Sunday, March 8

whats so special about womens day?

This day will always be very close to my heart. The reasons being good and sad experiences 1 went through along with my batch mates. But All's Well That Ends Well.

As decided the band played the music and the His Excellency, the Governor of Madhya Pradesh Dr Balram Jakhar stepped out of his car.. Walked the red carpet to reach the dice. ACES 91 team mates Faiqa, Vineeta and Rachita walked gracefully along with him.

His Excellency, the Governor of Madhya Pradesh Dr Balram Jakhar was the Chief Guest. President of ACES Association of convent ex students Mrs Kiran Avasthi welcomed the chief guest and administered an Oath for 'Protection of the Rights of the girl child' to the gathering as planned the batch 91.

The vote of thanks.. The speech written by Faiqa and read by Rachita our batch head will never be forgotten. Love u Faiqa. You are a super lady

The Flag swirled continuously for 3 hours while the dozens of cars rolled out on streets in Bhopal on Sunday march 8Th. Association of Convent Ex Students (ACES) 91 batch organized a Women’s Car Rally on the occasion of International Women’s Day and proved nothing is impossible.United we stand divided we fall.

The first car of no 100, which belonged to our batch mate Ruchi Vijayavargiya, was flagged off. Pilot from profession..She never showed nervousness in spite she missed her briefing a day before. Honourable guests who were invited to grace the occasion flagged of the other 99 cars which were driven by women

I was noting the time out of the cars as was well versed with the rally structures and concours. Maliha , Bilquis and Jyoti were noting the other details at the starting point.

Rachita and Faiqa took control of the other venue arrangements, which went on beautifully without any problem.

Realizing that 30 cars were flagged off I hit the road.. the track in red Mitsubishi which was sponsored by SR cars to check out the route to avoid any last minute confusion’s .every thing was perfect..

The first Time control point was managed by Mukta Sharma and Sudarshna at All Saints School. This responsibility was first of its kind for them. The spirit and enthusiasm Inspite of all odds didn’t stop them from working meticulously. I saw them surrounded by dozens of navigators harrowing them but they were not unnerved.

The most interesting and the fun loving point I noticed was the second Time Control managed by Neetica Gupta and Dolly Motwani. The moment I reached there I was offered a glass of juice and snack. I was surprised by their preparation, made on their own. They managed to mark lines by flour as they thought was the best alternative they could use instead of a white dust /powder as a finishing line although it was not needed.
Wow what a splendid managerial abilities women have.

Moved ahead and it seemed the whole town was participating and cheering the rallist..
I crossed 30 km and reached the third Time control. I saw Vinita running with the time check card as one of the participant didn’t sign it and Bilquis noting the time of another participant. They were impervious by the amateur drivers but supportive. Oh my God what a scene.. every body was enjoying , helping ..the Ex Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh Mr. AV Singh who has always been an inspiration and guiding force to all of us was there on every check point with water , juice and biscuits helping the Marshall and the drivers. That’s how he celebrated and encouraged women. What a man he is! Cannot be described in words.

All through the routes I read the banners which were made by us on women’s day. After confirming that every thing was going trouble-free on the track, at Faiqa’s end -at the venue reached back at the target- the finishing point .

Every thing was just what the doctor ordered ha ha ha the end time was being noted by Maliha ,Bilquis, Faiqa, Rachita and by me as well. Realizing thing are in place we reached the spot adjacent to the rally ground where the arrangement for the prize distribution were made. It was perfect.
The music was going on, food being served, children having fun, cribbing for ice-cream and soda. Mothers enjoying their afternoon, meeting up with old friends, batch mates and enjoying every bit of the rally atmosphere..

This buffer zone was created as calculating results takes time. Rushed to the emergency office created at the venue. Rajan with his buddy had meanwhile entered the scores of all the 100 cars. We pressed the button at the excel sheet and the results were there.

Indeed it was a women’s day. There was an overwhelming response from women of all age groups from 18 to 72 year old women participated. Exactly 100 entries were received, which was a record in itself. The total distance covered by the rally was 47 kms. .It was a time speed distance rally. There were passage control and time checks on the route of the rally where the participants had to endorse their entry. All were managed by ACES batch 91 women. The rally was flagged off at 9.15 am from Four Season’s Lawns at Ahmedabad Palace and concluded at the same point.

The Guest of Honor, Ex Chief Secretary and Chief Election Commissioner M.P Shri A.V Singh gave away the prizes on the occasion. The supporters of the show were SR Car, MY Car. The Prizes were sponsored by Alankar Jwellers, Agarwal Jwellers, Zevrat and Nikki Bawa. This Rally was unique in its own way as it was completely managed by women marshals.

Owing to the big no of participant’s the total prizes were 7 in no. 1-Sunita Karki. 2- Sana shoeb.3-Shivika Sharad/4-Mrs Tope/5-tie- between Mrs avasthi and Himani Lalachandani/
6th position also there was a tie between Mrs Kavita Tyagi and Nirmala Tyagi- 7th S K Yeng.

3 consolation prizes were given-they reached on correct time but had minus points. It went to Mrs. Preeti Keer, Mrs. Aprajita Agarwal and Mrs.Ruchi Vijaywargiya

The trophy for senior most participants was sponsored by Ms Sushila Ghosal, retd senior teacher of St Joseph Convent. It was bagged by Mrs Kusum Kapoor 62 years of age and her navigator Mrs. Keshav s 70 years old .

The money collected through this event will go for the education of girls WHO will study in t St Josephs Conevent School Bhopal.

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