The Manipal Conclave: Day 1 LIVEBlog!
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“When I got onto a bicycle, [I] couldn’t ride it till the end of the street. In four months, not only did I quit smoking, I could climb every hill in Manipal”.
“It was an open road, I could go where I wanted.”
-Ganesh Nayak on his initial foray into cycling.
Day one of The Manipal Conclave is officially sold out, and with extremely good reason.
Only thing more difficult than Ganesh Nayak’s Himalayan trip is connecting to iON inside a packed Library Auditorium.
The man, the legend, Ganesh Nayak.
“I’d done my research, and there was a college in the Himalayas offering a course in first aid and CPR.”
Ganesh Nayak on his Wilderness First Responder training, received from Viren Peramul (World Champion Rock Climber and Kayaker) and Capt. John Hovey (US Marine Corps).
“How to do good jugaad.”
The ideas of Frugal Innovation, resonant even in the mountains of the Himalayas.
If you own a cycle, lock it up well tonight. This is an inspiring story.
Better yet, if you own a cycle, get moving. What’re you doing not riding it?
“It’s not a journey if you haven’t met a Babaji. Steve Jobs met one!”
Ganesh Nayak on meeting his Cycling Babaji.
What’s up Babaji?
The road to Muktinath: sights the likes of which most of us can only dream of. Also, good oven-prepared pizza.
“Lot of places in Manipal that you can go mountain biking, but they’re fast disappearing [due to construction].”
David the Mountain Watcher. Uatu vibes, anyone?
Nepalese Cartography (2014) and the Mystery of the 8000 Metre Peak.
“When I went to Bihar, I got so many invitations: come home, come have chai with us, come have lunch with us. It led to so many meals, it led to sleeping in other people’s houses.”
“I stayed away from the cities. If you stick to the villages, you get the best people.”
“The trip was getting over.”, Ganesh Nayak says, with a hint of sadness in his voice.
We know what he means. This talk could not go on long enough.
“MITian and proud.”
“Wow.” – Ganesh Nayak on the standing ovation. Yeah, it was that loud.
“Every student and faculty stood up. Ganesh, we are very proud of you.” – G.K. Prabhu, Director of MIT.
The Rural India Project: an initiative by the students of MIC, up next on stage.
“Most farmers didn’t commit suicide by choice. They were encouraged by their families, for the government’s compensation. Money with which they could send their children to school, and feed them.”
The shameful reality.
Some twelve thousand farmer suicides in just 2014, according to some reports.
“I realized how biased the media houses of our country are.”, TRIP on the lack of media coverage regarding these stories.
“…and 11 year old, exposed to alcohol, cleaning up vomit after hours in DeeTee. All this happening in a student town in Manipal.”
“…with the whole and soul intention, to only tell [stories of rural India].”
“We need to feel their pain. Maybe then, they’ll trust us with their stories.”
“The flashlight on my phone was of more intensity than the streetlights in the village.”
TRIP demonstrates, with pictures to aid them, how the Midday Meal (one of the Indian Government’s proudest achievements) is served to children who have no choice but to eat them on their school’s grounds.
“These are the stories that need to be told, these are the stories the country needs to here. We, through The Rural India Project, will continue to tell these stories.”
“What the media reported about Jharia, and what I saw, are two totally different things. Who do you believe?”
Now, the stage goes to Aritra Shome, for the moderation of the second student speaker session.
The untalked about inflation in Manipal: within the span of a few years, every club seems to go from four or five members to fifty.
“Parikshit being a thing that is going to space, requires some costly components.”
I should think so. Going to space, after all.
“They jumped over the wall, stole our stuff, and absconded.”
“We had the bright idea of using a drill as a lathe.”
Well, what can you say. “All jugaadu people” up on stage.
Inspiration, in case you need some for the future: “A cool car, drifting around IC.”
“One senior decided to go out, downtown, for you know, dinner.” – Rishav DuttaChoudhary, SolarMobil.
“What is the driving force of Curiosity?”
“Curiosity… [something about the human drive to know and inspire and discover]”
“No. Actually, Curiosity is NASA’s Mars rover.”
“Instead of my two ugly roommates, I see two girls. I asked myself, was I in heaven?”
Shome: “That’s so much better than Divij’s story.”