Online Independence Day celebration- Participating as an Alumni.I was woken up from my afternoon siesta by the sound of my mobile. 'Am I speaking to Dipak Sharma'? said the matured voice from the other end. I replied in the positive and then she introduced herself as the principal of Mezhur Higher Secondary School, Kohima, of which I happen to be an alumni. I was quite surprised as she continued, 'Dipak, I am told that you are in the visual media field. I have called you to request for a help.'
My surprise grew into anxiety as I asked her, 'Ma'am, what can I do for you?'
"Let me get to the requirement straight,' she said and continued, ' As you are aware, we, none of us are in a position to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day the way we have been doing it in the past. So, we were thinking of organizing a function online. Do you think it is possible?'
Now excitement took over anxiety and I readily said yes. "Ma'am, have you made any plans?' I asked.
She seemed to have everything on her fingertips and pat came the reply. "Yes. We will have our selected students record their performances, individual, for reasons known to you, in traditional dresses and send it to you. We have given them the choice of selecting between songs and dances and then fancy dress for a variety. The theme of the program will be patriotism. Since you have agreed to support the program, we will ask them to send it to you'.
I interrupted asking her about the flag hoisting ceremony.
'Yes, I am coming to it,' she said. 'We will be organizing a function in the school which we are planning to telecast live on our Facebook page. Only a few teachers, staff and students would be attending the same. We will have a model assembly, the Flag hoisting and followed by sweets distribution. Just after the live telecast, the recorded programs must go on line. To ensure continuity, we will add a vote of thanks by our school vice captain at the end of the program from the school assembly itself'.
'This sounds to be a great idea, ma'am. I will surely do the needful and ensure that our online Independence Day celebration is appreciated and goes viral. There are a few other points the details of which I will send you once you mail me the final requirement'.
'Oh, that was no nice of you Dipak. I am glad that you accepted our request unconditionally', she said with an audible happiness in her tone.
"It is my pleasure, ma'am. I consider myself so privileged and lucky to be able to be part of this unique initiative by my Alma Mater. I promise that the celebration online would be a visual treat'.
'Okay. So we are on the game now.' She said.
'Sure ma'am. I will keep in touch'.
Lying back on my bed, I was feeling like a high school student once more.
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