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Honorable President of India

President Kovind presented the Nari Shakti Puraskar to Dr Malvika Iyer on International Women’s Day – Rashtrapati Bhavan

President Kovind presented the Nari Shakti Puraskar to Dr Malvika Iyer.  A differently-abled rights activist, Dr Iyer lost her hands in a bomb explosion. Today she is a PhD scholar, an international motivational speaker and a fashion model

President Kovind presented the Nari Shakti Puruskar to Dr Malvika Iyer 

Honorable Prime Minister of India

A beautiful moment captured when the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi called me “अभूतपूर्व नारी” which means “Phenomenal Woman”! (PM Modi interacts with recipients of the Nari Shakti Puraskar)

PM Modi meets recipients of the Nari Shakti Puraskar



From where I stand: “Being a person with disability is challenging. Being a woman with disability adds extra challenges” – UN Women, New York



Motivational Speech at the United Nations Headquarters – United Nations, New York

Motivational Speech by Malvika Iyer at the United Nations Headquarters, New York (YouTube)

Motivational Speech at the United Nations Headquarters: Closing session Launch of CEDAW for Youth, Youth Forum (CSW 61) – UN Web TV (United Nations, New York)


A Bilateral Amputee Offers a Lesson on Resilience

Co-Chair at India Economic Summit 2017

A Tryst with Pluralism in India – Session for the World Economic Forum and NDTV

Creating Indian Narratives

Meet the Co-Chairs 

Malvika Iyer Facebook Live

7 key moments from our meeting of global leaders in India

What worries South Asia’s young people, and what they’re doing about it


The only Disability in life is a bad attitude | Malvika Iyer | TEDxIIMKozhikode

Inclusion starts from within: Malvika Iyer at TEDxYouth@Chennai


After surviving a bomb blast, @MalvikaIyer is proving that “being exactly who you are is your greatest power.”


SAP’s Forward Thinkers working towards gender equality


Phenomenal woman, that’s her

It’s unfair to students

How birds of a feather found followers

The pursuit of happiness 

Women achievers honoured

Where there is a will there is a way

‘Backwaters’ on IIM-K campus from Friday

To be differently abled, and gifted

Success stories should be told too, says author


Your daily dose of inspiration: After losing her hands at the age of 13, Malvika Iyer is now a world famous motivational speaker

Making Lemonade out of the Lemons Life Threw at her

Why you need to read graphic novel MAI to really understand Malvika Iyer’s story

Their’s is a shared dream

International Women’s Day: President Kovind honours 39 achievers with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’

Can we give these folks a happy drive?

Setting the Wheels in Motion for Inclusion


Girl who lost her hands in a blast cooks for the first time; finds a fan in Vikas Khanna

Meet Malvika Iyer, the PhD scholar and Disability Rights Activist whose photo everyone’s sharing

Survived a bomb blast at 13, she went on to speak at the UN: Malvika Iyer’s inspiring life story

Inspiring: This girl lost both hands in blast at 13, now wins praise from noted chef Vikas Khanna for her cooking

International Women’s Day: 4 women survivors who beat all odds to become leaders

Nari Shakti Puraskars for 30 women, nine institutions

Exclusive: சவால்கள் நிறைந்தது தானே வாழ்க்கை! நெவர் கிவ் அப் – டாக்டர் மாளவிகா!


Spreading inclusive love

An IYER for the differently-able

Fashioning a new life

One among the 100 Change Agents and Newsmakers of the decade!

Against life’s greatest odds

Getting the ball rolling on inclusivity


She makes a difference with her grit

Sketching a fighter’s tale

The inspiring journey of a bomb blast survivor who cooks even after losing both her hands

I’m Possible 

Double Amputee Malvika Iyer, Praised By Chef Vikas Khanna For Her Cooking, Finally Gets A Ph.D. 

Losing Both Hands In A Blast Didn’t Stop This Woman From Cooking Or Making Vikas Khanna Proud!  

Rise With India – Story To Take Inspiration From Malvika Iyer

Live life king size 

Clothes that make the cut: Adaptive clothing

Summit helps differently abled

Blast survivor, blind entrepreneur ignite minds

TEDx Youth@Chennai: Tales of struggle and creativity inspire city youth


How a woman grenade blast survivor overcame disability to inspire change


Only disability in life is a bad attitude, says Indian activist and motivational speaker Malvika Iyer 

Champions for a more inclusive society


Malvika Iyer’s amazing story of grit!


