Ishita Katyal is only 10-years-old. She is a resident of Pune, and a 5th standard student at the Vibgyor High School in Balewadi. In a rare feat, she has become the youngest Indian to speak at the TED Youth Conference in New York. As reported by The Indian Express, Ishita delivered her talk titled ‘What do you want to be now’, challenging the system which thinks children are too small to make any difference.
Earlier this year, Ishita visited an event organised by TEDx Pune. She enjoyed the sessions thoroughly, and took the initiative to ask the organisers if she could also be a part of their team. The response from the organisers was positive; however the only condition was that she had to pass two rounds of Skype interviews, conducted by Global TEDx volunteers. She cleared both the rounds to become the youngest organiser of TEDx Youth events in Asia-Pacific region.
Ishita is also an author. She wrote a book called ‘Simran’s Diary’ at 8 years of age. “During my summer vacations, I didn’t want to waste my time and wanted to do something productive,” Ishita told herSaga. This led to Simran’s diary, which highlights the way things go around in a child’s mind and the reason why they should be heard. Ishita’s book was first published on Amazon’s Kindle Store and later printed by Partridge Publishers.
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