Utsav Change Maker – C.Pallavi Rao Narvekar

We all are beyond and much more than our disabilities

Pallavi Rao Narvekar insists her name doesn’t fit in her passport.  With a name that long, no wonder, this 3-time survivor insists on being called Pallavi.

Group-Head, CSR with Radio Mirchi, her career actually began as a radio jockey. She was besotted to the radio at the age of 11 when she would see her parents listen to the English bulletin on AIR religiously or hear her father do the sports update on the radio.


A pure, proud Delhite, Pallavi began her radio career with All India Radio as an English newsreader. She went on to become a radio jock with Times FM, AIR FM 102.6, and AIR Fm Gold. With the advent of private Fm in the country, she eventually joined Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM, as the evening jock, hosting ‘Bumper to Bumper’ as ‘Pallo’-http://www.afaqs.com/news/story/5896_Radio-Mirchi-trains-its-guns-on-the-masses

She has also worked with TV channels like Doordarshan, Star Plus, Zee TV, as a presenter, news- reader, and a voice-over person. To her credits are shows like Rubaroo, Janata Ki Adalat, Zaika ka Safar, Insight, etc. Having voiced several prestigious radio and television commercials, she also was a professional MC.

Riding high on her career success and fame, life played a nasty trick.

In 2005, almost immediately post her delivery, she started to slur one day. Diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called, Myasthenia Gravis, she struggled with muscle weakness that left her dilapidated. Myasthenia Gravis brought it with Thymoma. She underwent a major open heart surgery, followed by the routine nerve racking chemotherapy and radiation. Ironically, the voice people loved to tune-in to, was lost due to Myasthenia Gravis and the surgery. With one vocal cord


Not the one to lose hope or mental strength, she took it upon herself to look after her body and mind. Sheer grit and perseverance and the undying support from her husband, she ran the 7 km and 21 km Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, two consecutive years. Months and years of a strict regimen of yoga, meditation and exercise, saw her go back on-air as the breakfast show jock on Hi-Delhi!




Luck, however, was not truly on her side yet, when Myasthenia Gravis struck again in 2011 and then once again in 2015. Her medical resume now seems more impressive than her professional one, she often jokes. While Myasthenia crisis had her nearly paralyzed 3 years ago, the Lung failure two years back, almost had her struggling for life.


Pallavi loves to share her truly filmy story with all. A story and life she herself is perplexed with.A natural storyteller, she loves the stage, the mike and an audience that she likes to mesmerize. She truly believes, a life as melodramatic as this has to have a bigger meaning-maybe that of sharing her life experiences with the world and inspiring those who at the lowest point of their lives.

While in the ICU in 2015, she actually observed the beds around her to pen down short stories on her mobile phone that were compiled into ‘ICU Love Stories’, as a mark of pure love by her husband the next year. Interestingly, the book was launched in 2016, once again in the same ICU, when admitted with a lung failure-https://www.amazon.in/ICU-Love-Stories-Pallavi-Narvekar-ebook/dp/B01M6YZLQW.



Two times TEDx speaker- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJZfzsH3Vr0– Pallavi decided to accept her slur, and speak on stage. For she insists, she is beyond her slur- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uoaBHYO15w-That we all are beyond and much more than our disabilities.

In between the ICU visits she also paints, sketches and blogs- http://www.cpallavirao.com – about her life with Myasthenia Gravis and more.

Pallavi spends her life with her son Rian, husband Rahul Narvekar and their three dogs, Kajri, Misththi, and Simba in New Delhi.

Pallavi is our UTSAV CHANGE MAKER for her strength and inspiration. She is a true change maker and we admire her passion for beating all odds.

C.Pallavi Rao Narvekar

Designation: A former radio Jockey, TV presenter, News reader, a voice-over person, a writer, a two time TEDx speaker, painter, blogger and a survivor

Contact details: +919811205139, cpallavirao@gmail.com


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