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Scouring for flowers and collecting honey, chasing after the flowers is what the Fundabees do the best but the best that they do, they do it with lot of effort. To keep this hardwork going, team "Fundamatics" requests you to subscribe to the print version of "Fundamatics". The price is as little as Rs. 500 for an annual subscription, Rs. 900 for 2 year subscription and Rs. 1200 for 3 year subscription. The online version comes free of cost but the effort is the same. To keep the magazine afloat, team "Fundamatics" urges you to donate a small contribution of Rs. 500 if possible. Please write to us at fundamatics@iitbombay.org
 

Fundamatics 4Q 2015

 

 

The latest issue of Fundamatics has education as its theme, delving deep into the core of the Indian educational system. And, coming out the eve of the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence, the issue takes on a special significance. It brings together different voices to create an interwoven narrative about the major challenges faced by the education system today: How do we deliver high quality education to the millions of young Indians in a timely and meaningful fashion?; What is the long-term effect of raising fees in our public institutions?; What role should the government play in publicly funded institutions; What is the value of education to the individual or to the nation?. The issue also discusses changes to generate better learning outcomes. 

On a different note, we are planning a jumbo fun-filled issue that captures history and nostalgia related to IIT Bombay. If you wish to share your memories of eccentric profs, your hostels or unique IITB lingo or any pictures/memorabilia, send in your own submissions to the editorial team at Fundamatics@iitbombay.org. Last date,  Nov 28th, 2016.

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 Happy Reading!


Fundamatics 3Q 2015

 

 

It's been almost half a year after Global Business Forum was held. The organiser's have just about recovered from acute withdrawal syndrome. Some started remembering the highs and lows, while others were busy penning public apologies for all that did not go well. Almost all were still puzzling over the most basic question – what is the GBF?  So the Fundamatics team (many bee's of this hive were also a part of the GBF team) had a Eureka moment. Why not put the musings, contrition and achievements into an issue? Do not expect serious discourse, just fun behind-the-scenes anecdotes and some serious poking fun of the efforts.

For those who aren't interested in rediscovering GBF, we have plenty of other stuff to fill up all the empty slots in your mind ─ literary pieces, political pieces, humour pieces, education-themed articles along with our regular columns.
 

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 Happy Reading!

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We are back again with yet another issue of Fundamatics.  And, yes as usual we are later than late! Really, really, late actually. But, we promise that our new issue that delves into the very essence of all forms of life – water – will more than make up on lost time. 
 
Fundamatics 2Q explores the theme of water through a variety of perspectives – from the eyes of full-time activists, academicians, campus residents, researchers and those who are just nature lovers. We have articles that offer lucid explanations of what’s not right with the way we are managing our water resources and others that alert you to the key issues concerning freshwater, its ecosystems, uses and abuses. Yet other articles simply celebrate the flora and fauna of the Powai campus that thrives on and around its two lakes Powai and Vihar. The water-based articles are interspersed with a liberal measure of humour pieces, poems, anecdotes, a photo essay and our regular columns.
 
As you can imagine, the final outcome is a delightful mixed flavour that will not only jog your brain cells but also tug at your heartstrings. Or, may we say campus strings. We guarantee that you’ll love reading this issue as much as the Beehive has enjoyed working on it! 
 

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This year’s first issue of Fundamatics is finally in print! A potpourri of humour, fiction, non-fiction and poetry, our latest issue has something to please all palates including the most fastidious ones. Read an epistolary account of the massive Nepal earthquake by a witness or learn the story behind election number crunching from a practicing psephologist. If you are a nature lover, you can take a safari through the wild landscape of the Bandhavgarh National Park or journey to the moon in the company of a poet. Those inclined towards humor will also not be disappointed; we have a whole bunch of "then" and "now" scenario anecdotes to regale you. Two articles from the campus student magazine 'Insight,' a few opinion pieces, a film review, a first-person narrative about film making and a translation of a well-known Marathi short story are a few other goodies that await you in this issue. So sit back, discover and enjoy! 

 To read the latest issue in the e-zine format click here.

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Fundamatics 4Q 2014

This fourth issue of Fundamatics for the year 2014 perhaps comes into the sharpest focus in the month of December every year with commencement of placement season, the best time for Fundamatics to take it up as its thematic focus. unlike every issue, this issue brings to you a researched paper and thereby followed with an alternative view. An article from the campus student magazine 'Insight' although we are fairly sure that too only skims the surface of student responses. There is a liberal dose of humor-an excellent satired from Alibaba while ab ki baar, Gumblebee moving on from MGPL to a new estate-Moody Sarkar Unlimited(MSU). Exceptional poetry. Read on ..............

