April – May, 2017
From our first print edition, to a webzine in issue.com, to our very own e-zine which won an award but no moolah, Fundamatics has constantly morphed to ensure that it does not become the latest casualty of the unsure world that we call the publishing business.
So this new look should not come as surprise to you, dear readers.
A lot has happened in the world since we surfaced last.
The White House is now whiter than white and Trump is out to fix the world (Lord help us all). At home Modiji is busy fixing Kaaladhan, and all this fixation with fixing made us Lazybees move our collective butts and go “Holy cow! We gotta fix this no-good magazine of ours!”
Seriously guys, it was either the oblivion charm or polyjuicing ourselves yet again to survive.
Now the good news first.
To start with, you do not have to wait for 3 months for every issue of the magazine (like you were holding your breath, duhhh!!!). Fundamatics is now a monthly with new articles updated every week. We will still have a thematic focus but (yes there is a but) there will no longer be a hardcover issue of the magazine. There will be only one print issue a year. This will feature the very best of that year which will be published (hopefully) every December.
It is not that we are tree huggers but a case of pure economics. Hard copy issues cost money, far more than your poor Association can afford.
So do come back to the site more regularly to read the junk your fellow alumni are putting out and better still share some of your own that you think can be inflicted on junta.
Now before I get called out for my disgustingly liberal leanings, I am out of here.
A Village of Chitrakaras BY Arnapurna Rath
A colourful odyssey through the painted backyards of Raghurajpur, a heritage crafts village in Odisha that is home to makers of Pattachitras.
Pratham: The First Student Satellite of IIT Bombay BY Tushar Jadav
The story behind the making of a satellite that was conceptualised in 2008 and launched in 2016.
The Internet Wave (1994 – 2002): The Internet Changes Everything BY Kashyap Deorah
The concluding part of the inside story of hyper funded Indian startups.
About expected and unexpected discoveries made at a rendezvous of old IIT friends.
Professor MGK Menon (1928 – 2016): A Tribute BY Prof. SP Sukhatme
A profound homage that uncovers the authentic individual behind the public persona.
A colourful jab at the American President Donald Trump.