Thursday, November 22, 2007


The MAXI Fair is happening early this academic year! Usually, it is conducted in January or February, but the MAXI team appears to be extra-enthusiastic this year, and is holding the nationally-acclaimed marketing research event in November.

Preparations are going full-swing. Colourful stalls have been set up in the football field. The game-design part is done and the seniors have now set the juniors to work on the props. Visit the 'working area' of any of the teams, and you will have a hard time finding enough floor to walk on. Thermocol, chart-paper, glitter, sketch-pens, cutters, markers, paints, cellotape and, above all, bottles of Fevicol, litter the floor. In the middle, those juniors that are not busy 'taking a break' can be found industriously working on their individual bits of thermocol.

Those with some skill in drawing/painting etc are in great demand and are sometimes loaned to other groups in the team as well (but not between teams, no way!). Some juniors (especially those in the rural MAXI fair) are tapping their previously unexplored talent at Devanagiri calligraphy. Some (mainly those from the South, but others also) are learning new Hindi words. Yet others are just having a good time putting glitter on unsuspecting people.

A few have appointed themselves the 'bread-bringers' of their respective groups, and take orders for food. Since it's MAXI that's paying for it, everyone orders a good amount; Bishu da must be having a hard time dealing with the mass orders that come by for cheese maggi and bread-omelette and alu-paratha.

Like last time, the MAXI Fair will have two parts this year as well - the rural MAXI fair, which will be held at Rakha Mines (around 30 km from Jamshedpur) on Saturday, and the main fair, which will be held on the campus on Sunday. For text and pics of all the fun and games - watch this space!