Monday, January 18, 2010

To the Alma Mater - 14 years later

A visit to St. Joseph's School, 14 years after conclusion of tutelage there was truly overwhelming, and brought back many fond memories of the wonderful days that now remain etched firmly only in thoughts - to be cherished for all time to come!

Reminiscing the old times spent in Gray and Blue standard, as one faction, in strong brotherhood, Pankaj, Jithu and I found ourselves 'back to school' again, in an arena where little has changed over the last decade and a half.

Amazed at the wonderful reception we received, it was moments to savour and to also reflect upon what we had learnt there and hence come to apply in our lives as people, expected to be best at what we swore to do.

Walking down the memory lane can also get very emotional, particularly if there is a lasting urge to remain part of the fraternity that one was so duly part of, knowing fully well that such a connection can only be attributed to those bygone times, and that a new day will only draw us away from this wonderful impression, into our own chaotic realm of a fast paced life, away from the innocence of childhood and the arduously patient and remarkable wonders we call teachers!

Touring around the marvelous campus at the behest of Sir Himachalapathy, who taught us a lot more than just accounting standards and commercial viabilities, we were quick to realize how fortunate we are to have been part of a wonderful system at the right time and the right place, and agreed to do our bit to further this realization, something which is to all of us a unique opportunity, rather a privilege, I must say!

Now, you wouldn't exactly call Ralph Waldo Emerson a mere dreamer, would you, for having insisted "not to go where the path may lead; but instead go where there is no path and leave a trail?

Footnotes:

The page on Wikipedia

It's a shame that I've not been able to publish the pictures we took during the visit, in this post - all thanks to not being able to find my camera's USB cable and also since I haven't yet installed a card reader! Double Whammy, indeed! I hope to post some images of this visit on my photo-blog soon!

37 comments:

  1. this reminds me of my school days....I wish I could go there but its a different country altogether...

    shahid

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  2. Yes Shahid - school days are the best ever and can never be reclaimed, unfortunately!

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  3. Oh! you a St Joseph's alumni, Rak? --

    My memories fly back...when we thought St. Josephs (of Trivandrum) were ther eternal rivals -- we from the Holy Angels Convent....we were neighbours :)

    School is always good in memory...i don't think i liked it so much when i lived there....except for the huge compound and the English architecture where we played/roamed around in the afternoons and after school :)

    But now all those teachers, sisters/nuns and the games we played on them -- so fun!

    I think i never went to school to study -- it just happened in between :)

    wishes,
    devika

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  4. Hmmmmm.....Looking forward to seeing your pictures...

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  5. Devika Chechi

    Oh, you were from St. Joseph's too? Wow! I can quite understand how that feels even to this day!

    And school is always good memory - much rather of the play and the bonding than the study! ;)

    I think I've been to school to do pretty much everything but study! ;)

    cheers

    Rakesh

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  6. ha! now I'm sure you went to school not to study --

    I said I was from Holy Angels Convent...neighbour rivals of St. Josephs in Trivandrum! :))

    now, I am not sure if I didn't learn enough, to convey it well! ha! :)

    wishes,
    devika

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  7. Whoopsy! I was all excited and read it 'to my convenience!'

    enough proof perhaps, that i did no good reading in school ;)

    cheers

    Rakesh

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  8. Love that first line...happens with me all the while! :)

    wishes,
    devika

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  9. literally a walk down memory lane! wonderful...

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  10. The post is so nostalgic.....brought back memories at school. I remember being asked by our Headmistress as to why we were sticking on like flies when even after our Board exams myself and a friend of mine (Simul Sorcar) kept vising our school quite often. Rakesh I feel I too should be writing something like this in my blog.Thank you for the inspiration.

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  11. Hi Rakesh! Walking down the memory lane isn't always an easy task... Look forward to seeing the pictures!!!

    Thanks for your comment at my new blog Blogtrotter Two, now at the Art Deco District in South Beach! Hope to read you there often! Have a great week ahead!!!

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  12. I meet my high school colleagues every fith year. We were 28, 26 left and at the last meeting we were 25! Unfortunatley all the teachers are gone! In 2012 time for the 50th anniversary! Already looking forward to it!

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  13. Magiceye

    Indeed Sir! Thanks very much!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  14. Saji

    I'm glad this post stroked something in your thoughts and am also happy that you could relate to it!

    Do post your accounts!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  15. Gil

    Yes, certainly, that isn't any easy task for the reasons that I have stated!

    Many congratulations on Blogtrotter 2!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  16. Peter

    Wow! It sure must me a wonderful feeling doing that and more importantly staying in touch for so long!

    Naturally, you must me very excited and looking forward to the 50th!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  17. hey..
    I was out og bloggin for a long time.Now I am back n I guess u still remember me.
    St joseph? oh yea last time ( almost a month bfore) i went to trivandrum,I went to st joseph.Had a test there.more over my cusin is a st josef passout.
    Boys school na..hehe..wonderful.! :-p.

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  18. It is indeed a nice process to sometimes go back to where we came from, revisit the past life.makes life much more cherishable.
    i dont see you near my blog these days. what happened?

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  19. Schoolyears pffffff......
    thats a long time ago !!!
    And I was sitting on a nuns school :(
    OMG not always such a nice memories
    (I was always to happy for nuns :(
    LOL

    I'm waiting on your photo's :-)
    (@^.^@)


    (The Vet cleans Kareltje's teeth once a year .... and I give him a fresh breath mint
    (he needs that .... LOL ;)

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  20. Wow, that must have been a wonderful experience, na ??? Something which I can only dream of !! :( :(

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  21. Rahul S

    How can I forget you, a fellow blogger?

    Good to know that you have Josephite associations!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  22. Jayant

    Yes, travelling back in time is surely a wonderful experience in itself and makes one realize the value of life!

    Hey, I was sure there on your "Doorways to love and life post" on Jan 03, after which you haven't updated!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  23. Anya

    Lol! Sometimes schooling is tough, eh? Like I tell folks, I'd been to do all the things in school, but study ;)

    And I know how much that costs ;)

    But certainly was a lot of fun!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  24. Vimmuuu

    It sure was a wonderful experience budd! And to realize that such a bonding exists even today - 14 years later - is all the more fun!

    Cheers!

    Rakesh

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  25. Wonderful memories. I agree with you, that every time one visits the campus it brings back the fond memories.

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  26. Rajesh

    Indeed - a visit to one's school brings some very fond memories!

    Glad that you found this post interesting!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  27. School days are unforgettable, but sometime i wish i forget those days made me felt shame and disappointment. there're also moments that are so friendly with teachers and friends; i walk the lane while reading yours. good old days.
    I checked the pictures in facebook, its very nice.

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  28. Jeevan

    Yes, school days are indeed very memorable and I treasure them!

    Unfortunately they exist only in pictures and the mind, of course!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  29. U're quite nostalgic nowadays! any spl reason??

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  30. U're quite nostalgic nowadays! any spl reason??

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  31. U're quite nostalgic nowadays! any spl reason??

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  32. U're quite nostalgic nowadays! any spl reason??

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  33. U're quite nostalgic nowadays! any spl reason??

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  34. Bharath

    When one does get the opportunity to revisit the past - especially the good times of it, it should be done so with a lot of enthusiasm, I believe!

    Hence the nostalgia! ;)

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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