As it is rightly said that ‘where there is a will there is a way, once again this proverb has been proved correct by a class X student studying in Dokrikheda, a government secondary school in Hoshangabad district, who has secured the first position in the entire country in the Inspire Award. The model of Navshri Thakur, who is studying in class X, is being discussed all over the country for one reason- the will help her mother.
India’s 160 million homemakers, usually spend their whole day cleaning, tidying, cook, wash and manage family finances. Yer, not many of us realize to give them enough credit for their contribution. While we are busy dealing with our daily affairs, our mother wakes up early in the morning and sleeps late at night, doing everything in between to make us comfortable. Navshri Thakur noticed this bias and decided to do something about it. This is her story.
An 8-in-1 Device to make household chores simple and easy
Navshri Thakur spends her days watching her mother cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping before she leaves for work. Her work too was tiring as she would perform heavy labor four hours in the fields. Later in the evening when she comes back from work, again would cook dinner for everyone without complaining. Such is the plight of women in the country.
Navshri Thakur a Class 10 student of Girls High School noticed this and decided to help her mother. In 2019, she first drew a rough sketch of a device using simple techniques that can help her mother cut vegetables, make juice and prepare meals. She contacted her science teacher for the same and had a word with a carpenter as well to understand the working of the machine.
Based on the collective advice and ideas, in 2020, she finally made an all-in-one use device called- Multi-Use Kitchen Machine. The machine is simple to operate and has eight functions that include cutting vegetables, making juice, crushing spices, making Rotis, and many more. The device is made using teak wood, steels cups, and plates. The Multi-Use Kitchen Machine is worth less than Rs. 3000 and reduces workload by almost 50%.
To test the credibility of the product, it was first used by Thakur’s mother who says that it helped her finish the task in less than expected time. Navshri Thakur promoted the product with the tagline ‘Jhat-Phat Kaam, Maa Ko Aaram’. The device is small and comes with attachable props that can be easily removed once the work is done, making it mobile and compatible.
Additionally, the Multi-Use Kitchen Machine does not need electricity to run and weighs 6.5 kilograms due to the raw materials used in making. In 2020, the device model by Thakur has come first in the country in the Inspire Award competition being organized by the Education Department in the field of science. It has registered the first position, leaving behind the model of 500 participants from across the country.
By the end of the pandemic, Navshri will go to Japan to showcase her model, where she will represent the country in an international competition at the event. This brilliant approach by our young brains makes us believe that creativity and the will to change can do wonders. Without having any proper facility or advances, Thakur proved that where there is a will there is a way.