This is a speech I delivered in my Toastmasters a while back, pretending the audience to be my fellow alumni and students from my alma mater.
In 1978, a family of three arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with 700 dollars to their names, and all their possessions in two suitcases. They knew one woman in the city, the one friend they had made in India when she was passing through and needed a place to rest in-between flights. Now they were relying on her to put them up for a night or two while they found housing. You could say they were naïve, you could call them foolhardy, but they had aspirations. The man was going to do his higher studies, and the woman and the one-and-a-half-year-old daughter tagged along.
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.
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.