Asian biz school hosts first ‘INK Talk’

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on February 10, 2013

The idea of growing a forest in a concrete jungle might sound outlandish, if not entirely out of the world. But this is what Shubhendu Sharma, founder of Bangalore-based Afforest, and his team endeavours to deliver.

Sharma exchanged the idea with audience at the first ‘INK Talk’ hosted by Asian School of Business (ASB) here on Saturday. The ‘INK Talk’ was held ahead of the INK Conference scheduled to be held in Kochi from October 25 to 27.

To be conducted in association with TED, this annual conference will have 70 talks and performances.

Sharma spoke about the efforts made by him and his team to create 100-year-old forests in densely populated cities. He swears by ‘survival of the fittest’ and ‘principles of natural selection’ as he goes about his job.


The mission is to plant 50-100 different species at the rate of three to five trees per sq km in treated soil.

“If we can move mountains to extract metal, scrape earth for oil and dump toxic waste in our land, we can do this too,” he said.

The session brought together a creative amalgamation of leaders who aim to refashion the way the world thinks and behaves.

Speaking from New York via Skype, neonatologist Nitin Ron held forth on correcting a neural tube defect in a 22-week foetus.

Ron is currently working on a research project to understand how yoga breathing and meditation can help overcome mountain sickness by improving the lung capacity and brain function.


MIT Media Lab researcher Kshitij Marwah described how light field cameras can revolutionise filmmaking. This is sought to be done by helping to adjust the focus of photos after they have been taken.

D'bi Young Anitafrika, and mono-dramatist, enacted travails of a sexually harassed kid and the ostracisation that a HIV patient has to go through.

Lakshmi Pratury, one of Forbes Asia 2010 100 Most Powerful Women and host and curator of the INK Conference, also spoke.

G. Vijaya Raghavan, member, planning board and member-secretary, ASB and Anson Ben of INK were also present.


Published on February 10, 2013

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