Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Not So Long Ago....

It did not seem so long ago... when we stood under the giant tree at the college. Giggling and gossiping.  Especially since we were doing it again..thirty years later..

A friend in the US mailed to say she was visiting town. Could we all meet?  And we did.  One came in from Bangalore, another from Kolkata.  Then there were calls to all those who were in town.  And a hectic itinerary was planned for three days in a row.  And on one of those days we were back again where it all began.

Our teachers had retired. And instead we found a few of our classmates and seniors occupying the staff rooms that we would so hesitantly enter as a student. This time we walked in with a new found confidence, ignoring the poor attender who tried his best to find out if we had a prior appointment.  We barged into classrooms and labs.  And none seemed to mind.  I guess our happiness was infectious.  Soon, there were more smiles.  Students offered to take our pictures as we posed in familiar nooks.  A friend even danced in the auditorium oblivious to the amused looks.

It reminded me of the old Carpenters song... Yesterday once more.. those were such happy times and not so long ago, and we wondered where they'd gone, but they're back again....

From college, we trooped into homes and met the mothers who had welcomed us way back.  They did so once again.  So obviously delighted to see us.

It seemed as if we had wound back the clock.   A friend got a call from her son who wanted to know if she had forgotten he existed!! That reminded the rest of us to get back to the present.  We all parted  with the promise that we would meet again.  Soon.

Going back in time, I think erased a few wrinkles too.  That could be my imagination... but nothing could have been more rejuvenating! 


  1. Nothing can give greater fun than a reunion of old class mates and what could be a better venue than the college itself.To refresh the old memories and to acquaint with the present situations is a pleasure that comes by only rarely.
    You are lucky.

  2. Nothing beats a trip down memory lane. Especially when you are able to relive those times !!

    Many more wrinkles would have disappeared. You notice just a few!

  3. What a lovely post, Radha! Yes, friends from our childhood/youthful days are the best! You seem to have had a great time visiting your college with your old friends.

    And isn't it amazing that we can chat with such friends as though we meet them every day- no matter if we are meeting them after a gap of years?

  4. @KP - Yes I do consider myself lucky. It was such fun

    @Kavi -Reunions work better than a botox shot!

    @Manju - So true. We can just pick up from where we left, the gap where we lost contact just did not matter!

  5. Reunion with school/college friends is always so exciting and fun-filled. I had a reunion with my school friends after good 15plus years recently, and I know how much fun we had walking down our memory lanes, brushing up our leg-pulling tricks, etc. can only imagine how wonderfully rejuvenating it must have been for you :)

  6. This made me cry now .. BLISssssssssssssssssssssssssssss I dont know what to say WOWOW OW reminded me of the same emotion going in and out of classes .. meeting teachers and the fun part they remembering us .. Oh boy

    this is a nostalgic post BEAUTIFUL


  7. This is a nostalgic cum happy post! I am so happy for you!

    I can imagine how you would have felt! 'A friend even danced in the auditorium oblivious to the amused looks.' - Did you take her picture?

    What did your daughters say? They might do the same one day!

  8. Looks like you and your friends had a lot of fun. I'm pretty sure this experience has reversed the wrinkles. :)

  9. @Deeps - another 15 years later,you will feel the same
    @Bikramjit - Thank you
    @Indian Bazaars - we are still talking about it!
    @Sandhya - the daughters could sense the happiness long distance
    @Nona - few more reunions and I should look like a 16 year old :-)
    @Dipali - yes, it definitely was.


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