Ever so often, there comes a day, when you’re given a dose of harsh reality. Bittersweet feelings throng a bemused mind trying to make sense of what’s happening. Picture this- 7:30 p.m., Cnot, a group of 2ndyears in front of Sharmaji’s describing their picks of the outsti ‘kudis’. An offhand comment on a certain ‘kudi’ spurs a loud monologue of disagreement. To illustrate his state of mind more graphically, a friend describes her facial texture as a ‘sinusoidal wave of decreasing amplitude’. Ouch. The realization that on any other given day the explicit comparison would have spurred on a riot of snobbish laughter, and that this was not one of those days, primarily because we’d all been in the perpetual ‘on-fest-cultural-shock’ modes, hits me. We’re geeks in Geekdome. No matter how hard we try, we’ll still be geeks.
And geeks like it elaborate. From the CCTV presentation, to Ragamalika’s performance, to speeches by the Sports Secretary, Professor Raghurama, Professor R.K. Mittal, and then some, it was all very elaborate at Inaug- BOSM ‘09. The chief guest, Surbhi Misra, all of under 19(she won the bronze in the 2009 World Squash Junior Open, and is currently under 19 champion), appealed to our better selves for sportsmanship and ‘spirit of the game’. While constantly referring to the fest as B.O.S.M, she seemed rather bemused herself, clearly not used to such settings. For what was the first of its kind for BOSM, regional assocs (PCA, Capitol and Andhra Samithi) performed to regional beats, and off course there was the Dance Club to lend a twist or two. Culminating the event was an exhibition basketball match between the hosts and Malla Reddy, which we won without much sweat.
Outside the Domino’s stall, waiting for it to kick in, I’m mulling over how there’s a shift in the nature of loud conversations in a day’s time. From discussions of Av(g)s or CS or Kafka, to a loud(just as No. 13 scores a basket) 'goal ho gaya oye', the change is sudden and drastic. Makes me wonder if we’d fit into the world out there after the cultural complexity we’ve become so comfortable with in this conundrum called Pilani.
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