how to make every experience in life count. I learnt how to make all of my experiences, evenfailures, stepping stones to success rather than getting disheartened. And the person I amtoday is the accumulation of all the consequences of every event in life I have encountered. My paternal grandfather passed away when I was 7 years old and I was living in Americawith my parents and hence my grandmother started living alone in our house in India. Shewas getting older by the day and not keeping well. Not wanting her to stay alone, my dad
made one of the biggest decisions of our lives and decided to move to India to stay with mygrandmother to support her through her old age. That decision had a huge impact on all ofour lives. We moved from a fast-paced and metropolitan American life to a highly social andrelaxing life in India. I feel that by just moving to India helped me develop as a person a lotbecause since I was small I got into the habit of learning to let go of things and acclimatize tothe surroundings you move to. But who knows what the other road had to offer? I guess theother road will always remain unknown and I’ll never figure out what would have happenedif we would have stayed in the US. My paternal grandmother, who lives with us, studied to be a lawyer when women in Indiadid not even complete school education. From her, I learned the value of education. Shespent 39 years building a successful practice until she decided she wanted to do more andgave it up to enable economically challenged tribal community youth to study and make aliving. She taught me to pursue my passions. Under my grandmother’s influence, my father studied engineering and undertook furtherstudies away from home, eventually building a successful career in Silicon Valley. When hisfamily needed him, he gave it all up and returned to be closer to family. I have seen him deal
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