost while returning from the last time ? 

“Dusted sky can host your pain” … 

Can this moment carry your reflection?

Indefinite lives is not a free choice,

Turn around the for the darker show time,

You will surprised by the tragic events,

And how you made it……

“Nothing is just yours alone,

Not even dreams will occur again”.

Play the greatest moderant in life,

Underplay attacks by real people,

Because you will often have to forgo,

And undo your soul shattering…….

Hustle into self discovery !

Count on your truth,

Believe in that story,

Because 

If you wish that someone comes to see,

That how often you are amongst nobody ,

You won’t go anywhere! 

Remember that “ YOU ARE THERE FOR YOURSELF”


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

Are You A Working Women In India ?

Written by Sahithi Divi

When we divide the gender roles, work life creates a complete different pressure for men , women and neutral genders respectively. While men are trained to be the bread earners and women are seasoned to believe that household is naturally their responsibility. Bringing the discussion to working environments/ offices, career is laregly impacted by the gender roles forced on you.

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Productivity, growth and performance is not fully entitled on the basis of one’s real worth instead it is polluted by the seeds of wrong beliefs taught in the childhood which grows into burning down a firing soul from performing.

Why are women are expected to be employees , not leaders ? Creation of a women leader is a special story to tell , that is the irony. We are not used to being lead by women ; neither at homes nor at work place.

Fathers are not allocated paid paternal leave in majority of the industries. A child grows up looking at his mother sacrifice her career in most of the cases. Setting right examples for children is important. In this case corporates needs to think for the long term benefits.

Office work is not the only work delivered by women. Constant responsibilty of home for lifetime comes without holidays and perks. Developing nations have a long way to go when it comes to defining gender roles.

Apparently women are tagged as bossy, over ambitious, bad mothers, careless wives, slutty for going out of their way and out performing in their passion and career.

Men are forced into the cycle of competing for a betterment. Well that is a lot ofpressure to carry. This compulsion over him is creating an imbalance in acceptance of women leadership.

Women don’t negotiate competent salaries because they compromise it to getting a job itself in the first place. Various factors are like family approval, safety, under playing negotiation skills put the women on the inferior end. Hence, accepting a low pay is also a key reason for the pay gap between genders.

Girls are dreaming about breaking the stereotypes. When will they start dreaming for leadership ?

WE ALL ARE EQUAL...

DIFFERENCES WE EXPIRIENCE ARE CREATED BY SOMEONE ELSE… EVERYBODY HAS THE SAME POWER AS YOU...

YOUR STORY MUST BE WRITTEN BY YOU…

DON’T GIVE ANYBODY THE POWER TO FEEL THAT THEY CAN TELL YOU WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF.

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

Gender Can Bend India’s GDP

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Gender Equality includes major elements like health, education, economical and also policy making or politics. Instead of harmonising these factors between such high population, we are inducing hierarchy in the social structures. Division of unequal talent on the basis of gender gives only unfulfillment to the country.

  • The economy which is growing at the fastest rate is struggling to cross the gender barriers dominated by hierarchial regulations which causes underutilization of women in workforce.
  • The desire for a male child may lead to the couple having more and more children which in turn leads to minimal resources allocated to the girl child in that family. Gender roles begin taking shape even before birth. According to the economic survey 2017-18 the long term affect of male child preference has created 21 million unwanted girls in India.
  • The physical safety of women is paired with social and cultural norms. In such situations, many of the women step back from doing what they desire. Opportunities and resources are useful only if they can be utilized by women equally.
  • Domestic voilence and gender discrimination in the outside world can bring down early conclusion to a women’s direction. By cutting her abilities down to cultural norms, there is very little from her to offer.
  • Defining gender roles begins with classifying colors , toys , cartoons role models and sport choices based on gender since the infant stage of the baby. These small things grow into who we become as adults, hence, reflecting on the economic development of the country ultimately.
  • The economics of this country lies in the fist of every child- children of all kinds and genders. Every milestone we set for this generation remains till the end of decades. If transformation is not pushed by reminding the existing fundamental rights to all, we are going nowhere.

Did You Know ? The country could add up to $770 billionmore than 18%—to its GDP by 2025, simply by giving equal opportunities to women, according to an April 23 report by the McKinsey Global Institute.

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