The event couldn’t have been named better. For, Potpourri literally means a mixture of dried petals
and spices placed in a bowl to perfume a room. The “dried petals” were indeed there – in the form
of slapsticks that didn’t take off and the applause that was supposed to be, but at times, wasn’t.
There were enough speakers to “spice” things up, too. However, the “perfume” – the sweet smell of
happiness, the aroma of jokes cracked, the fragrance of restrained humour – was there in big
dollops, touching hearts and spreading cheer.
The date was perfect – April 1 st , the All Fools Day and BESC students gathered in their favourite
haunt – ReFuel, the BESC canteen, to celebrate and put a seal of Official Approval on the ritual of
pranking. There were no set rules – a free for all, if you may – and it was a challenge to wean the
audience’s attention away from the fizzy drinks and the nibbles, that too with jokes which are
already there in someone’s what’s app or the other’s. The PJ’s flew thick and fast, interspersed with
gems that had the gathering in splits, while those busy on their handheld’s only ROFL-ed.
The 9 member Kolkatta Komedians (nothing to do with the KKR owner’s celebrated K-K- K-K- Kiran),
were literally a Klass apart, their fusillade of funny stuff being a riot of epic proportions. It takes raw
talent to stand among a canteen-full of students, in their den that is, crack jokes – often aimed at
them – and then walk out with full honours, life, limbs and reputation intact. Viewed from this point,
the Kolkatta Komedians were a huge hit, for not only did they do a Veni and a Vidi, but also did a
Vici, winning hearts by ticking the funny bones.
Prof Dilip Shah, the Dean of Student Affairs of BESC, lauded the effort of the organisers,
congratulated the performers and prescribed a generous dose of laughter, the best medicine, for the
total wellness of being.