At the age of 10, when most of us felt shy while greeting just an elder, the young girl Ishita Katyal debuted as the opening speaker at the TED2016(Technology, Entertainment, Design). The conference is known for providing platform to some of the world’s smartest people.
The 10-year-old writer wearing her burgundy velvet gown and with her pink-frame spectacles held the audience captivated with her opening speech. She spoke eloquently to an audience full of tech professionals from Google and Tesla, Apple and Uber, and none other than Al Gore and Bill Gates attending the conference. She said "Instead of asking children what they want to do when they grow up, you should ask them what they want to be right now”.
She insisted on a better world for children “My dream for the future is that people think 10 times before raising school fees, hundred times before going to war with another country, a thousand times before wasting food and water, and ten thousand times before letting their child's childhood goes away. I hope you adults can look after the world long enough to give us our chance”.
She concluded the speech to rousing cheers of stellar audience and a beamingly proud mother. Scientists and savants, poets and philosophers, mandarins and musicians ambushed her in the lobby, wanting selfies with her. AR Rahman who performed at the event later also met the girl and congratulated on her feat.