Homegrown Innovators

Mayur Mengle

Art director / Illustrator
 

 
They defied incredible personal odds and wrote their own destiny. Envisioned innovations that changed their lives and the lives of millions for the better and took India to the world.

Our constitution states that all children have the right to education. But a lot of innovators in our country are taking this idea a step further and creating educational toys for the underprivileged. This inspired our latest designer, Mayur Mengle to tell their story and create 'Homegrown Innovators'  for Taxi Fabric.

Speaking of his design Mayur says, “I stumbled upon the work of Arvind Gupta, who makes educational toys from trash for underprivileged children. I was greatly inspired by his work and the way it was contributing to the world. A curious mind made me look up for more such small scale innovators and was surprised at their presence in such huge numbers in India. This is what encouraged me to tell their story to the world - Taxi Fabric became my canvas.”

 
 

Mayur started his design career after graduating from L.S Raheja School of Art. In the last five years he’s worked at some of the leading advertising agencies in India like CLA, JWT and Ogilvy.

“Thanks to great mentors at JWT, Mumbai, I had a great learning experience. All along the journey, I didn’t hit any roadblocks I couldn’t overcome.”

He feels India as a nation is witnessing an era of change when it comes to design.

“Many opportunities in the form of startups, street art, collaborations among artists are helping design to find its place and become a part of everyday lives.” 

Everything from old houses to historic monuments inspires him to create his work as a designer. And Taxi Fabric for him is a “great platform where creatives can connect with the common man through the language of design.”  

 
 

“I was born and brought up in Mumbai and had been travelling in taxis since childhood. I had never thought that one day I’ll stumble upon an opportunity to beautify a taxi and bring cheer to the lives of a taxi driver and his travellers.”

Well, we hope that someday one of the innovators hops into Mayur’s taxi. It will bring a cheer to his life as well.

“The passengers are amazed by the colours and designs once they get in. Most of them read about the innovators and then ask me about it as well. I tell them about the project and also ask them to go to the website to find out more. I feel very good that I am spreading the word about these inventions!” — Ankush Yadav Khade, Taxi Driver
 

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Mansukhbhai Prajapati, Rajkot, invented ‘Mitti Cool’, a clay fridge that runs without electricity.

Mansukhbhai Prajapati, Rajkot, invented ‘Mitti Cool’, a clay fridge that runs without electricity.

Arvind Gupta, Madhya Pradesh, transformed trash into educational toys to enable underprivileged children to learn.

Arvind Gupta, Madhya Pradesh, transformed trash into educational toys to enable underprivileged children to learn.

Shazia Jan, Jammu & Kashmir, revived the dying tradition of ‘Namkeen Chai’ with her modified gas samovar (kettle).

Shazia Jan, Jammu & Kashmir, revived the dying tradition of ‘Namkeen Chai’ with her modified gas samovar (kettle).

Mansukhbhai Jagani, Gujarat, kick-started a revolution with his motorcycle-based tractor he built for India's poor farmers.

Mansukhbhai Jagani, Gujarat, kick-started a revolution with his motorcycle-based tractor he built for India's poor farmers.

Remya Jose, Kerala, invented a pedal-powered washing-cum-exercise machine despite family hardships.

Remya Jose, Kerala, invented a pedal-powered washing-cum-exercise machine despite family hardships.

Special Thanks to Dr. Vipin Kumar, Director and Chief Innovation Officer, National Innovation Foundation India To view more Indian innovators visit www.nif.org.in

Special Thanks to Dr. Vipin Kumar, Director and Chief Innovation Officer, National Innovation Foundation India

To view more Indian innovators visit www.nif.org.in


This Taxi Fabric project has been supported byTEDxGateway

This Taxi Fabric project has been supported byTEDxGateway