Well....today has been an amazing day !!!!!!!! To begin with a very Happy Republic Day to all my fellow Indians.....I didn’t attend any flag hoisting ceremony today coz I was busy remembering my speech for the finals of the A.D.Shroff Memorial Inter-collegiate Elocution contest.....something I’ve been nervous about since September ever since I was selected to represent our college..... Anyway, the good news is....I stood second…and I was awarded a cash prize of 5000 rupees (can u believe that !?!?!? ) and the biographies of Mr. A.D Shroff and Mr. Nani Palkhivala........God, its been a crazy month....just 20 days earlier, during the eliminations, I thought I wouldn’t even stand a chance coz the speakers were sooooooo good....and now I’m elated.....coz believe it or not, out of the 500 odd speakers in my age group in Mumbai, I’m second best !!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy !!!!! It’s a wonderful feeling !!!!!
I really really have to thank a lot of people for this actually..... firstly my dad, for making his silly predictions every now and then, my mom who never understood the humour in my speech and yet she told me to go ahead with it just bcoz I thought it was funny (luckily a lot of people laughed while I said it...phew).....Anuj, you have to take back your words now, My sense of humour is not non-existent !!!!! It’s just dormant !!!!!
I cant forget to mention Preeti and Shruti who must have heard my 5-minute speech an endless number of times trying to help me perfect it in every possible way.....same goes for Ena, Rakhi and Aaraatrika as well !!!! And yes Kartik and Vinay who’ve been sooooo sweet all this while....sending me best wishes and listening to all my gibberish while I was all worked up....Geeta kept saying “you have to win”....god, all the pressure....!!!
And yes, Rajam maam of course..... for giving me proper points and having so much of faith !!!
Wow....ok.....so after that was done, Shruti, Preeti, Sanjana and I decided to watch the movie ‘Just Like Heaven’...It's been ages since I watched a movie and today I just couldn’t say No.....I loved the movie.....its one of those romantic and mushy movies that you can keep on watching and u can dream about it later as well....I bet Shruti will :):):)
Then we went to enjoy the Mumbai Festival and walked till the Gateway of India, saw a dance show...it was sooooooo nice....there were palmists, artists, open-air buses, vendors and everything that one can imagine.
I don’t think people can quite understand the spirit of Mumbai unless they live there for a long time. You see, for me, Mumbai is not just a multi-cultural city....it’s a Lifestyle....something you just cant get enough of....I’ll post more on this later on.... For now, I just want to enjoy a good nights sleep, which I’m sure I’ll be denied next week………Thanks once again guys !!!!