THE IRON MAID­ENS

AN AR­CHIV­IST, A MOUN­TAINEER AND A SCI­EN­TIST TELL YOU HOW TO BE DIF­FER­ENT AND WRITE YOUR OWN RULES

India Today - - Good To Know - By Shelly Anand

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.

Pho­to­graph by CHANDRADEEP KU­MAR

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