Inspiring Words From Devis

Women feted by The New Indian Express speak from the heart about their journeys, challenges and achievements in a patriarchal world. A distinguished scientist was mistaken for a scientist’s wife, while another rode a Bullet to strike terror among criminals

Published: 29th August 2015 05:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th August 2015 05:20 AM   |  A+A-


Thursday evening was one of warmth and cheer at The New Indian Express’ Devi awards ceremony at the ITC Gardenia. The who’s who of Bengaluru were in attendance.

The awardees, some in the limelight and others working quietly in the background, shared insights and life lessons. The audience was moved and inspired by their stories.

 Here’s what the achievers said:

DEVI1.jpgThe lifespan of a mud-house is 1,000 years... Bengaluru’s Metro stations must be more aesthetic, more friendly, more disabled- and aged-friendly.”

— Chitra Vishwanath, architect

DEVI2.jpgI am honoured to be part of the MTR institution. I belong to the third-generation and we will still serve rava idlis, and bisibele bath wherever we go.

— Hemamalini Maiya, entrepreneur

The Constit-ution has still not provided equal rights for people with disability. It should protect them from discrimination.

— Jayna Kothari, lawyer

I am just overwhelmed. Women and science go together and it has been so for centuries. I went to 20 countries with a passion to discover and rediscover the history of women scientists and aviators.

— Nemichandra, engineer and writer

DEVI3.jpgPeople think women and science don’t go together. A German professor was introduced to me and said he had read papers written by my husband! With the Devi award, I feel Karnataka has adopted me.

— Rohini Godbole, physicist

DEVI4.jpgThe award has motivated me to work more for the department. I understand issues from the heart and work from the mind. People should go to the police for help. As for corruption, stop giving.

— R Susheela, policewoman

DEVI5.jpgWhen one creates something beautiful, one is a participant in the original creative force. I am interested in working in public spaces such as the Metro stations. We should also talk about women heroes like Akka Mahadevi.

— Shilo Shiv Suleman, artist

My guru told me it was difficult for a girl to produce sound on a ghatam. I took that as a challenge.

— Sukanya Ramgopal, musician

I appeal to the chief minister to make Yakshagana a State art. It has colour, music, dance, extempore dialogue. It is the only form performed overnight without a single non-Kannada word.

— Vidya Kolyur, Yakshagana artiste

DEVI6.jpgIt is a miracle to come and share the dais with great personalities. Once you fight poverty, you can fight anything that comes your way.

— Dr Vijayalaxmi Deshmane, oncologist


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