IIT Guwahati – Model United Nations is back!

The much awaited Fall Edition of IIT Guwahati Model United Nations is back


Diplomacy is an art. Research and an understanding of policies are the essential colors to paint the blank canvas of an MUN conference. This novel canvas is the simulation of the highest level of world diplomacy – The United Nations.


A year back, MUN knocked the doors of North East’s largest Techno-management festival, Techniche as IIT Guwahati hosted the fall edition of its very own conference, and created quite a stir as it did so. Delegates from all over the nation, and also from overseas, convened under the finest of chairpersons and carried out exhilarating discussions on contemporary and historical issues for the 3 days of IITGMUN. The embassies of Sweden and Israel sent their greetings and support while the Swedish Ambassador to India, Mr Harald Sandberg and the Maharaja of Tripura, Pradyot Manikya witnessed a few sessions in person to encourage the delegates.


The fall edition of the IIT Guwahati MUN conference will be held during Techniche from 4th to 6th of September 2015. The IITG MUN provides a hands-on experience of cooperative negotiations while encompassing the profusion of world views and broadening our view of the world we live in. Needless to say, it promises an excellent level of debate, and an unforgettable experience for everyone.


The following 3 councils will be simulated in the conference:


  1. Security Council (SC): Nations have long deployed their troops for battle. But not all bullets are fired from a patriot’s arsenal; not all blood adorning the heathen land was shed in the country’s service and not all chauvinistic valor upholds the integrity of a nation’s flag. Come join us from 4th to 6th September and mark a dent in deciding the future of warfare.


  1. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA): On the 26th of April 1986, mankind woke up from a slumber it had been in since the Second Great War. With the Chernobyl meltdown, the nightmare of nuclear disaster resurfaced. As our eyes struggle to focus on the questions of feasibility, of viability, of our preparedness for judicious use of a technology the ugly side of which we have seen 3 times too many; we have to get the earth under our feet. With Chernobyl in hindsight, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) convenes on 24th September 1986 to decide the fate of this form of energy, the fate of us. Join this historical simulation at the IITG MUN 2015. The platform awaits your voice.


  1. European Club Association (ECA): Politics and policy pervades just war and doom, as is evidenced more and more as sports organizations make headlines for all the wrong reasons. With sports increasingly mirroring society and taking up from there some unpleasant characteristics like inequality and corruption, diplomatic discussion becomes ever more important. As the final committee at the IITGMUN, European Club Association convenes to lay down the guidelines for the highly controversial Financial Fair Play and discuss the course of action on the uncomfortable questions raised by the Qatar WC bid. The applications for delegates and executive board have been open for quite some time now, and with such a diverse set of agendas and committees, it would be interesting to see what transpires as the conference opens its doors from the 4th to 6th of September 2015. Details and links can be found at the website techniche.org/iitgmun



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Conquest 2015

Conquest Poster


About Conquest

Conquest is BITS Pilani’s international startup conclave which aims at encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship in India. Conquest is a perfect launchpad for every groundbreaking idea.​It explores and caters every need of a startup – incubation opportunities, IP filing, expert mentoring and networking sessions with Industry stalwarts, Angel investors and leading Venture Capitalists.
This year Conquest with DCB Bank as its Title sponsor aims at penetrating deeper into the Tier-II,III cities of India which we believe will be the birthplace of the next startup revolution in the country. With over a million dollar worth of Cash prizes, services being provided and extensive networking opportunities, Conquest truly is the king of Indian startup challenges.

Success Stories

Conquest has the tradition of producing some of the best startups in India. All 10 finalists of Conquest 2013 are successful registered ventures now. iTraveller (Runner up-Conquest 2013) raised $100K immediately after Conquest 2013 and recently a million dollar as series-A funding. PosterGully (Finalist-Conquest 2012) got incubated at The Hatch. GharPay, the Conquest 2011 runner up, was funded by Sequoia Capital just after months of starting up and is presently India’s biggest doorstep cash payment solution. Other startups produced by Conquest include Mobile Medics (acquired by Piramal Healthcare in 2008), iViz Security (raised $2.5 million funding in 2008, one of NASSCOM’s ‘Top 4 Emerging Product Companies’ & a big name in security solutions today).

