Nagpur: Koi Lauta De Mere Beete Huye Din! Almost every grown up person desires that if only he or she could re-live the old-school days once again. These nostalgic moments were re-lived by the students of 1990-91 of SFS School. What started as forming a whatsapp group of old-class mates, and one of the class-mates who is now living in USA named Madhur Kadam reminding that this will be a silver jubilee of their batch getting passed out and 6 months of planning brought into reality a grand Reunion of 1990-91 batch.
Once the old friends who included 154 students out of a total of 250 who were invited gathered all the fooling around (Masti), mischief (Badmashian), not-getting caught even after doing
Five Defense Personnel which include three Army personnel and two Air Force personnel. The three Army personnel include one Lieutenant Colonel and two officers. Former students had come from all over India including from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangaluru, Kolkata, Pune, Gujarat etc.
Former students of SFS who are from all walks of life, all types of career, businessmen, Service (government and private), officials and personnel from top to low rung officers were present for the reunion.
As usual the family members including the wives and children had expressed their displeasure assuming that they would get bored in the boys/men’s fun. However, right from the moment they entered the premises, the first thing was a valet took care of parking their cars or vehicles. Then they were made to stand as a family at the entrance and a family picture was clicked. Then as the family walks toward the place where they were to be seated was video-graphed and was displayed live on a big screen at the venue.
The former students left no stones un-turned to relive the old times. All the men stood in the lines according to their houses (with the house-flags), said the prayers, the pledge and performed the march-past followed by the exercise which they had done throughout their school life.
All the former students had worn the Navy-blue-t-shirts and denim jeans.
To ensure that they enjoy their school life, they got the vendors who had sold goodies like Fingers, Borkut, Uble-Bor, Kanche, Churan, Santhra-Chi-Goli, Madhu-Sweet-Supari, Buddhi-Ke-Baal (sugar-candy), Pepsi etc. However, the organizers could get hold of only one old-lady who used to sell these goodies. She was asked to put-up her shop at the venue.
As they say, boys will be boys, the fathers and the sons played Kanche (marbles), Gilli-Danda, Bhanwra (Tops) and other typical boys’ game. While the ladies (wives) and daughters watched the former students play and relish their childhood games.
At a time when the former students were given a free reign, they dared to ask each other about the mischief that they did and how they escaped getting caught.
The teachers said that usually during the reunions organized so far, they come, receive the mementoes, bouquets and leave in half an hour, however, this reunion was very different. The teachers never felt bored nor left the venue. What one of the lady teachers said moved many to tears, because she said that “This is the only class that made me cry.” The scene was the same with the wives too. They never felt bored even for a minute, since the organizers involved the entire family in all the activities. One very senior surgeon who could not make it had sent his wife and children to attend the reunion.
On the whole, the reunion was an occasion which is looked forward and desired by everyone to be organized again every-year.
By Samuel Gunasekharan.