Vying for second place are the following:
"Do you remember..." conversations
"What are you doing now?"
"This is wonderful/unbelievable!" type exclamations
"How to take this further. "
High on most people's agenda was also taking contact details- maybe we should have had a competition about who managed to get the most telephone numbers! ( Ravi, are you listening?:-) Hope you are organising some for this year's.)
Exchanging family details also happened. And a small percentage actually attempted matchmaking!!
Talk about multi-purpose highpowered meeting!
Jan. 27, 2009
Can the school help in locating retired teachers?
And, Ravi, i enjoyed going through people's responses. And compiling them brought back my own happiness of that time. So i am the one who should be thanking all the 15 who sent in responses.
Mani of course, the man who was instrumental in making it happen,is also the most meticulous in his recording- I'm trying to include all of his info and insights in instalments!
For example, look at this - all the quotes are from mani's response-
What happens when you try to contact someone after 39 years? R Balakrishnan asked Mani if he remembered him. Mani’s reply- "a tall. lanky boy who used to win English elocution competitions" - makes
Balakrishnan laugh loudly!
Vasudevan and Mani talked for 30 minutes. Time is just not enough!
Even when you don’t remember the person, the school bond works- Pushpa and Mani “communicated like long lost friends”. Similar instant bonding, with Ramesh Verma. Nalini recognized Mani as “ Oh you the studious ookworm!” and Mani laps up "the compliment coming after 40 years".
“Did you really remember me? ( Subbaraman) ”
My answer, “I have never forgotten you.”
G Krishnan impressed with his friendliness and “elephantine memory”.
Look out for my my next instalment which will be about people who came from outside Bombay!
Feb. 12, 2009
Time for another small glimpse into what last year's Reunion was like.
Mani's experience when he contacted outstation batchmates " G Krishnan impressed with his “elephantine memory”.
Surprise discoveries- Ragini and Shalini- “I have been their family doctor for years without realizing they were my batchmates!”
Contacts outside Mumbai- Anuradha, Bhanumathi, Radha, Mahadevan- showed much more enthusiasm than some ‘locals’- “maybe you don’t value what’s easily available”?
Does someone have the statistics for how many non- locals turned up last year? I wonder what it will be like this time?
Feb. 12, 2009
Here's another one- sorry, folks, but i thought i'd be smart and split it into two posts!
Also thematically, this one IS different!
What are some of the outcomes of the Reunion last year?
For one person- “ I learned to use the computer on a regular basis”
For another- "I saw myself as a new person- as I repeatedly tried to think of responses to either “ Who is this Subramanian?” or “How come this Subramanian?!”
Being a doctor in Matunga became useful as Mani “ (mis) used his patents’ contacts”! Met several “brothers and sisters” of classmates and planted the seed of reunion in their minds too!
For many, "Renewing contact with my Primary teachers Vasantha, Seetalakshmi, Mahalakshmi and Rajam."
And some of us made some wonderful new friends.And that's a beautiful thing to happen when you're in your mid fifties, right? Like a new lease of life.Like once again, "friends with no baggage".
Compiled from responses received- this is a very brief glimpse- just to show that these meetings are irreplaceable, and not to be missed!