Insight

Barbie with a Prayer Mat: The Child Soldier’s Struggle

Fade All dreams are beginning to fade like beggars from streets as night falls. I have been working with youth of all ages since I was a kid myself. More formally, when I graduated from college, I took a year off to skill youth with special needs at Navjivini in my hometown Patiala. It was then a run-down bungalow many parents would…

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A silent retreat that just may change your life

Recently, I returned from a 10-day silent retreat that left me wondering why I hadn’t done it sooner. In fact, I wished I had done it before joining the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), after graduating, and before making any of life’s biggest decisions. It is not for the weak All enrollees to the retreat are expected to commit to…

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Team Hyperloop India: Trailblazers

In 2016, SpaceX developed a one-mile test track and CEO Elon Musk launched a worldwide challenge for student engineering teams to build pod vehicles to race on that track, to test out the concept for a new mode of transport he had proposed, called the Hyperloop. A small group of undergraduate students from BITS Pilani decided to take up Musk’s…

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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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