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TEDxFMS provided an insight into Discovering Passion

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TEDxFMS, an independently organised TEDx talk around the theme of “Discovering Passion” took place on 20th of September, in the Conference Hall, University of Delhi. It was organised by the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi.

“In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.” (“>


TedxFMS invited the attention of an audience keen to know and get inspired by the stories and assessment of distinguished speakers.
The event flagged off with a talk by the Vice Chancellor of University of Delhi, Dinesh Singh. A mathematician, he narrated his first encounter with his passion, mathematics, while in school, upon an acquaintance with the “beauty of Euclidian Geometry”


It was followed by one of the most engaging talk by India’s leading psychological illusionist, Karan Singh. He performed one of his acts, which was followed by an account of his story. Karan talked about passion in terms of the experience of being in love. An alumini of  Khalsa College, he left the audience in scores of laughter, when he said, ” In my college days, I went to every college, but my own “. This he mentioned to reiterate the inner urge for performing that which one pursues and loves.

The talks which followed were from similar people, with queer passions who created successful and satisfying spaces for themselves. Vikram Poddar, who gave up his work and blended it with his passion, explained his journey towards being the first Corporate comedian of India. Similarly, Kaustubh Khade, a national kayaking athlete also spoke about his love for his sport. His series of slides with photographs, was a foreplay of the risks yet the satisfaction and happiness in pursuing ones passion.


Ankur Warikoo, the CEO of Groupon India, had his talk filled with relatable tales of middle class struggles. He talked about creating a world of ones own by being uncomfortable in the world which we were born into. He said he pursued money not because of a constant lure of it, but a presence of the sorts which would demean it’s significance.

The event also had Shazia Ilmi, A politician and Journalist. She demystified anti feminist idioms and quotes, while recounting her strife towards her passion through constant questioning.


Guneet Monga, a prolfic producer with works like Gangs of Wasseypur and The lunchbox, concluded the event with her account of the ambiguities and obstacles on the road towards “Discovering Passion”.

Image Credits: Chirag Sharma for DU Beat

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