Dr. Arya grew up in poverty. Her father was a laborer and they lived in slums. Her father was open-minded as he allowed her to go to school to study. She went hungry to school many times and was malnourished. She also survived without any basic resources such lamps in the house. Eventually due to sheer perseverance and encouragement from her family she was able to become a scientist. She wrote her story to encourage everyone to pursue their dreams even in the face of obstacles.
You can read her story published in AAAS magazine here.