33 years After!

When in Sydney, we took the train to one of Sydney’s suburb to meet a High School friend of mine. I passed high school in 1980 – high school in India ends when one is in 10th grade. 11th and 12th are called pre-university college. Thus one starts college in his or her 11th grade! Coming back, this friend of mine was a pleasant surprise to meet. I always thought we were in different sections. Our class had 4 sections and I was in section A. However, it turns out that we were in the same section!! She clearly remembered me as one of the mischievous kind. It took me a while to recollect where Suj (I will call her Suj) was sitting and after some exchanges of what friends we were with closely, my memory starting surfacing images. Anyway, the key point of this article is that High school friends meeting after 33 years!! For all practical purposes, just a few years back (say five), I had all but lost memories of most of my HS friends, except a handful who I was in contact one way or other. Either through continued college days or had been in contact on occasional visits to home in India. It all changed 2 1/2 years back when I received a call from another elementary(!) school friend who said he had started a Facebook group. It was then that I got to connect back to some even older friends back from those days. It was a pure delight to talk – making calls, catching up on life and children. The FB connection took us to new groups for HS and college days and lo and behold I was in contact with over 75 people who are in all walks of life. Technology surely helps in some ways – no beating that. I don’t have or want to post any personal photos, instead here are some of those from the visit.

18-Feb-2013 07:53, Canon Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, 4.5, 45.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
18-Feb-2013 10:55, Canon Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, 8.0, 200.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200

18-Feb-2013 16:59, Canon Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, 8.0, 17.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
21-Feb-2013 08:35, Canon Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, 4.0, 192.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 800


  1. Thanks to Face Book and Thanks to the group. Meeting High School friends some in person some on FB after 3 decades is just wonderful.

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