War of Words, aptly abbreviated to WoW, is the annual literary fest conducted by the two literary clubs of our college, Atrium and Debating Union. The third intercollegiate edition of WoW happened on the 6th of March, it was a grand success. Students from different colleges participated, in addition, our own RECians left no stone unturned in participating as well as volunteering.
The Chief Guest for the event was a lovely lady, Ms Sharada Vijay. An author and blogger, by profession, she proved to be a wonderful speaker and graced WoW with her charming presence. She spoke about the importance of passion and how to preserve the passion we have for the rest of our lives. Once the inauguration ceremony was finished, the day continued with a bang, with participants rushing through registrations and proceeding to their events.
WoW had seven events this year namely Shipwreck, Block and Tackle, Project a Thousand Words, Channel Surfing, Quiz, Debate and the Surprise Event, which was a voice over event. All of the events were very well coordinated and proceeded smoothly with many people showcasing their talents to the best of their abilities. This year the Organising Committee put together a classic bunch of events that have become a signature to every edition of WoW. These trademark events were Shipwreck, Debate and the Quiz. Shipwreck, in specific, was filled with fun and frolic not only for those who participated but also for those who watched the contestants prove their worth to the Captain, fighting for the last lifejacket he had to offer. The Surprise Event was one of intrigue as none of the participants knew what it was until the event started and instructions were given. The contestants were allowed to use video clips to voice out their own audio and dialogues making the event entertaining to watch and judge.
The use of words that make sense in our day-to-day life is something that the REC Debating Union strives to achieve. The WoW debates were no exception. From topics about anonymity on the internet to comparisons between tyrannical democracy and philosophical monarchy, the debaters had been set challenges that they faced valiantly. The final four debaters fought it out, intellectually, on the main stage. The WoW quiz garnered a lot of initial participants until the final few gems were sieved by a pair of worthy judges. The final quiz was one to watch, as the teams battled it out, answering questions about literature, pop culture, science, technology and every other topic under the sun.
In conclusion, WoW isn’t just about the one day where everyone gets together to celebrate a common love for all things literature. It is about the friendships made during the process of bringing such an event together. WoW 2017 was a success not only in terms of literature but also in terms of friendship which is one of the most important things humans need to survive on this Earth.