College has begun – CIAs will make their presence known, GPAs will fall and rise *lol*and somewhere, well, everywhere in college you’ll see people running around and actually doing something. So, strap on if you’re a clueless FYJC or a bored TY, as we break the fest down just enough so you have ammo for your next GD.

1) The Lingo

Every college fest worth its salt has its own lingo. Our very own Malhar, has a host of abbreviations ranging from OC [Organiser in Charge] to ETC [Entertainment, Theatricals & Contests], but here’s the catch. Not all of our lingo is comprehensible.

OC PR Shubhi demonstrates this perfectly.
OC PR Shubhi demonstrates this perfectly.

2) The Departments

There are departments and then there are sub-departments. There are OCs and there are OGs and Co-ordis, and if you still remember, there are volunteers too. Some departments are bhai-bhai, like Logs and Assistance; others are the Behen-Spice Girls combo with IPA and WPA. And finally, there are departments who all think are alike (*insert not really face here*)– Raga and LA.

OG Raga Shreya teaches us how to eat without opening our mouth. #LifeHack
OG Raga Shreya teaches us how to eat without opening our mouth. #LifeHack

On the other hand,

OG LA Shreya is sad she didn't get any food.
OG LA Shreya is sad she didn’t get any food.

3) The Hierarchy

As is with every business, there’s the hierarchy that one needs to keep in mind. CP to VCPs to OCs to OGs until finally, the bulk of the workforce, the volunteers get a shoe in. Each person in the workforce has work to do, even the –

Err, we stand corrected:

OG Finance Eesh seems to be chilling (pouting) while we scramble for Blog posts.
OG Finance Eesh seems to be chilling (pouting) while we scramble for Blog posts.

4) The Love

Every single person who works for the fest feels an inexplicable bond with it. Some celebrate it every day until Malhar arrives, others let loose on the days of the fest, especially during Am Night. Others still, have their own unique way of celebrating the work they do for Malhar, no matter what it is.

OG ETC Alicia lets loose, her style. #RideChahiyeKya?
OG ETC Alicia lets loose, her style. #RideChahiyeKya?

5) The Fest

But the biggest thing that draws all Xavierites to expend blood, sweat and tears is the whole fest itself. Three months of work, sometimes four, culminate in a powerful conclusion spread over three days with events, workshops, and then, our very own, Am Night.

So, this Malhar, where Every Story Matters, come share yours.

OC FA Devika welcoming you like Hospi.
OC FA Devika welcoming you like Hospi.