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The Secret of the Red Crystals Paperback – Import, 13 Oct 2017
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About the Author
Dr. Sujata Sharma is a professor in the Department of Biophysics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. She has been deeply passionate about Molecular Medicine as well as women's rights all her life. Deeply involved in research and teaching, she believes that unless we do not come out with complete honesty about our own flaws and imperfections, we cannot expect to be good role models for the youth.
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Her writing is lucid and evocative, so as I started reading, it was hard to put down. She paints imagery beautifully through words, so you visualise the campus of AIIMS, the beautifully Ashoka lined department of Biophysics where she is a research scholar, the quaint town of Karnal and the hostel she stays in to collect the raw material for her research. She keeps the focus on the subject and doesn't stray too much into the sidelines. So, even without understanding the field of biophysics, you start to cheer up for her when C-lobe of Lactoferrin (Her subject of passion) reveals itself to her after a decade of sheer determination and passion.
She draws inspiration from many scientists of the past who have done path breaking work for science and have devoted their lives to science, but Marie Curie plays the most influential force in defining her dreams and steering her through tough times. Her family finds a brief mention in the book and it's credit to her that she doesn't let their story overwhelm the subject while she delicately balances out their presence and influence in her journey. The most poignant of it all is when she becomes a mother and relates in a most innate way to the object of her research - a protein called Lactoferrin, that works like a warrior to save the vulnerable new born baby from all sorts of infections.
Sujata's story is worth reading, go grab your copy
Starting with an undergraduate entering the hallowed halls of AIIMS, the story progresses quickly through the undergraduate years, where Sujata Sharma meets her to-be mentor, Professor TP Singh. Sir, as he is known to all his students, is a single-minded scientist pursuing the goal of elucidating protein structures.
Sujata embarks on her project with the aim of solving the structure of C-lobe of lactotransferrin. For this, she has to make her way to the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnaal. Here, she meets a new guide, new lab, friends and especially the cattle yard. The letters written to her by Sir and Mummy in this period are pure inspiration in the path of pursuit of science.
Sujata returns from Karnaal with pure lactoferrin but the path onwards is more difficult. It is wrought not just with scientific difficulties, but other aspects of a young student's life - thesis deadlines, degrees, jobs, marriage, pregnancy and babies. How the idea of lactoferrin stays with and haunts Sujata throughout these difficult years! Does she achieve her goal of finding the structure of C-lobe of lactoferrin, the red protein?
To know, and to feel both the struggle and rewards of scientific discovery, don't let this beautifully illustrated little gem escape you.
Strongly motivational and inspirational, the touch of sweetness by the author is the icing on the cake .
- Dr Damandeep Singh
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