I know this post is way overdue… but some things happen at a certain time for the best … and I hope my post is one of those things :)…
MAD was one of the things which was really hassling my little brain when I was leaving Cochin…with more than two years of ‘Going MAD’ it was really difficult imagining myself not being a part of the system… thinking of the volunteers who left MAD in search of green pastures (read: money:)), it did bother me as most of them were never seen thereafter… other than in scrapbooks I never saw them in MAD… My life in MAD had transformed me to a great extent, giving me that tiny ray of hope which made me think – “I’m not that bad a guy. I’m ok!” Moving away from MAD hit me like a thunderstorm; making me reassess my move to Bangalore to a certain extent. But the quest for greener pastures prevailed in me and I eventually gave in.
But today, contrary to my fears, I don’t feel disconnected with MAD. It could probably be due to the presence of two volunteers whom I introduced to the world of MAD – Didi & Jr. (Read Rizwana & Jithin K resp.) I always have been in the loop with happenings in MAD making me feel still involved. As mentioned by Jr. in one of his earlier posts, I didn’t talk to him about MAD as a mere courtesy. Don’t go by his looks folks (yeah, that very ugly look of his: P), but he is one of the most respectful juniors I have ever had in my entire school and college life. His entry into MAD was more of a necessity for me as I had chosen him as a replacement for me in YMCA and to which he has responded with all guns blazing. Kudos to him for achieving so much in so little time.
My Self-Imposed PR duties along with the Advisory Committee / Mentor member (I’m not sure which and neither is the Prez!) made sure that I got the gist of the things happening in MAD. At the recent OBT or whatever every1 (including Ramu) called it; I realized how much MAD has evolved and grown. I had interviewed some of the people present there and I felt a bit of a Grandpa of MAD. But at the same time it gave me immense pride knowing that I am one of the few volunteers who are still part of MAD actively even after having left the city. Even though I am not sure of what the responsibilities I have been given as the Advisory Committee member, I know for a fact that it means I have the privilege of turning up for a MAD event/training/meeting without being invited; which now might explain to many of the new faces as to why you have seen a lot of me during the last few months even though I am supposed to be working in Bangalore :)
On an ending note I just want to tell one thing to Jithin the Prez who always says – ‘You can leave MAD, but MAD never leaves you’… I’m never leaving MAD mate!!!
My experience as a MADdie will soon be shared…. Watch out for the same in this very blog of ours :)….this is just the beginning….