Before I start re-creating the whole trip, here’s some information to make sure that we’re all on the same page. I recently went to MIMIT ( too lazy to type the full name ) for one of my events. In this blog post, I share the whole experience.
There wasn’t much planning attached to this event. I spent much more time in planning for webfair 1.0 ( another event I did with the same people ). My organizers Pankaj Chopra & Sumit Chopra worked hard to put up this event, so much so that one of them got dark circles as he did multiple sleepless nights. They took care of things such as getting gifts for the audience, making vinyl banners & other stuff.
I single-handedly almost killed this event!
I am giggling while writing this. So, basically, this is what happened. My organizer called me and told that we’d have to leave our place on 17th at 4:00 am ( midnight ). The event was on 18th. It was 16th, I was sitting in front of my computer around 10 pm finishing up tasks. Up until this point, I assumed I had 24 hours. I was thinking that I had to leave on 17th’s midnight at 4:00 am.
I was about to sleep when my friend called me and asked if I packed or not. I told her that I’ve done all the packing.
“Have you packed your power-bank?”
“No, I don’t have a power bank. I don’t need one. I rarely go out. I have 5000mah smartphone, I won’t run out of charge”
“Whatever, just get one power bank”
“I’ll buy one in morning” > To this very point, I was thinking that I have 24 hours.
She kept repeating that how would you buy as you’d be on the highway. I was confused why she would say such a thing. Then suddenly, Jesus Christ, Lord Shiva appeared on my left and right and said: “How can you not remember that date and day change after 12 pm”. ( just for gag )
Thankfully it was 10, I jumped from my chair and started washing clothes ( I hadn’t packed them yet ). The thing is, I am a heavy sleeper. I sleep with mobile phone away from me and that too on silent. So, in any case, if I had slept, it was not possible to wake me up before 10 hours.
The Journey ( From Delhi to Punjab )
After showing a huge presence of mind above, I packed my stuff and reached my organizer’s place. They were packing things like vinyl, tripods and a bunch more stuff. After a while, everyone reached. We sat in the car and left for Punjab. I hadn’t slept since last 3 days so I slept for 3 hours in the car itself. I woke up at around 9:30 in morning. We were in the middle of nowhere and the view outside was pure magic.
We were driving at near 100km/h on an empty highway.
After driving for 5 hours ( estimated ), we stopped near a dhaba ( restaurant ). Lucky for me, organizers had packed food from home. We ate and I had coffee.
After eating, washing our face, and stretching a bit, we got back into the car and started driving again.
We might not have gone far when suddenly I heard a “thud” sound on the roof. Organizer stopped the car with sudden break and a bag fell from car’s top. When it fell, I thought someone was sitting on the car roof and fell down when we stop ( freaked me out ). I looked down, it was one of our bags. My body relieved for a minute and then got tensed again. I thought if this is the goodie bag, we’re gone. But lucky for us, the bag had clothes. We tied the bag again on top and started driving again.
We stopped straight at university after this.
We were greeted by the students who helped us put together this event ( Himanshu Singh & Deepak Kumar ). We were told that we have to stay in guest house. I knew this was government university so they must have spent good money for their guesthouses. We parked the car and went to the guest house. Instead of talking, I preferred going to room and just laying down lifeless for 10 minutes.
The students then bought sweets & water ( so much care !!).
We had some and then I was about to sleep.
“We should be sleeping now, ” I told everyone.
“Wait, we’ve arranged lunch for you” replied one of the students
I waited half an hour while they decorated the dining table and bought food. I am usually not this fancy. We had food and slept. I don’t what time in the evening, one of the students came and asked us to come on hostel tour. One of the speakers went but I denied the offer to be with my soulmate ( comfy bed ). I mean I just spent 3 hours to make my blanket warm, why would I leave ? They went out to the hostel, and I resumed my sleep.
I woke up around 8-9. We had dinner in the same manner as in afternoon and then we met with the volunteers to tell them how to coordinate in the event tomorrow. After we came back to our rooms. I turned on the A.C., pulled out thicker blankets and slipped inside. I talked with the students for a while and then slept.
Next day I woke up around 7 and rushed to the bathroom. Took bath with chilled water and got dressed. Next thing, my body asked me “So, when are you going to have coffee ?”
My eyes started to search for possible coffee spots. I asked everyone and found one spot, but it was closed. We were asked to wait for breakfast. But because breakfast took long, we went to the venue. The caretaker didn’t find it good that we didn’t have breakfast. He arranged breakfast in the office itself ( who cares this much <3 ? ). I ate and came out to wash hands. To see my love, fresh, and hot – coffee. I rushed to store and bought coffee.
Injected my body with it and boom! I had the energy for 4 hours ( enough for the event ).
We went to the venue and started doing the pro stuff like setting up the microphone, attaching banners etc. I chose to do the hardest of all works – sit down on the sofa and watch everyone ( hard life man..)
Time went on, students started to come, and the show went on. One of the college students introduced me, handed over the microphone and then your boy carried the show from there.
We got a positive response from their principal ( Dr. Sanjeev Sharma ).
We left the venue, came to our guest house and started packing bags to leave. I was done with the packing, I even plugged in headphones and turned on a sad song of leaving a place. But then one of the students came and told that we have to leave after lunch.
We then ate lunch and finally got into our car and fled from campus carrying bags in car, and memories in eyes.
The Journey ( From Punjab to Delhi )
When everyone was discussing the event, I decided to be the man and do the tedious task of sleeping. We drove for 3 hours and stopped at one place for eating. The food there was awesome.
After fueling our tummies, we left for Delhi. Our next happened to be traffic Jam in Delhi. I got down near a metro station, called an Uber and reached home.
In conclusion, the whole trip was a pleasant experience. The food, the highway ride, the college faculty, and everything else that falls in between was simply magic.