School Alumni Day

On Sunday night, I went for my School Alumni Day to St. Xavier’s High School (near Metro, Mumbai). It was the first one I had ever attended since passing out 28 years ago. Thanks to the efforts of a few, about 50 of us ended up coming (out of a batch of 200). It was an amazing evening. Meeting with schoolmates, trying to recognise them and then bring up memories associated with them – it was full of fun and emotion. We also met with some of our teachers – and for one and all, those were perhaps the happiest moments of the evening. For three hours that evening, we forgot all about the world around and went back in time with each other – whom we had grown up with.

Two common comments I got were: “Where’s your beard?” and “You have lost a lot of weight.” Now, you can imagine what I must have been in school – an overweight, 15-year-old with a big beard! I have to see if I can find a photo of myself from that era!

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.