To me, memories of oceans is of the Indian Ocean and the sea of Bay of Bengal. The warm water and winds of the Bay of Bengal was a blissful experience, again and again, as a kid. I could sit at the beach and get wet all day and it would still not be enough for my soul. The casualty was my brown skin getting more tanned temporarily, but I did not care much about it.

Growing up in India, in the hot summer vacations, once in a while we would travel to one of the seashore towns. The mornings…


It is 2021! I am still getting used to looking at this string of numbers as our year, as in AD. Wishing you all a belated Happy New Year. I hope this year brings in hope, healing and harmony.

2020 has been a year of upheaval for all of us around the globe. With the pandemic raging, and so many people dead or infected, it has been the most scary year of our lifetime. My heart goes out to all who have suffered the death of a family member or a friend. Thanks to all the first-responders working tirelessly —…


It is February of 2020 already! Wishing you all a belated Happy New Year and Happy New Decade. Thank you, dear readers, for the engagement and readership, I feel hugely encouraged. Last year has been a blast in shaping out the path for 500 Poppies. The first post for 500 Poppies went out in May 2019, after planning since November of 2018. Since then it has only grown in readership. I have heard back from many people who are looking forward to our future posts. That is exciting to know.

500 Poppies is the labor of love and vision to…


I am starting a new blog called 500 Poppies (for now using Medium) which will highlight the research, accomplishments and interviews of women scientists from all over the world. With this effort, I hope to amplify the voices of women scientists and to bring forth the issues faced by them. We would also love to hear from male allies within the scientific and tech community, and feature their voices and opinions.

I hope this blog would inspire the next generation as well.

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I am also a member of the leadership team in the pod of 500 Women Scientists at the…

500 Poppies

A blog about women scientists. Founding editor of blog: Dr. Promita Chakraborty, San Francisco Bay Area.

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