Vivanasa is excuisite
How do you think one would feel bidding adieu to their bed on a cool Sunday morning? Lousy, isn’t it? For Division B and its members this was not the case.
26th April 2015, 8 AM at Microsoft India, EGL we, the folks of division B bounced off the walls to witness one of the most awaited conferences of the season. While we found a few jittery contestants waiting for the conference to begin, we also found quite a lot of exuberant toastmasters; in line with the name VivAsana, buzzing with excitement.
At half past 9 the conference kick started. The face of Division B, our governor TM Appu Geetha Byju shared his insights on what Toastmasters is and what it is not. A witty incident on how being a toastmaster has helped him impress the potential love of his life had us in splits.
No gathering feels complete without the master of ceremonies. We had the MC of the day, TM Deepthi Gururaj with a winsome smile and a buoyant attitude take over. According to her, “Opportunities are everywhere. We just need to have an eye for it”. Although she lost the area contest, she made sure she grabbed the opportunity of being the MC for the division conference and she thanked the Conference Chair for giving her the opportunity to take the stage.
Next on stage was the “first man” of district 92, our beloved District Governor, DTM T.K Ramesh. In his profound address he mentioned that the greatest gift to mankind is to let someone be himself/herself without the threat of you leaving. And toastmasters gives us the space to grow and the platform to listen to understand.
Our district LGET, TM Gauri Sheshadri explained how important it is for us to get out of the pond and get into a mighty sea. Instead of being a big fish(toastmaster) in a small pond, a pond confined to just our clubs alone, she urged the members to be unrestrained and aim to aid other clubs, areas and divisions and dive into a bigger sea.
District LGM TM M.N.Pai, shed light on where we stand with respect to membership dues, awards and how many more membership renewals we need to be a Presidents distinguished club and grab a few more awards to the club, area, division and in turn to the district.
The district pro (as the MC introducedJ), TM Kavya Gowda persuaded us, stating reasons on why one should look forward to attending Coronation 2015. Serene Atmosphere, toothsome food, fascinating culture, nail-biting contests and the World champion himself TM Lance Miller; one would be a fool to miss this offer.
The conference chair, TM Arjun Sundar Raj, the Chief Judge TM Vignesh Selvam, the contest chair TM Jayanth Dash and all other dignitaries were welcomed with a memento as a token of respect.
The Thunderstorm: Table Topics Contest:
After a witty introduction by the MC, the Contest Master for the table topics contest TM Anish D’Souza took charge. Amoung 10 random topics, the chosen one was “We think too much and feel too little”. 9 contestants, 9 perspectives and 9 speeches, this was certainly a sight to watch. Each one of them explicated in their own style of where, why and how do we think too much and feel too little.
High Winds: The Speech Contest:
With the contest master for the international speech contest, TM Nimisha Verma taking over we began the next awaited contest of the day.
The first contestant TM Flexon Fernandes with his beautifully structured speech titled “Let it go!” narrated his epiphanic moment of how an auto driver named Vasudeva taught him a long forgotten yet an important lesson of letting go! Of how anger, fury and being blown up with exasperation can affect our reasoning abilities and how letting it go, can ease out our anxiety.
The second contestant, TM Pradhan M Prakash in his own unique style reported a few instances of his experiences in the past. More often than not, life throws two choices at you. One, which is easy and convenient; second which is tough but right. It is left to you make the right choice. A well delivered speech titled “The choice of choices”.
The third contestant TM Siddarth S.P, with a squeaky clean demeanor took stage next. With his speech titled “Looking through the eyes” he shared a story of how he disrespected his granddad throughout his stint with his grandparents, and how the sad demise of his granddad has created a void in his life.
As rightly said, “It takes a big heart to help shape little minds”. The fourth contestant TM Nikhil Rao in his speech titled “Super Man”, narrated a story of one such mighty hearted teacher Mr. Raghu, who made a huge difference in the way he looked at life. Of how Raghu sir smiled through his worries and treated students like his own children. The biggest lesson TM Nikhil learnt from this episode is that, all of possess the super powers of a superman; we just need to excavate the superman in us.
The fifth contestant, TM Raghavendra Totamane with his speech titled “Try and try till you succeed” narrated a lesson he learnt from a tiny little worm. His repeated attempts to fetch a job had crumbled down his confidence and how he fought against the odds to regain his lost self-belief was truly heart-warming.
How elated do you feel when someone makes you feel special? How frenzied do you find yourself when someone throws a compliment at you? The sixth contestant, TM Agnel Worth with his speech titled “Make me feel special” listed down instances of how his parents, wife, friends, relatives and acquaintances make him feel like a hero and how important it is for all of us to make someone else feel the same. A simple yet thought provoking speech by TM Agnel Worth.
Beauty, size and color are just skin deep. The soul is what matters said the seventh contestant TM Priyanka Suma in her speech titled “Fit in or Stand out”. A prickly experience of how her teacher humiliated her in the classroom pointing out on her weight and how she was removed from the dance group for the same reason was portrayed sprucely in the speech. The tale of being abandoned from a dance team to the transformation of how she orchestrated a dance team kept us glued to our seats.
It is easy to crave for someone else’s wealth, it is facile to desire for another’s happiness and it is undemanding to want more; But it takes a lot of courage to carry an attitude of gratitude and be happy with what you have. Last but not the least, the eighth contestant TM Prasad Bramhanandam in his speech titled “Attitude of Gratitude” shared his insights on how he learnt the art of feeling grateful the hard way. A simple yet thought provoking speech by TM Prasad Bramhanandam.
Vibrant delegates, stimulating table topics contest, effervescent international speech contest and box full of goodies, there could not have been a better way to spend a Sunday morning. A much awaited conference with an unconventional name, at half past one had come to an end.