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Chintakindi Mallesham- Padma Shri Awardee for a reason

A weaver turned into engineer- Chintakindi Mallesham is an inspiration for everyone. Mr. Mallesham belongs to a small town of Sharjipet. Here people work full time- weaving sarees. The spinning procedure requires approximately 6 hours of manufacturing the threads needed for each Saree. The pattern is set and the labour is required to repeat the sequence again and again, the craftsmen must repeat an upward and a downward movement 9,000 times to complete the threads for the Saree. This takes a lot of man power, and the labours are also left with severe head and shoulder pain.

Chintakindi Mallesham- A story of weaver turned into engineer

Mr. Mallesham grew up watching his mother weaving saree throughout the day. She would often complain about her back and shoulder pain. Thus, this motivated Chintakindi to make a weaving machine to reduce the man power and time. He started working on it right after that. At first he faced a lot of rejection by his parents and friends and also failed several times. But all these failures didn’t stopped him from doing something totally out of the box. He was married soon and spent all of his and his wife’s money on the machine, yet left with empty pockets. So, he went to Hyderabad for better job opportunities. Mallesham explains that he used to work during the day as a labour and would work on his machine during the night time. Two years later his hard work paid off. He returned to his village with the weaving machine made of wood, the total cost was Rs.13,000. The machine reduced the weaving time by more than 50%. The saree which used to take at least 5-6 hours of hard work can now be made just in one and half an hour! People can make more saree in a day and thus can earn more money.

Chintakindi, later switched to steel and started making machines till next five years. Later the steel price mounted which resulted per machine cost of about 26,000 rupees, which was not a good rate for poor villagers. So he was advised to switch over to electronical process rather than mechanical process. Thus, in order to make a more efficient and easy machine, Mallesham went to Koti in Hyderabad and picked up books on electronics, circuits, transistors, resistors, microchips etc. Initially, the books were too complicated and were written in Hindi, so he used a dictionary to simplify the task. He researched and studied for about two years and came back with more improvised and human friendly machine. He named it as “Laxmi” inspired by his mother. Today he is a successful engineer and runs his own workshop where he makes “Laxmi” for commercial usage.    

Mallesham won the Rashtrapathi Award in 2009 and showcased his machine to former Indian President Abdul Kalam. In 2010, Mallesham was even named in Forbes’ list of the seven most powerful rural Indians. In 2016, he was given the ‘Amazing Indian’ award by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In 2017 he was awarded the Padma Shri award. 

People like Mallesham are inspiration for those who blame their conditions and situations from not moving on. Our success depends hugely on our passion and determination, as long as you have these two factors- nothing is impossible. And Mallesham is one such man setting living example of hope, love, passion and motivation.   

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