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The smoker who quit and the cyclist who didn’t2 min read

October 11, 2015 2 min read

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The smoker who quit and the cyclist who didn’t2 min read

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Manipal: Techtatva, the official technical fest of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), culminated just as The Manipal Conclave, kick-started with its first session at the Central Library auditorium, MIT. The first speaker Ganesh Nayak enthralled the audience with his awe-inspiring tale of cycling from Srinagar to Manipal via Nepal.

Tickets for Manipal Conclave were unsurprisingly sold out. Ganesh Nayak, an alumnus of MIT, talked about quitting smoking and getting on the bike instead. “When I got onto a bicycle, I couldn’t ride till the end of the street. In four months, not only did I quit smoking, I could climb every hill in Manipal,” he said during his address, as he narrated the story of his bicycle ride to the Himalayas. “I kept thinking how this could get bigger. And the Himalayas were calling.”

The presentation included entertaining stories of the different kinds of people he met along the way. From a mountain watcher to a Babaji to a 65-year old cycling enthusiast, Ganesh Nayak’s eight months in the open was captured in just over an hour.

The conclave also saw a presentation by the founders of The Rural India Project (TRIP), an initiative by the students of School of Communication followed by a discussion among speakers from the organisations – SolarMobil, Parikshit, Team Manipal Racing and RoboManipal during the student projects session moderated by Aritra Shome.

Meanwhile, all other events of TechTatva came to a close. Akash Verma, the convenor of the fest and a fourth year student at MIT, commented on this saying, “This TechTatva has left me with mixed emotions. On one hand I am so glad that as convenors, Rumy and I, have managed to improve the participation and quality of events, setting the bar for future organizing committees. On the other hand I am extremely heartbroken that after seven fests, this journey has come to an end.”

The fest this year has also seen a great improvement since last year. “This Tech Tatva saw the highest participation. I think we’ve managed to achieve what we aimed to do: make Tech Tatva’15 the best that MIT has ever witnessed,” said Rumy Sinha, another convenor of the fest. “Tech Tatva has been expanding more and more nationally. There were around 150-200 outstation participants this year which is quite a large number,” Abhishek Mahapatra, organizer for Vedanth 5.0.

Edited by Prajwal Bhat