A Reflection of India – Pallavi Sanalkumar

Dear World,

Today I had a MIND = BLOWN moment when I came across an AJ+ video on Facebook about world’s first solar operated airport; The Cochin International Airport, India. While I was digesting the fact that my country’s first PPP Model airport was recognized for such an achievement, I was more enticed by the sparkling eyes that delivered this operational excellence.

Meet Pallavi SanalKumar, she’s an Operations Engineer at Kochin Airport. I think she was known as Pallavi Sanal (may be when she was unmarried?), back then she was the Junior Manager at the Cochin International Airport.

It took me almost 20 mins to find her on LinkedIn (I think it’s her), her profile is not updated for over 2/3 years. When you Google her, you do not see any profile links or image searches.

Why am I sharing all this? Because individuals like Pallavi are real builders of my Nation yet they are the least respected by the Urban societies. Categorized as Public Servants ONLY.

It is estimated that over 1.5 Million engineers graduate from Indian colleges/universities every year. Think of it was 1.5 Million Pallavis and the fact will BLOW your MIND.


This plant will produce 18 million units of power from ‘ sun ‘ annually-the power equivalent to feed 10,000 homes for one year.Over the next 25 years, this green power project will avoid carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power plants by more than 3 lakh metric tons, which is equivalent to planting 3 million trees or not driving 750 miles.
Source: Link

So next time you receive a CV of an Indian and you don’t find him/her on LinkedIn or you find her/his profile too simple, THINK AGAIN, she might be your Pallavi.

Pallavi, We’re Proud of You. Thank you!


Hon.Chief Minister Mr.Oommen Chandy inaugurated the 12 MWp solar power plant, on 18th August 2015, comprising of 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near cargo complex. Now, Cochin airport’s solar power plant  is producing 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity per day to be consumed for all its operational functions, which  technically make the airport ‘ absolutely power neutral ‘. Source: Link

Sure there are many more Indians involved in delivering this EPIC achievement, Pallavi is just an example of the exemplary Indian talent. 


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