University of Pennsylvania Visit on Feb 28, 200923 Mar 2009
I had the pleasure and honor of being the keynote speaker at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 for the annual program of ASHA for Education. Their goal is to provide funds to educate children in various parts of India and the young people involved do an amazing job with their commitment and dedication.
The highlight of my talk was to show two movies made by Site2Sight Productions, by Vasant Nayak, during our November 2008 trip to India. We focused on education of children in India and how the Murthy Foundation works towards providing food, clothing, and education for children at a school in Bengaluru.
I spoke of work having value and meaning to a person, which can be a motivating factor in enjoying the work and excelling in it. I spoke about my work in U.S. immigration law, the thrill of helping people to get their H1B or employment authorization approvals, the joy of helping families achieve their American dream of living and working in the U.S., the feeling that we are helping the world economy when immigrants make a decent living to be able to send some money to their parents and extended families back home which helps to improve their standard of living, and the feeling of making a difference in the lives of so many thousands of people all across the world.
It is always so much fun to inspire and motivate young people and to recognize their contributions for a better world. I was honored to be a part of the evening to see young people, many of them of Indian origin, working together to help children in India who have little opportunity to come up in life. This is the first generation of American youth which is so inspired to contribute to charities and to make a difference and help others along the journey of life. I had much to learn from them and, hopefully, I was able to inspire them in a small way by living a life where we believe in sharing and caring.