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My First Speech
It was the month of September. Teachers Day preparations were going on. We were asked to give names of the students who were willing to participate in the competition where each student will have to speak for 10 minutes on any topic from the subjects that were taught in the class. Few students gave their names for it. I was reluctant initially, but later on gave my name. I just wanted to give it a try. I wasn’t sure what will happen. A day before, I practised for it thoroughly. The next day I wore a salwaar kameez. I wanted to look professional. I got into the van. Dia and Hemangi asked me “Are you prepared??” I replied “Still a bit nervous.” They tried hard to boast up my confidence. I rehearsed in front of them. They were impressed. I thanked god (At least someone liked it). That day I didn’t eat or drink anything that day. I was sweating so badly. Firstly it was Tamana’s turn. She did pretty well. Then many turned up but couldn’t deliver accordingly. That gave me ample confidence. I thought I can do better than them. My name was called out “Aisha.” No one knew me who was I before that. When I stood and walked towards the stage, I could see the eyeballs glaring at me. My legs were trembling. I just remembered god in my prayers. I started off. I didn’t know what happened for the next 10 minutes. I just went on with flow. Everyone was quite. There was a pin drop silence. Everybody paid heed to whatever I said. Madam was also impressed by my speech. It was the first time I ever realized my potential. It was magical. Everybody knew now who was Aisha is (That day I didn’t feel like a “looser”).
That was the turning point of my life. I had created a niche for myself. I was declared the clear winner of the contest. It was satisfying because they were people who were better than me but I was still able to pull up myself. As soon as the class got over, many people walked towards me to congratulate on the success. I was thrilled. I loved appreciation to be honest. I could see that Tamana’s face was fumed. She didn’t expect me to win. Dia and Hemangi (my van mates) were the happiest of all. They rushed and said “Aisha Congratulations. Vow you did it.” I thanked them for their wide support. It couldn’t have been possible without them. Even Pari and Naina were cherishing my success but Khushi didn’t turn up. For her it didn’t matter whether I win or someone else (seeing her I felt she must be thinking “What’s the big deal”). But she smiled from a distance.
Naina and Pari had a friend in C.E.Her name was Hetal. She was a brilliant and hard working girl. The three of them accompanied me when I was heading towards my van. Naina couldn’t stop praising me. She was telling the whole time how brilliantly I spoke to Hetal. That’s the first time I ever met Hetal. She congratulated me. I reached home and couldn’t keep my feet on the ground. I shared my ecstasy with everyone around. Mom made my favourite dish that day. Dad bought my favourite ice-creams. It was one of the best days of my life.
To Be Continued..
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