INKtalks hosts convention on unconventional success stories3 min read
Presented by the Manipal Centre for Professional and Personal Development (PPD), the convention hosted five ‘unconventional’ success stories with the aim of inspiring the minds of all who attended. Featuring the life stories of Anupam Mukerji, writer and blogger famously known for “The Fake IPL Player”; Vivek Nair, CEO of Damascus Fortune known for creating carbon nano tubes out of carbon emission at the age of 19; Krushna Patil, India’s youngest girl to climb Mount Everest at the age of 19; Dr. Virender Sangwan, Ophthalmologist known for restoring eye sight using stem cell recreation and Charles Ma, a contemporary Bharatnatyam dancer of Chinese and Nepali decent, the event saw a full house.
The talk opened with Anupam’s story, about the creation of his magnum opus The Fake IPL player; the event moved on to showcase the lives that were changed by Dr. Virender Sangwan’s miraculous eye surgeries. The audience listened as Krusha Patil explained the feeling of being quite literally ‘on top of the world’ after having climbed Mt. Everest. The convention also featured Vivek Nair’s scientific journey about how he learnt to convert pollution into money. The event ended with Charles Ma’s performance.
This is the first time INKtalks has held any event in Manipal. Using this platform INKtalks announced the setting up of INKlabs in MU, a platform where new ideas can build a physical form.
“The university should hold a lot more events like this. It encourages us to think and at the same time it isn’t some boring traditional talk where a speaker just goes on and on about something. Here we had people that we can relate to, talking about nothing but their lives and how they got to where they are right now, it was entertaining and inspiring,” said Akshay Rawat, a second year student of MIT.
“It was an amazing experience especially for us medical students, because of the doctor that spoke. Even Charles, you know just the way he spoke was such that we could connect. I even liked the fact that the speakers actually stayed after the talk, to interact with the audience. We took pictures with some of them,” said Anneash Mukherjee, a second year Kasturba Medical College (KMC) student.
He added, “Personally I felt that the event should have been advertised more. We didn’t see that many posters anywhere. We got to know about this because it was announced in class. But none the less we are glad to have come.”
Binita Vadhar, a third year student of KMC said “I think if there was a bigger auditorium, we could have had a bigger audience. It’s sad because a lot of people wanted to come, but they ran out of passes because of the limited seats. But other than that, the talk was brilliant and so inspiring I just want to go out there and do something worthwhile right now.”
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman