There’s no “i” in team – It’s cheesy, but true

They may throw bedlus instead of baseballs, but Vancouver’s Chaniya Chokries definitely understand what it means to be a team.

Chandni, Priya and Trisha organize fundraisers, Suhani and Hema book practice space, Sim coordinates snacks, Abhilasha tortures us with her four minute abdominal routine (we call it Abh’s Abs). Perisha and Niketa are our resident fashion designers while Tejal and Savitri crack awkward jokes at awkward moments…those who have gone un-mentioned have not gone un-noticed – they are probably swiffering our practice space or brushing up the latest choreography, which means all I have to do is teach.

As a team we’ve already learned a lot. For example, did you know that in India toothbrushes grow on trees? It’s true. In our garba, Krishna asks us to go to the forest to fetch a Datania for himBharti, our team manager (and my mom) tells me that this organic contraption not only cleans your teeth and gums, but can also be peeled into a nifty tongue cleaner.  When I asked where I could get one, she confirmed that it’s one of few products found only on trees and not online.

We know there is still a lot to learn, for example, working on making our style less Bollywood and more Baruch… but we have time. While we definitely have our work cut out for us, as a teacher it’s very refreshing to work with a group of girls who understand the meaning of commitment and teamwork.

See you in Calgary!


By Divya Thakore – Choreographer of the Vancouver Adult Garba Team


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