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Ketaki Desai
A hopeless optimist; struggling with the minutiae of everyday while conquering life's obstacles; passionate about ideas and start-ups; a voracious reader, a reckless lover, and an innate traveler - I love to live ever minute of life!

Entries by Ketaki Desai

In the Aftermath of a Tragedy, Hope Survives in These Young Girls

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 3:55 PM


"On the evening of April 25, 2015, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It took thousands of lives, destructed homes, depleted essential resources, and stole all senses of safety. This was the worst disaster in Nepal's modern history but we were determined to recover...

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Why I Had To Leave India Alone

(107) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 4:01 PM

As a child, I absolutely hated public spaces. I don't remember the number of times I was groped by men as we walked through crowded streets. My only saving grace was that I would cling tighter to my mother's or father's hand as I silently wished bad things for my...

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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Modi on the Issue of Women's Safety in India

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Dear Prime Minister Modi,

Heartiest congratulations on your recent election and historic win; a phenomenon that reaffirmed our democratic beliefs! Obviously, several things in India need to change; and if there is one person who has the courage, dedication and vision to put our country on the path to greatness,...

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As a Woman, What Determines My Self Worth?

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 1:42 PM

By now, almost every literate person has probably read, or at least heard about, the book Lean In -- Sheryl Sandberg's phenomenon that caused a revolution amongst women and got us all excited about putting our best into everything. For those who haven't, and you should get a copy, the...

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How to Survive the Great Indian Chaos

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Every ex-pat who moves back to India will agree -- it is not easy setting up here. As someone who has come back from the United States, the last few months of my life have not been much different. Getting any kind of work done in India can drive any...

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What a Girl Wants

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Some time early last year at a work meeting, I was sitting with a room full of people discussing how best to deal with certain client-related issues that had recently come up. I remember that it started out as a very tense meeting; everyone was squirming uncomfortably in their seats...

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Yet Another American Dream Left Unfulfilled

(8) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:28 AM

Every year thousands of students from all over the world make their way to American universities -- a pilgrimage of sorts -- traveling across the seven seas, spending hours on SAT/GRE/GMAT exams, filling bales worth of paperwork, and expending a significant percentage of their families' income getting there. Most of...

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How to Be Happy: Existential Angst

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 6:26 PM

About a year ago, I led a team that won a million dollar international case challenge; we proposed a new business model to integrate 21st century technology with current educational methods. We never got the seed capital that we were promised for funding our idea, so we tried to bootstrap;...

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In the Midst of Ideas

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 10:22 AM

Everyone has heard of TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) -- the conference where people with big visions and bigger passions come together, and spread their "ideas worth sharing." TEDx is an independently organized TED event that focuses on the community it is organized in. At Carnegie Mellon University,...

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One Laptop Per Child

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 3:51 PM

Co-written by Tim Kelly (pictured below, far left), Beth Cullinan (second to left), Reggie Cox (far right)


"We want to change the world" is a phrase that resonates amongst all students at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. Our team met while analyzing case studies...

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