I was in II year then.I and and my roomies, Anup and Karan along with my best buddy Prasad had decided to team up for robotics competition at Mindspark'07.I vividly remember the days of making of 'TAURUS'(thats what we had named our bot).We had put in our heart and soul into it.For the required stuff,we visited chor Bazaar,explored every nook and corner of Bohori Aali,worked at night and slept during days.After days of effort and loads of frustration,TAURUS was ready just a day prior to the competition.
After having cleared the eliminations,we decided to modify the bot a bit.It helped.We won rounds after round and were finally into the finals against VIT.Not even in our dreams had we thought that we would be in the finals.The crowd that day was on a roll.It seemed like the whole college had turned up to cheer us up!!There were mexican waves,dance performances and what not.Taking into consideration the crowd's enthu and considering the fact that a COEP team had reached the finals,the prize money had been augmented from 15 to 20 thousand for first position and 10 to 15 for second.Amidst all of these happenings,we four of us were silent and nervous.But we wanted to live the moment.After all its not everyday when the whole college gives you a standing ovation.We were on cloud nine that day.
Then the countdown began for the final match between COEP and VIT.I lost the cherry(50 points) but fought back hard and collected all other points.There wasnt a single person who wasnt elated and seated.Everyone was standing on their feet.There was so much cheering goin on.All I could here were the shouts of 'Akshay,dump it ...just go and dump it'(We had to dump the max no of cubes into a pit).And when the whistle was blown,everyone actually thought we had won.The crowd had gone ecstatic!!
But back behind ,in my mind,I had been calculating while collecting the cubes and knew it was a tie!!And then we lost in the the tie breaker round.:-(....I wasnt that upset after losing...(we still had 15000 in our kitty!!)now that people,known and strangers,were congratulating ,shaking hands,giving a pat.It felt like we were the cynosure that night.And my maiden dance peformance the next day at mindspark cultural night was an icing on the cake.This is something I will cherish forever and ever............Here are some of the pics...