The Chief Guest this year was former Indian test cricketer Arshad Ayub, who flagged off the ceremony along with the Sports Captains, who performed their traditional torch run around the ground. This was followed by the march past by the students and prefects of Class 9 and 10. As in every year, the march past (which has the highest value in terms of points, owing to the large number of participants, nearly 600) was closely watched, as houses aimed to turn their destinies around.
For the alumni, the day was full of festivities: some bunked college, while others simply took a half day! But for the entire alumni group - who I swear could've fulled half the ground - this day brought back memories. This fact came alive when old prefects met their serving counterparts, and some communists became socialists.
The shows were excellent, the race hard fought. From managing 3,000 students to keeping a smile on their faces, the teachers performed brilliantly! The anchoring was superb. Gayatri ma'am showed off her talent with the mic while other students played their part. Rohita for one spoke with the same charm that she had when she hosted Children's Day last year as Asst. Head Girl.
And so the races ended, medals distributed and counting ceased. Then came the moment the whole school has been waiting for: the house cup! Last year's second place Sree Rama came last, while Karna broke into the top three for the first time in a decade! And as usual, the Apex Body got nothing!
The show was however, not perfect. The 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal' number at the end - starring Headboy Shoumik Bhattacharya - was performed in pitch darkness and nobody could see what was happening. And the Vote of Thanks - the most formal part of the event - was turned into a joke by making it a two-person skit by the Head Prefects. You NEVER make a mockery out of the vote of thanks. Future generations would do well to keep that in mind.
But apart from a few glitches, the show was the stuff of legend. The tradition of flying a mini-aeroplane over the school and dropping flowers continued once again (it began when I was in Class 9).
And the bus ride after the show was the stuff of dreams. Bhavan's rules!
Notice: we apologise for the delay in publishing this event review.