Vera Povaiah, 9
Daughter of entrepreneurs Sairee Chahal and Roshun Povaiah
Her mother empowered other mothers to work and she hopes to do more than her mother one day. She has her eyes set on outer space. Vera Povaiah is the nine-year-old daughter of Sairee Chahal and Roshun Povaiah. While Sairee is the founder of the Sheroes.in that helps find full-time jobs, flexible jobs, mentorship and entrepreneurship opportunities for women, Roshun runs the Zigwheels forum for car and bike enthusiasts. Like her parents, Vera too is interested in learning. She nurtures the eternal childhood wish of becoming an astronaut, of flying into outer space and watching the earth from somewhere far away. Lying in bed at night, watching the stars, she often wonders about the vastness of the universe.
And, she isn’t just wondering. Little Vera uses the NASA and Martian app through which he learns about astronomic and inter-galactic truths. She also watches a ton of space videos. While other kids are attracted to animation, Vera is fond of TED talks, the real stories of real people that offer other people strength and knowledge. She idolizes Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams who she wants to grow up to become. Between spending time at the park on the swings, playing basketball, playing with her dog and taking part in school plays, Vera thinks about the impact that technology can make to improve life in Indian cities and how each child should be taught to use technology without wasting time and energy. For instance, on her Kindle, she reads books easily and enjoys the habit thoroughly.
Do you think Delhi can be a Smart City?
I would like to grow up in a clean city. We can be better citizens by paying taxes, creating better spaces for children and the elderly, building facilities for sports and the arts. Technology should make governance transparent.
What does Smart City mean to you?
Smart City means a city that is well developed
Things you like about Delhi
Parks to play in; beautiful houses; the cute and cuddly animals; beautiful museums and cafes.
Things you don’t like about the city
Too much pollution; the people are very rude; the garbage; poverty and the fact that people don’t follow rules.
What would you do to improve the city if you were Chief Minister?
We can also make Delhi better by finding a way to share food with people who do not have any. Reducing food wastage and increasing sharing can make the city equitable. Technology can help us build everything for more kindness and regard. There should be less garbage on the streets, and less trucks and buses emitting fumes.