” THE HERO INSIDE YOU”
Have u ever done something in your life worthwhile to be called as Hero?
We all have seen in movies where the hero kills the villain and saves his Heroine.
Have you ever seen like that in your ordinary life people doing the same??
The reason is it is all pure work of fiction and nothing related to real life.
But yes we all can be heroes by doing good for someone and that someone can be anyone.
Yes! We all have a hero inside us. It is very few people who realize this thing.
The person in above pic is ARUNACHALAM MURGUNANTHAM, FOUNDER OF JAYASHREE INDUSTRIES.
He is the real Hero for India who made a revolutionary invention through his vision.
Who is he? What’s so special about him? What exactly he has done?
He is from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He is a Social Entrepreneur.
Arunachalam belonged to below poverty line (BPL) family. His father worked as handloom weaver and mother as a farm worker.He Studied only till 9th standard and after that, he had to quit studies due to financial constraint and he started working as a helper in a small workshop. He made a JOURNEY FROM HELPER TO RUNNING A OWN INDUSTRY.His name stands on the list of people like our Beloved PM Shri Narendra Modi, Ex-US President Barack Obama, Ace US Tennis Player Serena Williams, Arundhati Roy a renowned author, and many more. His name appeared in TIMES MAGAZINE’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD in 2014.
HE MADE A REVOLUTION BY MAKING A LOW-COST SANITARY NAPKINS IN INDIA.
HOW IT ALL STARTED?
IT ALL STARTED WHEN HE GOT MARRIED IN 1998.
It all started in 1998, when he was newly married and his world revolved around his wife, Shanthi, and his widowed mother.One day he saw Shanthi was hiding something from him. He was shocked to discover what it was – rags, “nasty cloths” which she used during menstruation.One day he saw Shanthi was hiding something from him. First, he asked what was she hiding and his wife replied, “NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS”. Later he was shocked to discover what it was – rags, “nasty cloths” which she used during menstruation. The rag was so dirty that he would not want to use clean his scooter. Then he asked “why is she not using sanitary napkins?” and she replied, “ Even I watch TV but if I start using then we will have to cut family milk budget”. He was shocked and replied instantly “ What’s the connection between cutting family milk budget and napkins?”. He then understood something known as a cost factor.
Wanting to impress his young wife, Muruganantham went into town to buy her a sanitary pad.He weighed it in his hand and wondered why 10g (less than 0.5oz) of cotton, which at the time cost 10 paise (£0.001), should sell for 4 rupees (£0.04) – 40 times the price.
He decided he could make them cheaper himself.
Arunachalam Muruganantham’s invention came at a great personal cost – he nearly lost his family, his money and his place in society. But he kept his sense of humour.
He started making napkins and gave it to his wife and demanded an immediate feedback but his wife replied: “It is not possible to do so, you have to wait for some time”. Only when he came to know that periods were only monthly once. After 15 days his wife came back with feedback “what kind of napkin you gave me? It is very nasty I am going back to using rags.” .So he then persuaded his sisters for same, but after a few days later whenever he went to visit his sisters, his sisters started called his wife to not send brother and ask embarrassing things.
FACT: In India, it is considered taboo to speak openly about the menstrual problems.Even Women are forbidden to enter temples during periods.
STATS: As per the survey in India only 7% of women use sanitary napkins. So what about rest 93 %? The answer to this question is highly shocking.Rest 93% use old rags, and more unhygienic substances like sand, ash, leaves and sawdust.
Finding volunteers was not so easy task. After his sisters refused, he turned towards medical college students. He managed to get 20 students as volunteers to try out his pads.Even medical students were embarrassed to discuss these kinds of problems openly.Giving napkins was easy but getting feedback was not.So he made a feedback form in which he made a list of questions which he could not ask directly. One day when he came to collect the feedback forms he caught 3 girls hurriedly filling all the forms. The feedback forms were not reliable as it was not true at all. This was a huge blow.
After so many days of the experiment, he couldn’t think of any reason why his napkin was not as successful.
This posed a big challenge.But he was determined to do something. As time progressed it took almost 1 year and he was still at base zero and worse was he had no alternate means.
After watching 18 months of frustration, his wife left him. This was a 1st major blow in his personal life.
One day he took one extreme step which no one could have imagined.
He started wearing Sanitary napkins himself. He becomes the first man in History to wear a Sanitary Napkin.
But he was not satisfied with the result. He was unable to understand “Why his napkins are not working with women and girls?”. He further sent his samples to laboratories to test and all the lab report would say the same thing that it contains Cotton and filament substance.
He started asking women for used sanitary napkins to find out the reason where he was failing and started collecting them. One fine day when his mother saw all this, she cried a lot and after some time she also left him. This was the second major blow in his personal life.Even nearby people started talking bad things about, for instance, since he is having an affair , he is under some black magic, he has become a pervert,etc. and yet he did not stop his research.
After almost 2 years of research he came to know the real reason of his failure.The real reason was Cotton from the flower (bark of the tree).Its called wood pulp. But other part was more shocking. To make napkins, a machine was needed which cost around Rs 3. 5 Crores which was in the hands of multi nationals only since the Second World War.
But even after seeing this he did not got discouraged and after 4.5 years of research, he made small machines and finally made WORLD CLASS NAPKIN AT HIS HOME. THAT WAS HIS INNOVATION. After that he sent his sample to IIT (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras) for evaluation.
Later, his wife and mother also returned to him after 5 years.
He innovation was awarded 1st Prize in “Best Innovation for the Betterment of the Society” from IIT Madras from 943 entries in 2006.
Today, across Globe, his machine is unique to make a low cost Sanitary napkin.
Arunachallam provides machines to rural India and thereby creating rural employment and his mission is to create at least 1 Million job opportunities for rural women!
He could have made millions by selling his innovation to MNCS but he chose not to do so.He believes no one dies due to poverty, but of ignorance by the people who think about making only profits and their their main motto is to generate maximum wealth accumulation and nothing else.
And not only this, he has to make napkins usage in India from 7 % to 100%.
And lastly a Bollywood major motion film titled “PADMAN” is all set to release on 26th Jan, 2018 which features Actors like Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in the lead which is also produced by Akshay Kumar.
Proud Moment!! For INDIA for having people like ARUNACHALAM MURUGANANTHAM
( In pic, ARUNACHALAM MURUGANANTHAM sharing his story with Bill Gates)
Lets, take out time some time and think what we all have done for the betterment of the Society?
Lets all make a resolution to do something for the betterment of the Society, be a part of some social cause and do good for others without expecting anything in return. Lets be Human First.Lets save Humanity.
“ THE WORLD IF FULL OF GOOD PEOPLE, IF YOU CANNOT FIND ONE THEN BE ONE”
जय श्री राम!