Standing in front of the ‘Hon’ble bench, all suited up, exuding smart vibes but being the same old young and dumb selves from the inside, sleeping at 5:00 am and waking up at 7:00 am, experiencing the massive difference between our expectations and the reality, getting grilled by the judges and being beaten to death (metaphorically) trying, and I repeat, trying to defeat the inherent desire to laugh when the other team is getting grilled, researching, researching more, and more, and more, arranging, copying and pasting memos is pretty much what the past week has been all about, and this is exactly what Novices is all about! Oh and as the teachers say, it gives us a platform to ‘break barriers’. Well, for me, it is a platform where you get to see the real faces of all fifth year seniors, this is where they made us realize that when they said we, the first years, are less important than dogs, they really meant it. Even the sweetest ones! I still can’t forget how we tried to bribe our seniors into giving us information, cases, hints and sometimes, even readymade memos. Well, that didn’t happen, or did it?
When you’re awake for at least 20 hours a day, you need coffee. And thanks to all the research work, coffee for us, became more important than air. I’m sure the café waali didi was the happiest and the richest person the past few weeks. But jokes apart, we got to learn a lot, A LOT! Who knew MS Word has so much to it!?
Getting down to business, eight of my great friends, Marvie-Bhavna, Sarthak-Arsh, Animesh-Prateek and Prashant-Harsh made it to the semi-finals. I couldn’t argue myself but it is fun making fun of your friends’ arguments! That’s what the semi-final rounds were for me, FUN. Then came the epic final round, the war of wars, the girls versus boys battle. Just seeing Bhavna-Marvie and Prateek-Animesh argue before a high court judge and two advocates was intimidating. It surely gave everybody the chills. And even though it is super obvious, it is my duty to tell you that……..THE GIRLS WON!
For those who got eliminated early, I would just like to say that when push comes to punch, we’d rather laugh than lie facedown, weeping into the carpet. Cheer up!
I’d like to thank all our seniors, faculty and staff to make this experience extra special for us. WE LOVE YOU!
The article was written by Aishwarya Sethi (I year)