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Confluence Magic Recaptured with Chaos 2007

- by Vinamra Srivastava *

I could no longer let this blog die. The guilt of not updating it during the entire third term has become over-powering now. It's not that I didn't get time; in fact I had plenty of that. It was just that I had become too lazy . But anyways, now that I am

back, over the next few posts, I am going to lay down what transpired during the third phase of the fachcha life at IIM Ahmedabad. 

The term started in January second week. We were all fresh and raring to go. The reason? Well, this was the last term of the bondage called fachchadom! Our only motivation to survive this last phase was that after this, we will be the kings of WIMWI . The tuchchas had warned us that this is not at all like the second term. In fact, it's pretty much like the first term re-visited. WAC was back, so was Operations. And add to that Finance-2, and you can rest assured that the term is going to be killing. And what makes it worse is that the amount of group work is huge. But along with all this, there's lots of non-academic stuff that happens and, thus, if you are enthusiastic, you sure will have a blast! Well, as the term got on, we got a hang of what the tuchchas meant!

I will go into the academics part and the strains of excessive group work in the next post. Because I reserve this one for CHAOS 2007! Yeah, the annual cultural extravaganza of IIM Ahmedabad. Chaos lasts for four nights and three days. It's an inter-college cultural fest that consists of various competitions, fun games, and hosts eating stalls and what not. So all in all, it's a fun place to be in. All this happens in the day time, and after 6:00 pm, takes place something called a 'celebrity night', where music bands perform for a huge audience. Each of the four nights sees different music stars take the centre-stage.

Unlike Confluence, Chaos is not restricted to only B-schools. It attracts colleges from all streams all across the country, which essentially implies its much more fun. But the purpose of both Confluence and Chaos is entirely different and, hence, any comparison is not justified.

Anyways, so I was a part of the Admin Team of Chaos. We were essentially responsible for two things. One was the tickets and the other was the Admin Helpdesk that is put up during the event. However, there was a lot of over-lap with the Publicity Team and, hence, we also ended up doing a bit of publicity work as well. Chaos hosted about 30,000 to 35,000 people last year and, hence, all functions related to the tickets sale were very crucial and exciting as well.


We had decided to put holograms as well as serial nos. on each ticket that classified them into different type. This work was not outsourced to a vendor for some reasons. And hence, few days before the sale started, the entire Admin Team with help from some

other teams of fachchas would sit in the night and get the tickets ready. Oh boy, what nights they were. We all would sit in the common area in the dorm with the TV on, and chat with each other along with the work. And then we would pester the tuchchas and actually threaten to stop work till they got us something to eat from CT . All in all, those were tiring, sleepless but fun nights.  

But the tiring nights didn't end there. We had to put fliers in The Times of India as part of the publicity plan. The work was outsourced to the appropriate guys but we still had to be there to ensure that it was executed properly. And hence, there I was, sometimes with a couple of team-mates, at times alone, from 3:00 in the night to 5:00 in the morning, at the news-paper distribution hub in Ahmedabad, ensuring that those guys properly put all the Chaos fliers in the news-papers. Oh man! What an experience that was ! I witnessed the entire process of what happens when the news-papers arrive at 3:00 am and are distributed to various vendors. It happened at one of the main roads in Ahmedabad. The footpaths would be full of paperwahlas putting various fliers in the papers, separating the papers for different localities and finally trudging them along on cycles and scooters. There would be so much of commotion in the wee hours of the morning. It was fascinating to see the kind of intense work that goes behind the scenes to ensure that we get our morning news-papers right when we get up from sleep!

Then we would take turns and sit at the tickets-counter on campus. We were selling tickets through CCD and Dominoes outlets. So four of the CCDs were under my charge. Hence, I had to visit them to put our banners, etc., and then visit them frequently to collect the tickets sale money. The entire preparation for the event was tiring but fun. It was very different from the work I did for Confluence. This involved more out-of-campus trips and interactions with vendors.

Chaos started on the eve of 25th January with a classical music function followed by a Sweedish band that played fusion stuff. It was really awesome and perhaps the best performance of Chaos. What followed in the next four days was pure masti with stars like Junoon, Remo and Silk Route gracing the evenings and events / workshops / contests ranging from photography to pot-making to self-grooming during the day-time.

Personally for me, it was a super hectic time because managing such a huge crowd and coordinating the plethora of events across four days was a huge challenge for the entire Chaos team. I used to just go to my room in the night to sleep for few hours and would

be back early next morning. Reminded me of the Confluence days!! My room would be in total mess . But it was great fun and completely new experience for me right in the beginning of the third term.  

It was just another one of the times when I realized that life at this place truly rocks. I just wanted to savour each and every moment, be it standing at the news-paper vendor at 3:00 am or dancing to the band performances; I knew these would be the golden times of my life that I would cherish forever. Chaos got over on 28th night. And after all the hungama, the grueling 3rd term was staring at us, reminding us of the stressful 1st term and ready to show us again why the first year of IIM-A makes you as tough as steel!

So how did we cope up? How was it different from the first term? Did Operations Management and Finance haunt us as MANAC did in the previous two terms? And apart from Chaos, did we have any more fun in this last term? All this and more coming up soon...


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