Book Review – Radical Spirits: India’s First Woman Doctor and Her American Champions

 

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Starting with the tombstone inscription in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, “first Brahmin woman who came to America to become a doctor”, this tale of two countries and two females – Anandi-bai Joshee of India and her “adopted aunt” Theodocia Carpenter of America captures your attention and holds it until the very end.

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

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How do you make an impact as an alum when you are physically very far away from the campus?  Here is a story that will convince you that no matter where you are, it is possible.

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Roots and Wings Wisdom

 

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I published Roots and Wings, the book that chronicles the lives of 29 pioneering engineering women of India, 16 months ago.  Here are some words of wisdom from several of these women who graduated between 1953-1971.

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High on Mentoring

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If I were to characterize 2019, I would say that it was a year of mentoring. I interacted with some great mentees and was fortunate to play a small part in their aspiring lives. In the process, I gained a lot.

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Music is a Necessity

Stand up, and sing along with Peter, Paul, and Mary:

How did you feel when you were singing?  Inspired? Happy? Contemplative?

How many of you do your exercise while listening to music?

How many of you listen to music while driving?

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Ghost Inventory is Alive and Well in the Multi-Channel

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Recently a friend’s iPhone got damaged in the heavy rain.  He has limited funds and wanted to spend as little as possible for a replacement, but because of his attachment to Apple, wanted to buy only an iPhone.   After looking around on the web, he spotted an iPhone 6s, which was available in Best Buy. He got on Best Buy’s web chat, which is usually a very good place to discuss their offerings, and determined that the store closest to him has it in stock.  The Best Buy support person assured him if he went to the store in person, he should be able to pick it up. But alas, the ghost (phantom) inventory struck.

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Embracing other languages

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There is a misconception among non-native English speakers that their schooling in vernacular language makes them less suitable for corporate jobs.  This is a sentiment expressed by many youngsters from Tamil Nadu, the region I come from.  I see it in Facebook posts and in movie themes. It is claimed that even though they may be smart and intelligent, they feel less confident and feel out of place in a predominantly English speaking corporate culture in India, especially in Information technology.

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Early Risers 2117 Toastmasters: Pete Carey, award-winning journalist

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Pete Carey says:

“I joined Toastmasters to get a grip on public speaking, which, while I did a bit here and there, even before very large audiences, was almost always nerve-racking. I always enjoyed talking to groups – during and after, but not before! I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was my reluctance to speak before an audience that was the cause of my nervousness, for with repetition comes ease.

Toastmasters has given me a place to keep up my game, and – a dividend most non-members are probably unaware of – it has given me a little “leadership” experience – running meetings, chairing contests and so on. But there’s more!

The goal of Toastmasters is to make us better speakers. By working through a curriculum
and receiving evaluations by other members, I’ve learned to break some bad habits and have acquired a few skills that make for better presentations.”