India's Sanitary Pad Scarcity Was the Father of His Invention

Muruganantham poses with his sanitary pad machine, whose simplicity he compares to that of the Wright Brothers' first plane Courtesy Amit Virmani

Arunachalam Muruganantham’s long path to a certain kind of fame began when, as a 29-year-old early in his marriage, he realized his wife had a menstrual dilemma. She could either use a soiled rag—”I don’t even use that cloth to clean my two-wheeler, ” he told a TED audience in India—or spend more than the family could afford for basic sanitary pads.

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