Going back to school

Going back to school

The school I studied in gave me much more than education. It also gave me my wife M S Prabhavathi, a simple lady. She also studied in the same school as mine which is Acharya Patashala, N R Colony, Basavanagudi.

I studied in the boys' middle school and my wife studied in the girls' middle school. She was a few years junior to me.  

This photograph was taken in 1959 in front of our school.  There were approximately 50 students in our class. In each class, there were only two sections, A and B. I was in A section.

Our class teacher was B Venkata Rao. We used to call him B V V. He was teaching Arithmetic for us.

Our headmaster was H S Nanjappa. Uniform was not compulsory at that time, but white Gandhi cap was compulsory. Without it, we weren't allowed to attend the classes. Few beatings on the palm were common is we made any mistake. But the love and affection of our teachers were unquestionable.

Our teachers used to collect four annas (25 paise) and little rice from each student for the same in order to give 'pulioyogare' and 'mosaranna' as 'prasadam'.

At that time education system was different.   The fee was two 'rupai'. There was also no baby nursery or LKG or UKG system. We had educational system of primary school, middle school and high school.  

Film actor Rajinikanth was a contemporary in our school. Kannada film actor Upendra is also from APS institution.

   Cricket was more popular than any other sports during  our middle school days. Inter-school cricket matches were very frequent and popular during this period. My classmate Sanjeeva was a top batsman during our time. Erstwhile Karnataka Ranji Trophy players opening batsmen Ragu and Siddarama were from our school.

 Later I studied B A in Jayanagar National College and LLB from B M S Law College and entered the legal profession in 1977.

Even now I am in touch with some of my classmates and we do meet sometimes.

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