Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Arunachalam Muruganantham, Great Inventor

I really admire people who look at life's problems and try to find solutions.  There is a great story about a man from India who decided that the women in India deserved better health by making sanitary pads more readily available. He invented his own machine for making them   It truly is an astounding story.  And if you know me, you know I found a video about it.  I read about him on BBC and you can read every word of the article just here.



Isn't this an amazingly inspring story? This man worked on this for YEARS and was ridiculed and shunned for it, but he was persistent since he knew it was just the right thing to do. 




I've never been to India, but this large flower from the Sunflower Festival this past year looks as if it could grow in India, so that is the photo that I have here in honor of the Indian inventor.

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  1. I've heard so many terrible things about the culture of men in India so this story is wonderful and provides a balance. That looks like a hibiscus or Rose of Sharon.

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    1. Hey Kay!
      Your reply is below, I do that sometimes!
      I have had a hibiscus before, but I have always wanted a Rose Of Sharon!

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  2. Hey Kay!
    I was just readling over my blog and I just told Richard I should have said it was a giant Hibiscus!

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  3. Good for him. Thanks for sharing this great story, Kay! :)

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    1. Hey Sue! Happy to share a good story!

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  4. Yes, I read about him too. May the Goddess bless him.

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    1. All blessings to him!
      We must read the same things, Debra! You have good taste!

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  5. The beautiful flower is, if I am not very much mistaken, a Hibiskus - look at my Mum's guest post from September 2012 and enlarge the first picture: http://librarianwithsecrets.blogspot.de/2012/09/guest-post-by-my-mum-our-marriage-flower.html
    I am not sure whether Hibiskus grows in India, but it certainly could do, couldn't it!
    India is one of the worst places to live, I imagine, for women, so it was about time someone did something for them there.

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    1. Oops. Just saw that you aready knew it's a Hibiscus (Hibiskus with a "k" in German). Sorry!

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    2. Oh! I am just now remembering, the first Hibiscus plant I ever had was given to my by one of my customers at the travel agency, and she was from Germany! This photo of the Hibiscus from the Sunflower Festival does not really show how very large that bloom was, it was the size of a very large dinner plate!
      Happy you liked this story too, Meike!

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  6. That is an amazing story about the man in India. I just finished a book I think you would love. It is called A Thousand Splendid Suns and it is one of the better books I have read in years. It is fiction but based on real "facts" -set around Kabul. xo Diana

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    1. I will add that book to my list...do you have one too? I have so many books I want to read, I don't know if I can get to them all! That sounds like one that I would like to read.

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  7. Hibiscus are beautiful flowers...and have so many various hues. I've seen a grew bloom with deep burgundy highlights bursting from its centre. Also I've seen a khaki green with similar highlights. They were quite stunning.

    What is most amazing is that it is an Indian man who is showing such compassion for women...this is unique in itself. Good on him!

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    1. Please excuse my typo above...I meant to type "I've seen a few blooms"...not "grew bloom". While writing it I was thinking about where I saw them growing...it was at Noosa Heads...when I was living there back in the early Eighties.

      A block of new apartments built on Noosa Sound...a waterfront/canal estate had the rare, colourful hibiscus growing out at the front of the building. I'd never seen such colours before in hibiscus.

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    2. Thank you for your comment, both of them! Oddly enough, when I read your comment, I knew what you meant to type,but I thought to myself, she must have been thinking where she saw them growing, and I was right!! :-)
      I love flowers, really , really love them, so I thank you for the images you have given me!

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  8. Proud to be Indian... :) I have read about him and felt very inspired...

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    1. THANK YOU very much for your comment! I thought that his story was very inspiring and I think that his courage and determination in this should be celebrated!

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  9. What an amazing man! Thank you for sharing his story.

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    1. Thanks, Mimi! I wish that there were more about him on the news, we need good news like this!

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    1. Absolutely, and with a mind to seeing things that CAN be, not how they have always been!

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  11. He may have been 'educated' but man is he a genius!! Goes to show you.....
    That Hibiscus blossom is beautiful and I am sure it would grow in India as it grows here in the summer only after being in the basement for the winter months!!

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    1. Hey Jim!
      The man responsible for all the flower gardens at the property where they have the sunflower fields is the same one who does the landscaping for the Atlanta History Center, so he knows just what he is doing! I wonder how he was able to get this hibiscus to this huge size, I need to interview him for my blog!
      Hope you remember to make a sandcastle for me! :-)

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  12. Hello Kay,
    Aw, it's gorgeous! I think I may have a go at one of those beauties! And I'm with you on the kindle thing... I was definitely in the 'Flower' camp until I was bought a kindle as a surprise. Now I absolutely love it!
    Wonderful Green Overlook

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