"Tonight we have prom."
I laughed. "You mean, there are girls here?"
"Yes. The girls are here. From Ranchi. Will you join us? Please, Sir Tom, you must join us."
Of course I was down for prom. And very curious so see what exactly that means for an all boys boarding school in Darjeeling.
At first, all the boys were sitting on one side of the room, all of the girls on the other. After a musical welcoming from two of the guys, Father Santy took the stage and announced an ice breaker to get the two groups mingling. It was something about animals noises, I don't remember exactly, but the teens started to open up and it was great. The girls then took then stage and performed some songs and dances for the North Point guys. They then did some traditional Bengali dancing and asked the boys to join in. After that the lights dimmed and things became pretty similar to a High School dance in the US, minus any intense grinding and plus a bunch of Hindi songs. After that everyone had dinner together in the cafeteria and the girls went home. The boys were up late that night though. I could hear them making fun of each other while I was in my dorm. It was hilarious.
Sometimes when I am in my room at night some of the older boys will come in and work on their songs, or just to talk about whatever. I say I don't mind as long as they stop by before 9:00. This week I had a student come in to work on what he called "a sentimental song." I'm not sure who the girl is that this song was about, or if she exists in real life, but this student is very involved in this song. He is quite determined to make it just right.
The funny thing is though, the second time he came in this week, the song was suddenly about hating someone. I didn't understand. I don't think he really understood either, because the song was kind of all over the place. I asked him, "is this song about hating someone or loving someone?" He said, "I'm not sure, but I think it is both." So now he is writing a song about love and hate at the same time. I'm curious to see what he brings in this week.
Last week topped off with the "all class singing competition" in the primary department. I was a judge, as well as the leader of the closing song. The primary students and I came up with a song about the theme of the year at North Point- "Magis." I will try and post the song and some pictures when I get to Oman; the internet here is too slow. The singing competition was quite fun though, and the Magis song was a hit. I'm proud of those little guys.
Less than a week left here in Darj. I just booked my stay for Friday and Saturday night in Muscat. Things will begin at Al Injaz in Oman on Sunday.
Until next time,