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A nostalgic trip back to childhood

Sulochana Kashinath Suri Dec 20 2017, 21:27 IST
The picture taken in 1948, on the premises of London Mission School, Mission Road.

The picture taken in 1948, on the premises of London Mission School, Mission Road.

This photograph was taken in the year 1948, on the premises of London Mission School, Mission Road, (presently Mitralaya) on the occasion of my matriculation. I fortuitously discovered this photograph after several decades and it instantly made me nostalgic.

I used to take the bus from Malleswaram and it would hardly take 20 minutes to reach Mission Road. The school was run by 'Missionaries of London'. The Principal was Miss Mathai who was a martinet known for her apophthegms.

I was able to recall most of the names of my classmates and teachers from the photograph.

My good friends were Manjula Savkoor and B K Prabha. Manjula was an effervescent personality who was extremely popular among all of us. Miss Anandaiah was our mathematics teacher and her teachings were pithy and insightful.

Mathematics was my favourite subject and I was known for the celerity of my problem solving in math.

Miss Chennapa was our biology teacher and was known for her meticulous biology drawings. After matriculation, I enrolled in the intermediate course in physics, chemistry, mathematics at Maharani's College. At the time, it was the only women's college in Bangalore.

We were charged a meagre monthly fee of Rs 7.50. Practicals were conducted at Central College. Later on, I completed my Montessori training in Hymanshu Jyothi Kala Peetha, Malleswaram and taught in Bethesda School, Kumara Park.

My husband, S K Suri (who passed away six years ago) was a civilian officer, Ministry of Defence. I am now 84 years of age and reside in Malleswaram with my elder daughter, Sandhya Suri who is an assistant economics professor in Ammani College. My younger daughter, Sudha Suri Raghuram is a noted bharathanatyam danseuse settled in the USA.

This photograph brought back some fond memories and I hope it helps me re-establish contact with some of my old classmates.

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