A young girl at school in Multan happened across the biography of the legendary Marie Curie. Whether it was chance or fate, we cannot say and little did the girl herself realise how that small act would affect the lives of countless people. From her days spent running around the Multan borstal, where her grandfather was the jailor, to her work in post-Partition refugee camps to setting up a nursing home which would become an institution in Bangalore, Sita Bhateja has lived an extraordinary life and touched the lives of many thousand people. One of the most popular gynecologists in Bangalore and an avid philatelist, her zest for life, her intelligence, her vision, and her leadership qualities was what made her one of those rare people who left an indelible mark on anyone who met her. She is no longer with us, but it is her inspiration that guides us – now and always. You can read the complete story of her life below.