Sunday, April 5, 2009

Who is Dr. Lizette D'Souza?

‘Who is Dr. Lizette D’Souza?’ is one of the questions on Wiki Answers. Well, she is a scientist working in NIO (National Institute of Oceanography), Dona Paula, Goa. She heads the Bio-organic Chemistry group that conducts research on drug development. A colleague and i went to interview her on 25th March.

Despite our former President Dr. Kalam’s reputation, i always pictured scientists as made mostly of brain cells. Reading stories (mostly fictional) of crazy science professors conducting weird experiments doesn’t help in dispelling the image either. So it was with some awe and apprehension that i went to meet Dr. Lizette. But after spending a couple of hours with her, that idea has taken an about turn.

Though she certainly is brainy and has scientific achievements to her credit, she is very human. Like any of us, she has her struggles. Career, home, and other responsibilities bug her too. She daily travels 30 Kms to work and back. She had to bring up two daughters. She managed without a full time maid.

How did she overcome the great challenges? She has a truly supportive husband. He too was a scientist working in the same Institute. But when their children were born, he resigned and started his own business near home, so he could be close to the children. He’s a great cook too. He encouraged his wife to continue with her work. A great man, don’t you think?

Because in our country, it’s the woman who’s always expected to make sacrifices. To leave her job. To see to the home. Do all the house chores. It would seem that a majority of men think that their wives live to serve them. Not the other way round. But there are rare, refreshing exceptions. It’s good to see some husbands (mine included), working to bring out the best in their wives.

9 comments:

Sekibuhchhuak said...

Hotunu, ni e, Mizo mipa te pawh hian, kan nupui/hmeichhia te kan enkawl dan leh ngaihdan te, inchhung sekrek leh engkim mai ti vek tura kan beisei fo mai hi chu kan sim ahun tawh ngawt mai.

mesjay said...

Seki, ni ngawt mai. A bik takin pawn lama hna an thawh phei chuan, inchhung hna inpuihbawm hi a tih chi tawh khawp mai.

luliana said...

interesting read..kan google zui nghal teh ang...

"Thaibawih kan awm tawh lo, chhungkaw tangrual kan ni zawk" - Thanga Jonge hla kha ka hre chhuak zawk mai...fiamthu lova pawmthiam a ngai tawh ani tunlai khawvel ah hi chuan...

mesjay said...

Lulian, kan Mizo mipate pawh an harh chhuak tan a lawmawm ngawt mai [lol]. Chhungkaw tan rual a pawimawh.

Thaibawih te chu awm thei e. Ka ngaih danin thaibawih chu pa ber chhungkaw mawhphurhna la lo, nu zawkina rorel fo ngai hi a ni.

Chhungkaw tangrual leh thaihbawih hi an dang daih, hriat pawlh chi pawh an niin ka hre lo.

feddabonn said...

the problem is all over the world, not just in india. even in the great america, women were only given the vote in 1920, after a good amount of lobbying. interestingly, women getting paid less for the same jobs is *still an issue there!

sometimes its lousy being a male. i think i'll just quit.

Jerusha said...

Mipa fel tak mai hi chu awwww...tih bak ka sawi lo ang. Huis! Hmeichhe threnkhat hi zawng an vannei bik chiang alawm! Pathian hi a fair lo deuh em? :P

illusionaire said...

Off Topic: Happy Belated Easter, Pi Mesjay. Called you on Easter to ask if you'd like to come to the Mizo Church Service with me. Was busy when you called back later. Had a great time at the service, with around 150 people turning up!!!

mesjay said...

Feddabonn, it does look like the problem is not going to end any time soon. Whereas it's bad everywhere, i feel it's worse in some countries, India being one.

Jerusha, vanneihna kawng hrang hrang a awm a. Nang poh i vanneih thuai ka beisei.

Illusionaire, Happy Easter. good you had a nice time.That day i went to church without taking my phone, we lunched out, etc. and came back quite late & tried to call only then. See you some time.

Gauri Gharpure said...

yes, the family you marry in, not just the husband, makes a lot of influence on your choices and decisions.. if you are a free-willed soul, it always helps if you have the support, else existence becomes a series of tough decisions..from what you have written, i pictured Dr. D'Souza as a gentle, silver-haired woman with a lot of patience, a soft voice and wearing delicate pearl jewellery..