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Fundamatics2.0_Q32014_Cover_111114.jpgFundamatics 3Q 2014

The third issue of Fundamatics for the year 2014 is finally here! Fundamatics 3Q 2014 is a unique mix of something old, something new. With an assortment of visuals from three talented cartoonists, this issue is a perfect blend of serious with the humorous.

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Happy Reading!

 


 
 
This issue is a late submission reminiscent of the last minute panicked cram session before an exam or a BTP presentation. Naturally, the thematic focus is on students and student life.We are sure you will enjoy this issue.
 
 
Fundamatics2.0_Q22014_cover.jpg- Editorial by Queen Bee plus ...
- Boundary Walls BY ABHINAV GARG
- The Boy Who Lived BY EKLAVYA MAHAJAN
- Television and its Role in Everyday IITB life BY ROHIT NIJHAWAN
- N R Kamath : An Iconoclast and an Educator BY QUEENBEE
- The Little One BY SANKET PATIL
- Once Upon a Time there was Earth… BY ALI BABA
- The Toothbrush of Paisa Vasoolism BY BUNKUMBEE
- The ‘Z’ Axis – An Eye in the Sky BY NOSEYBEE
- Did you know the King who wept? BY KARTHIK KSS
- Polt’ of Students Gymkhana Elections BY BUMBLEBEE
- Neighbour’s Call: A Story of Two Nations BY VISHNU VINJAM
- To the Postmaster BY TINKERBEE
- Let it Bee BY TINKERBEE
- Ring the Bell for Change BY DEEPAYAN BHADRA
- A Winter Morning BY JAYANTA BORAH
... and more.
 

 

 

 

Fundamatics turns two with an exclusive and candid interview with Union HRD minister Pallam Raju, a thematic focus onInnovation and Entrepreneurship. There are featured articles from Ajit Rangnekar, Dean ISB, serial entrepreneur Hemant Kanakia, an interview with the scion of the Godrej House, Shri Jamshyd Godrej, Magsaysay award winner Harish Hande who shares his insights on innovations in social entrepreneurship at SELCO, plus real life inspirational stories from entrepreneurs and innovators, not to mention some tongue in cheek humor on entrepreneurship from our resident Bunkumbee. 

There is an update on the prestigious National Salt Satyagraha Memorial at Dandi assigned to IIT Bombay along with the latest musings of Grumblebee who takes on Sheila-in-deep-shit and the AAP phenomenon in the Delhi elections. There are columns from Alibaba, Beheruz Sethna, Sudheendra Kulkarni, humor from Lazybee, anecdotes on some crazy innovations in Hos-Tales, fiction poetry, memorabilia.. the list could go on but we leave some more interesting articles for you to 'discover' in the pages of this issue. 

To check if we have delivered on our promise of another power packed bumper issue of Fundamatics download the PDF version of the magazine here. 

We launched our own E-zine in the last issue and discovered that Fundamatics was already being read in 31 countries. To read the latest issue in the e-zine format click here. 

Within a week Fundamatics E zine plans to launch its own blog corner and fun interactive forums. To ensure that you do not miss out any of the action do sign up for the E zine. It is free of charge at the moment. 

Happy Reading!


Fundamatics 4Q 2013

As 2013 ends, we bring to you another issue of  'Fundamatics', the last issue of this year ...

Telescope into the Future with two incisive pieces on the Indian economy in 2061 from Distinguished Alumnus Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist Aditya Birla Group and Ashish Chauhan, Managing Director and CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange.
 
Our focus has not just been on the India of the future but also the India of here and now. Look out for Ali Baba’s take on the Asaram Bapu case and the murder of Narendra Dabholkar in the context of Scientific temper, Grumblebee's latest rantings about MGPL – Madam G’s Private Limited (no points for guessing which political party is the focus of his ire), Shailesh Gandhi’s investigative journalism on the revenue loss being incurred in the state of Maharashtra.Capitalist PIG ranting about the Food Security Bill and Pradeep Anand’s Review of “The Billionaires Apprentice” by Anita Raghavan.
 
Read Prof Ashwin Gumaste’s account of a unique product development in the realm of Omnipresent Ethernet by IIT Bombay , - perhaps the first example of a product developed in the academia being deployed in a tier-1 service provider network and the subsequent  technology sale which was the largest ever (from a monetary perspective) between IIT Bombay and the industry.
 
Humor Nonsense and Satire galore with a new column called ‘Bunkum and Wish Wash’ by Bunkumbee who can only be called a “feku” in IITB lingo. Satish Hattiangadi who writes about ‘Cutting edge Technology in IIT’ with a Department of Poo-ology. There are more unique takes from Gautam Saha and Arun Kaul.  

