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What: Amaze 2012, the annual fest of the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), Calcutta, in association with t2.

When: December 3 to 5.

Who: The three-day extravaganza saw participation from students of Presidency University, Scottish Church College, Ramakrishna Mission Narendrapur, the International School of Business & Media, IBS, Ananda Mohan College and others, besides the home team.

The events: The fest started with a photography competition, quiz and a fun contest on advertisements titled “Adzap”. It required the participants to present TV commercials with hilarious products like bristle-less toothbrushes! The event was judged by t2 columnist and entrepreneur Swati Gautam and IIPM professor Bijan Dutta Gupta. “I was really impressed with the ads the students enacted, they far exceeded my expectations,” smiled Swati, before speaking about marketing, communication and the core components of television ads.

Team RK Mission Narendrapur was the winner of Adzap, while ISBM and IIPM bagged top spots for photography and quiz.

The top draws of Day 2 were the debate and the best manager competition. Speaking for the motion “I regret to be an Indian” Debolina Acharya of Scottish Church College aced the debate with her wit and wordplay. “I don’t regret being an Indian, I regret that I am not the Indian my country deserves,” she said, adding that she felt regret because she considered all Indians cruel, self-centred opportunists who do not take their duties seriously and blame the government for all wrongs.

For the best manager competition, aspiring managers faced two rounds, one written, the other on stress management, where the contestants were blindfolded, made to sit on strange objects like empty plastic bottles and served a volley of questions. According to popular opinion, this was by far the most challenging event but Amaze being a B-school fest, every participant wanted to win this title! Judges Dhruba Mukherjee of The Telegraph and IIPM professor Anirudh Banerjee crowned Sayantan Baul of IBS the best manager.

The rest of the day was reserved for singing, skit and creative writing competitions, along with Flip Back, which tested the participants’ presence of mind.

Day 3 of Amaze, held at Nazrul Mancha, had the students showing off their moves and grooves for the dance competition, fashion show and personality contest. Yash Nahata of IIPM and Garima Jhuria of ISBM emerged as Mr and Miss Amaze 2012.

As the evening drew to a close, the young crowd jived to the beats of popular band Underground Authority. The three-day gala ended with a bang for the host campus, with IIPM being crowned the Best College of Amaze 2012.

The 35th annual reunion of Alumnorum Societas (Alsoc), the old boys’ association of St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, on December 15 will be a star-studded affair with master storyteller Jeffrey Archer delivering a talk and Bollywood sensation Javed Ali belting out popular numbers.

While the teachers are more eager to meet Archer, the young alumni members are looking forward to the musical night. The dinner will be another highlight. Expert cooks from Delhi’s famous parathewala gali would serve their

delicacies along with kebabs and rolls from Sher-e-Punjab. “We are hoping the dinner will be a big hit,” said Anirudh Kajaria, convener of the reunion.