‘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 )

Gender Is A Home Affairs Matter

Written By Sahithi Divi

I strongly believe that gender equality is born and begins at home…….

Gender is a Home Affair

Gender Equality closely opens down to how your home and surroundings have shaped you. But now it is about how you shape it for the future generations to beleive what gender equality is ? Gender Equality is not about teaching new ways yet more about unlearning unconscious habits about showcasing inequality in any form backed by gender as the reason.

Home is the place which lands as the horizon for anyody to form a crazy imagination about their life. How many can uphold living multiple lives ? Gender equality will be true if each home has an advocate to remind irreversible benefits of bringing a mindshift of equality independent of gender as we will be able to enjoy the combined affect of identically allocated, consciously taken roles.

No matter whether you are living with a partner , you still run a home for your basic survival. Suddenly one day you get married and you forget to fulfill your own life skills . Some life skills are literally grounded as rules to be fulfilled naturally by women in most of the developing and under developed economies.


Education and awareness can definitely benefit us in some way and why not that begin with working on converting each of our homes into experiment centres to find out the ways to pluck out the gender inequality that shelters within us. Inequal exposure to resources, domestic voilence , patriarchy are the very few embedded characteristics that we can restructure into something useful. Homes have the ability to create unstoppable leaders but homes can also hide away the most mesmorising performances from coming to life. Every home can navigate it’s people towards who they want to be rather than who they must be.


We must stop asking a person what was your dream ? and start asking what is your dream ? Let your home nuture the dreams of all equally. Gender is after all a construct.



Written By Sahithi Divi

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

Written By Sahithi Divi

#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.

Written By Sahithi Divi

Child Bride At ‘8’ To India’s First Women In Planning Commission

Written By Sahithi Divi

I beleive that the untold stories of bravery can light up our souls to fight for a better tomorrow. There is nothing more powerful than a strong will combined with ultimately ferrious compassion. India is a land of roaring personalities and their remarkable stories. Today I am going to share an extremely proud story of a child bride from Andhra Pradesh who became the freedom fighter of India and much more than that. – Sahithi Divi


DURGA BAI DESHMUKH

1909 – 1981
  • She was born on July 15, 1909, in the coastal Andhra Pradesh town of Rajahmundry to a social worker.
  • She got married at the age of eight . Freed herself from the child marriage with the help of her father.
  • As she turned 15, she fuelled up her life with a mission to uphold the position of women in India, Freedom Struggle and drafting the India constitution.
  • She revolted against the imposition of English in the schools , even quit her school.
  • She gave up every western attire to wear only hand spun Khadi.
  • She also led the Salt Satyagraha movement which took place in Madras and was sentenced to spend in jail inbetween the years 1930 to 1933.
  • Her stay in the jail gave her a close insight and understanding of the unmatched suffering of women who did not commit crimes. This led her to study law for mastering the rights and community strength.
  • She was the member of the constituent assembly and participated in moving almost 750 ammendments as a steering committee member of rules and proceedure at that time.
  • She was the founder of Andhra Mahila Sabha
  • She married Chintaman Deshmukh, the first governor of the Reserve Bank of India in 1953 with Jawaharlal Nehru as the witness.
  • She also served as a chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board .
  • She also led the National Council of Women which she established in 1958. Set up to ensure equal rights of women in society.
  • Durgabai Deshmukh was the President of the Blind Relief Association and she also set up a school and light engineering workshop for the blind.
  • She represented India as a member of the Indian delegation in the World Food Congress held in Washington DC in 1963.
  • Durga Bai Deshmukh is a proud reciever of the Paul G Hoffman Award, Nehru Literacy Award, UNESCO Award and Padma Vibhushan.
  • After her priceless contribution to the nation, which we are still enjoying today ;She passed away in 1981.
https://indianexpress.com/article/gender/durgabai-deshmukh-the-trail-blazer-institution-builder-devoted-to-public-service-5038550/

“Life is uncertain and the life-span is limited. Why, then, wait to do a good thing?”

Durga Bai Deshmukh

Let us understand that Gender is a construct. If you have the will to make a change, you will advocate for it – Sahithi Divi

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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

Written By Sahithi Divi

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 )

Participate In your Nation’s Outcry

Written by Sahithi Divi

This Is Where We Shall Start…!

All we have to do today is, to allow eachother, independent of gender bias to unleash their complete potential for the full benefit of our nation. By ignoring the social barriers faced by the opposite gender, we are objectively holding back our country from taking a leap that can bring us back all the years we ever lost to history. Only individuals can bring the dreams of this nation come true.

Are we waiting for a revolution to take place without participating ?

We are getting suppressed in the mirages of aspirational dreams. Here we are ,  choking our country from performing its capability.

How can we wait longer ?

Gender Equality cannot be resolved by our government, because there are scarecely any women in the policy making. Think about the real life immediate leadership centres you come across ; like home, school, workplace, communities etc.

Act, Advocate and Allign with your opposite gender to support each other like a community. That is what will make gender equality heal us ‘together’ as a nation one day.

That is where we shall start, at HOME.

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