Connecting the Dots of Life: Insights from TEDxNITKSurathkal by our founder, Shri Anil Pradhan

 TEDxNITKSurathkal’s event, “Connect the Dots,” held on March 24, 2022, in Surathkal, Karnataka, India, aimed to shed light on the beautiful complexity of our life stories. Among the distinguished speakers at the event was our very own Founder, Shri Anil Pradhan, whose talk left a profound impact on all who had the privilege of listening to him.

The Butterfly Effect of Life:

In his talk, Shri Anil Pradhan delved into the notion of life’s “butterfly effect.” Just like how a small flap of a butterfly’s wings can set off a chain reaction that leads to a hurricane, the seemingly insignificant moments in our lives have the power to shape our destinies. Shri Pradhan beautifully emphasized that, much like connecting the dots in a painting, understanding the significance of these moments often requires a retrospective view.

A Tapestry of Stories:

Shri Anil Pradhan shared his insights on the power of storytelling. Each of us is a unique story in the grand narrative of humanity. It’s only when we reflect on the various chapters of our lives and the people who have influenced us that we begin to appreciate the depth of our own narrative. Shri Pradhan encouraged the audience to see themselves as fascinating beings composed of countless stories and experiences, waiting to be explored and shared.

TEDxNITKSurathkal’s “Connect the Dots” Event:

The TEDxNITKSurathkal event, “Connect the Dots,” was a platform for individuals to come together and gain a deeper understanding of the intricate stories that shape us. Through engaging talks, performances, and experiences, the event offered attendees the opportunity to explore the wondrous tapestries of the speakers’ lives and knowledge. As we listened to the diverse voices on stage, we were inspired to pick up our own brushes and paint our unique masterpieces.

Watch Shri Anil Pradhan’s TEDx Talk:

Shri Anil Pradhan’s TEDxNITKSurathkal talk can be watched on YouTube by following this link . We encourage you to take the time to listen to his profound insights and reflect on your own life’s “dots” and stories.

Here’s a brief summary of your learnings from each of the speakers:

  1. Vahbiz Bharucha (Captain, Indian Women’s Rugby team): Learn from your failures and develop resilience. Embrace a strong work ethic and a balanced approach to life by working hard and playing hard.

  2. Susan Thomas (Director, NIFT Bengaluru): Highlighted the importance of the intersection of science, technology, engineering, and arts. Emphasized the need to connect the dots between traditionally distinct fields, such as textiles and engineering.

  3. Neha Cadabam (Consultant Psychologist): Stressed the significance of child’s mental health and the role of activity-based learning in enhancing creativity. Recognized the importance of nurturing the emotional well-being of children.

  4. Ankush Jain (Multi-Instrumental Beatboxer): Demonstrated how a new art form can evolve and shared his personal journey as an artist. His presentation likely showcased the importance of continuous growth and exploration.

  5. Saad Khan (Director, Screenwriter & Improv Comedian): Encouraged thinking outside the box and demonstrated the creative process of scriptwriting for film direction. His talk likely inspired the audience to push the boundaries of traditional thinking.

  6. Kavan Kuttappa (Chef, Founder – Naru Noodle Bar): Shared the journey of creating extraordinary noodles and his personal journey as a chef and entrepreneur. His story likely underscored the importance of passion, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Each of these speakers provided valuable insights and encouraged the audience to think differently, connect diverse fields, and pursue their passions. TEDxNITKSurathkal’s “Connect the Dots” event appears to have been a source of inspiration and a platform for exploring the vast landscape of human experience and knowledge.


Life is a beautiful tapestry, a work of art composed of countless individual moments and stories. TEDxNITKSurathkal’s event, “Connect the Dots,” and Shri Anil Pradhan’s talk reminded us of the significance of connecting these dots and appreciating the intricate narratives that make us who we are. As we journey through life, let’s remember that every dot counts, every story matters, and together, they form the masterpiece of our existence.

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