MASH Mixer: A Meet-up with a Purpose

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships”

-Michael Jordan.

It is often said that Great minds have a purpose and that is the difference between excellence and mediocrity. MASH Project has always aimed at creating leaders, future change-makers, but most importantly, creating noble citizens with a meaningful purpose.

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MASH has been bringing together great minds to solve social issues of importance, which pertain in the society at the very grassroot level. This time, with same motive but in a newer setting, great minds met with a purpose and ideated together on one such key issue, ‘THE UN-YOUTHFUL YOUTH’, dealing with under and over-age working class.

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MASH Project in Kolkata, organised MASH Mixer in Open House on Saturday, September 8, 2018. MASH in Kolkata is a small, but equally dedicated wing of MASH Project Foundation, consisting of individuals having one common purpose, ‘To Bring Social Change’.
With a newer team and a rejuvenated zeal, the event kicked off. The event started with an Ice-breaking activity which helped replace awkwardness with energy in the room. After a round of welcoming and introduction by our chief in command of Kolkata Hub, Shreyas Bajoria, it was time for real deliberations.

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Divyanshu Damani, a recognised face in the town, started the event by sharing 3 real life stories from his personal life, relating to today’s youth and the current scenario. Mrs. Smita Agarwal, founder of Yeh Mera India, highlighted the point of poverty, child labour and old-age working class. She stated instances in context of the Gita, making it more relatable for everyone.

Then came one of the most inspirational personality of the session, Miss Madiha Ahmed, a social change-maker, who changed our way of thinking and propagated that if the youth really wants something, all they have to do is to follow their dreams.
Last but not the least, the final talk of the session saw Meghdoot Roy Chowdhary and Pauline Laravoire from Techno India Group, beginning their talk by sharing personal stories. How they came all the way from France to Kolkata to follow their passion. A real life example of social entrepreneurs, they spoke about the real reasons of such tyranny and ways to reduce it.

With this, the speaking session came to an end. Representatives from Bhumi and OpenHouse used this opportunity to talk about their initiatives and with this the house was open for connecting, networking and creating social impact together. Live session by Friends FM 91.9 was cherry on the cake.

The beauty of any event is measured not in the number of hours invested in brain storming, but the beautiful journey that is ensured as an end product. Such was the impact of this Mixer, that the team not only received several congratulatory messages, but also potential partnership proposals. Attended by people from various walks of life, MASH Mixer ended with some fond memories and beginning of long-term relationships.

– Nandini Kasera and Shreyas Bajoria (MashKots)

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