Are you READY for TEDxYouth@SanRamon?

Are you READY?!

As the Curator of TEDxYouth@SanRamon, I am pleased to make a fun announcement today.

TEDxYouth SanRamon

Tickets are now available for TEDxYouth@SanRamon on Saturday, March 1, 2014.


Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is proud to be hosting our 2nd annual TEDxYouth event – DREAM BIG.

Date: March 1, 2014 Saturday
Time: 9.00am to 1.00pm
Location: California High School Theater, San Ramon, CA
Ticket price: 20$

The purpose of TEDxYouth talks is to combine a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances, based on a specific topic/theme (ours is DREAM BIG), with the goal of sparking imagination, foster learning, inspire, and provoke conversations that matter.

This year, our event theme is – DREAM BIG – and we have some amazing speakers confirmed:
Ellen Tauscher – Former United States Representative
Janice Toben – Social and Emotional Learning Expert
Dr. Sara Truebridge – Author, Education Consultant and Researcher

Please don’t miss this amazing, inspiring, and possibly life-changing opportunity.

!!!This event is for high school students only!!!

If you want to know why you shouldn’t miss this opportunity, Here are two example of teen TEDx talks/presentations –
14 year old builds a nuclear fusion reactor in his garage
Reach into the computer and grab a pixel

Watch for TEDxYouth@SanRamon updates at:

Revisiting Hawking’s The Grand Design

I saw an independent film made by my buddies Sunil Shah and Renu Vora. It is called The Wisdom Tree. The film weaves science with art, music and mysticism.

Thanks to Sunil and Renu for the invite to screening of TWT.

Adi and my friends and I had a blast watching it.

I am in awe of Sunil and Renu’s wide knowledge on so many deep subjects and their view points on so many difficult to grasp ideas about our life and this universe. And here is the icing on the cake – both of their tenacity, their grit. TWT as a 7 year labor of love for both of them.

Watching the movie, made me want to reread The Grand Design.

The Grand Design is a popular-science book written by physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.

It is brilliant. I don’t want to put it down. I am reading it in small chunks…so, I can enjoy every bit of it.

The Grand Design - Ambal Balakrishnan

It is Truly a Magical Holiday Season. Is it Not?

Dec 24, 2013 Christmas Eve

No cookies. No full fat milk.

A small cup of 2% fat milk.
A little pack of trail mix.

A short note that has been written, erased, rewritten and erased multiple times.
A tiny heart that believes that the big man will come down the chimney and give him a remote control airplane.

It is truly a magical holiday season. Is it not - 2 - Ambal Balakrishnan.jpg

Dec 25, 2013 Christmas Morning

OMG! Santa does exist. He drank a bit from Ari’s small cup of 2% fat milk and left a remote controlled helicopter (airplane?!) under THE TREE.

Ari was excited to see the helicopter, but disappointed that Santa didn’t take a bite out of his trail mix packet.

Clearly, there was some problems in the execution of Santa’s plan. Whoever (hint Kumar) was supposed to wake up early, empty the trail mix pack and leave just the cover near the fire place….didn’t do it. Grrr.

So, I had to come up with a cock-&-bull story that went like this “Ari, I think Santa was so full with all the cookies and didn’t want to eat your healthy trail mix.”

The doe-eyed dude  completely bought the story.

I am on a roll with stories today and I am also feeling rather mischievous. I wonder what other cock-&-bull stories I will tell to everybody I meet throughout the day.

Now that Christmas Eve is done, Santa (and all the hardworking Santa helpers around the world – YOU!) should take a break and relax a bit on Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas You’ll.

Be good…because Santa is resetting the good/bad counter for next Christmas .

Children See. Children Do.

Dog See. Dog Do.

I came back home today evening to find this hilarious scene.

My dog Rainbow was intently looking at the laptop. Clearly, she is doing what she sees the family doing every day.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” — John Grogan

 Monkey See. Monkey Do.

My son Ari is going through a phase of “Curious George” episodes. He adores Curious George. Ari wants to be called “Little Monkey”. He gushes every time we call him “Little Monkey”.

Ari sees me capturing pictures ever day. So, he wants to capture pictures as well.

So, here is a picture of Monkey See. Monkey Do.

Monkey see. Monkey do. - Ambal Balakrishnan

Children See. Children Do.

Jokes apart.

There is a lesson here for us parents.

It is easy for us to say to the kids – “Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Don’t do drugs. Don’t lie.”

Children do what we do, not what we say.