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MAN OF IDEAS:Innovation is his passion.

MAN OF IDEAS:Innovation is his passion.  

Ravindra believes that everything has a use. He has followed this and his museum is proof of it.

P.D. Ravindra’s home in Banshankari,Bengaluru is always full of youngsters. You might wonder why! The house is a veritable treat for the senses.

Ravindra runs a free children’s museum called Amma Saraswati Loka where kids can learn innovative technology and recycling. The museum is open to all, free of charge and is popular with school children and teachers who want to understand science beyond textbooks.

The septuagenarian’s love for inventing things dates back to his childhood days. “I always wanted to use things that I had made, including kites. So, early on, I started inventing small things,” he reminisces. In 1961, he graduated in mechanical engineer from BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru. After working with the Karnataka Electricity Board for a short while, he joined Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). “By sheer luck, I was placed in the maintenance department, which I feel is like a hospital because here too we check and analyse machines,” he says.

Hobby

Passionate about science, Ravindra believes that the potential for innovation can be found in every object. Apart from using his museum to give children an understanding of scientific principles he also aims to showcase the myriad uses of inexpensive waste material. He is, in fact, known for his ability to recycle waste and was given a special award by HUL for manufacturing equipment out of waste material. This further encouraged him to continue his passion of making machines and kitchen items out of scrap and other waste. “I don’t like to throw away anything,” he says.

A visit to a children’s museum in the U.S. was what inspired him to start something along similar lines back in India. Ravindra’s museum has two parts. On the ground floor, innovations of various kinds which are mostly lessons in recycling and space saving can be seen — an old refrigerator converted into a food warmer, a portable traffic kit, a chair that is a handy stepladder, a cycle that doubles up as a battery charger, and so on. The other part of the museum is on the terrace, which, apart from having plants also has numerous scientific contraptions that make it easy to explain hydraulics, compressed air, surface tension and other scientific concepts to children.

Ask him about what keeps him so motivated at an age where people would prefer to sit back and relax, he says, “It’s my hobby. If I see something that is interesting and think I can make it, I will.”

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