Sleepless in IIM-A

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

T-nite: Background

T-nite stands for the Talent Nite. Basically, a cultural show put up by the fachchas (freshers - by now you should have got used to the term) for the tuchchas (the seniors).

As with everything else in IIM-A, its made extremely competitive by conducting it as an inter section contest.

The contest is spread over four nights and tests sections on a variety of parameters like creativity, skill, talent, noise producing ability and above all, enthusiasm.

It usually begins with something called as the Pub Run, where 'runners' belonging to different sections race from a particular point towards the mess and try and capture as much space on the mess walls as possible. Different sections of the walls hold different number of points ranging from 0 to 100. Space is captured by sticking newspapers with the section name written on them. Later the newspapers are replaced by creative posters.

The Pub Run is followed by the two mess nights. A mess night is a 100 minute show put up by the sections (25 minutes each) admist extreme levels of booing by the tuchchas in the mess. The atmosphere is hot, passionate, electric and more often that not, is an intense shouting match. If a section has an appealing slogan and can outshout everyone else who shouts against them, they score a point. If they dont, then god help their performance.

The semifinals and the finals are held in the RJMCEI auditorium and are longer than the mess nights (40 and 90 minutes respectively). Audience is willing to be a little more patient. Shouting matches take a backseat and talent shines through. Quite appropriately, the RJMCEI nights carry considerably more weightage than the mess nights and the pub run.

A lot of weightage is given to the method of entry of a section into the mess/auditorium and onto the stage. Creativity in dress codes, slogans and the general enthusiasm level is evaluated.

Also embedded into the evaluation system is the section's newsletter and website.

I think a lot of my section mates read my blog and actually find it readable, for, I wrote the section's newsletter. :)

Over the next few posts scattered among other daily happenings, you'd find me describing Section D's journey through the T-nite. You'd also find excerpts from the newsletter embedded in between in italics.

So, read on !


  • hey oka. man! ur posts are too delightful.waiting for the next four posts which i am sure are gonna be as good or even better than your previous ones.
    chal bye.

    By Blogger Sujith, at 10:20 PM  

  • Dude, cant wait... and dont bother to add lines such as "keep checking"... believe me, I check my RSS feeds everyday and am usually disappointed to see nothing new! :)

    By Blogger Balakumar, at 11:19 PM  

  • Why the disclaimers bugger??
    Write what u want to...we luv u..and are with u..

    By Anonymous Shobhit, at 1:57 AM  

  • The problem with expressing personal opinion on a public forum (especially coming from an IIMA Grad) is that it is assumed to be a true representation of the events by everyone.

    I strongly suggest that you stay out of any controversy zone. This does not mean that you dont post about T-nite which I am sure was as eventful and entertaining for you, as it was for me. Just that you should not say anything which may not correctly represent someone or any student body.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:48 AM  

  • In response to "Anonymous": Well, this is really not a public forum. It is his blog. And the web of all places should not restrict/limit what an individual wants to say.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:38 AM  

  • Man Oka...big disappointment.after checking my RSS feeds daily for 6 days i m just able to find out a small post ...Hope IIMA gives u some time for blogging

    By Anonymous Deepu, at 1:29 PM  

  • yes, it surely is his blog. But even here he is not free to write things which are not a true representation of the events.

    Please reread my previous comment carefully, is all I can say!

    The post is anonymous to enable people to judge it objectively.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:20 PM  

  • yes, it surely is his blog. But even here he is not free to write things which are not a true representation of the events.

    Please reread my previous comment carefully, is all I can say!

    The post is anonymous to enable people to judge it objectively.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:20 PM  

  • Anon: Readers can perceive anything they read in any way. When Oka writes, he is narrating it from his mind's view - fictional or otherwise. It is upto the reader to interpret it. So the writer should not be inhibited in what he wants to say.

    And by asking him not to, you are killing the free spirit of the web and of blogs.

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  • yaar jo bhi likhna hai jaldi likh bhai,this wait is so agonising:((

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    By Anonymous shobhit, at 12:52 PM  

  • ANON: if we want the 'truth' we can go read the news papers (or alternative media, maybe).

    Most people come to read some fun stuff.

    If u can't bear the idea of Oka propagating 'untruths', then start ur own blog and denounce his work - cos u are more than free to do that.

    And I dunno about u, but i am fairly confident that most readers of this blog are aware that there is some fiction (or exaggeration might be a better word) added to the facts.

    I repeat, this isn't a news network, and no-one expects it to be one, either.

    By Blogger karthik durvasula, at 3:52 AM  

  • Guys,
    I wrote Part IV of the Tnite series. Unfortunately, cant publish it, because it wouldnt make any sense without the first three parts. :(
    Please wait for a while...

    On a different note, lets all be mature while writing anything over here. Trust me, all kinds of people read this blog.

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