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Me too a Mad Med Men (3M)………..

DNA NewspaperAn article titled’ Would-be docs stage plays to promote health issues’ was published by the DNA Daily on Dec. 4 ,2009 about the Mad Med Men Jnrs. of St. Johns Medical College (my team).

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http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_would-be-docs-stage-plays-to-promote-health-issues_1319978

Bangalore: Here’s a amateur theatre group but with a social purpose. The group named Mad Med Men Juniors, uses the medium of theatre to spread awareness about various health issues like Thalassemia and childhood obesity, among others. The young minds behind these plays are not from any drama school, but from St Johns Medical College, a prestigious medical college of the city. “We believe that laughter is the best medicine. We have been involved in spreading social awareness about various issues through our mimes, skits, plays, etc and most of the times we convey our message through humour,” said Nitin Yashas, a member of the team. It’s their underlying theme of their drama that the unconventional name of the groupattempts to convey, Nitin added. For the nine members — Jino Joy, Nitin Yashas, Jobin Jose, Babush Jose, Roshan Valentine, Jeson John, Joseph Eugene, Nidhin Varghese and Arut Chezian — theatre is an art form that is supposed to give back something to the society. “Mad Med Men was originally formed by the batch of 2003.They have been our inspiration,” said Jino Joy, a student of St Johns Medical College. And in the past few months, the activities of the team had brought smiles on the faces of many children. “Along with the department of community medicine, we performed a skit at Madiwala High School which reflected on the causes behind childhood obesity and ways to deal with it,” said Roshan Valentine. The team focuses on issues of everyday life. “We choose simple language and try to bring in scenes with which the children can relate to. For example, the childhood obesity skit tells the story of a boy who keeps sitting in a couch and keeps gorging on chips, snacks etc,” said Babush Jose. According to the members, the difficult part is to maintain the comic tone in the play. “Performing this skit also gave us a chance to understand more about HIV pre-test and post-test counselling. Though the content was more technical, we took care not to compromise on humour,” said Jobin Jose.

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The Day He finished with Micro Prelims (Practs) my good friend Ja Ja Ja (a.k.a Nitin) told me, That was one of the worst days in his life. And he asked me which day in my life, I would rate as the worst…  I had no answer for that. Rather, I told him I’m very optimistic and filled with positive energy that I would not rate any single day so. But then a few days after the same on November 21, i found myself screaming “This is the worst day of my life” several times.

November 21, 2009: The thought of doing some Mad Acting after a long gap of 2 months (?)  and the thrill in winning some quick bucks made me and my team mates – the Mad Med Men Juniors enthusiastic about NLS Le GALA 2009. And there is definitely some other connection with Le Gala for my team, which I think I will write later. We left for NLS as two batches, 3 of us (Nitin, Jobin and myself) in an Auto and the Rest in RV’s car. Everything was smooth and we happily gave 20 rs extra to the Auto guy and waved him off only to realize that I had given him an extra tip… yeah I searched my pockets – my Nokia 1650 was missing… That was the beginning and Just the beginning…

Half an hour later Roshan (the chocolate boy) came up to me with another news. The girls of my batch, were complaining to him about some strange messages and calls from Jino’s number, with filthy language used lavishly. That was enough to get me tensed up… But then it suddenly struck me that I had just 75 paise balance and it would be very little that anyone could do with that. But any way Thank God for such nice batch mates who didn’t blame me or rather in Johnite style “chori” me for those messages. They had enough common sense to realize it was not Jino who was behind that. OK,  I thought that is it for the day. But then as we rang up this ‘guy’ who did all this ‘thamsha’. He seemed to be pretty chill and identified himself as a cop and promised to return the phone to me by 2.00 pm. And right guess… after 2 pm All that I could hear when we tried calling was “switched off – message”. To block my SIM with Air tel again was not an easy task on this ill-fated day. They asked me about my last recharge time, amount, mode etc… I didn’t have any idea except that I recharged Rs. 30 some 4-5 weeks back. But finally some how i could convince Air tel and get my phone blocked.

My bad luck seemed to affect my team’s chances also. Though we got 1st prize in movie spoof, the Mad Ads was disappointing. It was supposed to an impromptu competition, where the product to be performed was given just 30 minutes before the show. We  got “Lucid Lying Lotion” as our product and we managed somehow to put a few ads for 10 mins. But the smart dudes from other teams just did their same old products with just ignoring the given product or just like that mentioning the given product out of no where in between their show. The Judges, seemed to have no Idea about how impromptu mad ads should be. And Blame our luck, we didn’t Win at NLS – Mad Ads ! A place where we have a fantastic track record. We were disappointed not just because we didn’t get the prize, but because the effort we put in writing and enacting a new script in 30 mins went waste.

Even, The ‘2009 dance team’ who won in BMC,  could not impress the judges at NLS. And I must say, the Choreography at NLS was the only event apart from Strawberry fields which kept some standard and was worth watching. The competition was pretty tough, though.

The 1 hour drive in busy Bangalore traffic could not do any further harm to my already low levels. The only good thing that evening was the Dinner which I had with my Team Members at the Paramount Hotel – roof Top. That was just awesome !

It’s said: “Never turn back… while you Run a Race “!! But I felt this small account on what happened on 21st of November would be intresting for at least a few of my readers….

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