Success of Conquest 2013

Conquest in its last edition offered INR 3 lakh in equity-less seed money and over $1 Million worth of services, licenses and incubation opportunities. The resource pool for the finalists of Conquest 2015 (cloud computing credits, accounting, sales, marketing, PR etc.) has already crossed 2 crores and we expect it to bust our previous records.

The Application process

The application process is fairly simple. The participants are required to fill in details regarding their startup across 7 criterias. Once the registrations close, the Top 50 will be announced on June 15. Personalized mentoring sessions will be organised for these teams across 5 major citiesinIndia,wherein the teams will have the liberty to choose their own mentors.

The semi-finalists will be asked to update their profiles including the progress made since the initial registration for Conquest.The Grand Finale will consist of networking sessions with esteemed people from the startup ecosystem followed by a chance to pitch to the biggest VC firms in India. All teams, irrespective of their selection to the next round, will receive detailed feedback from the judges.
Conquest is the search to find ground-breaking zealous startups ready to add themselves to the hall of fame.​With the resources and mentoring which Conquest provides we believe it that it is a perfect platform for budding entrepreneurs. Registration for participation closes on 1st of May. For furthur details head over to​ ​ www.conquest.org.in

Pragati-Growth for Everyone


Techniche, the annual Techno-Management Festival of IIT Guwahati is going to witness its 17th edition in September 2015. From its humble beginning in 1999, Techniche has grown to become one of the premier Techno-Management festivals of the nation. As a part of its ‘Initiatives’ module, Techniche has launched a program ‘Pragati- Growth for everyone’ to bring an improvement in the lives of the residents of the village ‘Latiya Bagicha’ in Amingaon, Guwahati.

We can barely imagine a life without electricity during the night. The darkness instills a feeling of helplessness. Even a tiny candle makes us feel comfortable in such pitch darkness. Techniche had taken up a rural street lighting initiative under ‘Pragati’, to install street lights which work on solar power, which is both ecological and economic. These were installed in ‘Latiya Bagicha’ on 7th March 2015(Saturday). The residents were educated regarding the use of these lights and their maintenance.


As a part of Pragati, a teaching program was launched on the 26th of January (Republic Day) to serve the basic education of the children. They are being taught elementary subjects like basic arithmetic, natural sciences and other moral principles of life. These classes are being conducted every Friday and Saturday. The residents of the village are being educated in the following areas:

1) Causes of diseases and preventive measures.

2) Women’s issues.

3) Effect of tobacco and drinking.

4) Drug abuse and illicit trafficking

5) Importance of sanity

6) Providing knowledge about government policies and acts which affect them and other general topics.


Growth is a wonderful thing, and its benefits should be reaped by everyone. Unfortunately, in a country as large as ours, with needs and circumstances as diverse, it is a major challenge to bring everyone into the folds of growth. In such a situation, it becomes everyone’s responsibility to ensure that growth does not become a prerogative to certain sections of the society. This is situation not only in Guwahati there are many such areas. They are a small group of people aspiring for a change. Few NGO’s have come forward to take part in this program, but for an effective change, everyone needs to lend a helping hand and turn their efforts into a success.


For more details, please contact Dinesh Reddy at +918471879849 or mail us at raviteja@techniche.org


IngeNUity ’15



With the backdrop of the Aravalis, about to start is the celebration of the year. NIIT University brings to you, ., the place to be this January. Go back in time with us and witness the majestic world of India’s myths and legends from a time long forgotten.

The third chapter of Ingenuity promises to be bigger, better and crazier than ever before. From the first chapter, with the theme ‘Adventure’, we witnessed the musical wonder of ‘Them Clones’ and one of our nation’s favorite comedians ‘VIP’. The second chapter brought around the resounding beats of ‘Nucleya’ and the crazy head banging riffs of ‘The Limited Experience’ symbolizing the year’s theme ‘symbols’. We promise you that this turn of the page is going to be wilder, grander and most of all legen- wait for it……. dary (considering we’re pulling everything from legends and myths with our year’s theme ‘Mythos of our Ethos’).

