“Always ask your children what THEY want to do. Do not force them to do what YOU think is right for them.”
“You can share your suggestions with them but ultimately let them do what THEY love.”
“Respect their thoughts and ideas and be supportive of their dreams.”
Ishita Katyal, a class 5 student from Pune, impressed the world with her ideas at the TED Youth conference held in New York, November 14.
She’s also one of the youngest authors in India and the youngest TEDx licensee from the Asia Pacific region.
When her name was announced at the TED Youth conference a few days ago at Brooklyn Museum, New York, Ishita Katyal, a ten year old from Pune, was gripped by nervousness.
It wasn’t the first time she was delivering a speech. She was nervous because this was “much bigger in terms of audience and magnitude” she says.
Four hundred teenagers from New York, 28 young speakers — scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists — from around the world, including herself, attended the day-long conference to “discuss and share (their) ideas for the future”.
As she walked on the stage, Ishita reminded herself how she’d made it there in the first place.
At 8 she published her first book Simran’s Diary — Happy, sad and fun experiences of a 8-yr-old — making her one of the youngest authors in the country.
Last year she was selected by TED, a global non-profit think tank, as the youngest TEDx licensee from the Asia Pacific region and in February 2015, she successfully organised her first TEDx event in her school.
Young Ishita Katyal was invited by the TED team on Children’s Day to share her ideas on “the importance of now” and she was “nervous and thrilled”.
In her four-minute-speech titled What do you want to be now, Katyal, a class 5 student of Vibgyor High in Balewadi, Pune, spoke about the challenges facing young kids and “how important it is for parents to understand what is best for their children and to support and guide them rather than force their ideas on them”.
Ishita says she is grateful to her parents Nancy and Vikas Katyal for helping her “realise” (her) passion and guiding (her) to achieve what (she) truly deserves”.
While Nancy is an image consultant, Vikas works for a private tech firm in Pune.