So I was given this task of writing the first blog for Techno this year. While I was pondering about what to write in the first blog and being the lazy *** that I am, I got a lazy but great idea(well, it wasn’t my fault. It was halfway through vacations and I was drenched in laziness). So I got this idea to ask our seniors to share their best experience with everyone(that left me with very little to write :p).
And so, about two weeks ago, I asked all my seniors to mail me their best experience of Techno. And it took almost more than a week for the last mail to come in. Now you must be assuming that they are just lazy bums or something. But let me tell you this. I’ve seen these people work their asses off for Techno, and definitely they are not at all lazy. Well, I happened to ask one of them the reason, and this was what he said, “The problem was choosing, there were so many awesome memories to choose from, so many moments that were close and dear,that choosing one single best was a bit difficult.” ‘Difficult’ was definitely an understatement.
Skipping over the part where I bore you to death, let’s see what they have to say.
This one is the most elaborate of the lot! “Selecting one out of many great experiences is always a tedious task. Technovanza in its 3 years has given many such experiences which if asked I could jot down a blog myself 😛 19 December, 2013, the only Mall Event of Technovanza 2013-14, was the day for which we were given orders by Marketing team to get done with some events, projects and a major attraction Rubik’s Cube Art of Nelson Mandela. The same was accomplished after a very hectic day of 18th December and was done for once before 12.00 am of December 19 and now was the time to shift things. With everything possible done we loaded each of those things into the truck and was time to shift it to High Streets Phoenix.
We reached High Streets Phoenix by 1 30 am and was told we wont be provided with the room to store things and the only possible way now was to have a night out in the Mall itself. The night was spent wandering around and checking out some lavish lifestyles on Mumbai. Niklesh, Ninad, Swakit, Poptani, Rahul and me stayed near Nelson Mandela thus making him feel secure(yeah, cracking hilarious jokes is his forte). The whole of the marketing team were sent home for they had to work hard the next day. These friends tried sleeping hiding from the securities but these securities just proved them to be a alarm clock snoozing each 10mins.
The day arrived when we had to make most of it and take Technovanza to each corner of India with limited resources that we had. The team started setting things right, some with the approval of Mall manager and some without her approval 😉 The day went by attracting people and also Media from all parts of the country and Karishma Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor being the surprised celebrities for us. Busy making arrangements for lunch snacks travelling college back to mall and keeping things going alive, loading things back after the Mall event in the evening and sending everything back to college. Back home with my friends around 12 30 am the next day.
I’ll define these 2 days as 48 sleepless hours, not once trying to take a nap, everything just for one Festival TECHNOVANZA led by one of my dearest Niklesh Phabiani with other friends for Life. The 3 days of Technovanza no doubt was the most hectic and the most Epic days of my life till now but these MALL event days will always be a memorable sleepless days of my life.
P.S Aditya Lahoti. He has to be mentioned. Nothing would have been complete without him and in each of my experience he pokes his nose 😛“
-Preetam Nayak, ( Executive Director, Technovanza 2013)
Speaking of Preetam, the next one should naturally be from Lahoti, his best bud. These two have been into really exciting experiences(most of which always ended them in trouble:p) and most of the time, we ask Lahoti to tell us those funny and awesome adventures. (Maybe a blog on that later)
“Not speaking of any particular memories about Techno (reason being a blog will be insufficient for that!!! ;p….Even a book can be written on them!). I will always cherish Techno in my memories..one of the best memories!!
What I gave: Some time of mine..(that i would have wasted any ways), dedication, my thoughts and ideas.
What I got: Some of my bestest friends, a lots and lots of sweet memories, lessons in life (never forget them!! ;p) the list goes on….
I m bit weak in my vocab so finding it difficult to express my thoughts…hope this may convey my feelings… #technoite forever“
-Aditya Lahoti.(Technical General Manager, Technovanza 2013)
Next comes Swakit More, our first impression of him being a very happy go lucky and innocent guy. But that impression was definitely didn’t last long :p
“1st Time in Technovanza, night event without night event.Techno second day,1st day evening,our night event had been forbidden.So we had to think of something that would replace the night event slot.On 2nd day,our committee decided to extend the time for robowars matches.Because it was the most difficult task to hold crowd during night.We had focused only on robowars and because our marketing team which had done great job,there was crowd only to watch robowars matches.All 3 floors were packed with the crowd and the arena was covered with the people.This was the moment when we said ,”there is no need for a night event in techno, robowars has replaced it.Go Techno..!!!!!“
– Swakit More, (Design Head & Sponsorship General Manager, Technovanza 2013)
If you walk into a sweet and adorable guy in the hub, don’t misunderstand him for a teddy bear! He is Maninder Singh Bumrah! The coolest guy to hang around with.