So tune your guitars, get your dancing shoes on, ready those trigger fingers and warm up those vocal chords, because this fest is going to be the place to be this 30th of January. Also we need some help to find our Sita so the help would be greatly appreciated. #WhereIsMySita?

Details of events:

Battle of the Bands:

“Your band, your music, our fuel. You ignite it. “

They put rhythm to words so that the lyrics would touch our hearts and that was the birth of music. Music is what emotions sound like, which is probably why music has the power to inspire hearts and touch our souls. Every song written has a story to tell, a hidden emotion.  If you and your buddies are poets of the art, then bring out your axes and prepare to battle. Let the sound blaze your mind and the music touch your soul. This is not an event you’d want to miss.

Street  Dance:

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances” – Maya Angelou.

The real message of dance is to open up the beauties of life to those who have no other way to express themselves than through their bodies. Dance knows no boundaries, dancing is for everybody, everywhere. Street dance is about style, it’s about expression; regardless of your origins. At ingeNUity, we aim to capture the true essence and spirit of street dance. If you’re one with a few tricks up your sleeve and would love to show off some raw moves, let your feet do the talking at Urbanos!

Group Dance:

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears,

We dance for madness, we dance for fears,

We dance for hope, we dance for screams,

We are dancers, we create dreams.

Dancing is like creating dreams with your feet.  At Rhythmus – the group dance event at ingeNUity, we aim to bring together intensity, passion, choreography, synchronization, energy, rhythm and a whole lot of fun! We invite you to set fire to the dance floor and raise the roof while competing with some of the best dance crews around. Let’ dream together!

Solo Dance:

They say that dance is a conversation between one’s body and soul, expressed through the fluidity of motion and the grace of one’s persona. To quote Martha Graham, “Wherever a dancer stands is holy ground”, and indeed, dancers have enthralled us since the birth of time and who better be presented as an epitome of grace than Lord Rudra? If you’re passionate about dance and would like to tell us your story, ingeNUity is just right for you! Make the world your stage at Rudra– the solo dance event, where we aim to showcase the best solo dancers! Dazzle us. Take our breath away. We would love it!

Vine Making: If you’ve spent countless hours online surfing through vines that tickle your funny bone then this is definitely the event for you! All you need is a camera, some interesting ideas and a moment of brilliance to wow us. But most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!

Face Painting: Remember those times when you exercised your artistic skills drawing moustaches on the faces of unsuspecting victims? Well, this is the time to bring forth those ideas again! And this time, we promise you won’t get into trouble!

Doodle Art:  It’s time to bring alive all the masterpieces scribbled on the back of your notebook. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen to sketch a world of imagination. Come doodle your heart away!

Creative writing (poem): Poetry has long been a form of expressing one’s emotions, whether it is Shakespeare’s brilliant soliloquies or Wordsworth’s picturesque descriptions. Club words with emotions, sprinkle a bit of rhyme and add creativity to the mix to weave the perfect poem at ingeNUity’15.

Creative writing (essay): Ernest Hemingway once said that there is nothing more to writing than to sit at a typewriter and let your heart bleed. Writing is about expressing yourself without any inhibitions. Writing is about putting your soul on paper. If you have a flair for words and anelaborate imagination, come participate in the Creative Writing competition atingeNUity’15.

Mythological Quiz:   Did you know that Hanuman was cursed to forget his own abilities unless reminded by another? Indian mythology is a treasure trove of numerous such interesting tid-bits. Tease those brain cells with fun facts from mythology at our Mythology Quiz. It’s a great chance to learn something new!

Street Play:  Are you passionate about the issues plaguing our modern society?  Are you ready to spread awareness about such issues? Are you a firm believer in righteousness? Want to make your voice heard?

Embolden your voice! Gather the crowds and the world is your stage!

Treasure hunt: Would you like to join in an adventurous quest, where your mental strength will be tested to its limits?
Where every straight road leads to a dead end and only your wits in deciphering the clues will guide you towards your true goal.
The journey may be arduous and the end distorted but we guarantee victory will be that much grander once you find your sweet Sanjeevani.
So, would you love to go on an adventure?

