This goes in the context for the ultimate war that takes place in the even semester at IIT Kanpur. I’m talking about Galaxy, the battle for cultural championship between student hostels. Their exists a General Championship evaluated over 5 mega events rolled throughout the year in campus, but none of them can even come closer to the charm of Galaxy. Galaxy is THE buzz.
Every IITKian knows that it is a matter of fact, that under no circumstance whatsoever, with any god-damn supernatural powers, in any parallel-universe, can the Galaxy trophy be snatched away from its deserving ‘owner’ – Hall 3. But I like the spirit of other people: They keep ‘trying’, and keep ‘learning’ for even a loss can teach one a lot. They believe participation is more important and blah..blah..
Now, it is shocking how people can be smart and dumb at the same time. And as I looked further, Behavioural Sciences can explain the same. Why don’ people understand that being pooled up with Girls Hostel(GH) doesn’t mean that you can win Galaxy? And for GH, how even in their wildest dreams could they even imagine winning the trophy without Hall-3. Let me go back to the time and give you glance of the meetings conducted to decide the pool structure:
First, let me tell you what I concluded looking at the faces of representatives of other hostels:
Hall-5: Convener bhi apna hai, COSHA convener bhi apna hai, SnT GenSec bhi apna hai, bachche bhi humare paas kam hai. Arre chill marte hain, ab to GH bhi apna ho jayega. Aa gayi Galaxy ki trophy!(LOL)
Hall-10: Galaxy? Arre kya Galaxy. Humein pata hai hum nahi jeet sakte. Last year GH ko bhi saath le doobe the. Koi ni, meeting toh attend karni hi padegi.(Poor Chaps!)
Hall-2: Hum bakait hain. Galaxy to hum hi jeetenge. Hum bakait hain. Humne GH se setting kar rakhi hai. Hum bakait hain. Hum faltu stats present karenge aur GH ko apne saath kar lenge. Hum bakait hain. Aa jaegi Galaxy ki trophy!(ROFLMAO)
GH: Hume to bas Hall-3 ko harana hai.
(We came to know that GH’s HEC didn’t want to be with Hall-3, and be on the other side with our arch rivals Hall-2, who seemed supposedly powerful, and collectively get our arrogance down and snatch the trophy!)
As expected, and IMO on valid grounds, the conclusion of meeting ended GH being with Hall-5. Dil me laddoo phoot rahe the unke. But it was evident from the reaction of GH and Hall-2(the soul-mates), “Supreme Court me lekar jaayenge. Hume koi alag nahi kar sakta. Gavah bhi lekar aayenge, Jaan laga denge. Hall-3 ko harakar rahenge!”
And so did happen: The issue was raised in the next senate meeting. Everyone very aptly knows the relation between Hall-2 and GH in campus, and owing to that, it was a risky stance to let them be together. And ideally on the grounds of basic stats, GH-1 should not have been clubbed with Hall-2. They claimed they wanted to improve their ‘relations’ via this ‘partnership’. But for the matter was put to vote, they did get pooled up together. I think they got a nice support from the PG’s, thanks to the GH-2 ‘gavah’, who had expressed the ‘pleasure’ being clubbed with Hall-2 last year.
Hall-5 ke sapne toot gaye. They thought banging on GH’s power, they could have attempted to roll the trophy in.
Hall-10 ke to sapne hi nahi the kuch.
Hall-2, GH: We’re feeling pity for them. One must have looked at the spark in their eyes, the stature in their posture, the glare in their body-language, as if duniya unke kadmon pe thi!
This was the scene back in August 2012. And as present, March 2013, when Galaxy has concluded and the results are out : Bagging 5 out of 8 trophies, and a lead of 225.5 points from the second position holder, Mauryans make it 5 times in a row. I feel that this championship is not a war between the 4 pools, but it’s a battle between Hall-3 and (IIT Kanpur). Would like to end up with what Hall-3 wishes to say to others:
“Tu mujhe harane ke liye khelta hai aur main jeetne ke liye!”
(Unfortunately, I couldn’t be a part of Galaxy’13, due to my absence from campus. I don’ claim any efforts put in, nor any role played in our win, but I could still feel the energy that had been put up by my friends, that I couldn’t resist writing this post!)