How could the poor, unsuspecting customers of Ambrosia, Kowdiar in Trivandrum have known when they stepped in for a quick bite that MADness was the day’s special? Here’s the usual routine at Amb- place your order at the counter, take a number and wait at a table till your food arrives. There was a slight change of routine on May 29 2010- place order, take number and listen patiently to what the MAD volunteer who waited on you had to say.
It was a MAD day at Ambrosia and it began at 11 with the putting up of flyers and posters and a big banner over everybody’s heads. Our fearless leader, the President had a great start. The first time he went to give someone their order, he didn’t have to place the things on the table. The ketchup bottle, can of Pepsi and all just jumped off his tray onto the table. (Thankfully, we weren’t playing Follow-the-Leader that day so the rest of us pulled it off without any similiar mishaps. ) But you know what they say, practice makes perfect. By the end of the day, President Melvin was actually offered a job at Amb. ( No kidding!)
The customers were patient enough to lend us their ears and we were successful in getting quite a few sign-ups for the Rec Drive. We were able to get some people really interested, especially a man who offered to give free Entrance coaching for our children and also access to a 20,000 strong contact base!! Talk about serendipity!
At one point, it even became a contest between Melvin and Anoosha to see who could get the most people to sign up. Even now I can’t declare a winner. They were always neck-and-neck – if one gained, the other would immediately catch up.
So, we came, we served, we spilled the ketchup. But mostly, we got the word out- MAD is here.