Best Graffiti: Transform the paper on your desk to look like the ghetto walls of NYC or, just another page from a doodle notebook. Get your wild painting skills to work!

Tattoo making: If not permanent, why not temporary? Transform to reality that dream of adorning yourself with a pretty tattoo. Or, you could always try out your designs on someone else. A little bit of ink never hurt anyone!

On the spot décor: If you’re really spontaneous, smart, and have the brilliant talent of clearing your room in under two minutes, you know you’re meant to win this! Take junk, make it look better.

T-shirt designing:  Got a quirky thought or a mad design swimming around in your head? Well here’s your chance to spice up a plain white tee. Turn heads with your legen-wait for it-dary creation!

DJ Night :  What you do not need for this is any particular skill set or forte. What you do need for this night is, however, the willingness to shake a leg and dance the night away! Just dance!


Valley crossing : Seen those action flicks where you can conquer an enemy by simply dangling from a rope? Well, we have something similar, sans James Bond of course! (Not any competition.)


JAM : One minute to exhibit your oratory skills, seasoned with funny comebacks, really smart words and poking fun at what interests you. Impress us and we award you just for speaking!


Solo singing : We’re not really looking for the next Adele or Rahman, but if you think the tunes you hum are good enough to flatter those of the opposite gender, congratulations! You’ll probably win this one!


PO.FA.ST : DSLR. Check. Normal scene you want to make look extraordinary. Check. Some filters. Check. A deep quote for a caption. Check.  Three categories of emerging photography covered under one event, namely, Portrait, Fashion and Street. Stun us and we’ll award you.


Best Hyperlapse: Hyperlapse videos are the next big thing in the world of photography and we want you to prove to us that you’re brilliant with it! Capture the crowds or the sunrise with that camera!


Vistas: How about you become Sherlock, only clutching a camera! Crack the code, get there fast and cover it with your camera. The best photographs win accolades and mentions on our social media accounts!


Casino : The Casino is the closest you’ll get to the party scene of Goa, but in the deserts of Rajasthan. Rest assured, you’ll want to make money on this one! Blackjack, Poker, Roulette and more, if you’re good with cards, you do not want to miss this one.


Duet Dance: Do you believe it takes two to tango? Can you and your partner rock the stage with your incredibly synchronous and energetic moves? If you’re two, and you’re not just another couple, this event will let you charm the audience like nothing else.


Theatre: Theatre is life. Cinema is art. Television is furniture.


In a time when people prefer Big Bang Theory over Hamlet, we bring you an event aimed at bringing together those passionate about theatre. Enthusiasts believe that theatre is a representation of life sans the worldly illusions. We invite you to take the stage and mesmerize us with your bold dialogues, enthralling acting skills and sheer stage presence. Relive the charm of theatre at Mithya. See you there!


Fashion Show: The latest fashion trends are what you dream about. You have never stepped outside your home without checking page 3. Mango, Prada, Jack & Jones are names you swear by. Sounds like you? Welcome to Avatar! Walk the ramp, and smile as the cameras click away!


PC Gaming : One flick of your mouse and your opponents are already cursing you for your accuracy! Or for the brilliant usage of N2O. Connect into the game and win great prizes just for gaming well!



Bollywood quiz : Think you know Bollywood better than anyone else around you? Care about flicks more than chicks? You’ve finally arrived to the place where you may be rewarded for it! Yeh prize mujhe dede, Thakur!


Paintball : The Counter-Strike fun. Just in real life. Lock and load soldiers, go! We will not respawn you, though.


Mr and Ms Ingenuity : Be crowned the smartest, hottest and literally the most sought after people at ingeNUity. Top it all with a really grand prize. What could be better than all those people calling you Mr./Ms. Ingenuity until next year? Nothing!


Kill the bug : Coding. Is. Essential. Debugging, even more so. Debug the lines of code we give to you, make them work, and we reward you! If it was any simpler, we’d probably write a computer program for it.


Instrumental face off:

Instrumental music is not everyone’s forte – after all, it’s not easy to web words with musical notes. But, if you’re an enthusiast or have spent countless hours practicing on your chosen instrument, Vadya is your event! Pit off against some of the best musicians and show off your skills. All you need is a bit of passion and an ear for good music.

