In my previous company, I had an opportunity to be part of a 3member team to organize and arrange a fete for our entire department of about 250 employees and their families.
Robert Orben quoted “If you can laugh together, you can work together”…. We, proved this by sharing a lot of laughs over an evening of games, eats, dance and loads of excitement. It was a delightful evening of fun and frolic at Manipal County, on September the 5th,2010 for all.
I, as part of the Diversity team, had an opportunity to plan this event along with two other cohorts and what an adventure we had in doing this!!!
What’s an event without a theme? After endless discussions, we finalized on “Mardi gras”- A carnival theme with purple, gold and green as the colors of the evening. Then began our working days and sleepless nights of planning the venue, the food, the decor, the games, the entertainment and million other details for the event.
“Destiny is a good thing to accept when it’s going your way. When it isn’t, don’t call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck.” The day before, we checked to make sure that everything was set for the event and the only thing left was last minute shopping for prizes and goodies.. Simple enough task right? Or so we thought!. Little did we know, that we had angered all nine planets and that all the Gods of the universe were displeased with us . Everything went wrong that day!! First our bike brakes fail, we almost miss causing a major accident, then one of our cell phones gets flicked, somehow we manage to retrieve it, and the only silver lining we thought at the time, was that we managed to get a good parking spot. As fortunate as we were so far, sadly, we forgot the helmet at some store, so we then had to revisit all the stores to find it.
Annoyed and amused, fatigued and hungry, we were so looking forward to racing back to the office for a final check. But as luck would have it, it started raining and when we get back to the parking space, we found much to our horror that our bike was missing. Oh! I cannot explain the despair we felt right at that minute. How we wished we knew that bikes get towed when parked even half-an-inch outside the parking line!! Almost in tears, thinking that the bike was stolen, forcing ourselves to walk over a kilometer, we manage to bargain with the “towing team”, pay over a 100 Rupees to get our bike back. Finally, when we thought, we were in the safe canopy of our office, and were just about to sip a cup of hot tea, destiny strikes again!! The tea spills and I burn my fingers as a result. What a day! Can anything else go wrong??
The D-Day arrived!! Thankfully our bad luck did not show its face this day. The gala event started at 3 PM, with games on one side of the huge lawn and eats on the other side. Lemon & Spoon Races, 3-Legged Races, Pani Puris, Dahi chats, cotton candy, popcorn, Ice-Golas made for a very enjoyable afternoon. A kid’s corner dedicated to the kids was arranged which kept the kids busy with building blocks, modeling clay and coloring, while the parents spent the evening showing off talent at balloon shooting and other games.
A welcome speech by our director, followed by an awesome Fancy dress show put on by kids of all ages was a pleasing sight. The kids were cheered on by all and we got to see a Cupid, a couple of fairies and a Miss Universe. The highlight of the evening was the Managers’ performance and pageant where they put on a show and were asked some really embarrassing questions which they so intelligently answered and were such wonderful sports about it. The evening ended on a high note with dinner and dance.
Vincent van Gogh said “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” I will never forget the fun we had in planning the event, or the helplessness we felt when everything went wrong and as all good things come to an end, I remember the event as one unforgettable and remarkable adventure to this day.