Able to inspire

Bilateral amputee Malvika Iyer’s doctoral thesis should be an eye-opener

THE WEEK- Cover Story

Extraordinary stories of 10 ordinary people who refused to give up

Scars, seen and unseen 


Sense and Sensitivity


She Lost Both Hands In Bomb Blast. Her Story Is A Lesson In Winning Life


She Lost Both Hands to a Bomb Blast 13 Years Ago, Today She Is a Global Icon!

This 28-Year-Old Global Icon’s Story Proves the Power of a Mother’s Love and Determination  

She Cooked for the First Time After Losing Her Hands, Impressing Vikas Khanna & Many Others 


‘GIFTED’ : Inspiring stories of People with Disabilities (A national bestseller)

Women of Pure Wonder: Vision, Valour, Victor – Vodafone Foundation


Women in Leadership (Summer 2017) : Portraits of Women Redefining Disability 

Femina: Looking beyond limitations 

Culturama Living: A Strong Heart, Stronger Deeds

NAARI: No stopping this warrior Malvika Iyer fighting a mindset 


The Brew Magazine : Across seven seas and further 

Friday Magazine: ‘I’m glad both my hands were blown off’

Senhora Magazine: Fight against all odds and you are sure to win 


“Spójrz na mnie, jestem doktorem bez dłoni” – FAKTY: tvn24 (Polish)

Straciła dłonie gdy miała 13 lat, nie poddała się. Teraz inspiruje ludzi na całym świecie – wprost (Polish)

How a 13-year-old who lost hands, got legs paralysed in grenade attack, overcame disability – Zee News

At 13 years old, Malvika Iyer lost both her hands in an accident. A graphic novel tells her story –

From Bomb Blast Survivor to UN Speaker: The story of Malvika Iyer – The Logical Indian

Incredible woman! Bomb blast survivor Malvika Iyer is an inspiration to us all – Mid Day

Life gave her a grenade, she turned it into a spark – My Nation

The Gritty Survivor – The Hitavada

Attitude is everything – Deccan Herald

Cooking up a storm to disprove disability stereotypes – DT NEXT

Blast survivor’s tale gets life in graphic novel – DT NEXT

‘Fight and you will survive:’ Bomb blast survivor Malvika Iyer on rebuilding a worthy life – YOURSTORY

She Rose Like The Phoenix – Red Elephant Foundation

Malvika, The Fashionista – SHEROES

Episode 66: In Conversation With Malvika Iyer – Desi Outsiders

Life Took This Fashionista’s Hands So She Grew Wings – Fashion101

WhatFeministsWear – Huffington Post

What a freak explosion couldn’t take from Malvika Iyer – The Alternative

People with disabilities destroy stigma on Twitter with #DisabledAndCute – Mashable

Girl Who Lost Hands In Bomb Blast, Cooks For 1st Time And Has Vikas Khanna And Others Impressed! – STORYPICK

Losing Both Her Hands In A Bomb Blast Didn’t Stop Her From Cooking & It’s All Kinds Of Inspiring – ScoopWhoop

Malvika Iyer Lost Her Arms In A Bikaner Bomb Blast; Now The Gritty Woman Is A Model, Motivational Speaker And Is Also An Activist – Daily Bhaskar

This Blast Survivor Proved She Is ‘Unstoppable’…Know How! – News World India



Power Daughter: Malvika Iyer’s inspirational journey – Nykka

Malvika Iyer on being a bomb blast survivor and on her mom – Mums and Stories

From bomb blast survivor to disability rights activist – The Active Amputee

The bomb blast survivor who never played the victim card – Be Bold People

A Bomb Blast Survivor, A Bilateral Amputee, A Social Worker And A Motivational speaker – Women of Courage

Malvika Iyer Doodle – Femcylopaedia

Girl Who Lost Her Hands In A Bomb Blast At Age 13 Reveals How She Typed Her Ph.D. Thesis – Momspresso

The ‘Malvika Effect’- unshackled by the past, undaunted by the future  – AV

 ‘Inclusive Fashion’ for Success & ABILITY – India’s Cross- Disability Magazine – Ability

Meet 30 Women Who Champion Feminism on Social Media – She The People

“I’m Glad This Accident Happened”. Meet Malvika Iyer – Fuelling Dreams

Against all odds – iJugaad

“Sometimes I thank God that the accident happened; otherwise my life wouldn’t have been as amazing as it is now” – The Salute

