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TEDxMahe conference shines light on the lessons of ‘Unalome’ during a time of uncertainty4 min read

June 2, 2021 4 min read

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TEDxMahe conference shines light on the lessons of ‘Unalome’ during a time of uncertainty4 min read

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MANIPAL: TEDx MAHE hosted their annual TEDx event on Sunday, May 30 over Airmeet, a virtual platform where five speakers were invited for the panel to share their thoughts and ideas on the theme of Unalome, representing the path to enlightenment through the ups and downs of life.

The lineup included Dr Srinivasa Kumar N Acharya, Assistant Professor at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Peshwa Acharya, a Senior Management professional, Mohammed Younus, Chief Enrichment Officer at Institute of Skills, Deepak Pareek, co-founder of Career Keeda, and Ansh Vohra, a documentary filmmaker based in Canada. The event started at 3 pm and saw nearly 480 participants in attendance.

The first speaker, Dr Acharya, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy (DoP), MAHE, connected the discipline of lessons from the Mahabharata to the life decisions we face today. He shared some personal stories related to the choices he made upon facing some challenges during the pandemic. Dr Acharya highlighted that during trying times like COVID-19, one should not compare the sufferings of different people, because each individual has their own struggles and experiences.

Peshwa Acharya, a business leader with over 25 years of work experience in the fields of consumer marketing, hospitality, education, and startups, gave a twenty-pointer brief on the path of enlightenment and happiness in life. These tips were based on various fronts like the choice of career, time and stress management, relationships and skillset. He shared his thoughts on how money is a currency of choice and asked the youngsters to not only look at the salary amount but also opportunities like Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) and shares. Acharya also emphasized the importance of the adversity quotient. “People know about intelligence quotient and emotional quotient, but adversity quotient is extremely important as it reflects your resilience,” he said.

Peshwa Acharya speaks about the adversity quotient. // Photograph Courtesy – Tanya Singh.

“The quality of relationships we have, whether good or bad, shape our personality and behaviour,” said Deepak Pareek, Marketing Communications Chairperson at Lions Club of Kolkata Nexgen and co-founder at Career Keeda. “To a great extent, they formulate the filters we use to view the world from our lens. It is of paramount importance that we choose our teammates wisely,” said Pareek, the third speaker, as he gave an analogy between life and the game of cricket. He compared different stakeholders like the team, the coach and the captain through an individual’s journey in life and explained the importance of each role. He focused on the values of accountability, responsibility and interpersonal relationships that one builds through various experiences.

The fourth speaker for the day, Mohammed Younus, a career coach and a stand-up motivator, addressed the problem of aligning passion with education. “Schools killed our curiosity,” he said as he talked about the current education system. “Even our teachers are a product of the same school system, so I am not blaming them. That is in fact one of the reasons why we have taken the most important facets of our life wrong and are taking it ahead into our future,” he said. He added that the important factors to consider are what might make one love their job because the focus is on the abilities— on the elements that can add value and make each day better.

“Schools killed our curiosity”, said Mohammad Younus about aligning one’s education with their passion. // Photograph Courtesy – Tanya Singh

The last speaker, Ansh Vohra, joined the event from Canada and shared his ideas on how experiences make a person. He shared some personal anecdotes along with a few short documentary clips to go with his talk. Vohra emphasized the significance of memories and life events in the art of storytelling. “Data may be able to wake people up from a slumber but to pull them out of bed, it is stories that we must turn (to),” he said, further highlighting the importance of stories.

The event ended with the panel coming together, thanking and appreciating the organisers for the well-structured talk. Vatsal Khemani, co-organizer of TEDx MAHE, was delighted with the response and participation in the event. “It is easy to get people to register but to get people to stay through a three-hour online event is the challenge,” he said while talking about hosting such conferences online. “I am very proud of our team who worked hard and curated such a good event,” Khemani added.

An interactive social break where the attendees and speakers could join tables and play games was also organised within the Airmeet platform. The event also featured short filler musical performances by some of the students. The Showstoppers Crew, a dance club from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), showcased a dance performance.

Featured Image Courtesy: Tanya Singh

Edited by: Mridula Kumar