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Book club meeting on”CanDid” by N. Ramakrishnan.

‘CanDid: Inspiring human stories of resilience, perseverance & focus from sciencepreneurs at Venture Center’

Candid, a Venture Center-published book, follows the journey of 15 start-ups. To share the same trip, we have chosen the book Candid for discussion in the book club, which reveals the step-by-step success journey of entrepreneurs.

Discussant Neha enlightened the engaged audience with a very great explanation of the inspiration and desired behind this book. The journey of coming up with the idea for a start-up, the hard work and self-belief, and the realization of the start-up were discussed.  The session turned out to be really enjoyable and informal. During the event, several interesting and humorous anecdotes of young start-ups were shared, including how they came up with the idea, how they implemented it, and how they received support from their families. The reason and motivation for naming a startup was explored as well. A woman’s path as an entrepreneur reveals constraints, family opposition, and much more. Participants also shared their experiences. In such a way, the book club was extremely entertaining and enlightening.

 Talk on “How To Build Your Social Media Strategy From Scratch,”

Venture Center Library organized an enlightening talk by Mrinalini Sanchan on “How to Build Your Social Media Strategy From Scratch,” on 19th January 2024

Here are the top 3 takeaways from this talk:

1. Content is NO longer king: It’s the emperor now! Quality content is the bridge, but engagement is the destination. The journey through cyber space taught us that it’s not just about what you say; it’s about how you make your audience feel.

2. Importance of knowing your customers: The more you know, the more you grow! Tailoring content for your audience is the secret sauce. Understanding their needs, desires, and digital habits is the compass that guides you to the heart of your community.

3. Patience, Persistence, and Consistency: The Holy Trinity of Cracking Social Media! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a robust online presence. Shoutout to Mrinalini for reinforcing the power of endurance in this dynamic journey through the cyber wilderness.

Fireside chat with Dr. Madhur Motwani on ‘Overall Wellbeing and Happiness’

We had an insightful talk on ‘Overall Wellbeing and Happiness’ by Dr. Madhur Motwani on the occasion of ‘Mental Health Week’ organized by Venture Center Library. Dr. Madhur offered some of his perspectives and data on overall well-being. Madhur is certain that our ‘gut microbiome’ is an underappreciated organ that can be taught with food to regulate chronic inflammatory disorders, including some that extend beyond the gut. He also emphasized the function of the ‘gut-brain’ axis in fostering mental well-being and revealed his approaches to mental health talks as a scientist.

Knowledge sharing session on Impactful Data Visualization: Hide and Seek with Graphs

Namrata Salwe and Vaishanvi Pote presented a knowledge sharing workshop hosted by the Venture Center Library on improving your understanding of data charts and graphs. The presentation did a good job of presenting basic graphs and charts.

“BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) – It’s a Reading Party!

The last book club of the year saw limited participation but was big in terms of learning. Our members shared the books that appealed to them the most from all they read this year. Here is that list –

  1. The Dip by Seth Godwin
    Suggested by Aniket, it explores the concept of knowing when to persevere and when to quit in various aspects of life, such as careers and projects.
  2. The freedom manifesto by Karan Bajaj
    Suggested by Prince Paul, the author reveals these secrets to help you transform your life. From diet and routine to startups and investing, these seven unconventional rules will set you free, not just financially, but also to reveal your best self.
  3. Ikigai by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia
    Suggested by librarian Manisha, explore the intersection of what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for.

All the members shared why these books appealed to them and shared their learning with the group.

Author Talk by Dr. Chirmule on ‘Good Genes Gone Bad’

Beyond the headlines of successful drugs lie untold tales of perseverance.

The Venture Center library had the privilege of hosting an Author Talk by Dr. Narendra Chirmule on ‘Good Genes Gone bad’

He took us through interesting stories and anecdotes from the book. He dwelled on why he wrote the book and why it is important to note the good times and the bad as human beings.

It was a highly engaging session and the audience didn’t hold back with the questions. We spoke about precision medicine, gene therapy, the ethics of animal testing, and a lot more. Have you read the book?

