“Yes folks, I’ve seen it all”!…Every politician tells you that right… but as far as Loyola is concerned and my 12 years there especially, then yeah, I’ve seen it all!!!…

When good times come….they linger on for a few days….          When bad times come….they come to stay!!!…

They say life without strife is not worth living…I say those who say that have had very little to laugh about in life!… But still how much of strife can you have in plain, innocent, school life???… A LOT!!!…

Best moments in school life would definitely include the two   LA Fests of ’06 and ’07. It would also include the youth festival that our class hosted in ’06, the various cultural festivals we went 2 and won, all those School Day’s and sports days and basketball tournaments(our teams lost but we still enjoyed cheering 4 a lost cause!) and also the football tournaments where we used to win for a change. But these are the obvious things….here, i’d like to dwell on few other things….

I saw syam’s post: 49 clowns…… I didn’t read the whole thing(mate its huge!), so i don’t know if he has already covered the things i’m gonna say…But anyway I’m gonna say it, coz heh, I’m a loyolite as well!!!…

Let me start of with the experiences of a back-bencher during Lakshmi ma’ams, Math classes!!!… While she was busy speaking Greek(or Russian or Belarussian or Andorian 4 all i care) me and usually Syam or George would be very busy. Not taking down notes….oh no….don’t even think about it!!!….

What we’d do was, first write down the numbers from 40 to 0, b4 she enters the class and then at the end of every minute cross off 1 number….a primitive countdown machine!!!…(No wonder stopwatches were invented!). In between, during those precious 59 seconds, we’d either be gazing longingly at the football field(if it was george sitting with me) or writing down, in alphabetical order, the full names of all the characters in Harry Potter(that is if Syam was next to me). Those were the times……..

Another fun time was when CS fever hit the class….We used to head to the computer lab to play Counter Strike and come back and share it with the Bio students and computer droppers!…How???…With old fashioned rubber-band catapults and paper missiles…. And all this used to happen while some1 was taking class, mind!!!…I still remember in 1 of Joy sir’s classes in the 11th, Ganesh hitting Henry right on the head with a well aimed hit and screaming HEADSHOT!… Poor Joy sir, he had no idea of what was happening every time he turned to face the board!!!…

Something else I absolutely loved about school was cutting classes…. There was a time when my classmates were pushing me on writing a book on 101 ways to cut classes….and i could have written it, u know….[:D]…Then again, maybe I can still right one!… If it was Youth festival and La fest work in the 1st term, then it was Sports day in the 2nd term and School Day and drama and all that in the 3rd… How i managed 2 clear my boards…I’ll never know…

Another thing I’ve got 2 mention is Madhu uncle…(or Madhu sir as we called him….the current 12th call him Madhu father i hear!!!)… Anyway the situation i’m reminiscing about is in the middle of the 10th standard Geography board exam!… With around half an hour to go, Madhu uncle came in to take away the remaining sheets or something… And as he’s about to leave the hall, he shouts out in a way only he can….”India map, Contour map, Outline map, Asia map, World map, Any map, anybody?”… The visiting examiners were stunned…we, the students, stuffing our fists into our mouths, doubled up with laughter… For those who have not heard Madhu Sir, let me tell you… the way he says that is sort of the way in which the vendors call out ‘chai chai’ at railway stations!…Hope you can understand what is funny…

And 1 last thing, something i don’t think many people know… Once after football practice early in the morning, we were heading to the taps to wash our faces when we were greeted with a rather pleasant scene… The construction of the yet uncompleted Indoor ‘monumental ruin’ Stadium was going on… The workers had laid some cement mould out on the sands to dry and our genius of a principal, walked right over those, destroying them. So, when we came there, we saw the contractor yelling at Fr. Principal saying that if he keeps poking his long nose in there and destroying everything they make, then there’s no way the deadline is going to be met!… So now you know why the thing isn’t finished![:D]

Now coming to the worst moments of school life….

Well…maybe I should make that another post, coz this one has grown longer than I like and also India’s game against New Zealand is just about to start….so…. watch out for “The BEST and the WORST of skool life…PART II”…

Till then…

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

– BiBinhio.

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