The first thing I came to know in the morning is the big news that my Ph.D. supervisor, Prof. S. Ramakrishnan (RK, as he is fondly called) is the recipient of this year's S.S. Bhatnagar award in chemistry. Whoo.. that is one news we all were waiting to hear for the last two years. Bhatnagar award is given by CSIR for outstanding scientists in specific branches of science and engineering. It is a coveted award and RK truly deserved it.
IMHO, he is an amazing person and great scientist.. All the chemistry that I practice now, was learnt from him.. My post-doc guide, Prof. Reynolds said once that "RK, in my opinion, is the best polymer chemist in India". How true he is.. Among the things that I learnt from his was his quest for perfectness.. Hard to practice but he did and does. The students trained by him all try to ape him, and we are happy and proud in doing so. He is so humble (he would have got many more awards if he wasnt) and honest. This has been a good month for him, after winning the "Department of Energy award Outstanding Research Investigator award" just a fortnight ago..
Oh boy, I wish I was there to share these fine moments.. :-)