‘Say it with Chocolate’ was the theme for a range of activities emanating from Carmel College of Arts, Science and Commerce for Women and spread over 2 days viz. 17th-18th February 2017. Conceptualized by the Department of English, the activities brought to the fore the hidden skills of the students, be it writing poetry or prose, researching and presenting PPTs or perfecting how to make chocolate. On 17th February around 26 students attended the chocolate -making workshop held at the Agnel Institute of Food Craft and Culinary Services, Nuvem with chef Bonny Pereira of Morde chocolates, Mumbai from 2-5pm. The students learnt to prepare and experiment with chocolate. They were awarded certificates at the end of the workshop.

On 18th February, the students participated in an interesting event which took them on a journey to the exciting world of Chocolate.  The Principal, Dr. Sr. Aradhana A.C., appreciated the efforts put in by the staff and students to make this event a great success.  She also gave prizes to the winners of the chocolate-themed poetry and essay competition held the previous day. The guest speaker for the event was Mr. Jovito Lopes, well-known journalist and media person. He deliberated on the ‘Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate’ and gave an insight into how one needs to be wary about what is written at the back of the chocolate wrapper to keep a check on one’s health. He classified chocolate varieties as dark (which has 70% cocoa), white and milk, and suggested that we consume the first variety to ensure our healthy wellbeing. He also gave a peek into the moderate use of dark chocolate to lose weight, fight cancer and de-stress.

With interesting presentations using Power Point, students and staff discussed the varied aspects of chocolate. While Mohira and Payal narrated their experiences at the workshop and displayed pictures, Lurida and Heloise (SYBA) spoke on the varied aspects of chocolate right from its origin, myths, pros-cons, to its association with literature. Ms. Glenis Mendonca, faculty from the Department of English, made an interesting presentation on the chocolate industry, how it is a plant-product and what one needs to be cautioned about while looking at chocolate. Ms. Louise Ann Sequeira made a thought -provoking reading of her article entitled “Musings on Chocolate” wherein she unraveled the ‘dark’ side of chocolate where child labour is used in its manufacture in industries. This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Brian Mendonça, faculty from the Department of English, who spoke on ‘Advertising Chocolate: Configuring Desire’. With an interesting array of visuals, he explained the subtle play of words and images to lure the prospective buyers into buying the respective chocolate-linked products. Ms. Roxana Singh, HoD, Dept. of English enthralled the audience with her reading from the Mexican classic Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.

The highlight of the event was the screening of the Hollywood film Chocolat starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Alfred Molina. The students had a great experience watching this film. This classic film brought the curtains down on a creative event, the first of its kind from the Department of English.  The ambience in the college auditorium was so Chocolicious, with an apt backdrop as students displayed charts, posters, recipes and culinary delicacies made with chocolate.  The event was ably compered by Glenis Mendonca.