During the month of March, at AFB, the French festival was celebrated very nicely. All the students and professors were provided a platform to present their talents. Among many events such as theatre, films, dance, music, wine and exhibits few contests designed specifically for the students, got us all so involved in the festival. And it united our class in a very different level.
Our prof encouraged us to participate in most of the contests and we did – In cuisine, slogan and singing contest. While our classmate N prepared excellent Quiche, she made sure to cook one big vegetarian Quiche as well for some of the classmates who were there to cheer for her. I must say that the dish was much better than the one we had had at Café Noir.
Several of us submitted slogans. When I framed my slogan, Jenn, (my writer friend from the US) who has studied French as well, suggested some improvements. So I call it - “The Indo–US collaboration wins a fourth prize in the French slogan contest”. One could quote this example for globalization, I guess. :-) In my acceptance speech, I took the liberty of being handed over the mike for announcing my slogan and thanked my three teachers I have had so far. The visual media i choose for my slogan was different shades of coloured papers glued to a black background and painted text.
But as always, individual participation does not unite people as much as the team participation does and for us the two songs that we had decided to sing did that magic. We choose one romantic song called – La Semaine Prochaine by Marc Lavoine and a rap song called “Les Mots” by La Rue Ketanou. We had several practice sessions at end of every class which brought out the zeal and enthusiasm in us like we had had perhaps during our college time. So what if we did not win a prize, nostalgia of fun and togetherness before and during the performance shall remain forever. While all other classes had 4-5 participants in their songs, almost 80% of our class was present to participate in spite of it being a weekday.
Fête de la Francophonie and the classe de Français take me to a world of my choice filled with creativity; with its population that is diverse, both in age and nature; but most importantly who are sensible.