Strolling through 60s

Strolling through 60s

From the albums

Strolling through 60s
This class photograph was taken during my high school days in 1969 at Gandhinagar High School, Seshadripuram. The school was well-known due to its association with M P L Sastry, the principal of MES College.

We had some wonderful teachers, including S R Swamy, who drew landscapes and pictures with great ease. One of my classmates, H C Balakrishna, was also extremely good at drawing. I used to compete with him and in the process, acquired fairly decent drawing skills.

One memorable incident that I remember from back then is when we students in 10th standard decided to employ Gandhi’s non-violence and civil disobedience movement. All of us went to school without wearing regular uniform. The class teacher and principal were clueless as to how to handle the situation.

I remember my mother used to teach me at home and I started my schooling in 5th standard at Malleswaram Ladies Association. The school had a lot of open space in those days.

The roads would be very quiet and people driving cars were also rare. We often noticed actor Anant Nag drive past our home in his white Fiat car.

Recently, I went to take a look at the place. Several structures have withstood the assault of growth. The milk booth near the intersection of 8th and 10th Main has been there for a long time. Prof C N R Rao used to live close to this booth. Panchavati, started by C V Raman, is another structure that reminds people like me of open spaces and the Bangalore of yesteryears.

I continued my education at National College, Vijaya College, Central College, IIT Bombay and IISc. I lost touch with most of my classmates as we did not have any modern means to stay in touch. However, I am glad that I have beautiful memories to cherish forever from my school days.

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