Words have the power of bringing pictures alive, and that’s what the content team has been engaged in all along making Alegria- the Festival of Joy exceptional. Akash Vetal from PCE, Aaliya Shaikh from PCACS, and Shreya Marar from PIMSR were the mainstay of the Content Writing committee. Their journey of Alegria 2020 has unquestionably been remarkable, for being an Algerian is a blissful experience.
1.How was your experience working for Alegria 2020?
Aaliya : I can say that working for Alegria in my first year was probably the best decision that I made in my degree college. The festival is once in a lifetime kind of experience where you see so many different aspects and learn so many different things along the way. It was a bittersweet experience. Came through a lot of challenges but also made some special memories. All in all, Alegria 2020 will always be in my heart.
Shreya : My experience working for Alegria 2020 has been great. Alegria has taught me one fundamental thing, teamwork. Without my team, I wouldn’t have experienced all the things I did in Alegria. Starting with brainstorming ideas for a new post and getting past the writer’s block, we’ve seen it all, and I’m so glad I got to see it all with my team.
Akash : I’ve been with this festival and CW team for 3 years now and all I’d say is the whole experience has been one of the best parts of my life. In the case of 2020, it was a notch higher, as it is with Alegria with every passing year.
2.What was the first thing that came to your mind when you heard the theme?
Aaliya : When I heard about the theme, the child inside me was so happy. Dreamland! Who hasn’t thought about their dreamland? It’s this one place we still imagine and Alegria made it possible for us to turn our dreams into reality. The theme was everything I ever wanted and nothing could have made me happier.
Shreya : The theme was dream-based. It was certainly a dream come true for me to see all my favorite artists on stage. So the first thing that came to my mind was that Alegria was going to make my dreams come true this year, and that’s what happened. The four days of Alegria were no less than a dreamland, and our college looked so beautiful in all those dreamland installations. It was a happy moment for us to see that hard work pays off!!
3.Which type of posts was the most fun to write content on?
Akash : I’d say the celebrity articles were my favorite part. Zakir Khan, Divine will always be the highlight articles for me even though there were few words put in, in explaining them. There’s that thing, when you see your name below people you’re a fan of, you idolize, that pride is what I’ll be thankful to Alegria, always.
Aaliya : For me, it is the articles that we write for all the celebrities that come and grace Alegria with their presence. This feeling of writing an article about a celebrity that thousands of people are going to read is something that. I can’t define. So definitely the most fun is writing those articles!
4.How did you handle work pressure and deadlines?
Aaliya : When you are working in the content team, the deadlines are daunting. It is like you are getting work from every committee and you never stop writing and refining content. But there is also learning and fun involved in it. For me, my team is the driving force that pushes me to work better and complete everything before the deadline. I am so grateful for my friends in other committees who help me through work pressure and it’s basically like a family working together.
Shreya : The simple answer to that would be “Go Content Team” We worked hard together, without which it would not have been possible. We used to work day and night also while traveling to make sure we met deadlines. My team was unbelievable, always on the toes when work calls. My co-heads “Aaliya” and “Akash” in particular. I was new to all of this, but they made sure I fit in, and they were always available for everything. Thank you, guys!!
Akash : Work pressure and deadlines were never that big a thing, thanks to the able leaders that we worked under and Franav sir is the ultimate man that you actually wanna work under, for he never makes you feel that pressure yet the work happens on time.
5.Some of the best experiences you’ve had in Alegria 2020?
Aaliya : My best experience is the day before Alegria which we call the Community service day where everyone just comes together to serve the community. It’s the best part of the entire event. Serving the needy makes you feel wholesome and being a part of a good cause is probably the best feeling I have experienced in Alegria throughout my years of this festival. When you dance with the kids and play games with old people, it makes you realize there is so much more to life!
Akash : Not only 2020, but Alegria has been the festival that has completed all my dreams, be it through celebrities, or this writing part, or all the fun that I wanted to have, Alegria has done it all Zakir Khan, Divine, and Ayushmann will forever be my best experiences at Alegria and in 2020, I’d say, 7 Bantaiz and Armaan Malik have set the bar way too high for Alegria 2021.
Shreya : Watching “Kenny Sebastian” performing live was one of the best experiences I’ve had in Alegria. I got to see a lot of stars in Alegria 2020, that was unbelievable. The DJ night events are something I got to enjoy with my team after a long day of work, the whole team gets together and dances and has fun is the next best experience of Alegria 2020. I’m going to miss and treasure those memories for a lifetime.
6. Favourite author?
Aaliya : A Paulo Coelho fan here! One of my first books was “The Alchemist”. From then on, no matter how many books I have read, that book remains very close to my heart. The author is a 60-year-old Brazilian who is a postmodern lyricist and novelist. But my favorite reason is that he writes about his own “philosophy”, about the souls, and he has his spiritual world.
Shreya : It’s hard to name one. There are a few like Irving Wallace, J. K. Rowling, Rick Riordan. Arundathi Roy, Sudha Murphy.
Akash : Currently, it has been Amish for all his works, and the way he has changed the whole perspective surrounding Indian Mythology making it more believable makes him an instant favorite. Apart from him, I’ve always loved Dan Brown’s works, for the curiosity that he tends to instill.
7. Can you express Alegria in a single word?
Aaliya : Wholesome.
Shreya : Excitement
Akash : It’s hard to explain it in one word but still, DREAM-COMPLETER!
8.What are the new things that you’ve learned in Alegria 2020?
Aaliya : The new thing that I have learned is that when you are leading a team, there will be many challenges that come your way. You will come across people and situations that will bog you down and make you feel like what you are doing is not so important but the passion for this festival and my work dedication made me realize that this is all worth it. Alegria 2020 made my self-esteem strong and made me feel that if I want it then I can do it.
Shreya : I’ve learned how to meet deadlines. How to get involved in work day and night. I learned how to have a lot of fun while working. By the end of Alegria, we also improved ourselves in our writing in our thinking process, with words coming easily to us by the end.
9.After working together for years how hard was it to bid goodbye to fellow team members?
Aaliya : The best part of the festival was the friends I made. Without them, I wouldn’t have enjoyed the festival. Some of my best friends in life were the people I met during the festival. My best friend Shravani was always there to push me to do better. She had my back and I had hers. Alongside I was blessed with amazing team members who made my work easier, my co-head Shreya and Akash were by my side throughout. Bidding them goodbye was difficult but I know I will have them in my life forever.
Shreya : It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. After all the fun we had, I couldn’t say goodbye to them and think that this will be the last Alegria I’m going to have with them. Those three months with them just flashed in front of my eyes, and I wouldn’t be able to put it in words like how much it meant to me to be part of the content team and to feel all these things alongside my team.
Akash : The toughest part of any good thing is its end and it is very very hard to bid adieu to the team that you’ve worked with, the time that you’ve spent, the brainstorming sessions, the fun both before and during the festival, everything comes back in those final moments and it is tough when you realize, that this is it, but Alegria has given me friends for a lifetime and that is another thing that I cherish about this Festival of Joy.
10.How do you expect Alegria 2021 to be?
Shreya : – Alegria 2021 is going to be bigger and more charming than all these years, for sure. The only bummer will be that it’s going to happen virtually, but I think Alegria’s going to find a way to make it better or bigger than last year.
Akash : Rather than expecting, I Know what Alegria 2021 and Franav Sir and the whole team behind Alegria is capable of pulling off and this year is gonna be a notch higher undoubtedly.