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Prof. S. Ram Kumar

Lifeskill Hacker


S. Ram Kumar has been a professor popular with students in both places -- inside classrooms and at chai ki kitlis. A modern day oracle, he has provided ahead-of-the-curve marketing advice to students of IIMs, MICA, Nirma, SPJSGMs, EDI, and other premier educational institutes. Ram Kumar's love for tools is cardinal. He can be identied with a lock-pick in his keychain or geeky mounts on his mobile.

Ram Kumar is also a Nuclear Physicist and is IIM (Ahmedabad) educated. He runs ’Last Resort’ with teaching, consulting, and corporate training taking up half his time. Technical writing (Wildlife and Technology), unicycling, angling and professional woodworking occupy the rest. He lives on the Internet Backbone with his wife Anupama, two children Rudra Kabir/Durga Kavya and family member/dog Mr. Morkley. 



little life hacks for latter-day living

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What’s common between the ability of tying a bowline knot and locating a specific point on earth? Bingo, these are survival skills, not too different from the ones used by our hunter-gatherer ancestors, only a tad tailored for urban living. Survival in any environment is reliant on our ability to take acquired knowledge and apply it in situations demanding divergent skills. But hey, why sermonize to those who appreciate their folklores? Remember the learned pundit who drowned in a flood and the ignorant farmer who swam to the shore?


Here’s an earnest invitation to learn the little hacks of life in The Hive’s very own backyard. Enough said! Begin we shall, and work our way up The Guild of Latter-day Survivors, earning badges along the way. Join the party for a one-day up-skilling experience. Return home defter, or take your money back!


1. Knot Tying: A surprisingly valuable skill to survive disasters. From making a rope ladder to setting up a tent to creating a stable loop to throw out to someone in the water – you never know when you may need a strong knot. Seamen, cowboys, cobblers, surgeons, climbers… all have their special knots. Begin by knowing what’s so remarkable about them and learn two basic knots for everyday use.


2. Savvy Consumerism: In a world where consumers are left to their devices after being conveniently forewarned through the ‘Caveat Emptor’ principle, how savvy are you in choosing everyday products? Take charge of your wellbeing by reading the labels and the lines between them. Be an equal to marketers.


3. Breathing Easy: What if you could breathe in and out at the same time? It ain’t merely a stunt to play a continuous note through a wind instrument, but also a meditation technique practiced by Buddhist monks to release tension from the body. Improve your air intake while getting free lessons for the world’s oldest wind instrument.


4. Accurate Geolocating:  Street addresses don’t always point to precise locations. What if you could locate any 3-meter square in the world – in a field, on a road, on a mountain, in a house – through a unique address? Address that has only 3 words? To experience the real power of digital, meet us at


5. Reapplying Naturalist Knowledge: Take a leaf from our ancestors, in fact, take their entire naturalist knowledge – classification systems for living organisms and the understanding of their interrelationships. Appreciate how primitive humans utilized their wildlife tracking skills and cognizance of plants to thrive better in the natural environment, and reapply it creatively in the modern context.


6. Valuing Followership: Not everyone’s cut out to be a leader. Followership is mathematically sound. Follow it. Engage in a fun activity to understand why it is equally important as, if not more than, leadership.


Families - children, parents, grandparents, extracurricular people, etc. :)


  • Learn little life hacks to survive disasters


1. What resources will I need for this class?

Happy hands and a keen mind. And yes, please also bring your masks and sanitizers. We'll provide the rest, including food & beverages.

2. I have no prior experience in life skill development/disaster managment. Is that a concern?

Not at all! All the more a reason to join.

3. Is there a dress code?

Yes, come in loose-fitting, comfortable clothes. Shoes are not required; any footwear will do.


4. What safety precautions will be taken at The Hive?

Our premises are sanitized regularly. We will be working in small groups and social distancing norms will be strictly followed. Masks are compulsory when indoors or within close proximity. However, the participants are responsible for their own health & safety.


Sessions 1-3

Lunch (by The Hive)

Sessions 4-5

Tea (by The Hive)

Session 6

Wrap up

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 pm.

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

INR 3500 per family*

INR 1500 per individual

A family unit will be considered as 2 adults + 1 child under 18. Additional persons will be charged at INR 1500 per individual.

Cancellation Policy: In the unlikely event of The Hive cancelling any of its classes for any reason, registered participants will be refunded the entire amount within 15 business days.

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