An Excellent Foundation | By Mike Ransdell | Carnegie Mellon University

The life of Rajee Ramachandran was a parallel of opposites with the life of Prabhu Goel. One had a life of opportunity that included a PhD at Carnegie Mellon. The other had a life of limitations, including no money for college tuition. Yet, the lives of two strangers, 9,000 miles apart, would intertwine.

The bangles are much more than expensive Indian jewelry. In traditional Hindu culture, the bracelets are treasured symbols of marriage, often passed on from generation to generation. Inexplicably, though, one particular wife and mother has stopped wearing her 12K gold bangles.

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By Mike Ransdell, Carnegie Mellon University