Other IITB ki Taaza khabar with student’s insights through contributions from Team Shunya and the InsIghT team of IIT Bombay.

Finally a new column called I-ASCEND to showcase ventures of entrepreneurship and innovation by IITB alumni.

Read through it all in our brand new E-Zine here ...
Download the magazine by clicking here......
 
Last but not the least; do send in your contributions for the Annual special issue. You could write on the main theme “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” or talk about your favourite, Hostel, anecdote, favourite teacher, your travel stories, fiction, poetry or any of our regular sections. Your contributions should reach the editors at beehive@iitbombay.org no later than 27th Nov 2013.  
 

Fundamatics wins three National Awards ...
 
 
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Monsoon came with a veritable bonanza. Fundamatics won three National awards this June. We are now the best in-house magazine in India adjudged to have the best content. It is cause to feel proud. The magazine is just 7 issues old and it beat over 500 entries multinational corporations, top drawer colleges, institutions and PSU's with unlimited publishing budgets and resources.
 
Did we just get incredibly lucky?
 
 
Relax, sit back and read the magazine by clicking here for the ezine.
 
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Fundamatics has its very own Facebook now. Request all of you to visit and support the magazine with "like".

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Call for submissions: You can send us your contributions, - fiction, poetry, art, non-fiction and opinion pieces to fundamatics@iitbombay.org.


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Fundamatics 2Q 2013

 

Here comes the Foundation Day issue of Fundamatics ...


 

This issue provides sketches of the early Directors by Profs. Sukhatme and Narasimhan, both of whom were intimately involved in setting the trajectory that IITB has taken.


Prof. Ashok Misra, during whose term IITB celebrated its Golden Jubilee, gives a very readable account of the initiatives and achievements of his term. While Prof. De was travelling abroad during the past couple months and thus not available, Prof. Khakhar has chosen to let his work do the talking.

 

The event that caused millions of Indians to hang their head in shame, unfortunately did not provoke many to take part in PKG3. Personality features Prof. Deepak Phatak, our very own Padma Shri. Humblebee has tried to do justice to this remarkable alum and prof who seems to be able to tap into some mysterious source of energy; if only more of us could do that!

 

Vivek Borkar exhibits his colourful plumage and sharp fangs while classifying the various species inhabiting Indian Science. He himself certainly is a Primma donnae though he may not consider himself Fundsenhonour disbursae. I am sure readers will find his piece educative and it will encourage them to look for similar species in their own habitat.

 

Behruz Sethna and Rustom Kanga provide further evidence that it takes a sense of humor to survive IITB, while others provide proof of the need for it.

 

Wishing you happy reading........


Fundamatics 1Q 2013

 
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Call for submissions: The next issue is due on Foundation Day. You can send us your contributions, - fiction, poetry, art, non-fiction and opinion pieces to fundamatics @ iitbombay.org. Your submission should reach us no later than 10th February, 2013.


Bee’s Knees ...

This quirky, linguistic coinage from the 20s (which means excellence) is a perfect way for us to announce the first anniversary issue of Fundamatics. We have officially been in business for a year and it enables us to announce to the world that Fundamatics, a magazine that you helped us create, is in business—that it is the real deal and that too of a high quality. Not only have submissions and participation increased at a steady clip, we have also been featured in the press. But most important of all, we are being read not just by people within the IITB community but others as well. 

 
Fixing the Future: Environmental Challenges
 

The editors felt that the defining issue of our generation will be humanity's response to the challenge of environmental and ecological degradation and climate change. This belief underpinned our decision to focus on the subject as the theme of our second annual special issue.

The contributors of issue include some of the leading experts and opinion makers and activists in this field today. Some like Shripad Dharmadhikary, Raghu Murtugudde, are IITB alumni. Others like Ramchandra Guha, Rajendra Singh and Joan Chevalier are not: but represent powerful voices that need to be read and heard. The journey from problem to solution for today’s messy, complex intertwined environmental issues makes their opinions all the more urgent.

We wish all a very happy 2013. As always, we look forward to your critique and comments at fundamatics@iitbombay.org.

