Down memory lane

From the albums

Down memory lane

This photograph of the United Mission High School football team was taken in October 1955, on our return from Mysuru, after winning the Mysore State Dasara Football Championship. We were champions the previous year too.

The late Mr Satyasheela was the sports secretary and he’d play football with us and coach us every day. The present Utility Building complex was an open ground. All the sports activities of our school and other institutions would take place here. He was cordial, always cheerful and never lost his temper. We used to meet frequently. Later on, he settled in Vijayanagar, where I live. The other interesting person is Mr Samantha, a science teacher and sports in-charge for the high school sections. He was a dedicated and sincere teacher who passed away in 1965.

Among the players, Simon Peter became a qualified homoeopathy doctor. He died in 2013. Lakshmana did his MBBS and worked with Karnataka Health Services. We used to meet regularly at Government Ayurvedic Medical College. In the late 1980s I came to know that he’s no more. Tanga Dorai was a businessman, and Mahimaidas and Ratnakar, our team captain, joined different factories like HAL and ITI, and played for clubs. Perumal was working as a draftsman in the PWD Office and we used to meet till I was transferred to Mysuru in 1994. I do not know much about BD George.

I was admitted to St Joseph’s College for intermediate science. I was selected for the college football team between 1956-58. Subsequently, I passed the course, with a certificate from Mysore University. At that time, my father saw an advertisement about a new course — Graduate Course in Indian Medicine — in modern medicine. He admitted me to this course. In college, we were taught in Kannada; it was like learning Greek or Latin for me as I had studied only Tamil and English. When I explained the problem to my father, he insisted that I continue the course. I failed in the first year examination for the first time in my student career. I was the student sports secretary for three years and the general secretary of the student union in the final year. I played volleyball and ball badminton for the college team and football for local clubs. Incidentally, my father also played football and hockey.

After completion of the course, I joined the Karnataka Health Sciences in November 1965 and was regularised by June 1966. Many of my friends joined the health services. I was posted to a place called Mandikal, where only one bus plied every day. Then I was transferred to Kelagere, where there were no transport facilities. I had to go by cycle everyday. I married a government high school teacher in 1967.

One of my family friends AP Sharanappa then suggested I do my MD (Ay.) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. It was the only university in India that had that course. I joined in September 1968 and completed it by May 1971. I played hockey for the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi for two years.

It has not been an easy journey to make, but I am 77 years old now, and I can finally say that I have fought the good fight, and finished the race.

(The author can be reached at dslucas324@hotmail.com)

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