Rightly said ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, keeping the quote in mind and the importance of fitness in everyone’s life irrespective of age, Motivagers Club organized its 17thevent based on a theme ‘Fitness Mantra with Motivagers’ in Janeshwar Mishra Park, Gomtinagar while this is not the first time when senior citizens of the club proved that age is just a number for them instead they have always been equally energetic and enthusiastic to try new things.
Chit-Chat session between two generations is the best way to find out the changes occurred over time in the taste of people these days as compared to the ancient days. Prior to which founding members of the club Astha Singh, Prishita Rathi and Vaibhav Singh put forth their thought-process on the importance of fitness in their lives and talking about the same founder of the club Gaurav Chhabra asked the members to share details about prominent games during their childhood.
Followed to which members of the club reminisced their childhood days when one of the members of the club SP Nigam said: “Walking 2 kilometres everyday to school was equal to working out in a gym.” The narration of their childhood days took everyone down the memory lane while PB Pal one of the members of the club talked about games like ‘Kabaddi’, ‘Wrestling’ were prominent pass time games for him.
Talking about the same, DK Pandey stated that these days children do not like ‘Kushti (Wrestling)’ but during their time these games including long jump and hockey were enjoyed by everyone.
Later when the senior citizens were told to compete against each other in teams headed by the volunteers of the club, their energy level boosted up and the facial expressions could clearly depict their urge to win and play for their team. Team leaders of the two divided teams were Ishita Chauhan and Prishita Rathi.
The event started off with badminton doubles match wherein Govind Gupta and RR Singh represented team A and VK Gupta & RK Singh represented team B while seeing their team spirit and strategize in order to win made everyone cheer out louder for them. Each member tried to put their best foot forward and Team A won the match but the game concluded with a smile on each one’s face.
While on one hand the sun was partially visible through the leaves of the trees and the bright sunrays added to the scenic beauty of the area, on the other hand senior citizens prepped themselves for the game coming up next that was ‘Thread and Needle race’ for which the founder of the club Gaurav Chhabra explained the set of rules to the participants and the members geared themselves up to run to their partners and place the thread in the needle and run back to their positions. Showing their excellent performance in the game, members of the club Madhu Gupta and Radha Rani Pal stood first.
Further it was then time to re-experience the race that was everyone’s childhood memory ie ‘Lemon and the spoon race’ and the rules of the game were explained by founder member Astha Singh and Vaibhav Pratap Singh wherein the senior citizens had to place the spoon in the mouth and balance a lemon on it and reach to the finishing line while the excitement level was on its peak when few members were close to the finishing line but their lemon unfortunately fell off their spoon but nevertheless Suresh Singh won the race.
We have all seen youngsters and children playing cricket in the ground almost every day but there have been rare times when senior citizens are in a park to play cricket but people out there witnessed the magical moment when the senior most member of the club HC Khare whose age is 87 years swung the bat in the air while other members were on the field representing their respective team like a true sportsman. The umpires of the match were volunteers of the club Shikhar Yaduvanshi and Karan.
The event concluded with greetings from the members and all the members appreciated the efforts put in by the young volunteers of the club for bringing up new and innovative themes for every forthcoming event.