Pragyan 2015


Pragyan is the ISO 9001 and 20121 certified, international level, annual techno-management fest of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli. Incepted in 2005, the fest takes place in the college campus and has grown bigger each year. The fest stays true to its slogan “Let’s Celebrate Technology”, by conducting 50+ events for tech buffs and management gurus from across the country.

With students coming in from over 100 colleges, each edition of Pragyan sees the footfall figure reach the thousands. The 50+ events organized by Pragyan range from programming competitions like Reverse Coding, to brain teasing events like the Pragyan Main Quiz; from core engineering competitions like Junkyard Wars, to robotics events like RoboWars; from management events like Dalal Street, to innovation competitions like Sanrachana – Pragyan has something for everyone. Apart from the horde of events, Pragyan also plays host to people who have made it big in tech from around the world, who come down to Trichy to deliver enticing guest lectures. Previous editions of Pragyan saw big names like Jamie Hyneman, Tessy Thomas, and J.N. Reddy. The fest also hosts Crossfire – where influential people from across the country participate in a series of panel discussions on various topics relevant to Indiaand the youth.

The 2014 edition of Pragyan saw Mr. D.R. Karthikeyan, Mr. Santhosh Hegde, Mr.Bhagwan Singh, Captain N.Thinakaran and Mr. Karthik Janakiram, participate in a heated discussion in the topic ‘The role of youth in the building of the nation’.

If these weren’t enough for you, Pragyan also hosts a number of amazing workshops held by experts in their respective fields. Seven workshops were held during Pragyan 2014, including a lie detector workshop conducted in collaboration with Truth Labs India, and ‘Big Data’ workshop held in partnership with Microsoft. A number of exhibitions are also held during Pragyan, and the previous editions saw eye popping exhibits of Harley Davidson bikes, 3D printers by Cycloid Systems, and Indianmissiles presented by Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad. Pragyan also hosts Sangam, an exhibition exclusively for NIT Trichy students where they are provided with a platform to showcase their new projects and ideas. Infotainment, as the name suggests, is thepart of Pragyan that is the perfect mix of information and entertainment. Under its banner, a number of amazing events such as laser shows, and 3D mapping projection of the Lecture Hall Complex of the campus were conducted.

In recent years, Pragyan has gone beyond the borders of the campus, and even the borders of the country, and held outreach events. These include a quiz for school children in Dubai, and a hovercraft workshop held at Sathyabama University in Chennai. Pragyan Social Responsibilty (PSR), has played an integral role in raising awareness about various issues in and outside campus, as well as spreading much needed technical knowledge to the masses. A few events organized by PSR are Catalyst, a program were school children were taught concepts of MS Office in detail, as well as a pet project to prevent wastage of paper on campus.

Without a shadow of doubt, Pragyan has proven to be much more that just another college tech fest. This year, with the theme of ‘Space’, Pragyan 2015 is bound to be an even greater spectacle than the editions before it.

For more information:

Visit: www.pragyan.com

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Follow us on: twitter.com/nitt_pragyan

Keep yourself updated on: www.pragyan.org/blog

Dil Dosti etc: 12th Annual Alumni Meet at IIT Kharagpur.



IIT Kharagpur presents its’ 12th edition of the Annual Alumni Meet based on the theme “Dil Dosti etc“- a three day event celebrating the reunion of the alumni from the Golden, Ruby and Silver Jubilee batches of graduation back at their alma mater. The Meet captures emotions of reunion, reminiscence and most of all friendship. The alumni relive the most cherished days of their past through various events like Campus Tour and Department Visits, Musical Night, Hall Visits, Kite Flying, Entertainia, a mock Illumination, Gala Dinner and 2.2 Marathon. As old bonds are seen renewed, many new bonds are also forged.

