The James Bond
It all started when it came to the preparations of Independence Day'13. There was an announcement at the end of July that people interested in dancing on 15th August can come up and attend the meeting the next day. So, I and two of my friends went to the meeting and we realized that there wasn't any one from the second year. We talked to one of our seniors and he said that he'll let us know about the interested people by tonight. The very next day we got a call from him stating that there are 7 more people from our batch only who want to perform on the day. Now, these 7 people came from different fortes of dancing which we three have never tried. We were in a dilemma whether to go for practice sessions or not. We came to a conclusion after a period of excessive repelling that we meet them once, listen to what they are wanting as a theme and then decide. The very first day, two of them were like the leaders of the group. They told us their choice of song, the forte and the positioning, etc. We didn't like it as they didn't listen to any of our ideas and they started with the warm-up. Initially we acquiesced as it was difficult to switch to new genre. After two days of preliminary failed practice sessions, we saved the third day to know them and make friends. The third day, we sat for a stretch of three hours talking, sharing our dance experiences. This session of getting familiar to each other helped us a lot. Now, there weren't any leaders, we taught each other the basics of our fortes. We learned everything together. The practice sessions were not the same anymore. They were now fun. We used to spend 11 hours together. The time we used to spend soon turned into memories we were making, moments we were sharing. Sharing our laugh, our giggles, we didn't realize that we weren't strangers anymore, we shared a bond that grew strong day by day. We loved the practice sessions. Two days before the performance our seniors wanted to see how much we have prepared. After showing them our performance, the three of us were called by the same senior to whom we talked initially about our dilemma. He asked us was it right to ask you people to work together and come up with a performance. And we three looked at each other and smiled and said thank you Sir. He understood what we meant. Each one of us had qualities that kept us one, and as MANITians have that special thing in them - "DASNA", the bond we shared was soon named by us "THE JAMES BOND". The event was successful and we were praised by everyone.
This taught us to adapt others as they are, not to keep prejudices about anyone and to work as a team. Here, in MANIT, one has to be open to people, ready to listen to them, even be bold enough to keep your opinion, to convey them what's in your mind and to work with the team spirit without losing your individuality.