It requires a lot of courage and hard work to become what you want to become especially when your life wasn’t easy growing up. Rekha was born in a Mumbai chawl as her parents were refugee. But, she managed all her way to become a scientist. Well, on the journey her mother helped to educate her.
She was awarded an honorary doctorate for her work. Her inspiring journey was shared on Humans Of Bombay.
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“My mother taught us two rules: One, family comes first and two, if we put good out in the world, it’ll come back to us in some way. My parents were refugees when they came to Bombay. They had nothing and lived in one room in the railway colony. But my mom was fierce. She was uneducated, but did everything to give us the best. We were five kids and I was sent to an english medium school.
The room that we lived in was tiny – a chawl system, toilets outside, no fan and only one fridge in the entire colony. We had one bed and 7 people in the house. I loved studying, so I would do my homework under the bed! My mother used to say ‘you will be a doctor. I just know it.’ I scored 63 percent in 10th grade — a huge deal back then. I was the first from my family to go to college. On the first day my parents came to drop me — I was wearing a second hand purple frock. My favourite! My father wasn’t happy about the frock, I was a girl after all. But, my mother took a stand. ‘She can wear whatever she wants. Look at her, she’s in college’.
My mother has been my backbone. In college, I came down with Typhoid during my last year. My doctor told me to rest and miss my final exams. I still went and ended up failing! I was crying continuously when my mother asked, ‘Did you try your best?’ I said yes. ‘That’s all you need to do’. I appeared the next year and put in double the effort. I would study under a streetlight at night so that I didn’t disturb anyone’s sleep– my mother would give me a bottle of cold water to keep awake. I passed with flying colors and then chose to study advanced chemistry.
We all moved out of our chawl and after my father’s death, it’s been my biggest privilege to look after my mother and spoil her! Today, I work as a scientist in cancer research. Earlier this year, I got awarded an honorary doctorate. My mother never attends functions, but this time, she came. She wore flowers in her hair and asked for a lipstick! She had tears in her eyes when she saw me receiving that award — it was like both of us had made it.”
Well, we salute such people who find their way to live up to their dreams and make every possible efforts to make their lives better and their parents proud.
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