GenNext is zinging the isles with a slew of zany ideas

Report by: 
LOKNATH PATRA
Port Blair
3 Nov 2017

Once upon a time, when we had to wait for a year, every year for the annual Island Tourism Fair for some fun, frolic and entertainment with whatever the administration offered us on our plates, or the occasional local Mukesh, Mohd. Rafis or Kishore Kumars putting up shows gave us some succor from our mundane routines. Entertainment was only when you burst crackers on the road and gyrated raunchily or slithered like a NAGIN on busy roads at your friend’s wedding. That too has been banned by the traffic department!
The inner soul craving for the zing waited perennially to come out of our latent selves. But, the time that are a changing, as Bob Dylan prophesises in his soulful rendition. The youth of our isles have had enough it seems. Wanting to get out of this calendar Clockwork Orange, they have taken up the cudgels to bring some heavy duty zing into our couch potato lives.
The young and restless are ruling the proverbial roost today. Watch out! They are holding a Moto Cross at Beodnabad which is being graced by Television stars from faraway Mumbai, putting a wicked grin across the face of local Mad Maxes. A psychedelic Food truck is seen on the roads lighting up the fire to tickle our taste buds with some exotic flavour.
“A dance contest is underway with judges from mainland India selecting the finest pair of feet and gyrating bodies from among our little Hrithiks and Dittos. A Kolkata band is set to rock ITF grounds. For the meatloaves who cannot get enough of WWE and, or have pinned Cena’s or Schwarzenegger’s poster in their rooms or gyms are raring to jiggle their muscles at a coming Body Building Contest. It is a great sign indeed! Growing beyond the staple Bollywood diet, our youth are taking us towards the fine dining experience of events that have an international connotation. There were schools imparting Indian Classical Music and dance till now, but new schools teaching western classical, blues, fusion and jazz have become magnets for young music lovers.
Hearteningly, adults too are joining these classes proving age has nothing to do with inviting some rhythm and blues into our lives. The on and off Flea market is a great idea, so is the Food Court at Marina, but administration alone cannot bear the out-of–box-idea burden. Someone had to bell the cat! It is great news that young entrepreneurs have come forward with zeal, trying to drag us out of our homes and Bastis to experience in reality events that we watch on television, internet or read in newspapers. Baby steps for now, but giant steps indeed for times to come for sure!
Let us all salute our GenNext, who are so enthusiastically, without caring about financial implications, ready to take the plunge into the unknown to bring some zing and bling to the ebb and flow of our island lives. Thumbs up!