As I reached the magnificent Jamea auditorium; people were gathered outside the gate! Yes, we weren’t allowed to enter until 10.
When at last with a pair of whining legs I entered in with my friends I was awed by the grandeur looks of the place. The auditorium was huge and good looking! Settling there I saw the 3 extraordinary judges and couldn’t help myself from smiling.
There were 75 of the contestants who took part in the spelling bee organized by TKM- their hard work and their enthusiasm should surely receive a big hand of applause. They had gathered all the age groups from 8 to 17 on one big platform and it was a sight to behold when every one of us showed vigor and a good competition.
It was my first time as a speller and I was freaking. In fact it was my first time as a participant of a bee. I had always admired my friends who used to go for such competitions and wondered when I would get a chance too. It was no time, when after such a long wait the TKM sent us all the text message of such a contest. I was thrilled and filled with mere happiness as I gave in my name for it.
I was nothing without my pair Ruqaiyah Lokhand. Who was after every difficult spelling just beside me, soothing both of us! It was an experience worth enjoying! The day had shown to be very difficult for me, as I had a terrible stomachache, but on the stage there was nothing but the confidence on our faces as we, turn after turn walked towards the mike with our fists closed tightly and our eyes with a sparkle! Obviously, I’ve never been so proud of myself and her before yesterday. I couldn’t believe my ears when after every spelling they would hear a polite “CORRECT”. We were left with a group of 4 whiz kids who were determined to win, whereas me and Ruqaiyah? We had just planned to come in, have fun, experience it, and take it seriously the next time.
But everything had changed as we step by step concluded to the semi finals round where we were asked the word “Masquerade” which we spelled “M-A-S-C-A-R-A-D-E”. But no, wait! We were the lucky ones. As we did a tie with the other pair of runner ups, we got another chance to give our best! Another 5 to 10 minutes went as none of us was ready to give up and the monster word came up “VOLUMINOUS” which I spelled “V-O-L-U-M-E-N-O-U-S” and there went the game- incorrect the whisper came!
As we stepped down the stage both of us had huge smiles on our faces, as if we had won and the crowd clapped for our sportsmanship!
In real, for us, we had won! Won over so many others and won over our own challenges.
I’m so glad that the TKM organization gave us such an opportunity to prove ourselves. I’m sure after yesterday, the MSB educational institute will be more proud of us- me and Ruqaiyah and the other winning teams!