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DNJAI29887 | 1/29/2012 | Author : After Hrs Correspondent | WC :348

While adman Alyque Padamsee’s tongue-in-cheek suggestions on safe sex and happy marriage had everyone in splits, TEDx Jaipur also gave listeners some serious food for thought. A lowdown on the day

Ideas worth spreading—that in brief is TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design)’s mission, which it fulfils by conducting internationally-webcasted talks by the world’s brightest brains. The organisation created TEDx, where x stands for independently organised, to enable communities all over the world to host their own TED-like events. Jaipur saw its first TEDx last year in May 2011 where a bunch of bright entrepreneurs had brainstormed over the topic, Clean Environment and Waste Management.
On Saturday, however, the city saw its biggest TEDx event at hotel Jaipur Marriott. The list of speakers included the big daddy of Indian ad world Alyque Padamsee, automobile designer Emanuele Nicosia who has worked with Jaguars and Ferraris, journalists Maroof Raza and Sunetra Choudhury, OSD to APJ Abdul Kalam Srijan Pal Singh and others.
While most of the speakers discussed the life-changing innovations that can transform our lives, Padamsee chose to dwell on the small things that can change India in a big way. The first topic he spoke on was Youngistan Must Abolish Hypocritical Virtues. “50 per cent of our population is aged under 25 and 50 per cent of our politicians are over 75,” he pointed out.  And yet, which is the 50 per cent that makes most noise about ‘social change’?
The topics, The Super Condom and Marriage License, he admitted, were his favourites. “I have been married thrice and I am ready to marry three more times,” he confessed. “And, I admit that there have been times when I had sex without condoms!” The need, he stressed, is to invent a condom that will make safe sex more fun. “Also, there should be nuptial clauses that require renewal every five years in order to save the marriage,” he further suggested.
The entire event was divided into three sessions: Emerging Order, The Stuff We Make and Stories Rewritten. Journalists Maroof Raza and Sunetra Choudhury spoke about relationships between media and social media. Lalit Das, Sudarshan Banerjee and Myshkin Ingawale spoke about their innovations. And, the last talk of the evening was given by harpist and proponent of world music Georgie Pope.



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