THE IRON MAIDENS
AN ARCHIVIST, A MOUNTAINEER AND A SCIENTIST TELL YOU HOW TO BE DIFFERENT AND WRITE YOUR OWN RULES
MAMTA SHARMA 44
Theme leader, Integrated Crop Management, Research Programme – Asia, ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics), Hyderabad
On holding your own against the worst Let your work inspire you
Poverty and hunger motivate me to do what I am doing or have done. Agronomist Norman Borlaug is my role model. Being a plant pathologist, his humanitarian work and contribution to the green revolution to end starvation impresses me.
Ambition is not a bad word
As a mother, homemaker and caretaker, women can multitask with ease and with meticulous planning. At the same time, they can take care of their careers. If there is no ambition in life, it will be stagnant and incomplete. Believe in yourself and never lose your confidence.
Following rules is not the way
It means surrender and limiting ourselves and it diminishes work efficiency. Learn to be different by being cool and humble and stand out by letting your work speak for itself. Take failures as a learning and accept criticism as a self-motivating tool.