Time Flies Fast is an age old saying.
You start realizing more of these age old quotes wisdom as you enter thirties and henceforth the rest of your life. !!!
And meeting your old school pals brings forth those cherished memories that are close to your heart. New Year brought in a pleasant surprise when I received a call from Hitesh.It has been more than 12 years since we last met. He was posted in Japan with Samsung. He is still as slim as he was a decade back .His style which I appreciated the most about him since my school days is intact. I must thank him for the gesture of taking time for planning this visit to my place .
And yes I truly agree with Hitesh that after meeting , we are now just not dormant Facebook contacts.
Varun also visited probably after a gap of three years. His IAS exam has taken a toll over his stylish hair. But I bet people could sport Anupam Kher hairstyle for rest of their lives if someone would assure them of clearing the exam. Luckily Varun has managed to clear IAS without that.
It was very heartening to meet after so long. The time just flew as we were recalling those years .It just seem yesterday while were discussing and yet it seemed so much had happened in our lives during those years.Zorawar was also exited meeting them and he would pop in a few thoughts here and there to let us know .
Time flies over us, but leaves it shadow behind
Time flies on restless pinions — constant never
It was around 20 years back, when I had left Shimla and all this time I never got a chance to visit it again until this summer. It is a wonderful place and I have always have been in love with this place ever since I first visited it. I got an opportunity to stay at this place when my father was posted at Shimla in 1993-94 and have my 5th and 6th standard from this place. I had studied in Chapslle Gaden School, near Lakkar Bazar and during this visit I decided to revisit my school and revive the good old memories. This school has had an impact on my education and I was deeply impressed by my Principal Madam who also happened to be my English teacher at that time. It was probably because of her efforts and continued insistence that I developed a knack of expressing my ideas through writing .She had always encouraged us to write independently on new essay topics and would not appreciate if we would copy from essay books or other available sources. This time I met her after 20 years and it was an awesome moment .She looked as charismatic as ever and I was touched by her hospitality .The feelings are hard to express in words. I also met Mrs Dogra Vice principal at that time and it was really wonderful to meet her. Visiting my school revived my old memories, my classroom, and the swing where I would spend hours after school with my friend Rajan .It was all so awesome. The experience was doubled as my wife and son Mantej were accompanying me.
In the words of Charles Dickens: The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.
It was a real fun to be part of this campaign ,and there was so much to learn from this endeavor.
A lot of school children participated in this drive and as a part of campaign a poster competition,essay writing competition,Rally and tree plantation drive was carried out in the sector 56 Chandigarh.
I got to have an interactive session with school kids and it was real fun interacting with them and hearing them talk.And lot of practical ideas for saving paper were generated by them during talk which included subscribing for E bill for phones,and avoiding printing ATM statements and so on..
The posters made were really good and few of them are pictured below………