The 41-year-old Bommai N always aspired to attain something innovative.
From making attempts to do change mechanisms in his cycle store to currently boasting of his own certified workshop, this rural trendsetter from the Bukkasandra rustic region in Karnataka has attained something big in a real sense.
"Due to financial constraints in the family, I couldn’t study much. I dropped out after a job-oriented course (JOC) in sericulture. However, I have persistently been motivated to innovate on products that reduce rural household labour,” he said.
Annoyed by the manual attempt it takes for rustic females to distribute a large number of rotis, he made up his mind to innovate an uncomplicated device that makes the complete procedure really simple.
"I’m a huge roti lover and it hurt me every time to watch my mother painstakingly roll chapatis and fry them. She used to spread newspapers to prevent the wheat flour from spilling out. Watching this elaborate process made me think and innovate something new,” stated Bommai.
Further talking on the procedure on which his novel innovation functions, he added, “In the traditional method, you rotate a rolling pin over a smooth and stable wooden surface to flatten the chapati/roti dough. Taking inspiration from this age-old method, I designed a mechanism where the rolling pin remains stable, and inserted plate-like structures rotate and roll out the roti instead.”
Bommai’s roti maker is destined to function on both solar power as well as alternating current (AC). Available at a price of INR 15K, this transportable, easy to work device carries a total weight of around 6 kg. It looks like a normal induction stove.
Moreover, this device can make around 180 chapatis/rotis in a period of 60 minutes.
When asked how his innovation has benefited women like his mother, Bommai quips, "My mother is very happy with my roti maker and does not refuse to cook for me plenty of rotis anymore."
“Many other women from the village have also used and appreciated the roti maker since it reduces their effort and saves cooking time,” he added up.
Though Bommai wishes to take his innovation to a large audience, financial constraints are a hindrance.