Some games were lined up and the various departments sent in teams to participate. There were good nature tips, wacky comments and attempts to distract the performers from achieving their targets. The team members were few, but their supporters brought the house down.
The office was colorfully decked up with balloons. The teams were asked to send in one representative dressed up in paper. Any well known personality or traditionally dressed theme. One team had a lady dressed in newspaper with crown and jewels in color paper. She represented the Goddess of Money and Wealth. But she missed the crucial prop, she carried no money or representations of money!
The second team sent in a person dressed all in black. He was wearing gold colored paper accessories and he said he was representing the God of Death. He looked forbidding and did a good job. The third team sent in a lady dressed to represent a State. She was unfortunately not from that State, so could not talk in the official language of that State. The Death personality won the round.
In the second game, the team members had to play, “Who am I?” This was hilarious. The questions asked were not conducive to receive Yes or No answers. There was good amount of laughter in this game. Some guessed the name of the personality that was stuck on their back with few adroit questions. Some were stuck and kept going around in circles. The time would run out and then their team would not get any marks. This game was played in two rounds.
A person was not able to ask the right questions to call out Venus Williams. This person left out sports areas altogether. He understood the personality is a lady, well known, and from foreign shores. He kept calling out Hollywood actresses names. His team mates later kept telling him there is a field called sports. He felt very sheepish.
The last game went through several changes. It started off as balloon bursting, but soon the organizers realized they did not have plenty of balloons. This game calls for a good supply of balloons. So the game changed. Two members from a team were asked to blow air into the balloons and make a decent size. They had to make a decent size and knot the end. Under pressure, their tying abilities went haywire. If they blew it up into a good size, while tying, the balloon would shoot off their hands! Some balloons couldn’t be blown into at all.
Soon the results were announced. Two teams tied for second place. So the decider was to allow two members from each team to blow up balloons. They were given longer time and soon one team pipped the other. There was huge applause for this team, the cheering crowd outdid themselves.
Soon the prizes were distributed. The winners triumphantly bore their prizes away. Of course lots of photographs were taken. For an hour, the whole office floor resembled a playground. People left their workstations and came in to have fun. Targets and deadlines were forgotten. It was a true ushering in of a vibrant New Year.
Activities like these are essential for employees to let down their hair. There were lots of creativity presented and the brave souls who willingly came forward to participate were given a rousing welcome. Some of the comments were hilarious. These comments had the crowd in splits. Some are natural comics and mimics.
The whole program was started by first paying condolence to the rape victim of Delhi. Candles were lit and a minute’s silence was observed. The solidarity was good to witness. Nirbhaya was given a respectful send off and the whole office participated in this.
Later the whole fun and games was rounded off with slices of cakes. On the whole, the employees enjoyed. New friendships were forged, on the spot thinking happened and everyone pitched in without a moment’s thought. What better way to help forge bonds?