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‘Goals Do not Have an Expiry Date’: 79-YO Makes ISRO Fashions


Are you really keen about what you do for a dwelling? Do you really love what you do?

Most of us ask these inquiries to ourselves usually. Nevertheless it’s solely a choose few who’re really in a position to marry their ardour to their career. There’s one man who has proved that desires don’t have an expiry date. Ramanathan Swaminathan, aka Ramji, realised his dream of constructing miniature fashions on the age of 74. 

To know the start of Ramji’s ardour, we should rewind time to the Fifties and go on a visit to a small village in Tamil Nadu known as Pazhamaneri in Thanjavur district. One among 5 boys, Ramji grew up at his grandparents home on this village. Located on the banks of the river Kaveri, there wasn’t a lot to do for the younger boy then. 

Nonetheless, Ramji’s father, an engineer who was working in Pune, purchased him a Meccano set (a mannequin building system) when he was eight. 

The 1952 Meccano set given to Ramji by his father
Ramji nonetheless has the 1952 Meccano set given to him by his father

“My curiosity in engineering and making fashions began due to this Meccano set. My father purchased it in 1952 and it made a giant impression on me. Thoughts you, it was costly and needed to be imported from the UK. The set price him Rs 40, which he paid for out of his wage of Rs 300. I’d spend hours with this set constructing completely different fashions,” Ramji tells The Higher India

Seeing his curiosity in these fashions, his grandfather, a civil engineer, purchased him some picket kits and blocks the following yr. With these kits and blocks, the nine-year-old would construct homes.

Just a few years later, his father purchased him some engineering books, which sealed his love for the topic. 

“The 4 engineering books that my father purchased at Rs 2 in 1961-62 opened up an entire new world to me. These books are my Bible, and I nonetheless have them and the Meccano set with me,” says the 79-year-old. 

With a eager curiosity in mannequin making and engineering, he went on to pursue mechanical engineering in Pune. 

The artwork of design

ISRO rocket models
ISRO rocket fashions made by Craftizan

“I wished to arrange one thing of my very own, whereas my father wished me to take a authorities job. Since mannequin making was not commercially viable on the time, I selected to do woodwork. After my engineering, I learnt woodwork from workshops doing this,” provides the Mysuru resident. 

In 1968, he arrange a woodworking enterprise in Pune. He did inside design and made furnishings and moved to Bengaluru after a number of years, the place he continued his enterprise. 

“We arrange a spot in Bengaluru and our enterprise flourished. We had nearly 150 folks working for us. We did completely different sorts of furnishings and designed many homes. Nonetheless, we needed to shut store as a result of some monetary difficulties,” provides Ramji. 

Not one to be buoyed down by difficulties, he began doing inside design consulting from 2002. However his coronary heart lay in mannequin making. After shifting to Mysuru, he would unwind on the finish of the day by making his miniature fashions of trains and rockets at dwelling. This interest workshop grew with time, and housed a whole bunch of fashions. 

Residing the dream at 74

Ramji's factory is filled with models
Ramji has created a wall musuem tracing ISRO’s historical past

The yr 2018, and an Indian Area Analysis Organisation (ISRO) rocket mannequin, was a turning level for Ramji. 

“I as soon as made a brass mannequin of an ISRO rocket. The Capability Constructing and Public Outreach (CBPO) staff on the ISRO headquarters had been very pleased with the mannequin and known as me for a gathering. They wished me to construct extra rocket fashions for them. This was the start of my dream turning right into a actuality,” says Ramji. 

Then 74, Ramji arrange an area at his buddy Moiz Vagh’s manufacturing unit in Mysuru, and there was no wanting backwards since then. The primary order for ‘Craftizan Engineering fashions’ was from ISRO. 

“We designed fashions for ‘ISRO on wheels’, which had been six buses crammed with the area organisation’s satellites and rockets. We now have had unbelievable help from ISRO and have constructed numerous fashions for them,” provides Ramji.

ISRO has, since then, positioned hundreds of orders for rocket fashions and kits. Craftizan Engineering additionally makes 1:2 scale fashions with fashions 50-75 toes tall. Ramji has made fashions of all of ISRO’s missions from Chandrayaan-1, 2, 3 to Gaganyaan. Other than ISRO, they design rockets for universities, colleges and personal sellers.

From crafting at his dwelling, he now has a staff of fifty folks, together with designers and engineers. In addition they design prepare fashions and have showcased them on the Mysuru railway station.

“We now have constructed a wall museum which traces ISRO’s historical past. Whereas some personal universities have positioned orders for this, we would like it to be positioned at authorities colleges. The Maharashtra authorities is in talks to put these wall museums at many authorities colleges within the state,” provides the 79-year-old.

They’re at present engaged on wall museums at Science Metropolis, Ahmedabad, PSG school of engineering, Coimbatore and Savitha College, Chennai.

“We now have a whole lot of alternatives and greater than sufficient work at this time. We now have orders value Rs 50 lakhs per 30 days and have plans of increasing. Because of the federal government’s Make in India push, we’re in a position to go large,” says Ramji.

‘Overlook your age’

Miniature models made by Craftizan
Miniature fashions made by Craftizan

It’s unimaginable to see how Ramji has the power of a 30-year-old. He’s raring to go and is taking a look at a world of alternatives. He’s acquired no plans of retiring any time quickly. His day on the manufacturing unit begins at 9 am and goes on until 7-8pm.

“I simply like to work on my fashions with some Carnatic music enjoying within the background. Age is rarely on my thoughts and I’d like to work all 12 months. I’m glad that I acquired a possibility to fulfil my ardour. On a regular basis is a brand new job as we create one thing new,” he provides. 

He’s grateful that the chance that he didn’t have half a decade in the past is on the market at this time. “Mannequin making is commercially viable at this time. As Chinese language items are banned, we’re additionally taking a look at making steel moulds to make components for toys,” he provides.

However is he happy with the work he’s achieved? “I’ve solely scratched the floor,” he replies. He would like it if extra youngsters would take an curiosity on this discipline. He additionally tells what number of engineering school college students from Mysuru have visited Ramji’s manufacturing unit as nicely. 

“I’ve solely achieved 10 p.c of the work I’d like to take action far. Ninety p.c of it’s left. I need to propagate engineering from a younger age. Youngsters have a tendency to select up issues early. I need to make Meccano like units or kits to spur this curiosity. This teaches them fundamental, elementary engineering abilities,” he provides.

He hopes that in the future, a younger youngster can be impressed by his kits, just like the Meccano set did for him all these years in the past.

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Edited by Padmashree Pande




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