Story 2: Speech and Debate
This particular…piece was suggested by a friend of mine. Let’s call this guy, the hamster, who turned out to be my partner for the debate (the one you’re about to read). On the account of Independence Day, we had a speech competition and debate competition. The hamster and I decided to sign up for the debate. In the back of my mind, I was determined to join the speech competition as well. So we both signed up for the debate. I signed up for the speech individually. Little did I know that the speech and the debate competitions were to be held on the same day…
When the day came up, I had come to college, entirely unprepared. From a few days before, I had been trying to search for information regarding the speech. The topic given was “We’re an Independent Nation imprisoned in our Own Prejudice”. A very lively statement. Let me spare the details of what I think of it.
I woke up that morning, not completely sure of how the day would pass. Within a half an hour, I prepared and wrote down whatever information I found on the internet. I also called my dad for some help. The fun started when I arrived at the college.
Coming to college
I entered my class, with a piece of sheet that I thought would be enough for the entire speech. These competitions were held at the end of the day. So I assumed it would take about a five-minute rehearsal for the entire speech. The speech was a ten-minute one. In front of some of my friends, I tried to present it. After beginning with a “Good evening everybody..” I stopped. My friends waited for to continue. I had no idea what to say next. Then I realized that I had all the content in my head. I just never organized what came when.
Then I looked down at my piece of sheet. By the time, it looked nothing more than a torn piece of paper. I tried to read what I had written. I couldn’t understand a single word. Somewhere I found the word ‘acceptance'(probably) and then I looked up and explained the contents about it. Then I asked how many minutes had it been. As it turned out, I guess it was about 2-3 minutes. First slap in the face. There we go. Now, it was my turn to panic. I needed another two hours minimum to prepare for it. More like REprepare.
Speech preparation (remaking the entire messy preparation)
Now, if you remember the old school days, or if you’re still in it, then you would definitely remember this. The friend who would help or accompany you to the washroom. Not because they want to show their love, but because they want to stay out of class and have nothing else to do. Whatever the reason was, my friend the wild boar (the same person in the last story… How my midterm party plans went downhill ) helped me with the entire organization of the speech. One can say that I would never have made it without his help.
Each and every small detail was discussed thoroughly. Well, thanks to him for the big favor. There was an empty classroom right beside our class. What we did was use that class as a practice platform for about two hours. The rest of my classmates were in class during the whole time. I don’t remember if any lecturer did take a class and never bothered to anyway. By the time it was over, it was time for lunch. The speech was now a ten-minute one…or at least I thought so.
I rehearsed it in front of the same guys who had heard in the morning. There was a new problem now. As I was speaking, the bear (also from the previous story) was starting to get sleepy. Then he told, “Dude, make it short, it’s too damn long.” I looked at him for a while. There was no way to shorten it now.
I had to start preparing for the debate now.
Debate: Introducing the Hamster
Since my speech had digested most of my time now, I had asked the hamster, my debate partner to prepare on the topics. We had planned to get me updated with the topics during lunch period. And so it went. We sat right outside class after lunch and began. We covered up some topics when another couple of boys from our class were preparing too. There were a couple of lecturers in a corner, whom we thought, were taking a selfie with some of our college girls. Knuckleheads, I thought. Beside me, at the time, the hamster was speaking about ganja. I’m sure he had never seen any before his eyes in his entire life. Anyway, his impressive acting of smoking joints is a sight alright. He made it so realistic with absolutely nothing in his hands.
Coming back, those lecturers, as it turns out, were never taking selfies, they were taking pictures of us. The moment we got to know, we turned and face down at the bench like innocent little children. It was too late obviously, the girls started giggling. I never knew what happened to the pics later.
The debate preparation was easier. There would be about 3 teams up on stage with each team consisting of two members. So if one made a mistake, no problem… altogether would contribute to looking stupid.
First came the speech. It turned out to be great. Or at least I felt so. There was a part when I mentioned the reaction of the Government when Padmavat released where everyone started clapping and laughing. It turned out to be more of a stand-up comedy rather than a speech. Whatever it was, it felt pretty good. As expected, my speech was too long. At the very end, I remember saying, “If you want to hear the whole story, come to me, thank you for your time and patience” or something similar to it.
I didn’t understand why but some of the participants made their entire speech about ‘society’s behavior towards girls starting to have periods’. It would have been sensible if they just included it as a small part. But their entire speech was of it. I wondered if they had actually seen the topic clearly.
Anyway, next came up the debate. I felt pretty high at the time, full of confidence. The hamster was a little nervous. He rarely pops up on stage so I could understand. I told him if he stopped speaking somewhere in between, I would be there to take over. That calmed him down a bit. But in reality, towards the end of the debate, he seemed way more ecstatic. Standing beside him behind the podium, I was afraid he would go and beat up the opponents in his excitement. He didn’t though, which was good. So I would say the debate and the speech were a success. Well, at least in our (the entire class, excluding a few staff members) eyes, we were.
And that’s that. Until next time. Oh and please do click that bell icon on the left corner to receive notifications of my upcoming posts. See ya!