Jul 022013

Continuing our practice of getting maverick thinkers and speakers, the IITBAA Pune Chapter has invited Dr. Rajiv Sharangpani to talk about how to lead a healthy and fit life till your last day, and how NOT to get trapped in the so called “healthcare system” which is getting more insidiously commercial by the day. According to Dr. Sharangpani what we have in the developed countries, and now in India, is not Health-care but disease-care. It is an eco-system that tries to maximise return on investment by the various stakeholders – doctors, hospitals, pharma companies, and medical equipment manufacturers. It does this by creating a fear psychosis, and prescribing unnecessary tests, medicines and surgeries, sometimes doing great harm to the “customer”, the hapless patients.

Dr Sharangpani has a Masters degree in General Surgery from BJ Medical College, Pune, and a Diploma in Sports Medicine from Cologne, Germany. He practiced surgery for a few years, but gave it up because he felt that many of the surgeries were unnecessary, where there was nothing wrong with the patient. He has since developed his own unique approach and system of physical, mental and attitudinal exercises for staying healthy, and for dealing with health issues if you have them. May of his patients are people who have run from to pillar to post looking for a cure for various ailments, and end up at his consulting room. Most of them leave happy that there is nothing “wrong” with them, and that they do not need surgery or any other medical intervention.

Dr. Sharangpani is a former fast bowler in the Maharastra Ranji cricket team, has trekked in the Himalayas, Africa and South America, and practices and teaches Yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi. He has written many books on health and fitness, and travels widely in India and overseas to lecture. His website is http://www.drrajivsharangpani.com

The talk will be followed by beer and lunch.

When: 11am on 14/July (Sunday)
Where: GS Lab Terrace, 9th floor, Above Food Bazaar, Baner Road, Baner (map)
Registration: Rs 300 per person (Beer to be paid at actuals) with lunch, Rs 100 without lunch

This is a PAN IIT event. Please register and pay in advance. On-the-spot registrations will be Rs. 400

Aug 282012

IITBAA Pune Chapter invites you to an interesting talk by Arvind Gupta of IUCAA Pune. Arvind Gupta (IITK ’75)  is a toy inventor and popularizer of science for kids. Creating simple toys out of trash and everyday goods, he illustrates principles of science and design in a memorably hands-on fashion. He works at the Children’s Science Centre in IUCAA. Watch his TED talk about the same topic below…

The talk will be followed by drinks and dinner. This is a PAN-IIT event so alumni from all IITs are encouraged to register and participate in the event. This is a family event… please get your kids and grand-children along.

The talk will be at the PYC (PYC Hindu Gymkhana in Deccan Gymkhana area, off Bhandarkar Road) on the 6th Oct 2012 at 7.00pm.

The damages are Rs 600 per head. Rs 300 per head for children under 12.

Please register for the event and pay in advance.

The venue will also host a photography exhibition by the Pune Chapter photography group. So please come in early to have a look the photos before the talk.