Mrs Alokananda Sengupta, Managing Partner, The Sewali Home Enterprise
The Sewali Home Enterprise (SHE), was incorporated in 2019 by myself and my husband Dr. Pinaki Sengupta after our retirement from a CSIR-Institute –The CSIR – North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, under the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology. In the course of my career in the field of Science & Technology including Research Planning and Business Development, I have come across many technologies which are small technologies having great potential. Herbal Mosquito Repellent Candles is one of them.
Dr. Pinaki Sengupta, who retired as Chief Scientist, CSIR – North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, is our Advisor.
Herbal Mosquito Repellent Candles Making Skills
The following two facts about Herbal Mosquito Repellent Candles attracted me a lot:-
(1) Herbal Mosquito Repellent Candles are effective in warding off mosquitoes and at the same time have no adverse effect on health. It has been developed through years of dedicated R&D by expert scientists. They are completely safe, and toxicity testing has been done by APT Testing and Private Limited, Pune.
(2) Although they look easy to make, they require crafting skills. My husband and I needed to spend long hours patiently trying to turn out the perfectly crafted stick candles, diyas, and designer candles. We are over sixty, but candle-making has become a passion for us and we feel that it keeps us young and active.
Herbal Mosquito Repellent Candles Making Process
We use pure paraffin wax, the best in the world, sourced from Digboi Oil Refinery (AOD, IOCL), Assam, India, the oldest refinery of Asia. The essential oils used in the synergistic mixture are mostly sourced from North East India. The fragrance is an ethereal aroma from a mixture of medicinal herbal essential oils.
The process is a ZED process with Zero Emission and Zero Discharge, developed through years of dedicated R&D by Expert Scientists.
The tricky part in the crafting process is preparing the moulds. Whether it is Stick candle or earthen diya or designer, undivided attention is required while setting up the moulds with the necessary wicks. The ratio of the wick to the wax in mould is critical. Melting of wax to a specific temperature, adding necessary additives, and pouring carefully into the mould, all require experience and expertise.
Specialization in Herbal Mosquito Repellent Candles
We specialize in candle making with herbal mosquito repellent properties.
My 25 years of experience and expertise in the government sector is in R&D Management and Business Development at Senior Level. I have worked closely with CSIR Management, CSIR-NEIST Management, and NRDC, DSIR, Min. of S&T, GoI.
Participation in Exhibitions
I have participated in many exhibitions on behalf of my institute (CSIR-NEIST) in my long career. These include national and international exhibitions. At that time I exhibited the “Technology for Herbal Mosquito Repellent Candles”, as one of the available technologies of our institute. However, after taking up this technology and launching the product on 27 December 2020, I have not taken part in any exhibition.
Training Programs Conducted
During the course of my career, I have coordinated a large number of training programs for students, rural women, and others. After my retirement, I have not coordinated training programs. I had taken the Technology from CSIR-NEIST and participated in the training for the Technology along with my associates on 6th November 2020.
I would like to make the product a pan-India product, to convey the message that we can drive away mosquitoes without harmful side effects. The product can be used in rural locations without electricity and also provides light and fragrance.
It is also used for elite garden parties, candle-light dinners, and welcome lamps.
The product has immense potential, and I believe that with the support of organizations like Allkarts India Pvt Ltd, Digital Haat for Handmade Products, we can take it to the next level.