The Thanksgiving weekend has been a much needed staycation. Given how much I travel rest of the year, I feel lucky to avoid all the weather-related chaos this weekend. I got to even see the rare views of snow-capped mountains juxtaposed with palm trees as I worked from my office at Caltech.
I got the time to reflect on so many things that I am thankful for. I am lucky to be part of two amazing communities at Caltech and NVIDIA. This year I have deepened my professional relationships at both the places and also made many friends and found wonderful supportive mentors. I am thankful for amazing colleagues from whom I have learnt so much. I have amazing team of researchers at both the places. Their curiosity and passion continues to inspire me.
I am thankful for all the support and encouragement that I have received when I have spoken about the need for better diversity and inclusion in our tech communities. Having allies and raising awareness has been incredibly fulfilling. I am especially thankful to also those who had the humility and honesty to tell me that they were wrong or unaware and that I had changed their mind. I hope you can pass it along. Together we can build a healthy community where everyone can thrive.
I am so thankful to my family. They are my rock and have been so supportive through everything I went through this year. I am thankful to having a new addition to my family: my sister-in-law Prashanthi who displays wisdom and maturity beyond her years.
I should add that it hasn’t always been easy for me to show appreciation and communicate how much I am thankful to everyone. I strive to make things better in all walks of my life, both personal and professional. This means my mind is attuned to finding gaps, calling them out, and trying to fix things. I believe that it is possible to strike a balance: being thankful for the present while striving for a better tomorrow.
Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!