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Living in Chawls to Cancer Scientist: Mumbaikar’s Mom Gave Wings to Her Dreams!

“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.”

A mother’s love and support can help a child conquer the highest mountain, swim the deepest ocean and overcome the most impossible of tasks.

For Dr Rekha, her mother’s support took her from living in a Mumbai chawl to becoming a respected cancer researcher!

She writes about her journey and her mother’s unrelenting support in a Humans of Bombay post.

“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,” she begins.

Source: Facebook/ Humans of Bombay.

Dr Rekha’s parents had relocated to Mumbai, and the family of seven lived in a cramped one-room flat. Her mother never got the opportunity to pursue her education, but she wanted her kids to have a better life for themselves.

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While every day was a struggle, Dr Rekha’s mother encouraged her daughter to do her best, academically. “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’,” writes Dr Rekha.


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Here’s the entire post about the inspiring mother who helped her daughter become a respected scientist!

(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)

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