I first heard the word ‘Scientist’ from a friend when I was in grade 3. I asked my elder sister, what is a scientist? She explained it to me but I didn’t understand it all. She then gave me a book to read, “Vishwa k mahaan Vaigyanik-The great Scientist of the world”.
I decided to become a Scientist one day–many laughed at me, including my friends (sometimes they are naysayers in disguise). I was advised that people from small villages and no money should not fantasize about changing the world. I should know my limit.
Then I worked in Biocon as a Scientist. Although Biocon was making and is still making a difference in the lives of millions of people, I felt that I have a long way to go. I left my job, started my M.Tech at BITS-Pilani, went to Germany and then came to the US for my Ph.D. with one goal in mind–Making a difference. I know that I have a long way to go before the change would be visible but becoming an equal contribution inventor in 4 BIOMEDICAL PATENTS taught me that there is no harm in dreaming big! It keeps you going.
My message to all those who never believed in me–You give me the courage, strength and a force to do better and better and better each day. I am most thankful to you.