Saarang – Day IV – The Rest

Aadi and Bikram were staying with me on Sunday, the last day of Saarang and those lazy bums would never get up so we were rather late. They also take ages to eat, my god, I swear it reminded me of We sit together, the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains. Anyway, we finally managed to get there.


There was some simply amazing stuff there, I’m told. I don’t know, I missed most of it. I was just in time to watch the end of IITM’s show whose name I cannot remember but which I’m told was really good. I recognised this chap from Sathyamurthi coaching classes – Unni, but I forgot to go meet him later. Priyanshu Mishra, who also studied with me in those classes, was in the IITM play and was pretty damn good.

The only one I did see for sure was the last one by MIT who did Yes Minister. It was brilliantly hilarious, mostly due to the excellent performance of the guy playing Humphrey — the deadpan expression he had while saying his lines so very well. Amazing really, it was perfect.


This went rather up-and-downy for us, both Sandhya and James were doing pretty well till the final few rounds when a few objections weren’t upheld, consequently making them lose points. It was unfortunate really, that most of their successful objections were in the first few rounds when the format was +5 for upheld objections and -5 for overruled objections. That was later changed to -10 for objections that were overruled. The JAM itself was pretty funny, and quite enjoyable, even if only because James slept off in the middle and accidentally hit the buzzer without intending to. The JAM moderator was pretty funny and had everyone laughing most of the time. Unfortunate really, we could’ve come away with one place at the least, and possibly two.

One thing that’s really funny about Saarang is the amount of host participation there is. 4 of the 8 finalists were from IIT itself. That’s pretty funny and I wonder how host participants usually do really well (in every college, JIPMER, CMC, IIT,…) – is it because they’re used to the place or the people and so are less nervous, or are they just really good at the stuff, choosing to leave all the other competitions to the lesser mortals. Ah, we may never know.