It is with great pleasure we would like to share that IITBGNY Chapter held its annual Diwali/Holiday Dhamaka Party on Nov 19th, 2016. It was attended by alumni from IIT Bombay, other IITs, and their extended families. It was an evening full of fun and entertainment.
We are grateful to the sporting spirit of all attendees who enthusiastically participated and cheered performances. We had the presentation of the Youth Achievement Award to two children of alumni who won the essay writing competition.
This was followed by a spectacular show of little kids dressed up as Avatars. One had to be there to admire their enthusiasm – regaling us with their stories and place in the cosmos. Cheers of all adults including those from different faiths, outright atheists and even confused atheists was remarkable.
In the karaoke event the audience was regaled by songs, ghazals of various genres including a fantastic western performance by the daughter of one of our IIT Madras alum. It is heartening to see the talent alive, well, ready and able to perform at short notice. It gives us ideas for future holiday events.
Dancing to Bollywood music put the young and old back into the Mood Indigo spirit. There was a near unanimous participation. Dandiya is always a hit. Many got to learn it the first time. I did get hit on my knuckles by my teenager who I still feel did it on purpose. It was still worth it though.
The food was free flowing and so were the drinks for anyone interested. Appetizers and main course was followed by excellent sweet dishes – gulab jamuns and kulfi. Hot chai at the end was nice to top it off. The event was an effort of volunteers and spouses who enthusiastically gave their time. It took months of planning, meetings in various homes to put it all together. We are grateful to them.
Special shout out goes to Sushil Bhatia who selflessly took photos and family portraits for the sake of history. We also know when Sushil is happy. It is when he puts a drink on his head and slow dances much better than a peacock. We did see him perform and are happy for it.
IIT Bombay Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter held its 2016 Annual Reunion on October 23rd at the Hyatt Jersey City, NJ. The theme ofthis year’s event was “Learning from Our Own – Leadership, Achievements, Success.” Over 100 GNY Chapter members and their guests came to hear and learn from our illustrious IIT Bombay alumni. Raj Gupta, ’67 talked about his experiences after graduating from IIT Bombay; going to Cornell to do his Masters through the IITB-Cornell connection, his career at Rohm & Haas where he served as Chairman/CEO and his experiences since then as a Board member of several large Fortune 100 companies like Delphi Automotive PLC, Vanguard Investments and others. In a fire-side chat, Bharat Desai ’75 Chairman IITB heritage Foundation and Chairman Syntel, Inc talked about his work as an entrepreneur in starting his own company and his work now in giving back to IIT Bombay and society in general.
The day’s program also included a session of IITB’s women alumni. Although women make up only 8% of IIT graduates, the few who have graduates have accomplished a lot. In a panel discussion, Bina Nabh Kanagat ’80 Director, Core Technology & Cloud Sales at Oracle Technologies; Radhika Venkatraman ’93 SVP/CIO at Verizon and Archana Sondhi ’02 Director, Bristol Myers Squibb talked about their experiences after graduating from IIT, the challenges in balancing work and family life, how they got to what they are doing today and lessons from their experiences for some of the younger alumni.
Prof Ravi Sinha, Dean, Alumni and Corporate Relations gave an update of the major research and academic successes of IIT students and faculty; the awards won by both in internationally recognized contests and the how proud we all are of their achievements. IIT Bombay was the first choice for 49 of the top 50 new students!
Continuing its long tradition, GNY Chapter also published its 2016 GNYPoint magazine, which has some great articles mostly written by the GNYChapter members. It is available for all to peruse at our website: https://www.iitbgnychapter.org/gNYpoints/gNYpoint-2016.pdf. At the event, Nivvedan S who recently was selected as the Volunteer of the Month for October 2016, was recognized with a plaque.