On the Stage

On the Stage
On the Stage

Shri Basavaraj S Hanagandi 2098 Master of Ceremony

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hi All,
Sorry for the delay in providing the brief update on the OBA meet. I just came back to office yesterday.
Thanks Kadakal for uploading the snaps very quickly. Others, who have also captured numerous snaps, please upload them at the earliest.
This OBA meet was a record of sorts. It was a pleasant surprise that about 30 from our batch turned up for the meet!!! It was the best get-together, we all have had, so far. We met few friends whom we had never met after leaving the school in 2000. The two days spent in the school was full of nostalgic sweet, evergreen memories of our 7 year stay in the school.
On 25th few of us (Myself, Bagewadi,Srinivas, Bengya,Kadakal, Babalad and Anand Paragond from our immediate senior batch) who had reached Bijapur a day earlier met at Cafe Adda (FYI This is a new venture (Akin to Cafe Coffee Day) started by 10 people which includes 3 of our friends Bengya,Srinivas Kulkarni and Bagewadi) and savoured a great treat of offerings in the coffee shop.
On 26th, myself,Bagewadi, Srinivas, Bengya,Kadakal went to school by about 2:30 in the afternoon. We went to the houses of few of our beloved teachers namely D Vijaya Kumar sir, Maslamani sir, Badiger sir,Ram Murthy sir, Kalasannavar sir, M U Naik sir, Holeyachi sir etc. We then dashed off to Vollyball ground adjacent to School auditorium for brushing up our volleyball skills after many years. By this time lot of friends had arrived. We registered ourselves and headed off to see around the school premises. We went to school building, went to the class room and were pleasantly surprised with the new look (new benches and blackboards). We went to mess and could see a major overhaul in the cooking equipment and infrastructure. Even the old benches and tables had given way to new shiny steel furniture. We saw the newly laid out synthetic basketball court adjacent to mess. The whole array of Solar equipment adorns the top of the mess. After this small tour, we went back to School auditorium to watch the entertainment programmes hosted by Jadhav sir and his band.
This was followed by cocktail and dinner which was arranged in the school quadrangle. We sat in a circular group and relished our drinks. This was followed by hilarious group dance performances on the stage. We joined the fun and danced through the midnight. Night Accommodation was arranged in Wodeyar and Vijayanagar house.
27th morning started with the breakfast in the Mess. We had servings of Seera, Idli, Wada, Sambar and Chutney. We were amazed that even after 10 years, the flavour of these items remained exactly the same.
We then went around exploring few more places in the campus in Bolshetti car and 2-3 bikes. We first went to Horse stable and saw a bigger set of well groomed horses in the stable. We proceeded further to Temple and the well near it via Dhobi ghat. We then went to Vijayanagar house and finally gathered in Chalukya house. People took snaps by wearing variety of school uniforms lying around in the barrack. We were also happy to see refurbished, clean and hygienic washrooms (A significant change compared during our stay). We then came back to Basketball ground and played basketball for quite some time. We then went to mess and finally auditorium to catch a glimpse of the ongoing OBA discussions in the auditorium. After some time we went to Atheltic ground and then headed to Obstacle course. As Puneet rightly observed. some uncles were struggling to climb the wall ever after getting all the help needed. Some never managed to climb it and had to be content with standing near the wall for the snaps. We then went to Group tasks obstacles set near the adjoining road to second gate. We then went to the so called popular second gate which provided us the grand access to the outside world in those days. We then came back to Mess for our lunch. After feasting to the hilt, we chatted infront of Wodeyar house for a longtime before our departure. Some of the remaining went to CAFE ADDA again for a nice refreshing cold coffee and sumptuous cakes. After this we all departed to our destinations with the promise that we will visit the school at the immediately available next opportunity.
We were fortunate to have the best of 2 days staying in the school and bring back those sweet memories of our stay. I am sure, all of you who attended, must have felt the same.
I wrap this brief mail with the request to others to upload all the moments captured while at school.

Ajeet Hain Abhhet Hain.
Three cheers to our beloved Alma mater

Prashant Nandagadi
2000 Pass Out

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