My High School Reunion on Jan 24, 2009 in Bengaluru30 Jan 2009
On Jan 24, 2009, we had the high school reunion of Timpany School, my high school in Visakapatnam, India. The other names for this city are Vizag or Waltair. It was so much fun to see so many classmates and seniors and juniors whom I had not met for decades. While the women looked a bit older (mef included), some of the men were balding and graying and it was really strange, since I had last seen many of them when they were in their teens! Although I had attended a get together of Timpany School students in New York in 2001, this was a much larger group, with a full program beautifully orchestrated. Some from our class are senior officers in the U.S. Army or Navy, CEOs of major companies, running successful events for organizations, and the list goes on.
The highlight of the event was to have our dear Principal, Mercy Jeyaraja Rao personally attend the events and participate. She started the program as if we were in school with the morning assembly on intercom, followed by her personal appearance, reminiscences of students of incidents and how our lives were impacted by the School and the values she taught us. She was in tears and many of us were similarly tearing up, deeply moved and touched by the program, seeing her and meeting our fellow classmates.
We were all determined to plan another get together to celebrate the years and to stay in touch. The program and planning was brilliantly planned by Meenakshi Murugesh Anantram who runs her own event planning company. We have stayed in touch with each other and exchanged information, and are now trying to work with one another for business networking. I can’t wait for our next get together either in the U.S. or in India. God willing, it should be while we all are healthy and can remember each other! I feel that more than half my life may be over, so we need to be careful in planning and using our time more wisely to cherish the things we love and enjoy doing!