Akshay Kumar’s Padman’s Trailer Has Gone Viral. Now Meet The Real Life Padman: Arunachalam Muruganantham, the real life Padman, is a school dropout who hails from a very poor family in southern India. Born in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, However, now, he is the man behind revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in various developing countries.He is the inventor of a low cost sanitory pad maing machine.
Muruganantham’s journey, much like others revolutionists, had many highs and lows. He nearly lost his family, his money and even his place in the society, but all through that, there was one thing that he never let go off and that is his humour.
Story behind this invention:
Arunachalam Muruganantham was a simple man who got married in 1998, and one day saw Shanthi was hiding something from him.
He was shocked to discover what it was – rags, “nasty cloths” which she used during menstruation. As Muruganantham has said in various interviews and talks, “I would not even use it to clean my scooter.”
That particular incident made Muruganantham aware about the need of sanitary napkins, the occurrence of menstruation every month, and how costly sanitary napkins were for rural women in the country.
Then and there, Muruganantham made a decision of making quality sanitary pads for rural women at the lowest amount possible. He started making sanitary napkins out of cotton and made various volunteers try it themselves, which was a hard task in itself.
But when even that failed, Muruganantham decided to himself try out his product and that’s when he became the first man to wear a sanitary napkin.
He created a “uterus” from a football bladder by punching a couple of holes in it and filling it with goat’s blood. A former classmate, a butcher, would ring his bicycle bell outside the house whenever he was going to kill a goat.
Muruganantham aka Padman would collect the blood and mix in an additive he got from another friend at a blood bank to prevent it clotting too quickly – but it didn’t stop the smell.
He walked, cycled and ran with the football bladder under his traditional clothes, constantly pumping blood out to test his sanitary pad’s absorption rates. Everyone thought he’d gone mad.
However, soon he realised that there’s something missing in his sanitary napkins, in comparison to those manufactured by big companies.
After a lot of research, Muruganantham found out that cellulose is the missing substance that makes a successful sanitary napkin.
He then invented a cheap machine that can make cheap sanitary napkins and could be assembled, as well as, operated by the women only.
However, his idea to not derive profit, but rather happiness from his project, made him not instill a patent on the invention, so that anyone can make the machine and get the good work done by it.
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