A slice of France

A slice of France

Cocorico 2013

A slice of France

Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College recently held the first edition of ‘Cocorico 2013’, its inter-college French fest.

While it could in no way be compared to Disha, the annual cultural fest, it had plenty to offer. Students from Mount Carmel College, Commits Institute, Brindavan College, St Joseph’s College and Treamis World School took part in a variety of French events held — ‘Pictionary’, quiz, crossword, essay-writing, French cuisine and even a costume parade, where participants from the host college dressed up as cheese and wine bottles to create an authentic vibe.

“The idea was to motivate students to get a deeper understanding of the language and culture of France and give them a sense of internationalism. We need to understand others’ cultures to maintain peace and reflect on our own,” says Sougra Kaderbhay, the French teacher of the college. “We came up with events, in which students don’t really have to walk on stage and can leave their inhibitions behind and enjoy. The fest was organised by a small group of 10 students, who were nervous about doing this for the first time. But the response has been better than expected,” she adds.

For the participants from other colleges, too, it was a unique experience. “Being a beginner at French, I found it quite helpful because my learning could be applied. The events were very interesting,” notes Vivek, a student of Amity, Bangalore. When asked if he had any suggestions for the organisers, he says, “Maybe next time, they can include ‘Dumb Charades’, ‘Guess the Word’ and something on French films.”

Another group of students from his college — Nimish, Nidhin and Sanjog — prepared a lavish meal for the French cuisine competition.

“The starters were sweet potatoes and canapés, the main course was chicken chasseur and for dessert, there was lemon soufflé. We divided the task of cooking and it was great fun, though it would have been more competitive if we had to prepare it here,” shares Sanjog.
Kripa, the student president, says, “We targeted all international schools and colleges in the City. French fests aren’t too common in Bangalore. But it was exciting organising ‘Cocorico’ and gauging the reactions of the participants.”