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Those sweet ol'days

The second B.Com batch (1964-67) of St. Albert's College, Ernakulam, met for a reunion recently

Photo: Vipin chandran

When old friends meet A time for friends and also to catch up on all those memories

After 43 long, eventful years they decided to meet again. And when they did they made a pact to meet, if possible, every six months. To return to check in with their families and one another, relive old times, and create new memories.

Auld lang syne

The second B.Com batch (1964-67) of St. Albert's College, Ernakulam, defied age, ailments and distance to reunite. Though they had met earlier this one was special. Around 20 batchmates, with their families met at the Avenue Centre recently.

“We were 52 in the batch. Five of them are no more with us. We did send out invites to the rest but only 20 of them were able to make it. But this was fine. We hope to get in more next time,” said Jomy George, one of the key organisers.

They were from all walks of life – bankers, chartered accountants who still practised, businessmen, NRIs. “Except for the professionals and businessmen the others had retired from active service and had settled down in various parts of the country and abroad. Most of them were proud grandfathers and it was fun to see all of them with their families.”

What made them think of such a reunion after more than four decades?

“Well, it must be the intimacy we shared while in college. We were a very active group, always in the thick of college events. The union general secretary, arts club secretary, commerce secretary were all from our batch. We were right there whether it was sports, arts or politics.”

Exemplary spirit

Santharam Pai, a former University table tennis player, now paralysed from neck down following a road accident, was the brain behind the reunion. In fact, he exemplified the spirit of the batch with his amazing attitude.

Helping him in realising this dream were Jomy George, a retired bank executive and O.T. Alexander, prominent hotelier.

The presence of Prof. Jose Paul, their only teacher now alive, added to the significance of the occasion.

“The immediate reason for this reunion was the visit of N. Mukundan, a batchmate, who is now settled in Canada. And it was like bringing back those years when we were in college once again. There was music, entertainment. O. T. Alexander and Vishnumohan Bhat showed that age had not withered their talent in recreating old film songs. It was a very nostalgic day,” Jomy George signs off.

K.PRADEEP

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