FUNDAMATICS CURRENT ISSUE CONTENTS

Fixing the Future: Environmental Challenges 1
Readers Write in 3
Balanced Development 5
Rethinking Growth, Redefining Development
Addressing India's Water and Energy Needs Shripad Dharmadhikary 6
An Environmentalist among Historians 13
The Indian Road To Sustainability Ramachandra Guha 14
Climate Change Needs an Elephant Whisperer Raghu Murtugudde 17
Balancing the wild : I love not man the less, but Nature
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From the Big Apple 27
Cattle Ranching, Roosevelts, and Climate Change
The Divide between Rural People and Environmentalists in the United
States Joan Chevalier 28
Trail Blazers in Participatory Democracy 32
IGnatenrdvhiei w33 with Aruna Roy with asides from Inayat Sabhikhi Shailesh
Feet of Clay Ali Baba 38
The Cabinet Re-bungle Grumblebee 40
A Fiery Storm Tejas Shyam 43
Economy, Ecology and Nonviolence Sudheendra Kulkarni 44
The Original Rainman Janak Daftary 48
What’s in a date? Stumblebee 51
Hatti o Hatti Satish Hattiangadi 54
Global Mega Trends Rajeev M Pandia 56
Jeeves, Robot? Beheruz N. Sethna 59
Close Encounters of the Chinese Kind Akshay Mishra 69
“Genius met here”:In conversation with Pandit Dr Arun
Dravid Humblebee 72
Economics of Progress and Need for Nature Restoration Ajay Phatak 78
The Court of the Crimson King 85
Through the ‘eye’ of the Moment Dhananjay Saheba 88
Innovation: Is it Serendipity or is it a Process? Subhash Tantry 93
 

Fundamatics is already fly-paper. We are here to stick around.


Fundamatics 4Q12 Cover
 
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Fundamtics Issue 3 coverThe third issue of Fundamatics is a landscape lovingly crafted: part discursive dialogue, part cynical satire and part anecdotal.  

The magazine though young has already established itself as the vehicle of choice to voice alumni opinion. During the recent JEE controversy, IITBAA’s statement to media as well as its deposition to the senate was based and backed by the results of the opinion poll (Poll Khul Gayi) conducted by us to elicit alumni opinion on this critical issue.

As a second theme for the issue we have presented first person, accounts from entrepreneurs that enjoy the felicity of humerous, self-deprecating narration. In the process they highlight the qualities of innovation, initiative, professionalism and integrity in a mixture which we hope you find both informative and inspirational.

For a magazine editor, the cardinal rule of publication hanging right at the doorway is “thou shalt not be late.” Year 1. Just two issues old and we have not only gone past that door but it has also fallen off its hinges!

There is little left to do but shrug our collective shoulders and go on as best as we can with humble apologies for our tardiness.

The German poet-philosopher, Friedrich Schiller had once written ‘Late you come, but still you come,'

Fundamatics is late, but here it is none the less.

Enjoy…
 
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Fundamatics 2Q 2012

FUNDAMATICS April issue ...

 

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It has only been a few months since we inaugurated the first issue of FUNDAMATICS. Since then, the Fundabees have been totally buzzed by the response they received. The hive has grown and proliferated and already, the magazine has started to take on a life of its own. So here it is, our Foundation Day issue of FUNDAMATICS to flip through and enjoy but also to invite to mull over things as well—long after the pages have been turned and the magazine has been laid aside to rest.

Although slimmer, this April issue has tried to retain the breadth of scope of the first issue—the snappy satire of Zappa Man, the romance of M&B, the nostalgia of Hos-tales, evocative poetry, discussions on critical national issues like governance and the voices of non-IITB alumni, in the form of IITKGP alumnus and Ramon Magsaysay winner, Arvind Kejriwal.

We hope FUNDAMATICS’ April issue lingers, grows on you, invites you back and makes you hungry for more. Start Reading and we hope you see what we are talking about.

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 We have laboured to bring you the best content written by alumni across the globe. But we need your feedback and your submissions for future issues in order to continue to strive for excellence. Write to us with your comments, feedback, suggestions and submissions.

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Red Alert: FUNDAMATICS  irresistibulusthe epidemic has broken out. No known cure.


Fundamatics 1Q 2012

The Inaugural Issue of Fundamatics

fundamatics cover.JPG Our very own quarterly Alumni magazine.

FUNDAMATICS. 

Unveiled at IITB campus on Alumni Day, 25th December, 2011 by Dean (ACR) AQ Contractor. 

Over 200 pages of power packed reading material in this bumper inaugural issue with separate sections for reunion batches.

Stories, interviews, features, articles, thought provoking debates, nostalgic reminiscences  and humour from alumni comprising of Directors of other IITs, eminent politicians, world renowned economists, bestselling authors, nation’s policy makers, mountaineers, industry czars and even mess workers.

To read the online version, click here.

To order your hard copy from a limited number of copies available, write to fundamatics@iitbombay.org.

We have laboured to bring you the best content written by alumni across the globe. But we need your honest feedback and your submissions for future issues in order to continue to strive for excellence. Write to us with your comments, feedback, suggestions and submissions.

Await announcements regarding annual subscription plans. Support Fundamatics with advertisements and to get maximum mileage from the 37,000+ strong alumni community by clicking here.

CAUTION: Fundamatics is habit forming.

 

 

 

 

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