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Pure Magic of T-Nites!!!

- by Vinamra Srivastava *

Phew... In the past 23 years of my existence, I have never seen and felt so much enthusiasm, fun, talent, coordination, hard work, partying, planning, panic, strategy, contingency, bonding, unity, and to sum it all... PURE MAGIC!!! Yes, I am indeed talking about T-Nite 2006. These words can only hint at what the T-Nites are all about... You got to feel it to understand its magic... I will describe each day of the event in installments in the next couple of days...

First, let me describe the format of T-Nites. They lasts for four nights and are about inter-section contests among the five sections of first year students - A, B, C, D and X (X is of the PGP-Executive Course, started this year). The first two events take place at the mess which are very informal events with a small makeshift stage and all the tuchchas sitting on the floor and cheering / booing us, depending on how exciting the performance is. Each section is allotted a time-slot of about 20 minutes. The time included your entry and exit in the mess, and penalty points are deducted if you exceed the allotted time. There are points given on hosts of factors ranging from strength of class participation, posters, enthusiasm level of the class and the actual performances. The mess nights are such that you can not have any plays or something very formal and high-class kind of stuff... They are meant for lots of masti, and thus, you need great dances on catchy songs that can keep the boisterous audience riveted... the music must never stop!!! The last two nights take place at the auditorium about which I will write later.

On the first day, the T-Nite is officially inaugurated by the PUB-RUN that takes place in the afternoon. OK, before you get weird ideas, let me explain what it is. It stands for "Publicity Run". Basically, each section has to put up posters in the mess complex for their publicity. In order to decide which section gets which places on the mess complex walls, this run is held. Getting the ideal places for your posters is super crucial. So what happens is that there are 10 runners from each section. The entire batch (all sections) gathers at some distance away from the mess. When the whistle blows off, the first runner of each section runs off into the mess complex, carrying newspapers / cloths marked with their section names on them. It's kind of a race - who reaches first to get the best places. So when a guy pastes his newspaper on the wall, then that place is booked for that section. Once the pub-run is over, the section can come, remove the paper and put its poster there. After one minute of the first runners, the second set of runners of each section dart off and so on... till the last runner. The total time for pub run is 30 minutes.

Now I was the first runner from our section. It had started raining when all the sections had gathered outside just before the beginning. The preps were frantic. All the runners were carrying huge newspapers / cloths (which had been prepared for the last few days) with their section names, etc. Tapes of different shapes, types and sizes were pasted on our shirts, body and wherever there was space, so that we don't have to struggle for tape inside the mess. Vaise, the papers already had the double-sided tapes but still...

So there we were, tapes all over our bodies and papers in our hands, all waiting for the whistle. The runners were in line for each section and all the other section people assembled behind cheering us up. The anxiety built up, so did the section tempo shouts... "Section A ka tempo high hai..."

There were drum beatings, slogans, synchronized claps and what not, each section cheering its runners. 3... 2... 1... the whistle went and all four front runners (including me for Section A) darted off amidst huge cheers.  

Wow... After a long time, I was running so fast... I was put as the first runner basically because of my speed, and it paid dividends as I was the first one to reach inside and grab the place we had planned according to our strategy. Others followed soon and then there was frenetic activity with people shouting for tapes, climbing on tables, and what not. Finally, after half an hour, we all came out to be received by our section in style. It was raining outside and the entire section was standing and cheering for us... This is called bonding and that's what T-Nites are all about.

So that ended the pub-run. We got decent spaces, and though we could have done better, it was a good show. We also put up a huge piece of cloth (sheet) at the entrance of the mess that hung from the roof to the ground. It contained a huge DNA shape with the dorm names of all the section people mentioned on it. It looked so majestic.

Then came the first mess night. Before I go ahead, let me tell you that for all the four days, we spent most of our time in the classrooms preparing... we go to the dorm only to sleep. So we all reached in time for our slot at the mess in a huge group shouting new and innovative tempo shouts. There are also marks for tempo shouts and the junta enthusiasm. Our time came, we entered shouting slogans, all of us surrounded the small stage and the events started. There were mostly dances and all the remaining people stood besides clapping, shouting, dancing, etc... We have some of the best dancers in our class and that really helped us throughout the four days of the T-Nites. Our performance was indeed a hit and the tuchchas liked it, I guess. We all came back to the class, celebrated among ourselves for giving a great performance, and then went about preparing for the next night.

After that, we completed our studies for the next day's classes, because classes go on as usual. Its upto you to find time to study despite the crazily hectic T-Nites. I finally slept at 7.00 am and got up again at 8.00 for the classes.

After Day 1, the cumulative scores read - Section A ranked 1, ahead of Section X by a small margin. What great jubilation for us! But we knew it was just the beginning. There were three more nights to go. And also the weightage for the mess nights is much less... the weightage for the auditorium nights is more and they can change your fate easily.

The same sequence followed the next mess night. However, this time our performance was not as good and we were a bit disappointed. The cumulative scores after Day 2 said we went down to the 4th spot, and that hurt. But our section tuchchas lifted our spirits, motivated us to go all-out next day. As it was, now the auditorium nights would start and they carry much more weightage than the mess nights. And we knew we have some amazingly super talent in our class to give a classy show on the auditorium nights.

So we went about the preparation with even more gusto with the sole aim of coming back with a bang!!! Post the mid-term exams; we have classes even on Saturdays. That meant that even on Saturdays, we had to attend classes even when the auditorium night was on the same night... Nevertheless, after classes got over, we all had lunch and came back to the class for preparations. And when I say 'all', it means about 50-60 odd people.

What happened at the auditorium nights? Could Section A come back? Did we please the seniors and judges this time? Did all our high-class talent pay dividends??? How exciting the auditorium night was? How was our enthusiasm and preparation? What happened on stage?

To find out, keep visiting this space. The second half of the T-Nites 2006 will be coming up shortly.

P.S. The final results are tomorrow afternoon... Am super nervous, so is the whole class... Will keep you informed.

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