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    Malvika Iyer
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    Malvika Iyer
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    Malvika Iyer
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    Malvika Iyer
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    Malvika Iyer

The bomb blast survivor who never played the victim card

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A freak bomb blast in 2002 left the then 13-year-old Malvika Iyer an amputee. Preventing the ability to control her limbs, it was as though the teenager’s future had been blown to bits. However, young Malvika did not live in misery and play the victim. She rose to the challenge, overcame obstacles and is a successful individual today.

Rehabilitating others

Apart from being a Disability Rights Activist, Malvika is also a motivational speaker who’s inspired millions and taken them along with her on her motivational and purposeful journey. There are many awards and accolades that the motivated activist has been recognized with. Several media agencies have renowned her for her bravery and success; she has spoken at reputable platforms like TedX and UN, and is a member of United Nations IANYD, amongst several other achievements.

The room was a mess, everything blown apart. And then there was me: I looked gory, with blood all over me. However, I was still conscious. My mother, on seeing me, screamed and came to my side. ‘Meri beti ki haath!’ I remember her exclaiming.”




The memories still last

Malvika says that she still remembers the horrific incident and goes on to say, “I still remember the time it happened – it was 1:15 in the afternoon. I was outside my house – we lived in a colony. At that time, I discovered that one of the jeans pocket was torn and hanging out.” Wanting to stick back the torn edges of her jeans, she wanted to a blunt object to apply pressure on the glued edges. What she didn’t know was that an ammunition depot in the locality had caught fire a few months prior to that and there were many pieces of bombs scattered in the area.

I took the grenade shell and jabbed it to the pocket. When I repeated the action, it exploded.”

The tragedy

Strolling through her house in order to look for a blunt object, she finally found one in the garage. Not knowing that the item she picked out was a grenade, she went back to her room to patch up the torn denim. She says, “I took the grenade shell and jabbed it to the pocket. When I repeated the action, it exploded.” The blast wrecked her room and the loud noise was assumed to be the television by her parents and guests. They were in for a dreadful shock however on realizing what had actually happened. Malvika says, “The room was a mess, everything blown apart. And then there was me: I looked gory, with blood all over me. However, I was still conscious. My mother, on seeing me, screamed and came to my side. ‘Meri beti ki haath!’ I remember her exclaiming.”

Beating the odds

While rushing her to the emergency room, they realized that the blast had ruined her leg as well. Furthermore, they realized that she would lose 80% of her blood and 70% of nerve control in her limbs that day. Subsequent to surviving that night, Malvika had to undergo surgeries across 2 years, and was bedridden for 18 months.

I was determined to catch up on my education. The people at the coaching center were very supportive, and I had my parents to guide me all the way. In the months before my finals, all I did was study. The day of my examination, when I looked in the mirror with confidence, was the proudest day for my mother. I ended up scoring 483 out of 500 and securing a state rank.”

Securing a rank

She and her family soon moved to Chennai as she had missed out on a year of education. And, the determined teenager tied a rubber band to her arm in a glorious attempt to write. She then convinced her parents and joined a coaching center. She says, “I was determined to catch up on my education. The people at the coaching center were very supportive, and I had my parents to guide me all the way. In the months before my finals, all I did was study. The day of my examination, when I looked in the mirror with confidence, was the proudest day for my mother. I ended up scoring 483 out of 500 and securing a state rank.”

Leaving behind a legacy

The determination and dedication shown by Malvika is incomparable. And, she is now on living her life by empowering others and helping them overcome their respective struggles as well. The bold, purposeful woman has now put her footprint on this earth and is bound to change many more lives. We salute the struggle that Malvika overcame and the powerful, dynamic individual she has grown into.

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