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

A bilateral amputee, Malvika Iyer thought she’d never be able to cook again. So she gave it a shot.

Ever since she lost her hands in 2002 after a grenade explosion, Malvika Iyer has come a long way. She is a multi-award winner, disability rights activist, and UN speaker, among what seems like an endless list of achievements.

Heck, she’s even met former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Of course, her journey hasn’t been easy. Despite that, she has been an excellent student and social worker, crossing almost all obstacles that have come her way.

However, there was one hurdle Malvika thought she’d never be able to overcome – cooking. But recently, the overachiever changed that too.

In a Twitter post, Malvika announced to the world how, with little effort, she cooked a delicious meal all by herself in under half an hour.

Read what she posted here:

“When I lost both my hands to the bomb blast, I’d convinced myself that in this life, I’d never be able to cook on my own.
I was having a bad day today so I picked up the phone to call mom and tell her that there’s only one thing left that I haven’t tried yet and asked her for a simple recipe to make mixed vegetable curry and she gave me one.
I took my time to clean, open the spices jars, stir, measure, etc. and 25 minutes later, I made a delicious subji (just like mom would make).
Can you actually believe this? I cooked without my hands, all by myself!!! I still can’t believe it.
Moral of the story: Be unstoppable.”

Widely shared, her tweet also caught the attention of award-winning Michelin starred Indian chef, Vikas Khanna, which made her day. Vikas promised to cook with her one day, which left Malvika blushing.

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Written by Deepika Bhardwaj

When she's not resolving conflicts between belief and desire, she's letting her mornings be consumed by Coltrane and leaving her nights in the hands of Hendrix. An average singer and lover of graphic novels, Deepika tries to proper your noun for a living.