However, the purpose of the Meet goes beyond reigniting nostalgia. It is a platform where the best minds of the world gather in their Alma Mater to become a part of the steps being taken for the amelioration of the place they once called “home”. The endeavours of the institute and how the alumni community can contribute towards those are discussed through Alumni Support Meetings. The institute boasts of the most extensive alumni network and the Meet is a way of strengthening ties between the institute and alumni community. Its grandeur has grown in the past years. The tremendous positive response received by this venture holds testament to its success.

Take a stroll down memory lane and recall and revisit the college days, cherish the best moments of youth and rekindle old friendships and comradeships through the Meet. This edition of the Annual Alumni Meet focuses on the concept of the unconditional love every alumnus has for their alma mater, the yearning of their hearts to run away from their daily routines, jobs and commitments; back to the place where their most exciting journey began, the best days spent and friendships made for lifetime and hence the theme ‘Dil, Dosti, etc’.

Join us from 9th-11th January, 2015 at IIT Kharagpur to experience the wave of nostalgia, cherishing of old, fond memories and reviving of old friendships and moments.

Let Me Know Essay Competition 2014




Let Me Know is a unique portal that helps students across India find opportunities of various kinds.  Since  its  inception  in  2007,  it  has  pointed  only  an  upward  graph  of  readership, subscription and opportunities.


 Idea Behind The Competition

Let Me Know presents The Let Me Know Essay Competition 2014. This competition seeks to invite perceptions from the youth regarding topics that concern the society and on those that further entrepreneurial initiatives.

Essay submissions for the competition will be accepted online between the period 25th October, 2014 and 12th November, 2014.



(i) Realising the need of an effective Indian National Youth Policy.

(ii) Can proactive volunteerism by Indian youth change India?

(iii) Adopting Modern Entrepreneurship.



The contest is open to all students in India who are in the +2 level or pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate degree.


(1) 1st prize- Rs.3, 000          2nd prize- Rs. 2,000

(2) Certificate of Merit for top 3 finalists and they also get a chance to be a part of the LMK Team.

(3) Certificate of participation for every participant.

(4) The best 3 essays will be featured on the Let Me Know Blog and will also be shared over social media platforms.


For further details about Official Rules and Submission Guidelines, visit: http://goo.gl/sS7Fd4

Don’t be Rational! A Letter to Graduates

(A letter to graduates. I wish someone told me this when I graduated)

Dear graduate,

As you move from the confines of your college to the outer world, you hear the cry to ‘fit in’ and not ‘stand out’ ringing louder in your ears. You are expected to fall in line with societal norms and not follow what you believe in. I empathize with you.

Don’t accept a corporate job (even if it is a high paying one) because that is what you are supposed to do. Don’t equate stability in career to a job that pays you a fixed monthly salary. More importantly, don’t make career choices rationally.

Passion! Love the word! Find what you really want to do in life, even if it takes a while and go after it like a drug addict. Work your socks off and be the best! If it is singing, be like Freddie Mercury. Don’t give up, don’t give in, and most importantly, don’t make career choices rationally.

I meet scores of people your age every week during my talks in different institutions. A lot of them have been fed with thoughts such as ‘The only reason to work is to earn money,’ ‘Pursue a career in which rationality takes precedence over love.’ And shockingly, most of them have come to accept that is how careers are supposed to be.

Since when have you become rational? From your favourite restaurant to falling in love and everything in between, you make irrational decisions. When it comes career choices alone, why do you want to be rational?

I understand you have been brought up in a system, where there is overwhelming focus on pursuing a career without risks. There is too much pressure on you to adhere to norms. There is great acceptance in the society for adhering to norms and condescending disapproval on unique pursuits. There is always enough money to splurge on marriages and not enough money to invest in research. It is normal to loan money to buy a house (and become slaves to paying EMI) but it is a huge risk to loan money to start a business. I understand you have been weighed down by all these.

Refuse to accept the drudgery that enslaves you as an inevitable burden that you must carry as an “adult”. Some of the most accomplished people are the ones who enjoyed what they did and screwed up at what they did not.

Never let your curiosity die. Some people say ‘You are young and that is why you are curious. When you become old your curiosity will wane.’ I disagree…‘You are curious and that is precisely why you are young. You become old when your curiosity dies.’

Be driven by curiosity. There are a lot of things about you that you don’t know. There are only two great days in your life. They day you were born and the day you know why you were born? Have you found why?

