By Arvind Sridharan, Summer Intern
After a few small campaigns at malls and the Tiruvanmyur train station (as part of Rang De’s campaign to spread awareness and increase the number of social investors), we wanted to try something new: and that too right around the office’s neighbourhood. We wanted to hold a tea party. More on that below.
We planned on having a get together on Saturday (June 20) evening for the residents of flats around our office and to get some social investors and spread the awareness about Rang De. Invitations were designed on Thursday (June 18) as shown on the left. Sixty invitations were printed and our intention was to invite 60 different families.
On the same evening, after work (as we have started campaigning after work) Diksha, Smita and Arvind headed off to flats in Veekay Manor, the flat next to it and across it.� At one flat a big dog kept barking and wouldn’t stop even after we went two floors below its house.� Some of the responses were so promising such as “Shall I make something and bring it?” which made us think that we would have at least a bare minimum of a few guests.
Diksha designed a beautiful poster and invitations were also distributed on Friday (June 19) in order to reach our goal of inviting 60 families. The watchman of one flat said that the secretary of that apartment has strictly barred this kind of activity and the secretary of another flat told us that nobody would come. We thought “how could he say that?” but actually he would be right once the tea party was over.
Saturday 16:15 — the arrangements were being made. The projector and speakers were set up, Gnan loaded his violin and strings CD on his laptop and everything was set to go. Everyone shouted out their expectations of the number of guests. “10, 2, 4, 5!” were some of the answers.
Saturday 16:30 — we were anxiously waiting for guests on the office balcony. No one came sharp at 16:30 and that was expected of get together guests right?
Saturday 16:45 — still nobody had come. We started moving outside the office and monitoring the lift’s motion to see if anyone had come to the third floor. Everyone’s expectation became the same. We wanted at least one guest to come. If no one came by 17:00 then we decided to call off the get together.
Saturday 17:00 — no body came to the get together, just like none of the ex-yatris of the Jagriti Yatra made an investment (even though a village style vacation sponsored by HolidayIQ.com was offered). the Rang De team enjoyed the chips bought for the guests and Nikhil’s show of pictures of his and Praveen’s field trip to Gwalior. No use getting disappointed just because nobody came right? That’s not going to make anyone come.
– We now know that flat get-togethers do not work and we thank the community around us for teaching that lesson.
– at least The bulletin board at office looks nice now!