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TEDx speaker who lost both hands in bomb blast has a fan in Vikas Khanna

Think Change India
4th Aug 2017
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Twenty-eight-year-old Malvika Iyer might have lost both her hands in a bomb blast when she was just 13, but her spirit remains indomitable. Hers is a 'never-say-never' attitude, and she doesn't shy away from trying new things. She recently gave cooking a shot and was successful at that too.

It was on May 26, 2002 that Malvika, who was at home in Bikaner for her summer vacation, came across an intriguing-looking object in her garage. What she was unaware of was that an ammunition depot near her colony had caught fire earlier in the day, as a result of which tiny bomb pieces had scattered around the neighbourhood. The object she carried back to her room was a grenade, which eventually exploded.


Read more: Bomb blast survivor Malvika Iyer on rebuilding a worthy life


According to Storypick, she went through multiple surgeries for 18 months, after which she began walking with the help of crutches and was fitted with prosthetic hands. However, Malvika was desperately seeking normalcy in her life.

Her 10th board exams were three months away, and she decided to appear for them to prove to herself as well as the world that her life had not changed in any way. After three months of intense preparation, despite being bed-ridden most of the time, she surprised everyone by becoming a state rank holder. She has continued to defy all odds and is now a PhD scholar and reputed motivational speaker.

Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that this unstoppable force decided to cook, and excelled at that too. She uploaded a post on various social media sharing her experience with others.

Malvika’s Twitter post received appreciation from popular Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna.

She was overwhelmed by Vikas’s response to her tweet. While speaking with Indian Express, she said,

It was a beautiful gesture of appreciation and encouragement. I’m humbled, and I can’t wait to meet him and cook with him.

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