400th Week TCS Maitree Toastmasters Club


We travel across the world to fulfill two dreams – individuals and others. Individuals dreams are fulfilled when others dreams are! Its virtuous circle that makes life. We neither understand the beginning nor the end but we understand the joy of giving and receiving in the cycle. I being in this cycle my phone rang on weekend from Mr. Animesh, VPE at TCS Maitree Chennai Toastmasters Club to invite as a Keynote speaker for their 400th week of TCS Maitree Chennai Toastmasters Club. I was excited with the invite, jumped to say ‘Yes’ in no time!

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Keynote talk on ‘Dreams and Aspirations: 6 Career Success Mantra’

Even I could arrive two hours before the drop point in Chennai, Mr. Rajarajan was waiting on his toe to receive. It was the same before moving out of Chennai or during the event. Today he stands an inspiring example to me for hospitality!

 

Mr. Venkatesh, Regional HR Chennai; Mr. Bala and Ms. Suganthi P, District Toast Master extended warm welcome. It was completely a new experience to witness great activities, inspiring and motivational talks.

As I continue to move in the cycle, 400th week will remain a memorable milestone and a cynosure to count.

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We stay and stand united! #Toastmastersclub

– Santa Santosh Avvannavar, CCO QtPi Robotics (Plug Play and Innovate) I Author I TEDx Organiser & 7 time Speaker I Alumnus of NITK, Surathkal ; IISc, Bengaluru

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Shamelessly Bringing Smile


While I was young, I couldn’t have asked for more than small things to buy such as ice candy, toffees and sometime a meal (typically dosa). I had understood that its not the matter of existence of money but matter of things to be asked from parents. I realised with growing (older) it was good happened that helped me incharge of opting a thing or declining a thing without much of fuss. At times I had the feeling of not having something, for example, a friend had first cellular phone that was heavy with small screen that displayed name, number and short message. The longer message needed scrolling using up and down button. It did fascinate me but my self-esteem and upbringing didn’t help me to ask parents. Somewhere in deep in my heart I felt its good to be shameless to achieve a good objective by asking out! If I have to classify the activity I’m going to carry out is going to make difference to me and others – being shameless is fine! However, Pride had to play a vital role in being shameless in asking that desired. 
In this journey of understanding the word ‘shameless’, I came across the line, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”(Matthew 7:7) God tells that one who ask is not denied and pride is the evil game! I have played this game of asking in the prayer but denied myself of outside showcasing pride. This conflict of understanding and thought has often took away that God granted. After several repercussions, I have decided to be Shameless in asking because I know it will bring happiness, joy and make the world a better place to live though my action. 
 
Today as a parent you have an opportunity to bring smiles on faces of your children by allowing them utilise their summer, for example, Robotic Course.
What they build today, will help to build their better tomorrow! 
Summer Robotics

He in She; She in He: Gender that I didn’t know! @TEDxMACE


He in She; She in He: Gender that I didn’t know!

Self side of ‘me’ and self side of ‘others’ that is roller coaster ride! Because it has fear, rejection and afraid to face new challenges. This confusion was like understanding community and gender. Perhaps many go through such phase! Stories of inequalities have been doing rounds and will continue to do so. What if there was no gender classification like male & female? If this could be replaced with something more meaningful, what it could be? The solution to such arguments on equality is ‘facelift’, acceptance! I knew that I didn’t differentiate what gender someone is. Why did I do so? I knew that to understand oneself, one needs to embrace several things in life. Several things like appreciation, criticism, miscommunication, realign the relationships.

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There is no gender free of another gender!

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There is no gender is complete without the other! 

Stay tuned for the talk!

The event TEDxMACE was held on 19 Jan 2018 in beautiful campus of MACE Cochin, Kerala. Kudos to the team of TEDxMACE for brining out fresh ideas! My stay with them will remain memorable!

What does summer means to you?


Children like summer and parents perhaps prefer not! That 6-8 hours relief that the mothers gets to finish the house hold cores is something harder during summer. Summer adds up to extra purchase list! This scenario is true for several mid-income families categorically to people before 1990’s who had more than one child and one employed.

As a child I found summer difficult to spend because of several reasons –

  1. I liked the school and teachers who kept me occupied with books, writing and brain activities.
  2. I either had to go to relatives places whom I knew little. However, I enjoyed this on bonding with new people.
  3. I didn’t like sports apart from jogging, running and indoor activity (like business board game).
  4. I wanted to pick some activities that didn’t moral debased. Hence I picked some skills like cooking, writing and reading during summer.

I feel now-a-days children are blessed with several summer activities or workshop like Robotics which helps them to be progressive in creativity, understanding/ learning applications, getting introduced to computer programming much earlier than academics that deepens their logically thinking and not-only-see but also feels the fascinating outcome! The adventure of building and re-building will build a better tomorrow for them and generation to come!

118 Courtesy: QtPi

What did/does summer mean to you?

Santa, CCO, QtPi Robotics

6th TEDx Talk


6th TEDx Talk at TEDxIIESTShibpur, Kolkata. The talk was on ‘Umbilical Cord – A cord that will always remain’. Beautiful campus with energetic organisers who made the stay a memorable. Campus has a great history! Worth a stop by visit in Kolkata.

Thanks to the team TEDxIIESTShibpur team for the opportunity and QtPi Robotics team for the support! All glory to God!

#TEDx #TEDxIIESTShibpur #Ideas #WorthSharing #SantoshAvvannavar