“This is actually one of my mum’s sarees. I’ve always wanted to wear one of hers because growing up I helped my mum drape her saree for numerous occasions. It was always the same routine: pin it to the back of her blouse, flatten her pleats down the front with my hands, and stand back once it was all done and make sure she looked perfect. And she did. She would wear the simplest of sarees and look stunning.
“Well basically, I’m finding my course hard and at times I’m like should I just drop out? For my maths module, I have a lecturer who chooses a ‘Physicist of the week’. He puts up a picture of the famous person on the screen (who was born or died that day of the week) and tells the class a little anecdote about the mathematician/ scientist. One Friday afternoon when I was feeling particularly ready to give up, he slid up a picture of Subramanium Chandresekhar on the screen and it was as if the picture was looking straight at me.
Chandresekhar was a famous astrophysicist who is credited to discovering the Chandrasekhar limit and even has one of the 4 Great Observatories named after him – the Chandra X-Ray Observatory satellite.
“Happy Thai Pongal!
My parents were telling me that this is a Tamil thanks giving ceremony which they always used to do in Sri Lanka to pay respect to the spirits of nature, the Sun and the farm animals for their assistance in providing a successful harvest, as well as the farmers for their year-round relentless work.
“My biggest influence is my dad.
Both my parents left Sri Lanka during the civil war, so they didn’t get a chance to complete their education. My dad however, at the age of 52, still had a drive to study and went on to obtain a degree in Maths & Statistics. His determination to carry on and do what he wanted, despite setbacks, showed me that age is just a number.