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Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter-School Debate Competition
Abhinaya Ashok Rao and Ashwin Pillai participated in the Frank Anthony Memorial All India Inter-School Debate Competition held on July 12, 2013. Abhinaya Rao reports the following aspects of the Debate.

The topic given was 'A disciplined Mind is a Free Mind'. It was indeed a difficult topic to write. Armed with nothing but our pen and wit, we set about preparing a speech within an hour. Without the support of the internet suitable books and previously researched material, both Ashwin and I were forced to use our own skill without any support.

There were 14 schools participating in this event, with two candidates from each school. Each student was clearly guided regarding the rules, scoring and basic guidelines. Each speaker was to be given two minutes to express their thoughts and two minutes per speaker was allocated for the rebuttal round. Speakers were randomly selected, which added an element of suspense to the event.

It is my opinion that I performed as best as I could, given the circumstances. The fact that we were not allowed to carry even a chit of paper with our thoughts on it was a major disadvantage. It was a genuine and sincere attempt, and I regret the fact that my best was not enough that day. However, the best speakers who were from Cathedral John Connon School and Arya Vidya Mandir respectively were very deserving indeed.

But this has indeed been an enriching experience. It has taught me to not only better debating skills, but also the need for judging my potential. This competition has enabled me to write with renewed vigour and passion, and there will be no turning back. It is my sincere hope that through more perseverance and hard work, I can improve.

Abhinaya Ashok Rao
Std. X
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