“The one thing that I liked most about Technovanza was that how it gave Students a platform and most importantly resources to create and display their ideas. Seeing everything working out on the first day after months of hardwork done by everyone was definitely the best feeling ever. It was amazing to see all the events turning out pretty well and how the projects turned out to be successful. Crowd gathering to watch the amazing matches was something I will cherish forever. It was also amazing to see how people turned up everyday to work for the fest with their complete heart and soul inspite of having vacations.I have been a part of Technovanza right from my very first year and it is going to be sad not working for it. For the first time I won’t be knowing how to utilize my vacations. It was amazing to work for techno.Thank You Techno“
-Maninder Singh Bumrah.( Chief Operations Officer, Technovanza 2013)
Mohit Deshpande, our CMO, was a really nice guy, always gently coaxing us to do our work. Here’s what he had to say;
“There are a lot of good memories associated with Technovanza for me. I worked in Techno for two years and got the opportunity to become the CMO in this years Techno. It was a lot of fun…I got to lead the marketing team which helped a lot to develop my people skills personally. I made a lot of new friends which I would have never ever even come across if we hadn’t met in Techno. My best memories of Techno include all the nights spent in college in which we enjoyed along with doing all the work and also all my GBMs which I had with my beloved juniors(yes, we remember them too :p )…I will surely miss those days. All in all…it proved to be a welcome change to the hectic college life and I hope everyone works for the fest of his choice and make the best use of their years in VJTI. Lastly..I want to wish ALL THE BEST to my juniors for the upcoming Techno and I am sure you will rock it.”
-Mohit Deshpande, (Chief Marketing Officer, Technovanza 2013)
Omkar Inamdar! One of the first few people with whom I bonded really well. A cricket fanatic and a really good friend.
“There are many experiences during the six months of Techno,but most memorable will be night out in college.We used to wander the whole college at night ,making (or pretend to make :p) plans for three days of Techno and then in morning We were like useless people in front of Nikita.Because we were so tired and no work is done in the night. She used to tell ,” tumlog night maarte hi kyu ho?” Later everyone knows that Revo Technovanza was our best night out partner :p”
-Omkar Inamdar. (Marketing General Manager, Technovanza 2013)
Amey Nirgude, the best description for him would be “the ladies’ man”, which describes him quite well :p
“My best experience in Technovanza would be The Mega Launch(this is when techno is launched into the new comers and when many new people come and work for techno). I have been a part of the launch for two years, and that was the one of the best time i had. The work used to begin with lot of new ideas pouring in from everybody. Following which, most of the ideas had to be rejected 😛 I still remember, those interactions with new people, making new friends, working hard for the launch by bunking lectures, it was all so much fun 🙂 And finally after a spectacular show, the post-launch party, that first love for techno, that feeling of togetherness between everybody who worked, it was all priceless. I would really love to work for the launch even this year 😛 Anyway, all the best to you and your team. And always ‘Live Techno’ 🙂 “
-Amey Nirgude. (Chief Finance Officer, Technovanza 2013)
Aditya Gaherwar, well he is the most hardworking guy I’ve ever seen. We all missed his absence during Techno(a personal reason which he couldn’t avoid ). Also, he is one of the coolest guys to hangout with(I don’t say all this just because I’m his wingman :p)
“MSTs had just ended and Omkar, Rohit, Akshay and I were leaving for Pune the very next day. Niklesh had somehow arranged for the tickets. Rohit was going to collect them from a MOTORMAN(!) at Dombivli. That didn’t happen and Rohit later somehow collected the tickets. Turns out that we were in the waiting list and we ended up standing in the doorway for the whole journey. We had a lot of fun on that trip.”
-Aditya Gaherwar.( Marketing General Manager, Technovanza 2013 )
Whatever it is, all I can say about Techno, is that Techno is like magic. And like everything magical, you have to be a part of it to believe it.