Sunday, November 30, 2014

Achievement: Possibly, a tale of inspiration....


So, after  almost a year, my maiden solo book is nearing publication...I just finished proof reading its 10 chapters encompassing 160 pages..
The book is on 'emerging nutraceuticals from underutilized resources'...

Springer publication is so generous to provide me with this opportunity....of course, I already  have  23 scientific papers published with it...and that is 56% of my total 41 papers!!
Anyway, authoring a whole book that too on your own..right from conceptualizing to writing the manuscript to editing and proof reading, is different, quite an experience!!

A renowned Professor from Netherlands also deserves my profuse gratitude, who suggested me this endeavor....who helms a journal in Springer and after I got 6 papers published there, he came up with this idea...
Well, while baring out my heart, I must not fail to mention it, what a leap it has been for me...3 years back while I arrived in the USA,  despite the pinnacle of education (yes a PhD degree), I fell victim to the wretched dependent, alien category of VISA holders...and despite having immense to contribute to the society, I was sidelined....
I would roam around the wilderness, derive inspiration from natural world, flora and fauna and taking advantage of writing skill, would find solace in publishing scientific articles...

Time came when I had many followers in academic sites, ample citations in Google scholar, many invitations to review manuscripts submitted to major publishers, my papers would top the list of most-downloaded, people from around the globe will ask for the articles...yet, I had no affiliation, no official e-mail ID, no earning...how miserable a period it was!! It taught me how to get used to unfair situations, that life often doles out....

Anyway, like 'cloud gives way to sun' and 'tunnel ends at light', after much hardship, I got admitted in a promising degree in San Diego State, and though the mandatory bumps encountered every now and then persists, its rather a smooth ride...

I feel not that proud of having a substantial publication list, as much I feel to have "made lemonade out of the lemons thrown" at me....

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