Saturday, August 1, 2009

Treasure Hunt

And the game begins thus...

You shall be given words to meddle with. One Whole night to unravel the mystery, the forbidden secret shall be the holy key to the gates of unfathomable riches of giza. Encounter, you shall, divine intervention at the turn of the day, your hearts may pound at the sight of every pigeon, for with it comes a new message, a new challenge. Success harbinges wisdom whilst failure comes dear. Bask in the moon's glory to usher in the empire of the sun.

Well, this is how the game began, but a lot went on before that. But a brief into about the Treasure Hunt for the uninitiated...
Its a fun game for the PGP I students...and I am emphasizing on FUN! Firstly, the game starts the night before, and the freshers have to cross a maze of puzzles to find the key which will make them worthy of the next clue. The next clue is given the next morning at 0600 hrs along with a treasure map to help them along the way. And it is here that the plethora of 'fun' breaks loose. One clue to the next, the freshers have to look out in every nook and corner of the campus. And finally, the worthy gets the is a minor twist though...
The PGP IIs will provide resistance to their probe as loyal natives...resistance like throwing water balloons, heck...buckets of out wrong clues so as to set their direction awry! But the motivated and inspired set of seekers do get to the unfathomable riches, yes they do. And that surely is worth all the getting wet.

But, there is more to it than just seeking out the clue...its placing the clues and preparing the puzzles so that it gets the best out of juniors that is so challenging. We started of a week ahead of the date. Decided upon the theme for this year's Treasure Hunt and designed the Treasure Map. Then a day before, we called for entries and started the first round. The game started at 2200 Hrs sharp. We sent out a puzzle to each team for them to decipher. Then stayed up whole night to prepare the other clues, getting them printed, preparing the 'Treasure'. And then at 0400 hrs, we set our journey accross the campus to place all the clues, making sure that the untrained eye would not catch it.

And the game thus began...

What do i feel about it? When I was in the freshman year, I went through the same hunting, and quite frankly, I believe, it is much more than just following the trail, apart from building team spirit, it familiarises the freshers with the seniors, making the bond stronger. And besides, as the freshers search for bounty through the campus, they get to see each and every part of this campus which is going to be their heaven (or depends...) for the next two years.

Now, isn't that an unfathomable treasure in itself??

Kalaikom - A new beginning

After years of existence, Kalaikom has finally started a blog.
But why? And why now?

Well, to be frank...we have no work ;) Our batch of Kalaikom (BIM 25) is about to sign off and the next batch is about to take over, so we thought why not do something to keep us busy, actually, an excuse to look back in this moment..the moment that was, to keep the passion of Kalaikom invigorating our lives the way it used to.

Moreover, we also wanted a platform to showcase our talent outside BIM. We wanted the world to know what we are doing. Especially, our seniors who were a part of Kalaikom during their college days. They do have every right to know where their legacy has reached.

But if you are thinking that this blog is only about reporting the events that Kalaikom conducts....let me tell you that you're mistaken.

This blog is about anything and everything involving the cultural potpourri in BIM.

To start with let me tell you about what I feel right now and I speak for all BIMmites who've been here in my place. Exactly one year into the course, we find ourselves at a crossroad, we dont know what will happen next, where life will take us, but one thing is for sure...this time will never return...this fun will never return.

The feeling cannot be penned down in words any better than this...

Good Riddance - Green Day

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth it was worth all the while.