Lahar Jyoti Das was bothered seeing his father toil endlessly in his paan shop. His father Bhabesh Das would complain of fatigue from continuously serving customers. So what this Class XI student did to help his father is nothing short of legendary.
He made his father a paan processing machine.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Lahar hails from Dadara village near Hajo in Kamrup district, some 35 km from the state capital. He studies at Transition Academy at Kulhati in Kamrup district and aspires to be a scientist one day. That is a no brainer of sorts as his room is filled with numerous things made from scrap, besides a bed and table. And if he’s not studying you are bound to find him breaking old, scrap electronic parts and re-assembling them into something new.
The machine he has developed is made of plastic, plywood, electric circuits and waste materials. He started with a zarda spraying unit of the machine and eventually developed the end product, with processing and delivery functions. It can deliver at least 20 paans a minute. The processing system prepares the paan masala in 10 seconds, after which the paan is folded manually and then served to the customer. The National Innovative Foundation (NIF) and IIT-Guwahati helped him develop the model, a patent to which he has already applied for.
And after two years of hard work, he was awarded the APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Award, 2016 for his idea in New Delhi on November 7. It is to be noted that the APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition, organized by NIF, is a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations by children up to Class XII or those out of school up to the age of 17.
So next time you are in Hajo do try a paan there, who knows it might be one of the many coming out from the paan processing machine.