It was foot-tapping time at Ravindra Bharati the other day. Words fail to describe the cultural programme presented by the hearing impaired. The ‘Friendship evening’ organised as part of the 51st International Day of the Deaf was a memorable event. Hearing impaired boys and girls proved effectively that they were second to none. Their synchronised performance to the accompaniment of recorded songs cast a magical spell. No, there was no need for words. Their sign language conveyed everything. The mime show on ‘sports’ by Ravi Babu and the musical comedy was simply amazing. Their intelligence, creativity and diligence was simply awesome.

Pressure to perform in any given activity has been hounding school children thanks to the competition and several other factors. This was pretty evident in a spelling competition that was held earlier this week where a number of children were competing against each other. Parents at the event were at their best, ensuring that their wards did well at the contest-while some of them were busy quizzing their children about spellings, others were seen making them write each word a number of times! Bet they never had such severe preparations for their school exams!

Christian religious organisations which held a public meeting on Sunday protesting the Orissa attacks had to carry home one more grouse, quite unexpected one at that. The meeting was scheduled to be held at the Dharna Chowk near Indira Park at 5 p.m. after a Peace Rally. Accordingly, the rally began at 3.30 p.m. from Bagh Lingampally.

However, participants in the rally had to wait till well beyond the designated time owing to the Bahujan Samaj Party meeting being held at the same place. The BSP meeting, supposed to wind up by 4.30 p.m., continued even after 6 p.m. causing uneasiness among the organisers of the peace rally. Delayed arrival of the chief guest was given as the reason by the party. After much wait, the meeting by Christian organisations had to be wound up hurriedly in a corner.

What amused the listeners was the way the organisers, in their speeches, repeatedly mentioned the failure of the BSP to handover the space. “We even paid for the space,” complained a clergyman.

J.S.IFTEKHAR,

ABHIJIT DEV KUMAR, SWATHI. V