In Conversation with GS Sports 2012-13
Beaming and greeting us with an enthusiastic namaskar, there sat Rajesh Ghusinga, who is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and has been the GS Sports in 2012-13. We were delighted to have an interview with him. Here are some snippets that we would like to share:
1. How was your insti life?
I hail from a place where I used to attend a government school which did not have any facilities or infrastructure for extra curriculars. When I came to IITB, I was enchanted by the culture around and tried my hand at everything in my first year. I was involved in script writing and directing for Sophie Prod as well.
2. How did you decide to contest for the GS elections?
When I decided to get involved in sports activities, athletics caught my interest the most. I was elected as the Institute Athletics Secretary in my third year. During my tenure, the Inter IIT Sports meet was happening at IIT KGP which pretty much was a turning point for my life. So, what happened is that we ended up in a tie with IIT Madras but they won the championship due to higher march past points. Literally, everyone in the contingent broke down and I thought to myself ‘Next time GC jeetna hai, I don’t know kaise but GC jeetna hai!’ I went on to contest for the GS elections and made a resolve to win the Inter IIT in my GS tenure, having confidence in myself and the insti contingent.
3. You won the Inter IIT cup during your tenure. What were the efforts or special ingredients that you think made the difference? Moreover, how was the feeling on winning the cup?
It so happened that many good players of the team/contingent graduated before my tenure started and there were many new players in the contingent. Hence, in an effort to give our best shot we stayed back in the insti during the summers and devoted that time to practice which turned out to be crucial for us. So, finally even when we lagged a bit in the aquatics championship, we emerged out as winners of the overall championship and I can’t express the joy of looking at the happy faces around me. It is one memory which I cherish and will continue to do so in my entire life.
4. What are the things you miss the most about IIT? How has IITB Sports helped you in life?
I miss pretty much everything, be it even the gruelling morning classes! But, in particular, I think I miss my days at the Inter IIT camp and meet. It’s amazing when you wake up happily at 4.30 am to practice because it is just something that you love doing so much and are dedicated to. Talking about IITB Sports’ contribution to my life, it is huge. I would say it has changed my and has helped me grow as a person. Be it the organisational work during my tenure or the blissful playtime or the routine and strict regimen of practice that we would follow, all of it has helped me in some way or the other. I would go on to say that ‘Jo bhi hu, IITB Sports ki wajah se hu!’
5. What message do you have for the current Inter IIT contingent?
IIT Madras has won the highest number of cups since 1961. From 1998 to 2006, IITB saw a dry spell and didn’t win in any year. In 2007, we won at IITB home grounds.In 2008, we won at IIT Madras. This time it is IIT Madras again, and you know where I am going with this. I have faith in Deepak and the contingent and I hope that we repeat history again at IIT Madras and lift that cup! Give your best shot guys! Come on, Bombay! Go Bombay!