There is beauty in a lion racing across the savannah, a perfect sentence in a book, Usain Bolt cruising around the bend, and AR Rahman’s music that blends Hindustani and Jazz. A flying lion would look unpleasant (if not repulsive) and Usian bolt trained to become marathon runner would have been a huge let down to the whole sporting fraternity! (if not the whole humanity.)

So my friend, Don’t waste time in places you don’t belong. Don’t stick around for “atleast a year”, because people say it indicates “stability”; It indicates stupidity. Avoid unimaginative work and unimaginative people like the plague. Find your passion, believe in it and go after it like a bull after a red rag, unmindful of the matador’s jabs.

I don’t know much about life. But I know this about career… Your work should rejuvenate you. You should look forward to Monday mornings and not loathe them. You should get lost in your work so much that you lose track of time. You should express yourself at work. If you are a fish don’t train yourself to climb a ladder!

I am not sure if smart people always make it big in life. But, people who love what they do have always found their way into the annals of history.

As Neil Gaiman quoted “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”

Fall in love. Have a great career!

– Santhosh Karnananda





Santhosh Karnananda, a professional speaker, trainer, author, and entrepreneur, has trained over 40,000 people. He is the Founder & Director of MeraEnglish.com, MyGmat, and MyGre. Santhosh quit a thriving career at Google to pursue his passion for professional speaking & training. He has delivered lectures in 44 institutions across India on a variety of topics. His interviews and talks have been featured in leading media such as ‘The Hindu’ and ‘The Indian Express’ in recognition of his professional speaking and entrepreneurial skills.

Write to Santhosh – Santhosh@meraenglish.com

LMK speaks to the founder of Padhaaro

ish jindal
A great idea by Ish Jindal has brought a sea change in the way the foreign guest spends their visit and experience the multi-sided culture of the country. It changed the way the foreigners travel in India. Through their enterprise, not only have they made it easier for foreigners to experience a smooth visit & stay in India, but also, they seem to be playing a very crucial role in bridging and promoting the inter national cultural connect and exchange. True to its name, their start-up Padhaaro welcomes anyone and everyone to visit India and experience the extravagant, exotic and elegant aspects of it.


  • How were the seeds of Padhaaro sowed?


We started off with Padhaaro almost 2 years back after we ourselves realized how your travel experience becomes much more enriching when someone who is native to a place shows around the places to you. Initially, we had a basic blog with a Google doc where people could apply as a greeter and similarly a traveler could request for a greeter service and we used to connect them manually over email. It turned out to be a fun experience for both the traveler and the local greeter and that’s why we decided to take it to the next level which is what you ssee right now and the product improvements to be released in future.



  • Please tell us about your team members. How  did you of all come together?


All of the team members had met at different conferences and forums and that is how we came together through mutual connections. To give a sense of the core team, Ish is an engineering graduate from NIT Warangal, comes from a consulting background and takes care of marketing, operations and partnerships. Sanchit takes care of all things on the technology front.


  • Keeping in mind the different safety concerns we have in our country, how do you ensure the genuineness of the greeters who get selected to accompany our foreign visitors?


We follow a stringent selection process and curate each experience so as to have quality experiences for our customers. We also have social media and background checks in place to ensure that all are Greeters/Local Experts are reliable and trustworthy. Reviews and references from travelers and other users of the platform also help us refine it further.


  • What are the challenges that you have faced while Padhaaro was being shaped?


I think, the main challenge for us was to position ourselves differently from other players in the market that do something in a similar space but the kind of services are different.


  • Please brief us on how Padhaaro serves the visitors.


Firstly, we are not in the services business rather a social marketplace or a platform to connect people. On one hand, there are people who are passionate about showing their city and sharing their experiences with fellow travelers and on the other hand, there are people who are looking for such local experiences which give them a holistic perspective of the place they are traveling to. We are enabling them to find them the right reliable person and use his services. This is win-win situation for both the Greeter and the one using his services.


  • Currently, there are 200 greeters and local experts working across 18 cities; do you have any plans to expand it anytime soon? 


