I have been waiting to write this blog past couple of months and today is the day. It is quite a wide known fact that the Nobel prize is awarded in Stockholm every year on the 10th December which is the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. The award ceremony is held in the Stockholm Concert Hall and it is immediately followed by the Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall. But that’s not it, there is also an after party that follows the Nobel Banquet – The Student’s Nobel NightCap. This party is organized by one of the four student unions of the four main universities in Stockholm every year. Everyone who attends the Nobel Banquet is invited to this after party in addition to few invited guests including the sponsors. This time the Student’s Nobel NightCap was organized by the Medicinska Föreningen at Karolinska institutet and guess what I had a chance to go!
This indeed a special kind of an event because it starts really late in the night and goes on till the morning! A night filled with complete awesomeness to celebrate the Nobel Laureates. The fascinating thing about the event is that every year it is designed to be based on a theme and the theme is secret every time!
So, I was extremely excited about the party because I haven’t attended a mega-interesting, super huge and super high profile party as this one ever! The dress code for the evening was White-tie. Do you wanna know how serious this event was? Here is a copy paste of the dress code description of the event.
Dress code is white tie, the most formal attire. Guest can come either in white tie and tails (explained in detail below), evening gown (explained in detail below) formal military attire, or formal attire from any other culture.
White tie and tails
- Black tailcoat with silk facings, sharply cut away at the front
- Black trousers with two rows of braid down each leg
- White stiff-fronted shirt with white stiff wing collar attached to the shirt with collar studs
- White bowtie
- White, low-cut waistcoat
- Black dress socks and black formal shoes
- Shirt studs and cufflinks should be silver or white. A white handkerchief is usually worn
- Floor-length, formal evening dresses of any style or design
- Evening bags should be small and elegant
- Long gloves and shawls can be worn, but are optional
Yes! Now you get what am talking about! Here are some pictures from the event along with my experience…
The theme of the event was kinda like the different areas of the Brain Tree. I don’t know if that’s what you call it. Every room had a different set-up aligned with the main theme, like “Creativity”,”Logic”,”Memory”,”Dreams”,”Subconscious”,Imagination”,”Pleasure”,”Illusions”, “Brain Freeze”, etc. It was well thought out and meticulously planned and executed event.
There were a ton of entertainment performances like music, dance and a lot more. Everything was very professional and I was totally mind-blown. Actually, I couldn’t believe it was my life, I was there and was indeed living it. It was too good to be real.
So, That’s how I was dressed for the event. An Indian gown. It is quite rare to see bright colored outfits here. People usually prefer darker shades in Sweden. But you do find bright reds and Blues. Now go back to the above picture, and see if you can spot me in the ball room. 😛
There were fun stuff to do like glowing face painting, yeah one could get their face painted like that.
This was a very interesting room, the Brain Freeze themed one. We were served special coffee that was brewed for 10 hours and was served in a glass made of ice. Yes, a glass carved out of ice! This place kinda felt like a frozen Narnia throne room. I am sure you would agree with that one.
And, of course great musical performances, magic shows, ball dances; the fun element was just endless!
Evenings like these are just not about fun, food, and frolic. Not in Sweden! These are opportunities to network, make friends and build contacts. And, I am not missing out on those aspects, definitely! I met a lot of amazing people and made really good friends. It was very interesting to meet so many international folks and indeed very fascinating to hear the story of their journey to Sweden. The best part of such events is that you get to meet and make conversations with people in a very relaxed environment. And, such conversations are always incredible!
SNNC made this night even more amazing by giving us a lot of intellectual experiences. We had the opportunity to use this interactive 3-dimensional brain anatomy teaching tool. I hope I am describing it right, of course, medicine is not my domain, but it was definitely fascinating.
WOW! Interactive 3D Brain Anatomy!
Another super-interesting experience was tasting the raspberry flavored bacterium in a petri dish! Yes, it was one particular kind of bacteria that tastes like raspberry and it was served in a real petri dish! I tasted it. It was real. Legitimate. I am alive! I was initially very hesitant to try it, its definitely scary when someone offers you a bacterium to eat! Anyway, the event is by Karolinska, for Nobel prize winners, so it must be 100% safe. So, I went ahead and tried it. Man! I was taken by complete surprise and was totally amazed! Oh dear heavens! It did taste like raspberry!
While I was spending my time enjoying the evening with great food and drinks, I was perpetually waiting to get a glimpse of the Nobel prize winners. It was a long wait until the Nobel Laureates arrived. But, good things don’t happen easily and it was so much worth the wait because we finally got the opportunity to meet the Nobel prize winners. And, something more amazing happened- Kip Stephen Thorne was so happy to take a picture with us! I’m not even kidding! He is one of the winners of the Nobel prize for physics, 2017. He was awarded the Nobel for his decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.
It was such a privilege to be able to meet these amazing people who have contributed so much to their fields. Each and every cell in my body was filled with inspiration. In fact, I could feel the chills in my bones and blood during our conversations. This is definitely the opportunity of my lifetime. I’m so very glad for everything that’s happening since the day I moved to Sweden to study at KTH. Blessings come in different forms, the opportunity to study at KTH is definitely the form of my blessing.
This evening and my conversations with such amazing people made me realize one thing that the great scientists don’t do their research to win a Nobel Prize, or fame, or money or anything materialistic. They do it because they love what they do and they want to bring a breakthrough in what they do. It is their quest for excellence in their field. It is their groundbreaking journey to uncover the mysteries or to solve the conundrums for the benefit of their field and humankind. When one puts their heart and soul in what they love, success, recognition, and appreciation just follow.
It was a lovely evening with lots of food, fun, and learning. Definitely, one of the best memories KTH and Stockholm has given me. So, If you’re gonna be in Stockholm on december 10th, try to get a ticket to attend the event. It’s mind-blowing!