Open Mic – the much-awaited festival of the wordsmiths of BESC was organised with a lot of enthusiasm in December 2017. It was designed to provide a platform – to all those wordsmiths who pen (or even key in) their thoughts but don’t have a ready audience to share them with. A freestyle fusillade of words – without the restricting strictures of form or format tying them down. Thoughts in full throttle, without structures seeking to hem them in – ditties of love, manifestos of the mind, the rata-tata- tat of rap – a free for all. Sahitya Times, a Hindi news channel was there to record the proceedings to be shared with their viewers on a later date, as were the reporters from 91.9 Friends FM. Harleen Kaur, who took the lead in organising the event, also regaled the audience with her compositions. Other students, who recited their compositions too, provided engrossing content that not only had the audience break out in spontaneous applause, but also had the reporters covering the event being publicly appreciative. Prof Vasundhara Mishra, who is a well-known name in the vernacular literary circle apart from being a regular contributor in the media took part in the proceedings, her enthusiasm matching that of the students, even as all enjoyed the finer nuances of her literary outbursts. However, the show-stopper was Prof Dilip Shah, the Dean of Student Affairs of the Bhawanipur Education Society College (BESC) who had rummaged through his considerable collection to retrieve a piece that was penned almost two decades ago – a piece he presented and then dedicated to the joie de vivre that has become synonymous with the college.