Insight

May 26, 2017

Miss Silicon Valley

Miss Silicon Valley

My pageant journey started about a year ago when I decided to get serious about competing in the Miss America System. I am an avid traveler, pet lover, and knowledge seeker of business and philanthropy. I am currently employed at Cisco Systems supporting Business Strategy in Global Infrastructure-IT. In my role, I contribute to developing new methods, techniques and criteria…

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With Only $8 They Couldn’t Imagine

They didn’t imagine they would change community housing for four decades. They just wanted a job based on their engineering education. They didn’t imagine they would be one of the architects behind the system to capture rainwater in Chennai.  They didn’t imagine they would create an engagement structure that would change the way problems are solved in universities, government agencies…

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Expressing Gratitude at the Game Developers Conference (GDC)

My first six years living in Mumbai working for a nutritional foods company was nearing it's end in 2011. With nothing tying me down to come back to the US, I moved to Bangalore. As a native of America's Silicon Valley, it fascinated me to see what the center of India's famed IT industry was all about. Four years later,…

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Those Immigrants! A Simple Thank You Would Be Nice

2017: Since the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, a rise in attacks on individuals from India and Pakistan is taking place in this country. On February 22, 2017, Srinivas Kuchibhotla was murdered, and Alok Madasani was injured by Adam Purinton, a gunman who later said he thought the two men were Iranian.  (It is not clear…

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Tennis, TV, and Tech… Together

I believe there is a constructed fallacy in the way we have been made to perceive our career options. I believe this is most prevalent in our Indian culture which we Desis carry everywhere we migrate. We seem to believe in an imposed system that we have to be good at one thing and dominate that one thing, only. Well,…

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March 12, 2017

From India With Love

From India With Love

The recent murder of an Indian-American has sent shockwaves of sadness and fear throughout the entire Non Resident Indian (NRI) community in the United States. The media reports of this tragic hate crime in which a 51-year old resident of Olathe, Kansas shot two Indian engineers Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani and good samaritan Ian Grillot who attempted to prevent the shooting…

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March 12, 2017

Manufacturing Serendipity

Manufacturing Serendipity

We live in an evolving economic environment, one in which job security and career certainty are distant memories. At any moment, life can throw you a jolt–whether it’s an opportunity or an obstacle--that causes a shift in thinking. The Career Catapult details a five-discipline plan for personal success, guiding readers to disrupt the status-quo and make the leap toward true satisfaction…

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Investing in Women Entrepreneurs

March 8th was designated as International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  For one day, individuals, governments and organizations came together to honor the achievements of women worldwide--one day.  Yet, each day, ordinary women are accomplishing something thanks to the support of organizations like MET Community. MET Community is an international nonprofit…

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How my film is actually everybody’s film

For Here or To Go? is the first of its kind: humanizing the immigration debate by focusing on the millions who live in uncertainty while striving to achieve the American Dream. First, I'd like to thank M.R. Rangaswami for bringing our community together, and for screening my film at a previous Indiaspora forum. Indiaspora increases the visibility and influence of…

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February 9, 2017

Visiting Vidya Vanam

Visiting Vidya Vanam

One of my most treasured experiences was visiting a school in Tamil Nadu, India, called Vidya Vanam in the village of Anaikatti. Vidya Vanam is located near Coimbatore on an elephant preserve. Vidya Vanam (which means Knowledge in the Wilderness), provides education, healthcare and food for the underprivileged children of the Irula families, a tribal community, who have lived in…

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