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Had gone to Bangalore last week to attend an inter college fest, a fest which now I would not hesitate to call as one of my best till date in Bangalore. Yeah this was the one – Alo Ha Scintillations 2010, the inter college cultural fest organised by the Jyothi Nivas College, Bangalore.

This was the 3rd time I had gone to perform in JNC. Every time it gets better and better and this time it was the best. Not may be in the number of prizes that we Johnites won,but definitely had a better impact than any other college team in JNC. The total crew members from Johns were just 11. But they managed to rock the fest. (I am pretty sure no JNCite would differ.)

We (Jobin, RV and Davis) from the Mad Med Men reached Bangalore on Thursday (one day in advance) for the fest from vacation at home. With our guitarist Tilak Pinto and other team mate, the one and only Ja Ja Ja (Nitin) we started our Ice breaker Practice. Earlier some other batch mates who were expected to perform backed out suddenly and left a rough tone across. God, had seen the effort we were putting in and there came Jasbon as the ever faithful back up member. Together we practiced till late night. We had to do a few new scenes at JNC since we had preformed this mime before there… A few minutes break, a little bit of Mess food…. our neurons started working… we got our new scenes ready ! Then came the bigger problem of the night. We realised it would be difficult for our guitarist T.P to finish his end off posting exams and attend the event at 10:00 AM. No doubt, the task was left to the Cul-Sec in making Ja Ja Ja, who has already displayed his expertise in tackling such ‘complex’ issues before.

A bit of practice after breakfast and TP left for his exams. We the rest went to JNC and started waiting for him to join us. Ja Ja Ja with his contacts in JNC managed to put us as the last team for Ice breaker. And finally our turn came, but our man showed no signs. JNC girls were kind enough to wait for us, they filled in the gap with some game shows and gave us extra ten minutes. Mean while RV and Ja Ja reached college and got our man – TP to JNC.

So finally we were on stage… We knew JNC had waited and adjusted a lot for us… so we did not want to depress them by any chance. So the Mad Med Men Juniors gave a full blown performance. And the cheers gave us more energy. Outside your college, when you perform in front of a huge audience, they recognize and cheer you by calling your own name !! Want more reasons why we Johnites are enthusiatic about performing in JNC???

As we came to an end of Ice breaker, we realized as usual we exceeded the time limit. But the Judges and so the girls did not really seem to bother about that much. And finally the results – again FIRST !! (We had a 100% victory record with ice breakers) Thank God ! They say “Well begun, is half done” and my team belives in that a little too much !

The only regret on Day 1 was that I could not keep up the promise to Nitin and take part in Debate with him. I was seriously too bored to go and debate about Moral policing again !! Thankfully he understood my point.
Evening with Roshan and Jeff stayed back for JNC fashion show, but only 3 teams took part and was quite disappointing ! Any way since we stayed back could meet the Kannada ‘super star’ Chetan, who came to say cheers to JNCites. Hmmm… the girls went really mad about him !! Among those girls who ran to talk to him on stage we Johnites had a representation too… Our own Kanndiga – JA JA JA ! He went on stage and as expected asked some stupid question to Chetan and confused him ! But anyway thanks for mentioning our team name – MAD MED MEN on the stage, which was telecasted live by UDAYA TV.

The night was dedicated for full time practice. Guitarist T.P was inducted into the acting squad of mad med men for mad ads. Jasbon also stayed. Thus the squad was ready. By 11:00 PM, I managed to complete the new script adding 3 scenes and deleting a few old ones. Jasbon stayed back till 1:00 AM, we finished one round of practice. Thanks to Davi who went out and bought some food late in night and rescued our team from falling hypoglycemic.

By morning 8:30, Ja Ja also joined the team and we did 2-3 complete practices. Reached JNC just in time, we expected a maximum of 4-5 teams. But I was shocked when I heard we had 15 teams to compete. Then the only thing that I told my team before going on stage was also the same “Guys we have 15 teams to defeat, if we pull out a victory this time, It’s gonna be our best”…. May not be the best of my actors, may not be so coordinated, may not be sure about the script, but everyone just performed and enjoyed every bit of it !!
The crowd in the open air PU stage of JNC as allways kept our spirits high ! We gave a nice shot I thought. I hanged around and saw the other teams who performed latter too. But no one got such good feedback from crowd as much as we got… So counted our chance to get placed in top 3. But as the Judges declared the results we were on cloud nine. They first declared the special mentions – “BEST NARRATOR _ JOBIN JOSE from the Mad Med Men, BEST ACTOR – JINO JOY………..” and then the big one “BEST TEAM – 1st – MAD MED MEN from St. Johns Medical College”. What added to our joy was the judges who were part of teams that performed in the era of our senior mad med men, compared ourselves to our great seniors – the 03 team. That was the best we could hear !!!

Then came a small competition on the main stage, which earlier I had decided not to take part, but then finally decided to give a try after the clean sweep in Mad Ads. The Monoact competition. I did my ‘Othello’ play in Malayalam – only 3 scenes. But surprisingly the crowd supported a lot. Then while on stage I thought I should perform something for this ever lovely JNC crowd. So did a Navarasa show ! Would you believe, what I did there was impromptu !!! But that also seemed to be a hit with the crowd ! Thank God ! The Results of Monact was the best part for me in JNC…. As the judge asked the crowd to take a guess who is the winner, the girls had only one name. And I’m thankful that it was mine !

All together we all had a nice time at Scintillations !!! Coming back all the way to attend this fest was worth it !!! And as I did in my navarasa show for the rasa – VEERAM …. we johnites felt we were really the champs… and once again we walked out with our heads held high ! As our MAD MED MOB – The BLACK Ford Ikon, car came out of JNC – we had just one question to ask the JNC GIRLS – ‘When are you planning to keep your science fest this year???’

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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).

Click the link below to read the full story

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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