We are adding new greeters to our platform each day and we plan to expand this number to 1000+ by the end of this year.


  • Do you think your past academic background as an engineer has helped you in starting up Padhaaro?

I believe coming from an engineering background makes one versatile and gives an ability to try out new things which is what you need when you are just starting something from scratch. There are no predefined frameworks in your mind and approach and hence you have the flexibility to experiment with stuff frugally and see what works best.


  • How does a greeter make it to your team and what is their work like?


As mentioned earlier, a Greeter needs to apply and go through the whole process of selection before he/she finally comes onboard. The experience provided by a Greeter or a Local Expert has to be such that it is appealing or fascinating enough for a user and also meets the basic standards of having being showcased on Padhaaro.


  • Would you like to share anything with our readers that would motivate them about Entrepreneurship and Starting up?


Don’t start something because you have been pushed into it due to some reason (be it the job you didn’t like or the freedom you always wanted), get into a startup only if you are being pulled to the cause of solving a pain point you really feel about.


Padhaaro Official website: http://goo.gl/KFQw0l

Annual AIESEC Youth Festival 



Present in over 124 countries and territories and with over 86,000 members, AIESEC is the world’s largest student-run organization. AIESEC in Delhi University is a leading local chapter of AIESEC in the world delivering the highest quality of international internship experiences. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today.

AIESEC in Delhi University has always been known to pioneer events. Events are a way to create an impact on the society, thereby showcasing their core product – Responsible Leadership. Through these events, it aimed to create more dynamic and capable member experiences apart from inevitably spreading awareness about critical issues. This time, it was Annual AIESEC Youth Festival.



Youth to business aims to connect young leaders and businesses around relevant topics in the world to generate new ideas, to explore the topics of leadership, innovation and corporate responsibility so as to generate thoughts about the future.The Youth To Business Forum 2014 was held on 30th July,2014 at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Delhi. The forum was based on the theme “At the Speed Of Ideas.”

It primarily targeted the problem of unemployment in the new generation. This year, Youth to Business Forum saw participation of speakers from various startups and popular brands( Ab-inbev, Hero, Coke, Microsoft, The Hindu, Letsintern, SkyHippo etc) While, most of the speakers were Delhi University Alumni, there were also a few artists and entrepreneurs who didn’t attend any college at all. The session was jam-packed with young national and international delegates. The whole event was divided into six panel discussions that touched topics such as media and journalism, entrepreneurship, art and innovation. It started at 11 am and ended at 5 pm.


Through UDAAN, the Delhi University chapter of AIESEC plans to provide underprivileged children with an opportunity to express themselves through cultural workshops and competitions and direct them towards quality educational opportunities.

This year Udaan was conducted on 2nd August’14 at National Bal Bhawan, New Delhi. About 2000 underprivileged children participated in this event to celebrate the spirit of Balkalakaar. The day started with a hour long session of dancing followed by an art competition. After pumping in energy, the event moved into a fun-filled hour comprising of various dance competitions and magic show. One volunteer shares his experience, “Udaan’14 lets you be the impact by touching lives of deprived young minds by creating memories and experience of a life-time for them” The event ended at 4 pm. Kids waved goodbye, clicked a lot of pictures and promised to meet again.


Global Village is a cultural extravaganza of 100 youth leaders from across 25 countries. Our interns set up stalls where they showcase the culture of their countries. The day kick started with a magnificent Cultural show involving singing, dancing and presentations followed by the International Cultural Exhibition and a Global Café where in the youth of Delhi got a chance to interact with the Internationals and share their experiences. Planet Delhi was held on 3rd August at Rrala’s Habibi, MGF Mall, Saket. The event represents more than half the planet, hence the name Planet Delhi. The event started at 2.30 pm and drew to a close at 7.30 pm.

Throughout the year, AIESEC in DU organize a dynamic calendar of public events, seminars, information briefings and public events. They believe that knowledge truly is power. Through these events they seek to inform students about the international opportunities that AIESEC provides them to learn and grow as responsible global citizens. They are focused on activating leadership and developing everyone’s abilities through proactive learning and therefore unlock the potential of ourselves and others.


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