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American Ajja: Stories and Reflections from an Indian Immigrant in the United States by Shankar S. Hegde

American Ajja: Stories and Reflections from an Indian Immigrant in the United States

by Shankar S. Hegde

180 pages
Shankar managed the family affairs, including a small farm, while completing college degree. He came to America for his Ph.D. program with two quarters in his pocket. American Ajja tells the story of his thoughtful, sometimes rough and sometimes tender blending of two cultures into one well-lived life.

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About the Book
American Ajja tells the story of Shankar Hegde’s focused, thoughtful, sometimes rough and sometimes tender blending of two cultures into one well-lived life.

This book should appeal to all Americans and especially to immigrants who are trying to make America their new home. They will enjoy the story of how a kid brought up in a remote agricultural village in India "made it" in the United States, and will realize that the experiences of such a person can be as interesting as those of a rich and famous person who also "made it."

Left fatherless in India at 16, he managed the family affairs—including a small farm—while completing his college degree. When fate intervened in 1973, he left his Indian Ph.D. program to pursue the same degree in the heartland of the United States, at one of the country’s best urban research universities. Shankar landed in America with the clothes on his back and two quarters in his pocket, his luggage still "in transit."

From there, his journey winds through doctoral work, a surprising job shift, immigration, citizenship, marriage, children, a hi-tech international career, and retirement.

 

 

About the Author
Shankar S. Hegde Shankar Hegde received his Ph.D. from Purdue University and Executive Management Training from MIT Sloan School of Management. A chemist turned technology executive, he has demonstrated thought leadership in the software industry by published papers, a patent, and presentations at international conferences and panel discussions. He built technology teams from ground up at two startup companies and at Arthur Andersen, LLP. He has been mentoring entrepreneurs on "how to" aspects of entrepreneurship – idea generation, opportunity recognition, competitive and market analysis, customer acquisition, finance, writing and presenting business plans, and finding investors.

 

 

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