Date: July 09, 2020, 11:07:08 AM
Rocket woman: How to cook curry and get a spacecraft into Mars orbit: Science : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
At the office, she did complex calculations and computer programming to guide satellites. At home, she looked after her large family that included her parents-in-law, her husband's five siblings and within a few years - their own two children."I used to get up around 5am because I had to cook for seven, eight people and it was not easy," she says." Also, our food habits are such that we need chapatis (hand-made bread) which take time to make. So I would cook for the whole family and then come to office."Once in the office, she says, there was little time to think about home and she would just about manage to call home once in the afternoon to find out how the children were doing. In the evenings, she would get back home and start cooking again.It was tough, she admits.Some of her relatives assumed she would quit her job, she says, "but I am not a person who gives up easily.""Also, my father used to say that we should try until the end. Even when it comes to technical things, if I don't understand something, I read it many times until I do."Sometimes she would go to bed at 1am or 2am, she says, and get up again at 4am to work.But Dakshayani is not complaining. Far from it. Her voice is full of enthusiasm as she talks about how she juggled home and work life, how much she enjoyed her work and how solving problems gave her happiness.It must have helped that she actually enjoys cooking."I keep doing some small small modifications and try making new things. I say cooking is similar to coding - just as one small change in the code will result in a different number, similarly a small change in ingredients will result in a different taste," she says.