Thousands become Twinkle Club members

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jul 2018 11:23:34


By Farina Salim Quraishi,

ALL roads in and around Nagpur led to The Hitavada office on this lazy Sunday afternoon, as thousands of children became proud members of India’s most beloved, The Hitavada’s Twinkle Club, the largest children’s club of India as certified by the Limca Book of Records. The most eagerly awaited event for Nagpurians each year, the annual Twinkle Club membership drive, was held at Gorakshan Sabha, on Sunday, July 8. It was a day of games, music, dancing, yummlicious treats and a whole lot of fun as children in the age group of 5-15 from across the city and even far-flung places trooped in enthusiastically to become part of the Twinkle Club family.

The membership drive is known to be a day of fun activities all day long, and this year’s special day was no exception. With an array of exciting games, music, live-singing, dancing and much much more, Twinkle Club membership drive certainly was a rendezvous of merriment and entertainment. Throughout the day, there was a steady stream of people who thronged the venue, unmindful of the hiccups on the way. The sweltering heat and high humidity did little to dampen the spirits of the enthusiasts, some of whom had gathered in front of The Hitavada much before the allotted time of 8 am. Right from the morning, parents and grandparents, along with their wards, queued up patiently to be among the proud early birds. The drive began sharply at 8 in the morning and the long queue only became longer with each passing hour.

The membership drive is easily the biggest event for the children of Nagpur as Twinkle Club has exciting activities and events lined up all through the year for its cherished members. The Twinkle Club, that has found a place in the Limca Book of Records twice, has grown from a modest family of 800 members in its first year by leaps and bounds in the last 29 years.

The Gorakshan Ground was packed with people enjoying the foot-tapping music, lively impromptu performances by old and young alike, as they navigated the sea of people waiting around them. With the Rain God giving a much-needed break, the euphoria and enthusiasm of the children was contagious. Clutching the glossy all-important membership card in one hand and an assortment of goodies in a bulging bag in the other, children had a gala time munching on the treats that were handed out along with the membership. The enthusiasm, happiness and excitement of children got doubled after receiving the coveted 'Goodie bag', with the twinkle in their eye rivaling the bright sun!

The gift bag had an assortment of items including, Dinshaw’s products, Yummy Bites and Halke Fulke from Haldirams, Vicco’s WSO cream and Vajradanti toothpaste, Suruchi’s Gor Kairi Achar and a ready-made mix, Divadkar’s Ajit Bakery cookies, Bhojwani Foods’ instant mixes and spices, Sunder biscuits and a colourful water bottle. The gift hamper also has a booklet of discount coupons from World’s Best Dry Fruits, Vrakash Resort, Bapat Shop, Eminence Arts and Education Pvt Ltd, Apna Bhandar, Highland Park, The Dharampeth Mahila Multi-State Co-op Society, Sandeep Dwellers Pvt Ltd, Robotic Center and SIP Abacus.

Scores of children showed off their dancing, singing and special skills at the membership drive even as the live commentary and the light music added to the fun. With the talented anchors of O P Singh Academy and Masters of Ceremony Ansh Randhe and Ashish Ojha going all out, the musical tempo was at an all time high during the drive. It was little wonder then that kids, young and old, joined in the foot-tapping merriment in droves. Participants sang and danced their hearts out on the latest Bollywood smash hits, shedding their inhibitions to be the star attractions.

The sound management was by P Kumar, Shabir, Satish Kushal and the recording was by Radhika. Twin brothers, Amol and Alok Khanani amazed one and all with their mean moves on Chalti Hai Kya 9 Se 12 from Judwaa 2.
Their parents, Manoj and Rajni informed that twins are self-taught dance enthusiasts and are die-hard fans of the Twinkle Club. “They have been members of the Twinkle Club since they were 5-years-old, and for the past 7 years becoming Twinkle Club members has become an annual ritual for the boys,” Manoj Khanani added.

While the Khanani’s only braved Nagpur’s arguably chaotic traffic, Rohit Karani travelled hundreds of kilometres to enroll his son, Kireet, in the Twinkle Club. Rohit, who promotes products from Ministry of Agriculture, travelled for two days, all the way from Jorhat (Assam) via Guwahati, Imphal and Kolkata to reach Nagpur in time for the membership drive.

While another indulgent dad, R M Daruvala was a picture of infectious happiness during the drive as he encouraged his daughters and even joined the pretty girls, Delzeen and Karizma in shaking a leg to the peppy music. The fun quotient reached a crescendo when India’s Best Dramebaaz’s contestant, Urvashi Chubule regaled one and all with her comical anecdotes, this even as the very spirited RJ Nisha, (92.7 BIG FM) had the crowd dancing and singing along enthusiastically, to much applause all around.
If the hula-hoop game had the parents cheering on their wards to move faster, the dance-face off had the parents clapping excitedly not to forget the Antakshari round which had the enthused parents prompting their wards to long-forgotten songs. The winner of the first hula-hoop game, Aman Amsarne, a shy class VII boy, says the Twinkle Club membership was recommended by his Chachu, who himself was a member once and still has fond memories. For Prassana Keshrwani, a class V student of M K H Sancheti, becoming a member of Twinkle Club is lucky as he won a prize in the lucky draw last year and is hopeful of Lady Luck smiling on him again this year.

While for Ayesha Akhtar and Janvi Darve, both breathless after a spunky performance on Tamma Tamma Again, say that being part of Twinkle Club is nothing less than mandatory for them as they have a group of their own, where being a Twinkle Club member is a must!

Twinkle Club’s big little fan, the 11-year-old Divya Khandelwal, who was made a special member six years ago, created a buzz with her heart-warming placard. The nostalgic message, a clear-proof of Twinkle Club’s deep bond with children, echoed strongly among members old and new and even those who were once members of the iconic club.

The event was efficiently managed by The Hitavada team with the stout support of the Police Department. Police personnel posted for the membership drive too appeared a happy lot as they directed traffic and the crowd with as much ease as they dealt with the children peppering them with questions and seeking directions.

The enthusiasm and vigour with which they handled the
day revealed their deep association with The Hitavada, which incidentally celebrated its 107th year, recently.
Mouth-watering treats, games, exciting prizes and fun time with friends and dear ones made the day unforgettable for the odd children and parents who braved it all - long queues, heavy rush and humid weather - for the ultimate joy of becoming a proud member of the most loved club of central India.Item

Drive to continue for two more days

The Hitavada Twinkle Club membership drive will continue on Monday July 9, 2018 and Tuesday July 10, 2018 at Gorakshan Sabha, Wardha Road from 3 pm to 6 pm. Those desirous of becoming a member need to fill up the form and submit it at the venue along with a fee of Rs 200/- per member. All members will get a goodie bag and be eligible to become a part of the Lucky Draw.