How's my Luck now?

Reflections, views and descriptions during my stay at IIM Lucknow from July 2004 to March 2006

Location: India

Thursday, November 25, 2004

European cultural night

Another event that the European exchange students organize and conduct here (refer an earlier post on the European dinner) is a European cultural night, wherein they are supposed to show off their talents, give us a glimpse of European culture, and in general, provide some entertainment. This year's programme happened yesterday at the auditorium ('Samanjasya') here.
I was there for only an hour because of pending work for today's classes. But it was a very enjoyable performance, and people have told me it got better after I left.
The compere had a very distinct French accent and it was not always easy to decipher what he was saying, but he was doing his job well. At one time, when the curtain fell off from its rod, he very coolly said, 'Don't panic, everything is under control' to good amusing effect. The evening started off with a group dance on a song from 'Dil Chahta Hai', and it was good to see the dancers trying to match up with the music, while the lyrics were obviously unfamiliar to them. Later, we had a song by two girls from Denmark, an acrobatic dance display and a fun quiz (with very light-hearted trivia about India and IIML). Interspersed among all these were a set of small movies they had made, called '10 Ideas about India'. 10 of the exchange students presented one humorous aspect of India and IIML each that they had experienced. At this point, I left the show. Overall, it was quite amusing and entertaining.


Blogger CycloNurb said...

I am curious, what were the 10 ideas?

3:04 PM  
Blogger Tadatmya Vaishnav said...

Well, the most hilarious one was about food. One French student, quite surprisingly, simply loves Indian food (and mess food). He was shown visiting the mess 5 times a day and gobbling up food.
One girl was shown trying to buy a train ticket from our travel agent and the trouble she had.
The tradition of giving birthday bumps, and the unpleasant surprise this gave to one of the European students, was also shown.
IIRC, something was shown about the number of people that could be accommodated in a six-seater ('Vikram') in Lucknow.

5:19 AM  

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