Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ted X SITM. A memorable event.

And so there was this Ted X event which happened at Symbiosis Institute for Telecom Management (SITM)  Pune and I was invited as a speaker.

I got back from Pune on Saturday night after the event and it is still fresh in my mind. It was truly a memorable experience for me. The enthusiasm of the everyone associated with this Ted X talk, the superb and efficient way it was organised, the breathtakingly beautiful campus, the cordial welcome I got from the Director of the Institute Prof.Patil, and the love that the students and faculty showered on me has floored me completely and has left me with a fuzzy warm feeling which refuses to die down even three days after the event.

The speaker line-up was superb. I felt honoured to hear Dr.Pawan Agarwal of Mumbai dabbawalas (which is now a case study  in many management Institutes)  speak.
To quote from 'The Hindu'

Mumbai’s 5,000-odd dabbawalas have been in action for over 125 years now, without any work stoppages. They deliver nearly 2,00,000 lunches everyday and on time. Their unique management and operational models have become subjects of management study beyond text books for global business schools.
The dabbawalas have a Six Sigma quality certificate and a global business fan club that includes Prince Charles and Mr Richard Branson.

He is humility personified--a gem of a human being.




I felt honoured to speak to him and even click a picture with him. He also told me that he loved my talk and I felt elated about that. (the video to my talk will be available after 2-3 weeks and I shall share the link, once it is up)

Here are a few pictures clicked on the day of the event.

The picturesque, serene campus is located on a hill, covered with mist. It looks straight out of a picture post-card and makes you want to dive in.


 There was an enormous hoarding just outside the college. I was surprised seeing my face suddenly on a hoarding :)

There were posters on the wall too.

Karan, who was the corporate Interface assigned to me. He met me at the airport, even though it was ten thirty pm when my flight landed. And right from the time of landing Karan was with me till I left. He was really sweet and took care of even the smallest of details efficiently. He also showed me around the magnificent campus they have. Thank you Karan!

Rohan (white shirt) , manoj, raveena and some of the other students at SITM. Rohan did a nice job of compering the event. :)


 Saurabh, a student from SITM who wanted a pic with me, just before I got into the car which was waiting to take me to the airport.
Sometimes, a single snapshot can tell an interesting story :)

And three days later, the hangover of the experience refuses to go away.
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13 comments:

  1. Eagerly waiting for the video talk :) And pictures are revealing a lot about how the event might have gone. :)

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  2. Wow, the hoarding was grand :)

    Brilliant. Can't wait for the video to come out.

    xx

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  3. the pics are really awesome..awaiting ur video eagerly....

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  4. I miss my city Pune so much, seeing the pictures just made me ache for it more.

    The hoardings look awesome. It must have been a great feeling to see yourself on a hoarding :)

    Loved all the pics and your talk must have been amazing too.

    You deserve all this and more.
    Love you girl!

    Seema

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  5. Glad that you had a great time. The pictures are wonderful. Waiting for the talk video. :-)

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  6. The dabbawala story is amazing... I too had the opportunity to meet him at the TED global auditions in blore.... great to hear that you had another great TEDx talk... I remember the SITM guys contacting for some information.... keep delivering more such inspiring talks....

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  7. The dabbawala story is amazing... I too had the opportunity to meet him at the TED global auditions in blore.... great to hear that you had another great TEDx talk... I remember the SITM guys contacting for some information.... keep delivering more such inspiring talks....

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  8. my3: Thanks!

    Saffin: Yes, he is amazing. Thanks for the wishes :)

    journaloframbles:Thank u!

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  9. Seema: very kind of you! thanks!

    neha:Thanks!

    Sucheta: :-* :)

    Sridevi : Thank you!

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  10. Nice! Now I can proudly say that I know a celebrity! I am eagerly waiting for the video!

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  11. hello mam,
    just few days back i finished reading "life is what you make it".
    i must say you created something really awesome out of air.
    great depth of research and you played really well with words.
    i myself want to be a writer someday. currently m writing my blog. i would be really happy and elated if you could visit it and read few of my articles. and maybe leave a comment on it.

    that would be the only way i could know that you visited my blog.
    my id is
    ignatius99.blogspot.com

    please mam. a small motivation from you can really mean a world to me.

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  12. Congratulations Preeti!! Way to go!

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