Annual Get Together @ Wafra Camp - Fun and Frolic - 9thFeb2018
IIT-IIM Alumni Association, Kuwait, celebrated their annual picnic in a grand style on Friday, 9 February, 2018 at AIRTEC Desert Camp in Wafra. The event was attended by a large gathering of enthusiastic members and their families along with their invited guests.
The picnic began with a breakfast and the Annual General Body meeting led by IIT-IIM Alumni Association President, Peeyush Jain welcoming all those present at the venue and giving an insight into the Association. The Treasurer, Suresh Choksi provided the Statements of Accounts, and the General Secretary, Bhushan Joshi, presented an elaborate account of all the exciting events and programs conducted by the Association in the past one year.
He thanked all the hardworking core committee members and promised that with the active support of the members we can scale up the level and quality while increasing the number of exciting events. He introduced the new Core Committee member, Mr. Vipul to the members, who thanked the Core Committee and members for giving him an opportunity to serve the Alumni in this new responsible position. M/s AIRTEC not only offered their venue but also provided unstinted full logistic and utilities support for the event. The President, Mr. Peeyush Jain, once again, appealed to the younger members to join the Core Committee and support the activities of the Association by volunteering.
The old and young members took up Kite flying with enthusiasm while children enjoyed the sporting facilities available at the camp in their own carefree mood.
Professional event manager Ms. Rachana managed the entire show with professional perfection and interesting games involving everyone present. A clue based quiz with technical questions, anthakshari, impromptu dancing, women and men games, couple games, and some other innovative games for kids, women and men were arranged to keep the enthusiasm high throughout the picnic session.
The Core Committee organized a series of games with an exciting large number of prizes open to participants. In between the games, the members mingled socially with each other. Games like Ring Me Out, a Musical Hula Hoop for Kids - a different version of musical chair for kids, where the kids were supposed to pass the hula hoop through their body and then to the next kid in the circle. There were surprise elements like - the person on either side of kid holding the hula hoop when the music stopped, were out. Each outgoing kid was treated with delicious chocolates.
It was followed by Men’s game - Burst Me - an interesting game where each adult male was given a balloon and a toothpick, the last 3 men standing with their balloons intact were the winners of the game - Bal Mukund, Manish and Vasudev Kataria. Another exclusive Ladies Game, Chudiyan Khankegi, was another fun-filled game, wherein the members had to form a team of 2. The team which put a maximum number of bangles into the dandia stick was the winner. Rinki Verma and Meenal Kataria emerged winners in this event. A Mixed Game, Aloo aur Mirchi, was an interesting game where all the ladies were termed 'mirchi' and all the male were termed 'aloo' and they had to randomly form a group comprising of aloos and mirchis as announced by the referee. A Couple Game, Iski Topi Uske Sar, required couples to be alert and swift in their actions to ensure that their partner did not have the hat when the music stopped.
Later in the day, Peeyush Jain, welcomed the august presence of the esteemed guests like The First Secreatry, Indian Embassy, K.K.Pahal, most ardent well-wisher of the IIT-IIM Alumni Association, Anant Kapadia, and few other distinguished special guests. The Indian Embassy representative, the First Secretary, K.K.Pahal, addressed the gathering and congratulated the organizers and the winners. He said that he thoroughly enjoys participating in this picnic along with his better half. He wished a grand success in all the future events.
The organizers ensured the gathering was well-fed with a delicious breakfast, sumptuous lunch and high tea from M/s Winners Restaurant, Mahboula.
The members settled for a grand finale of a game of Tambola or lotto with an interesting twist. The players had to choose their own numbers in their tambola sheet and had to perform different acts as and when their tambola grids were filled. Besides, there were a lot of spot prizes sponsored by AK Modern and the Association.
On the sidelines away from the hustle bustle of DJ and the sound system, the die-hard cricket enthusiasts played an Hongkong style six over seven-a-side match between IITians and IIMites, which the indomitable IITians won over their jargon savvy management boys, aided by some hardcore spirited knocks of the lion-hearted duo of the Madras-IIT, Ashish and Srinivas.
The IIT Captain, Bal Mukund, was awarded the 2017 Cricket Cup as they had earlier too beaten the IIM Team at Salmiya making it 2-0 thus reversing the losing streak of IIT team in earlier two years. The record now stands evenly shared in the four years between the engineers and managers. The 2017 overall General Championship, GC, was of course, again won by the IIT Team, backed by the huge points gap established during the picnic day. In addition to the above, there were other events like football, and kids enjoyed trampoline. All the winners were congratulated and the senior members present, distributed the prizes to them.
IIT-IIM Alumni Association, Kuwait is growing day by day with the full commitment and dedication of all the members and the Core Committee. This event was a great success as large numbers of members attended, displaying an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. Finally, the event ended with a group photo session, captured by Pradeep Chaudhary, who was in the forefront in capturing all the beautiful moments of the event with total commitment.
Many smiling faces returning with several gifts from the venue reflected the happiness and satisfaction among the members thanks to the excellent work by Yogesh Rathod and Ashish Jain who took the responsibility of arranging gifts. Bal Mukund was instrumental in coordinating all the planning for games.