Freedom Festival : Ground Report
“On this occasion of the 69th Independence Day of India, I would like to wish you all freedom of thought, freedom from lethargy, bad results, monotonous jobs, frustration and stress! Bharat Mata ki Jai!” with these lines CA Anjani Kumar Sharma wished the crowd a Happy Independence Day.
On the patriotic occasion, Team CA Diaries had organized a “Freedom Festival” on the grounds of Arya Public School, New Delhi. The festival was themed around reviving/ reliving the childhood memories. This was done by organizing traditional Indian games like patang bazi, stapu, pitthu garam, kanche, etc. The venue was decorated with tricolored ribbons and vibrant posters. Cute little banners were put up at different areas in the ground indicating the game to be played there. The atmosphere was filled with popular patriotic songs such as ‘Rang de basanti’, ‘Vande Matram’, ‘Des Mere’ The joy of being independent was in the air. The cherry on the top was the awesome rainy weather which made being in the open and playing all these games all the more fun. With patriotic spirit, everyone joined in to sing the National Anthem with pride and glory.
The event kick started with ‘patang bazi’ kite flying. With the tri coloured kites in the sky our spirits got lifted too. With the soaring kites the sky seemed the limit. And then Indra Dev showed his untimely generosity and we had rain drizzling down on us. Every cloud has a silver lining they say and here we had a live example. Everyone took to the game with a zest and the air was full of such enthusiasm that it was hard to resist and soon the hesitant onlookers too became a part of the crowd.
The highlight of the gaming zone was an on the spot game innovated by Arjun (Team CA Diaries), which became a definite crowd puller. In this game, a baseball bat was placed perpendicular to the ground. The player was required to take at least 5 rounds with the baseball bat as the pivot, by keeping the head on the top of the bat. The moment the rounds were over, one had to run and cover a distance of roughly 10 meters, back and forth. Sounds simple, right? In reality, most of the players ran in a staggered manner just like a drunk man and some even fell down due to dizziness. The spectators were left laughing over this weird, funny game. Only a few brave soldiers came out victorious.
The game of kanche was an eye opener. It seemed quite easy, but it took high level of concentration and focus to hit the marble with precision. Very few of the participants emerged victorious in this ancient game. We saw innovation being made from the talented gamers. And the winners got the prestigious ‘Khiladiyon ka khiladhi’ CA Diaries sticker.
Stapu, to our utmost surprise, attracted girls and boys in equal numbers. The boys performed better than the girls in this game of hopping and picking the pebble from the correct box. The kind of joy that guys felt when they completed their games was indescribable!
It was fun to watch people running along with bicycle tyres, in the tyre race. Some of them were pros and could complete the race effortlessly, while the others applied different jugaads to complete the game, either by hook or crook! Running alongwith the tyre, many relived their childhood days and the smile on the faces was priceless.
Moving on further, for Pitthu Garam, two teams of around 10 people were made. The excitement was palpable when the ball hit the stack of tiles. Everything was happening at the speed of lightning that it was difficult to keep track with the progress. Each player was having the adrenaline rush and the scene was no less intense that an action movie fighting scene.
Tug of war, being an all time favorite, was an instant hit. Obviously there were instances where the losing team deliberately let go off the rope, so that the winning team, being in momentum of pulling, would fall down and become the laughing stock of the game. There was a CA Diaries team vesus the others match and obviously we won, but were extremely humble about it and did not gloat, only did a little dance in our heads.
There was live jamming sessions by the talented musicians of the Team CA Diaries. Once the jamming session was open to all, we got to witness some explored, some unexplored music talent of the CA fraternity. A variety of music was heard from classical to regional to patriotic and bollywood songs.
With all the action, it was obvious that soon our stomach was left grumbling. The hunger was assuaged by the delicious food preparations. Ranging from volcanic paneer momos to rajma chawal to cheese spring rolls, we were spoilt for choices. The lemony bantas were just what we wanted to quench our thirst and were consumed like water.
The event went on till twilight, after which luminous sky paper lanterns were lit and released in the sky as a symbol of celebration of independence and prosperity of our Mother India. As we saw the lanterns make their way upwards a sense of peace and tranquility descended. Freedom Festival turned out to be just the perfect way to spend the most important day of our life. Jai Hind!