Jun 15, 2015

MaxFreshMove – Round 2

Scenario 1:
You are waiting on the platform of the metro station/bus station for your train/bus. After a pretty long day all you want to do is find an ever-elusive seat on the train/bus. You’ll then pray that the bus should not be caught in traffic and you reach home to get some well-deserved rest before the rest of the chores begin to crave for your attention.

Scenario 2:
You are at the airport waiting for your flight to get back home to see your loved ones (often after long), to get a city on work or to head out for a well-deserved vacation. Your flight is delayed.

What would make these too scenarios a little more interesting? While the airport, metro stations and bus stations are places where you can see different forms of emotions in people, there is always some form of dullness that accompanies the wait.

Would you not love to have something to pass your time and ensure that the time flies quickly and you don’t really see the minutes or hours sail by that fast? How about a flash-mob?

A flash-mob is where a group of people begins to dance to a few lines of music in an impromptu way in a public place. Of course it involves quite a bit of planning (and perhaps taking permissions from the concerned authority) and this process can get painful. But hey, it is well worth the effort. This is exactly where I would bring in Allu Arjun to shake a leg and ensure that the flash-mob does not end up being a damp squib with not many enthusiastic people around to dance. And if there is a singer like Anushka Manchanda who can belt out the peppy tracks upon request, nothing gets better than that. 

A few years back there was a nice flash mob that was organized in one of the train stations in Mumbai, and the enthusiasm that spread among the people in the train station was infectious. Most of them belonged to the category of people I mentioned in Scenario 1 and a lot of happy faces came out as a result of the flash mob. The flash mob was a 5 minute exercises at that point, but the memories that got carried home were that of a lifetime. Interestingly, the flash mob phenomenon caught on so much in India post that one instance (although all not that successful). With a person like Allu to lure the women into dancing, and a person like Anuksha to make the mood an energy-filled one, this flash mob is definitely one that I would watch out for!

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Maxfreshmove - Round 1

All of us definitely like to shake a leg. It sort of makes us forget the situation we are in, particularly if it is a stressful one and ensures that we feel rejuvenated. Despite having to left feet, there are a lot of colleagues or friends who tend to entertain you with their dance. There are multiple situations in life that let you shake a leg and help energize your life and fill it with vigor.

A lot of times, weddings (the Indian ones) can get stressful for the bride’s family mostly, and perhaps for the bridegroom’s family too. Starting with the preparation for the wedding that begins months in advance (in a few cases almost a year in advance) to the D-day, it is a testing event. Many a time, there is a need for the bride’s mother or father to ensure that the wedding is what they had dreamed about for their child. After all, we as Indians place a lot of emphasis on the wedding and the rituals around it, and want to make the wedding a memorable one for everyone attending it. In this hard situation, a lot of the families try to beat the stress by ensuring that there is a relatively stress-free event on the day prior to the wedding. This is called sangeet in the North Indian culture, maapillai azhaippu (welcoming the groom) in Tamil and vara pooje (pooja for the groom) in Kannada.

It is during this sangeet, which seems to have invaded almost all south Indian weddings, that there is a pretty significant music and dance component. A lot of times, the bride and groom place emphasis on this event and ensure that their friends are all around and they are able to break free and shake a leg before the hectic day of the wedding. It is also during this time that you see many an aunty or uncle ever dance. A usually inhibited elderly aunty sheds all the inhibitions and apprehensions and dances like no one is watching. This is perhaps the most delightful part of the evening. It gets even better when this shy aunty has the groom accompanying her to shake a leg and the entire crowd’s focus is on her. This is exactly where Allu Arjun could enter the scene and ensure that the aunty is at ease. By singing songs that convey the mood of the situation extremely well, perhaps Anushka Manchanda contributes her bit by making this evening, the very special evening for many a couple, a musical riot!

I would love to go to such a wedding! And I am sure you would too!

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