The 2nd edition of TEDxFMS was held on 3rd September, 2016 at the Conference Centre of Delhi University. This time, the theme of the independently organized event was ‘Driving Change’. The event saw the participation of a large number of attendees, a majority of which were students of the Faculty of Management Studies and various other colleges of Delhi University. The event featured talks from various stalwarts of industries, NGOs, artists and highly accomplished achievers. The event started with a talk by Pramod Bhasin, the non-executive Vice Chairman of Genpact-the largest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Company of India. He talked about the birth of an industry which is a story of naivety, foolishness and sheer hope. Talking about the birth of BPO industry in Gurgaon, he asked students to be as informal as they can be in their work life, as informality drives communication. He said “One thing that I have learnt from the Americans is that- don’t fear failure. There is only one life to lead. If the idea blows up, so do we.” This talk was followed by Anuksha Arsh Gulati, the founder of A.A.G- Arise Awake Grow. She talked about the importance of spirituality and highlighted it through various life events. Talking about personal spiritual growth, she said “Spirituality and Science are the two sides of the same coin.” [caption id="attachment_44253" align="aligncenter" width="488"]Anuksha Arsh Gulati Anuksha Arsh Gulati[/caption] The next talk was delivered by Biswapati Sarkar, the creative director of The Viral Fever (TVF). He spoke on how to engineer a career in the entertainment industry. Speaking about the obsession of Indian parents with engineering, he said “In India, if you are good at something, you do it after Engineering.” Talking about the sad state of the Entertainment Industry in India, he said that four young people driving around the India Gate in an open jeep, is a fifty year old idea of what a twenty year old does. After this, the stage was taken over by Khurafati Nitin who spoke on how to adapt to changes during the ups and downs in life through examples from his own life. He explained that struggles are the reasons for our rise in life. He ended his talk saying “Life is a waste of time. Time is a waste of life. So why not waste all your time to have the time of your life?”  [caption id="attachment_44244" align="aligncenter" width="310"]IMG_20160904_150942 Khurafati Nitin[/caption] The event resumed after half an hour with a talk by Shivya Nath, the award winning travel blogger. She spoke about her experiences of leaving her job at 23 and going after her dream of travelling the world. She said “Have a simple life, yet that is inspiring each day.” This was followed by a talk from Marc Saxor, a German analyst, publicist and strategist who spoke on how to have an alternate vision and go forward in implementing it. [caption id="attachment_44252" align="aligncenter" width="285"]Marc Saxer Marc Saxer[/caption] The next talk was given by Venkat Raman Singh Shyam, a contemporary Gond artist who has been awarded with Rajya Hasta Shilpa Puraskar by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. He did a jugalbandi with Anand, who is his friend, a writer and publisher of several books. Speaking about the importance of tribal arts, Anand said “Adivasis are not only our first people, but also our first artists. The art we make and the land we live in, own us.” Speaking about his art, Venkat said “My journey has been that of a pinwheel, of constant change. I am a Gond, and I paint Gond art. Or else I would’ve been rootless.” [caption id="attachment_44246" align="aligncenter" width="479"]PicsArt_09-04-03.17.16 Venkat Raman Singh Shyam[/caption] The last talk of the evening was given by Jasper Reid, the founder of IMM which builds consumer brands in international markets like the Wendy’s and Jamie Oliver restaurants in India. He spoke of how to better yourself at changes in life. He said, “In addition to focusing on your mental health and your academics, an important area to focus on is your ability to adapt, on your inner Arctic Fox.” [caption id="attachment_44247" align="aligncenter" width="509"]PicsArt_09-04-03.05.26 Jasper Reid[/caption] The event ended with a vote of thanks from Dr. Monica Singhania, Professor at Faculty of Management Studies (FMS). Overall, the event witnessed an audience which happily posted about the event online with #TEDxFMS. Image Credits: Gerush Bahal for DU Beat Srivedant Kar [email protected] Swareena Gurung [email protected]]]>