Disability is not an obstacle to achieve something in life if you have strong will and commitment. Malvika Iyer is a living proof of it.
Malvika Iyer, an amputee lost both her hands in a freak bomb blast when she was 13. But she didn’t let the disability to stop her from achieving her dreams.
With her strong grit and determination, today – Malvika Iyer is an international motivational speaker, disability rights activist, a member of the United Nations IANYD’S working group on youth and gender equality.
Not stopping there, she has completed her PhD in social work and also she is a TEDx speaker, a model for accessible fashion, and a global shaper at the Global Shapers community.
Say hello to Dr. Malvika Iyer ♥️
PS: To everyone who’s been curious as to how I type, do you see that bone protruding from my right hand? That’s my one and only extraordinary finger. I even typed my Ph.D. thesis with it 🙂 pic.twitter.com/aEI1jIsNOr
— Dr. Malvika Iyer (@MalvikaIyer) December 13, 2017
Above all, she is unstoppable and an inspiration to millions!
Malvika was born in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, to couple Hema and B. Krishnan.
Although she was born in Tamil Nadu, Malvika grew up in Bikaner, Rajasthan as her father got transferred on a work basis. Her father worked as an engineer at the Water Works Department and her mother was a homemaker.
Malvika had a very healthy and a happy childhood.
As a child, she was very active and was literally a tomboy.
She was not much into academics but loved outdoor sports and enjoyed dancing. She had a great passion for dancing especially Kathak and learned it for about seven years.
Along with dance, she also had a great interest in doing innovative crafts and designing.
She always dreamt of becoming a professional Kathak dancer and an interior designer.
Altogether, Malvika Iyer had a happy and fun-filled life till THAT day which changed her life completely.
An ammunition depot in Bikaner caught fire in 2002. As a result of which, a lot of hand-shells, grenades and other bits and pieces were scattered all over the city.
One such grenade landed in Malvika’s neighbourhood. But they were all told that it was a defused shell.
At the time of the accident, Malvika was in her 9th grade.
Remembering the horrific incident Malvika Iyer said
Malvika picked up that one grenade thinking it was a shell and went back to her room.
LIFE AFTER ACCIDENT
PAIN AND PITY MADE THINGS WORSE
There was almost nothing left of Malvika’s hands. Both her legs also had severe injuries with multiple fractures, nerve damage, and Hypoesthesia (Loss of sensation).
Malvika was hospitalized for about two years in Chennai and went through a number of surgeries.
She had to go through excruciating painful moments.
As she says,
STATE RANK IN 10TH
Three months before the 10th-grade final exams, Malvika tied a rubber band to her arm and tried to write.
Soon, she convinced her parents and joined a coaching centre.
As a girl who was not much into academics turning out to be the state rank holder was a great motivation for Malvika Iyer.
Malvika Iyer continued her education further.
TEDxYouth at Chennai invited Malvika Iyer to speak in 2013. This invitation pitch-started her career as a motivational speaker.
From there on Malvika Iyer Ted talk at IIM Kozhikode and her motivational speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York inspired many.
MALVIKA IYER TEDx IIM KOZHIKODE SPEECH
Here is Malvika’s TEDx IIM Kozhikode speech. In the speech, she covers everything about her life and motivates on how to tackle and overcome tough times.
MALVIKA IYER UNITED NATIONS SPEECH
Iyer offered a speech in front of enthusiastic listeners at the United Nations headquarters in New York in 2017. Here is her speech.
After she secured a state rank, many notable personalities called and invited her to honour her.
In her speech, she has mentioned that her biggest recognition came from the then President of the country, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
Dr Kalam invited Malvika Iyer to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and congratulated her for what she achieved. Dr Kalam also boosted her confidence that she has just started and the journey is long.
She also received many awards and accolades for her contribution in motivating the people especially the disabled.
Though there are many inspiring stories all around, Malvika Iyer’s accident and how she overcame all the hurdles on the way to where she is at the moment deserves laudation.
Malvika would not have existed without the support of her parents, in particular, her mom, Hema Krishnan.
As per the words of Malvika, her mom had given birth to her twice and taught her to walk twice. Kudos to Malvika Iyer’s Mom.
Malvika Iyer is disabled physically but NOT BY HEART. With her determination and willpower, she is sure to go places and inspire millions.