Our batch of 107 people (Stalwarts, we call ourselves) has a lot of diversity in terms of geography, age and educational background. Having a hotel management grad (Rutwik Dilip Phatak) in our batch came in handy when he decided to make Modaks (Kozhukattai) for both batches, on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi. Of course, he wasn’t going to do it alone; that’s where the help of people like me came into use.
Rutwik took care of the main part of mixing the ingredients in the right proportion. Others helped him around with the easier, repetitive manual work involved in making the modaks. It took the 10-15 of us three full hours to make around 300 modaks.
The Master Chef, Mr. Phatak
Saiprasad posing as if he’s working
Ofcourse, other than clicking these pics, I did some of the work too. It felt gratifying when the final product didn’t turn out to be too bad; in fact, it was well received by both the batches, with a few of them (notably Priyankar Pandit :D) sneaking more than their permitted amount of one modak.
That was the day I realized how much effort had to go in by the mess workers to prepare food for 200-300 people, four times a day. That was also the day I stopped complaining about my food. Cooking is tough.
Modaks, ready to eat
It was fun preparing Lord Ganesha’s favorite snack. He must have liked it.
Deepavali was celebrated in a “koalaagalamaana” fashion in Campus. The entire campus was adorned in coloured serial lights and the festive mood instantly set in for everyone.
CultComm organized a number of events starting from the eve of Diwali and ending only on Diwali night.
There was a Rangoli exhibition…
And there was Mehndi competition…
And there was Diya painting competition…
And there was poster making competition…
Diyas were lit in our corridors during the evenings in the week preceding Diwali…
On 13th evening, we had a small Pooja session in one of our rooms…
We then shifted to the BasketBall court where a few small games were conducted ( tug of war, three legged race, etc…). It was followed by bursting of crackers and a photo session. Needless to say, latter took the maximum time. 😛
After dinner, there was a camp fire…
I got inducted into Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Shillong. Here’s my team (both Senior and Junior E-Cell)
Congrats MSD and Co. for the convincing win over England in the first test. Hoping for a 4-0 whitewash with at least two innings defeats in the next three matches. #Payback
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