Gita during prayers, other fond memories

Gita during prayers, other fond memories
The seeds of success in cricketer Anil Kumble, actor Ramesh Aravind, scientist Professor C N R Rao and many other stalwarts were sown within the four walls of a classroom of the iconic National High School.

As the school marks its 100 years of existence on Saturday, its notable alumni reminisce about the impressionable years  that played a key role in shaping their lives.

"'Yam Brahma Varunendra Rudra Marutah', a Gita Shloka through which we began our day at the school, still holds a special place in my heart. Every time I utter those words, it takes me back to my golden days at the school," said Suresh Narasimha, CEO, TELiBrahma.  "The best writers, actors, scientists, innovators, businessmen and artists have been produced by this school. It nurtured humility and leadership. The puliyogare  served during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations also hold a special place in my heart."  

Ramesh Aravind credits his love for cinema to the plays he did at school. "My first steps towards becoming an actor were taken on the stage of this school.  A shooting was taking place next to my school and they were looking for child actors who could volunteer for a Gurukul scene. I rushed from my school and volunteered to act. But the director got us to shave our heads for the scene and I agreed. For the next few months, I hid my head under a cap," he recalled.

For  BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad, the spiced tomato slices sold by a street vendor form the fondest memory. "The tomato slices sold by Kaka are the best I've had. The best part is these are now sold by Kaka's grandson. If I am around that area, I make sure to have  them even today," he  said.   He added: "I joined the school when it celebrated its diamond jubilee. Back in those days, we had a panchayat system at school and I was a panchayat leader for my class. The seeds for leadership were sown at the school."  

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