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VC Library Newsletters (FY23-24)

LIT or Library in touch is Venture Center library’s quarterly newsletter showcasing all happenings of your library.

You can access all the newsletters here. Here is what you can expect from each newsletter –

  • New Additions
  • Event showcases
  • Interesting online resources
  • Book reviews and much more…

July 2023 – Sep 2023

Apr 2023 – Jun 2023

Jan 2023 – March 2023

Oct 2022 – Dec 2022

Oct 2023-Dec 2023

Book club party

Venture Center Book Club invites you to BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Party

Hey Bookworms!

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate our literary adventures with a bang! Our end-of-year reading Party is just around the corner, and it’s YOUR time to shine.

BYOB ( Bring your own Book )
It’s time to share this year’s favorite book with your fellow book club members. Bring along that one book you read this year that has stayed with you Share the magic, the moments, and the mysteries that made your reading year unforgettable.  Whether it’s a gripping plot twist, a character who stole your heart, or a quote that lingered in your thoughts, let’s revel in the stories that defined our 2023 reading journey.

Date: 15th December 2023
Time: 4 pm to 5 pm
Location: Venture Center Library, 100, NIP, Dr. Homi Bhabha Rd. Pashan, Pune-411008.

Registration Link-

Prepare to be enchanted by tales, laughter, and maybe add to your reading collection for next year.  Feel free to bring a snack to share, and let’s make this reading party the talk of the town (or at least our book club)!

Can’t wait to hear about your literary escapades! 

Author Talk with Dr. Narendra Chirmule : Unveiling the Secrets of “Good Genes Gone Bad

We’re excited to invite you to a captivating event – an “Author Talk” featuring none other than Dr. Narendra Chirmule, the brilliant mind behind the intriguing book, “Good Genes Gone Bad.”

Event Details:

  • Date: 8 Dec 2023
  • Time: 4pm to 5pm
  • Mode: Hybrid ( In Person at Venture Center, NCL Innovation Park, Pune & Online on Zoom )

What is the book about? “Good Genes Gone Bad” delves into the rollercoaster journey of biotechnology, where success rises from the ashes of major failures. Dr. Chirmule unravels seven colossal setbacks in drug development, leading to the birth of groundbreaking medicines. The stories, interwoven with analogies, make complex biological phenomena not just understandable but downright fascinating!

About Dr. Narendra Chirmule: As if that’s not impressive enough, Dr. Chirmule is the co-founder and CEO of SymphonyTech Biologics, a data analytics powerhouse shaping the future of biology. With a stellar background as the former Head of R&D at Biocon and key roles in Amgen and Merck Vaccines, he’s been a driving force in the clinical development of vaccines and biopharmaceuticals. Oh, did we mention his PhD in leprosy vaccine development and his stint on the NIH advisory committee for HIV vaccines?

Don’t Miss Out! This session is not just for science buffs; it’s for everyone curious about the incredible journey of turning scientific setbacks into breakthroughs.

Registration Details: It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s open to all but registration is mandatory. Secure your spot here –

Let’s unravel the mysteries of “Good Genes Gone Bad” together. Trust us; you won’t want to miss this.

Special Session on ‘Voices from the Field’ & Book Club Discussion on ‘Three Thousand Stitches’

Broadening your horizons and sharing new perspectives on intriguing topics, Who said book clubs were only meant for sharing your love for books? Venture Center Library’s latest Book Club featuring “Three Thousand Stitches” by Sudha Murthy had a room full of book lovers sharing their admiration for Mrs. Murthy’s work. Many of them pertinently pointed out their favorite stories out of the compilation and vividly narrated their share of similar experiences. Be it the pranks & hustling during hardships in the early college days, the fond memories created with grandparents, or trying to overcome challenges & biases within their respective work environments, each of them had their own perspectives and takeaways to share!

Commemorating Sudha Murthy’s personality in the truest sense, Venture Center’s own Niruta Killedar shared stories and her experiences working towards the betterment of children in Kashmir & the Indian northern border regions as part of her work with Aseem Foundation

They say real superheroes don’t wear capes, and quite rightfully so this book club just became a means to meet & celebrate a few of them!

Stay tuned to know more about our upcoming book club

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