June 11, 2009 at 9:53 am (Uncategorized)

siiiiigh!! wow! its been an intense 4 days previously.. really, i only came home to sleep throughout those days cos the remaining hours were taken up by a student leadership and development program i’d enrolled into called ‘zenith’. i can sum up the activities of those days in just two words — truly amazing! =) every and any perspective with regards to finding ure inner self, coping with failure, leadership, development, discovering ure potential and a host of other issues was discussed during those 4 days.. (i have to admit, at the end of each day my head used to be reeling with all the information i recieved from all the workshops and lecture sessions; so much so dat half the time i wud just zone out – had a hard time convincing my mom dat i wasn’t using this program to get up to no good….. the term ‘zenith’ can be misleading if you know what i mean =P). Fortunately overwhelming participants with massive information covering every viewpoint of a particular issue wasn’t the only thing the zenith team were in charge of. we had tons of other activities, the purpose of each being getting to know one’s team mates really well. there was human chain, pop the balloons, this blindfolding game wich i dont remember the name of and numerous others. one game in particular threatened to upset my lifelong effort to not make a complete fool out of myself in front of a maximum audience..(hmph, as if i had enough luck with that as it is.. *rolls eyes*). the game involved each of us giving up our left shoe to the team who proceeded to collect all of them and dump them in the basement. At the sound of the whistle, all of us had to run towards the basement, find our shoe, stop any rival team member from getting theirs,(which was the most fun part of it all by the way =P) and get back to the auditorium before anybody else did. Imagine my surprise when i couldn’t find my shoe ANYWHERE!! i mean, there i was, searching every nook and cranny for anything dat remotely resembled my shoe, meanwhile walking funny which gave the cleaners and guards present there a good laugh. now u needn’t worry, i in fact did not end up going home left barefoot that night. it turned out that my other team members were so intent on winning that not only did they manage to bring their own shoe back, they brought the rest of the team’s shoes back as well. dat takes teamwork to a whole new level doesnt it? 😉

other than the activities mentioned above, there was also a scavenger hunt where we had to find the most ridiculous things one could imagine, for example 5 things starting with the letter ‘n’, a picture of a teammate braiding another person’s hair, a picture of 6 members sharing a soda, and God knows what else. of course what’s a scavenger hunt without any hurdles rite? the zenith team had very carefully and shrewdly placed their team members at certain points of the campus who claimed to know the answers to some of the questions asked in the list we were given, but of course the answers were given at a certain price..( tsk tsk! shame! utter shame! *shakes head*). but of course it was all for the sake of fun and i must say we did a pretty good job considering we missed just a handful of items on the list and that too in record timing. well done team! =)

i also saw this program as an opportunity to get rid of my lifelong phobia of stage fright which has been with me since God knows when. in between lectures and sessions, we would get around 10 to 15 minutes free in which the zenith team would improvise by asking one of the people from the audience to come up on stage and entertain the rest. at one of these times i raised my hand and before i even had a chance to think twice about what i was doing, i found myself walking towards the stage and being handed over the microphone. i sang ‘aankhein milane wale’ by nazia hassan. (yea cheesy i know, but u try coming up with a good song while at least a hundred pairs of eyes are staring back at you!).. i must say, either it was the air-conditioning in the auditorium or the fact that the exposure to so many people talking about so many different things had affected the participants’ brain cells, but i got an amazing response from most of the people present there that day. Even the president of the society who arranged the event (who i know from school, by the way =P) exclaimed, “where did u find such a nice voice??” so yea, i guess that day was a good day for me. =D

unfortunately my sense of achievement proved to be short-lived as i found out that one of the events that was a part of the entire program was sports day. now i have had a love-hate relationship with sports my whole life; whenever i would exhibit the slightest bit of talent in any sport, i would feel as if i was on top of the world. otherwise it would usually involve me falling flat on my face…..literally.(and no, i shall NOT go into details). the sports day included a relay race and tug of war among others; both which i participated in and BOTH which my team lost. (i forgot to mention, my bad luck with sports seems to affect others around me… very dangerous condition, especially if those around me happen to be very ambitious). But it was enjoyable all the same and although it did involve quite a few people suffering certain scrapes and bruises (one guy in my team bruised his face in the human wheelbarrow race by smacking his face against the cement…ouch!), everybody in the end left quite happy.

finally i have to say the best part of the entire program was its closing ceremony. no, not because it ended (although for most people that was the most attractive incentive) but because the zenith team decided to end the program in style.. by hosting a dinner in honour of all the teams participating and keeping a 70s theme. i swear, i have never seen so many colors and so much shimmer in one place. From loud t-shirts to huge sunglasses, from shimmery eye makeup to rainbow-striped pants, it seemed as if the participants left no stone unturned. its amazing how much stuff comes out from the farthest corners of your wardrobe closet. =D part of the closing ceremony involved a workshop on ‘dining etiquettes’ for which i was probably the only one who was attentive. by that time, most of the people were exhausted and hungry which made them restless. my team members complained whenever i would shush them into submission…(now now fellas, if you had a mother like mine, you would listen intently too). anyways as with most gatherings, time seemed to fly by and before any of us could realise, it was 12:00 a.m. Many people started to head home, including us. on the way we met the vice president of the society and thanked him for the experience to which he replied: “hope to see you again next year!”

hmmmmm…..have to think about that. =P

until next time, ciao! =)


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