‘Stop Judging People With Disability’ – Point Blank 7

A Bomb Blast Survivor Who Never Played The Victim Card – Bold Sky

The Girl Who Lived – Medium

Bomb blast survivor Malvika says that fighting is the only way to survive- our Independence day hero – Evesly

Malvika Iyer: Disability is in the Mind of the Observer, not the Observed – Know your Story



Back with a blast, 2 years on – Teen shines in exam after losing forearms in freak mishap – The Telegraph

Never say die – DNA India

Delhi: Disabled activist denied entry to upscale restaurant – Hindustan Times


हालत से जीतकर बानी लाइफ गुरु – Patrika

13 Yr. में ग्रेनेड के धमाके में उड़ गये थे दोनों हाथ, 29 की उम्र में कर रही है ये बड़ा काम – Dainik Bhaskar

मिसाल बनी मालविका – Amar Ujala

परिवार ने एहसास नहीं होने दिया की मुझ में कमी है – Patrika

हिम्मत और आशावादी जज्बे का नाम है मालविका – Prabhat Khabar

9 महिलाओं का संघर्ष, जो देगा शक्ति: नवराित्र पर हम ऐसी नौ महिलाओं की कहानियां लाए हैं, जिन्होंने जीवन में संघर्ष कर अलग मुकाम हासिल किया है। किसी ने उपेक्षा काे पराजित किया तो किसी ने खुद मौत का सामना कर दूसरों का भविष्य संवारा।- Dainik Bhaskar

हादसे में इस लड़की ने खो दिए थे दोनों हाथ, फिर किया ये बड़ा कारनामा – Aaj Tak

इस लड़की के नहीं है दोनों हाथ, मगर इस वजह से दुनिया में है मशहूर! – Aaj Tak

जज्बे को सलाम! बम धमाके में गंवाए थे दोनों हाथ, ऐसा हौसला देख दुनिया हुई दीवानी – Live Hindustan

हौसले को सलामः एक हादसे ने छीन लिये थे दोनों हाथ, लेकिन कठिन परिश्रम के कारण बन गईं अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मोटिवेशनल – National Speak


“உதாசீனப்படுத்தும் கண்களில் உள்ளது ஊனம்!” – ஐ.நா-வின் பாலின சமத்துவக் குழு உறுப்பினர் மாள்விகா – Vikatan

Feature in Kumudam Snehidhi

Feature in Dailythanthi

Feature in Vikatan

Feature in Dinakaran

Feature in Aval Vikatan


‘കൗതുകം തോന്നി അത് പോക്കറ്റിലാക്കി, തിരിച്ചറിഞ്ഞപ്പോഴേക്കും കൈപ്പത്തികൾ നഷ്ടപ്പെട്ടിരുന്നു’ – Malayala Manorama

കൈപ്പത്തിയില്ല; പക്ഷേ, ഒരുപാട് പേർക്ക് വഴികാട്ടിയാണ് മാളവിക – Mathrubhumi

എന്നെ നോക്കൂ, കൈകളില്ലാത്ത എനിക്ക് പിഎച്ച്ഡി ഉണ്ട് – Mathrubhumi

പൊരുതുക, അതിജീവിക്കുക: മാളവിക അയ്യര്‍ – Assisijeevan


મહિલાઓ માટે આશા અને પ્રેરણાનું કિરણ માલવિકા ઐયર – Divya Bhaskar

બન્ને હાથ ગુમાવનારી આ મોડલ છે વિશ્વ વિખ્યાત – Divya Bhaskar

Feature in Gujarat Samachar


Feature in Andhra Jyothy

Feature in Eenadu 


Feature in Kannada Prabha

Feature in Kannada Plus


Feature in Lokmat


Never Give Up বললেন Bomb Blast Survivor Malvika Iyer (#POPxoWomenWantMore) – Popxo


The Phoenix (Malvika Iyer) ABILITYFEST 2013

Udaan series Episode 1 – India Today OddNaari

BOOM! The Destruction Attraction

A bilateral amputee and bomb blast survivor, Malvika Iyer’s motto in life is to be unstoppable!

A story of what grit is made up of | Phoenix Pengal | 

Malvika Iyer at India Inclusion Summit

One among the 20 women selected to attend the Women in the World Summit, in association with the New York Times

Amazing story of grit – Malvika Iyer – 6TV Vijetha

Chennai Live – 104.8 FM celebrates International Women’s Day by paying tribute to all the women achievers around the world!