Pegasus – The word which did not mean us much before 22nd, suddenly started to make a huge difference.
It was a beautiful evening on the 20th of Sept 2011 when we all gathered together on Nampally Railway station , everyone pumped up for the big trip ahead. Everyone shouted with excitement as the train honked for departure.
The train journey on 20th night was very remarkable one, Gopichand sir, Sagar & Animesh took the lead and co-ordinated well for allotment of seats and inside the train issues.
We reached Pune junction at 9 in the morning refreshed and all set for the wonderful learning experience.
We boarded the bus for lonavala , having lunch at lonavala and proceeded for sightseeing over there , visited the “Bushi Dam” – A locality no less than heaven. After playing in the water and enjoying ourselves in relation with nature we resumed our journey for Pegasus ... it was fantastic to be in the midst of hills and valleys of beautiful scenic beauty.
Finding our way through nature to reach PEGASUS INSTITUTE OF EXCELLENCE was not an easy task. We had already begun to experience certain things that we never experienced before. The journey to reach Pegasus was on a road not a bed of roses. It was a mixed experience of a 12 km drive into the forest away from the National highway.
We reached Pegasus at 9pm in the depth of darkness , and we sat in an open tent .We were welcomed by Col. Kelkar who gave us a basic overview of training at Pegasus .We were accommodated to our tents , everyone rushed to canteen where we had dinner. Everyone moved back into the tents and relaxed for the day.
We woke up at 6 the next morning where tea/coffee was ready for us outside our tents. Everyone assembled in an open space , where Sandeep Sir guided us to a beautiful and adventurous warm up trek. After the trek we were taken to canteen where we had breakfast.
We were called to gazebo 1, where we met Mr Patanjali who took our introductions. The first activity was “The human web” where we had to cross a web of ropes without touching the rope. The activity got us thinking and made us co-ordinate with other team members. We learnt the importance of team work. This was followed by a session where Mr.Patanjali explained us the Adult learning Cycle.
The next activity was “Dynamic Delivery” where we were taught how a team can work as a team. The objective was to take a tyre from one corner of the field to the other without touching the ground. There were various barriers laid on the way through which we had to get through.
The activity that followed was “The Helium Pipes” in which we got to know the importance of working together as a team. We were made to stand parallel, we and our fingers facing each other, on which were placed helium pipes that had to be brought down to the ground without disturbing the contact between the fingers and the pipe. That seemed highly impossible and we couldn’t do it. But that was not actually impossible we could have done it had we been much more patient and concentrative.
The last activity for the day was “Cross-Over”. This activity made us think over what we listen and then apply it in our actions. There were blocks placed upon the ground and four teams had to pass over the bricks and reach the opposite side without getting into a physical contact to the ground. All the four teams had to start simultaneously. We actually didn’t concentrate on the words we listened and were in a hurry to finish the task. Something that lead us aback was poor concentration.
The day ended on a happy note. We learnt some important aspects of leadership through practical experiences.
The next day began at a very happy note, all of us excited to get into new activities that the day held for us.
Refreshed with the morning tea and coffee we headed towards our instructor who was all set to take us forward. The day began with a very interesting yet complicated activity “Trust Walk”. Wherein first we were said that we will be taken to a village to speak to some elder citizens but later we discovered that we were being blind folded, some of them stripped on their mouths. Thinking it would be easy to walk on a straight path we kept on walking taking each other’s support. Slowly as we moved forward we could feel that we were climbing a hill, a slippery steep hill. We dint give up and kept on walking, climbing, leaning and jumping with one of our senses not working. The result that came forward was that we were on top. We could see the place we started left down very far. This activity made us realise that every single sense and part of our body is important. Trusting people around you is very important when you are to depend on them.
The next activity had many things in store for us. It was called the “Sampat Samba” where we had to reach the other point of the land without touching the ground with the help of a few poles, a rope and few other resources. The game taught us to plan properly and work together as a team according to the plan.
We had a refreshing session discussing the activity which we did before. Sir guided us to the next activity which was called “Save the world” for which we were grouped into fives and our mission was to save the world from aliens which were depicted by number pads , we had to stamp the number pads numeric order within the specific time. This activity helped us to know our potential, skill and agility. We were provided with refreshments while we were getting ready for the next activity “The A-Frame”.
The A-frame was depiction of the alphabet ‘A’ by wooden logs tied together by ropes. The Goal was to take the A-frame from one end of the ground to the other while keeping it in vertical position with a member standing in the frame without touching the ground. The A-Frame boosted all our thinking and teamwork abilities. The day ended up with everyone tired but still happy with the learning. Everyone grew attached to the environment around Pegasus.
We bid adieu to the faculty there with joyous sorrow, packed our luggage and boarded the bus which was waiting for us.
There are some moments in life that once captured can never be forgotten, Pegasus was one of those precious moments that left a mark on our hearts.
We whole heartedly thank Col. Patanjali – the faculty instructor at Pegasus, Pune , our beloved principal ,Dr.Ravi Paturi and Student activity facilitator Mrs Meera Joshi without whom this trip wouldn’t have happened.