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 )

‘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 )

Identity Crisis For Women . Why ?

Written By Sahithi divi

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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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.



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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

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ImpactScientist @ Indo Data Week For Sustainable Development Goals

Written By Sahithi Divi

Hyderabad city hosted the first ever Indo Data Week ( IDW )For Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs ) by United Nations Development Program in collaboration with many other prominent partners.

Sensitivising the SDGs is highly needed at this time. The world is facing a fast approaching slump of naturals resources and we must start to think about upscaling the struggle of the low lying communities to fight basic life threats. Entrepreneurs, sustainability enthusiasts, data scientists, investors, policy makers and social influencers who are working in relevance with sustainabilty as the prime mission to achieve using ‘ Data’ were present here.

Data is vital in understanding real needs of the society for customising regional and sustainable solutions. Technical advancement unparalleled with the condition of majority of the population can widen the social parity. Indo Data Week nurtured a community of sustainability advocates, fostered a highly resourceful network opportunity and exhibited the underplaying power of data in solving the world’s sustainability problem.

IDW offered a tangile value to social innovators and social impact drivers through combining SDGs with data science. A showcase of proven models to scale business solutions which offer prosperity and monitor consumerism.

ImpactScientist represented SDG5 , Gender Equality at the IDW. Emphasized on importance of data which is streamlined with the human centric inputs and why emotion intelligence is properiotry in the data extracted for solving gender inequality. Collaboration is the new necessity for creating a better world. A community has begun to seriously think and come together.

ImpactScientist thanks you for this wonderful opportunity to spread the impact of SDG5.

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