Sushobhan Mukherjee

Wordcon – The Spirit of Life

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“Wordcon 2015” was organized last Saturday of November(28-11-2015). This was first time the same took place in Kolkata, India with larger vision, viewpoint in mind.

This year it was themed as “Freelancers International Conference” and it was one of it’s first kind in the country as per our knowledge goes. Yes, it is neither a typo mistake nor an over ambitious statement. There are plenty of business meet-up, events in various domains everywhere, but those are meant for corporates (even upto SME). There used to be renowned speakers and people in the audience intended to be a patient listener.

Our objective was intended towards a small gathering (max 30 to 35) where people can take part in discussions of real life problems instead of just listening.  More precisely freelancers (individuals who works for themselves instead of an employee in a company) were meant for participants who feel themselves “very small” to the big business meetups to get engaged with the speakers/agenda.

But why the name is “Wordcon “. You are right. It is having relationship with “Words”. Wordcon aspires to find out keywords of life which balances between business and life. “Peace”, “Delight”, “Spirituality” are few of such words to have harmony, resonance, positivity of life.

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The event was initiated with the inaugural lamp lighting and speech from Sri Kritarthananda (Pradip Maharaj), the monk from belur math. Apart from his inaugural pitch, he sang a song as well post lunch. All participants admitted that they had never experienced a chief guest continued almost till the end of the event with his blessings.

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Then Pritam Bhattacharyya initiated the session on behalf of the organizers.  He briefed on his journey of transition from government employee to translator, teacher, author, entrepreneur off course a wordsmith.

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Arindam Chatterley (alias chats), a professional trainer, life skill consultant, elaborated ten commandments of entrepreneurship with real examples from life. He explained how everyone can learn from even taxi driver to shoe polish person.

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Next was Pinaki Mazumder, founder Anubadak Lingo Services. With his life experiences, he stressed of relationships with customers. By his personal touch he bonded with his customers and in effect yielded much larger revenue base. Not only it resulted orders with premium values, but also stickiness was with years.

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Subhas Mukherjee our good old friend joined us from Bhutan. He narrated his life story to demonstrate the importance of the alignment with the cultural heritage of the geography in order to get success in business.

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Then it was the time for the desired break to drive into the Bengali traditional cousin through the traditional Bengali lunch.

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Post lunch, I had initiated the discussions with the importance of attending meetups. Off course there was few recitations as well. “Depression” by Srijato was more of a relevance to the event as it has dual meaning (Depression can be applied for Weather or even to Mind). Do you know the poem? If no below is the same:

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Gobindo Roy, founder of Lakshya Foundation, present researcher at IIT, Kharagpur presented on scopes, opportunity, platform in global arena for freelancers.

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Next was live interactions with Matteo Preabianca from Australia. He briefed his experience as freelancer. Desire from Germany further illustrated through recorded webinar on “How to manage your time in global time zones with work/life balance?”

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Anindya Kumar Banerjee (alias AKB) joined us from Bihar. He was instrumental on his session on vertical reading. The session was focused on reading a 100 pages book in 90 minutes and the philosophy was inspired by Swami Vivekananda (he was farm believer and practitioner for rapid reading)

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There was small token of gratitude to the speakers and the same was extended through our Chief Guest.

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The event was concluded by the music by sankhadip as planned.

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The entire show was aspired of co-existence, harmony, peace and delight. We intend to comeback with the same spirit in the coming year as well.

Stay tuned thorough our website (www.wordcon.in). Three cheers for “Wordcon”.

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Author: Sushobhan Mukherjee

Co-founder and CEO of Prime Infoserv LLP, one of the leading System Integrator and IT-space consulting ecosystem of Eastern India working with top pan-Indian and global brands. 18 years of experience in the domain and is a key industry voice with memberships in Indian premier IT trade bodies like NASSCOM and TiE. A bootstrapping enterprise-builder with a high flair for teaching and mentoring.

3 thoughts on “Wordcon – The Spirit of Life

  1. My co-organizer Sushobhan has summarized the Conference in the form of a photo-essay. I would like to add the following :

    1. Wordcon is not an event but a conceived movement with a mission. The Mission is to observe, learn, critic the joy and anxieties of our professional Life and Time for the individual and by the individual. Hence the architecture is not pyramid type but of a disciplined ship cruising in the Sea of Strangeness.

    2. Wordcon believes in ‘purnata’ and ‘fulfillment’ rather than shock and awe and worshiping ever larger magnitudes, be it revenue, employees, profit, people, building and so son. This is born of philosophy which does not mean old and obscure books but in its ultimate scope, very simple : How to live a fulfilled life ? Philo : Joy / Fulfillment and Sophy : Wisdom/Knowledge. This ‘knowledge’ is not the knowledge as understood in contemporary knowledge economy. This is knowledge which is critical and one step ahead : “How to live a fulfilled life in [……..] ? ” The …. can be Knowledge economy, Knowledge Plus economy and so on.

    3. In contemporary economies, professionals are living switched lives – professional-role and taking multiple roles in 24 hours. This is causing enormous strains and the question that is seldom asked is : Is it possible to be so without losing sanity ? Instead we hear many prescriptions and many feel that we are like circus animals asked to pass through many loops. There is a uncritical belief that if we have invented and made wonderful machines through algorithms, then it is quite possible that we may be homo algorithmicus. This is a false belief and this is causing tremendous alienation and its social impact is : anxiety and demand for ever stronger excitement and stimulation : physical and mental.

    Wordcon is addressing, with some men and women of Calcutta, this forgotten theme of existence of ours – our totality of Being and this is consistent with the artistic laws for being in the present city of Kolkata, wordcon’s city, by adoption – the city that created in a sense the modern Indian consciousness.

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