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"Zwicky's Law - "The more irrelevant garbage you put into a sentence, the better it sounds." no more bullshit. read on !!"

the reunion :)

19th may 2k7 was one of the most memorable day of my life. It was the class reunion of St Paul’s 2k1 batch. To be honest, it was more fun than the farewell. I met lots of junta after 8-10 years. The excitement was inevitable, but the degree of proximity was surprising yet extremely comforting.

The whole planning started about a month ago. The core organizers were Ritesh (mama), Shweta, Suchit (t2), Pritesh, Rohit, Saurabh (papa) and me (yours very own Lord Anshul). As most of them were into business and all in Ujjain itself, we thought it would be much better to settle the event at our very own hometown. After a lot of thought 19th may was decided as the D-day.

I reached Ujjain on 14th, and then started series of meetings. All the old class fotos were dug out, the list was formulated and the exhausting process of reviving contacts was started. Everyone got busy, and cell became more important than ever. At the same time other plans were to be decided. All of us succumbed to the conjuring whims of “lady nostalgia”.

For the first time something on such a large scale was happening, and me and mama were in no mood to screw it up. Few other futile attempts of such sort ended up in a disaster. Everyone was foned and mama and I made sure that we would personally try and meet as many of them as possible. Rohit was given responsibility to contact and meet people in Indore. And others in Bombay, Delhi, Pune and Bangalore were called up.

T2 was responsible for hotel booking. With all his contacts in Ujjain, no one else was more suitable. And that guy did a brilliant work too. He got us “Shanti Palace”, which when we contacted was not free that day. Our hero spent a “high-spirit” evening with the GM of the hotel and we got a booking: D. We asked him to make sure that it is banquet hall and he said us we will get whatever we want. Brilliant!!

Food was decided by Pritesh and Papa. The program was scheduled from 5 to 10 and this made 2 courses a must. And being in Ujjain I had to settle for veg onlyL. No regrets!! Culinary options were secondary for me that day.

Mama and I then started looking for a decent memento. The whole idea was to have an event so grand that all “oh-I-am-so-busy” souls should feel that they have missed something significant and if something of this sort happens after another 5 years than we could expect almost 100% attendance. The memento was decided and the order was placed for 30 pieces. (Thanks a ton Mohammad for all the help).

A lot of other plans were fashioned and defashioned. We were planning to call teachers but finally decided against it and thought let this be strictly our batch’ event. Then we planned to give few informal awards (“the geek”, “most notorious”, “laugh riot”), but then got scared of puny disputes that might arise. Then we planned to arrange some skit or some little program, but lack of time held us back. We finally settled for a brief introduction of what happened in life after leaving school and little free-lance dancing:P

Digicams, handycams and lappys were arranged. Hotel guy was asked to arrange for music system and amplifiers. So far so good. Then again life has never been so kind on us.

Till 19th morning everything was going so peacefully that it just didn’t make sense and I was waiting for some screw up. And it came from memento guy. He said that there was some problem with the print of memento and he has to re-do entire thing. I almost erupted “Mr. Mehta!! I am about to sign your death warrant. I want everything ready by 5 sharp, or I’ll hang you by your neck” and slammed the fone. Still the condition was under control.

Anyways we consolidated entire stuff and reached the hotel by 4:45. Abhinav and I reached there to ensure the arrangements. But surprise surprise!!. Everything could not have rolled so smoothly. Those idiots were confused and thought the entire event was supposed to start at 7 and in lawn. I could feel mercury rising in my veins. I barked at them to finish the entire thing by 5:30. I called up t2 by that time. “Seth” t2 was fuming and almost fought with the manager. But it was so late to do anything that we had to settle with whatever was being given to us.

Junta started to come by 5:30 and but only in ones and twos. I was like lol!! No one here understands the meaning of punctuality:P Major chunk came around 7. I am usually hyper for no reason, but that time I was visibly hysterical. And by 7:30 most of them were there, thought few ditched at last moment and didn’t show up. We anyways realized that weather became super sexy and lawn was very soothing.

We than started a mini intro round where everyone told what they have been up to after leaving school. And I realize I guess my class had one of the most diverse set of students. Only thing missing was probably an IAS and someone in police. We had everything else. Engineers, Doctors, Politicians, Lawyers, Artists and everything (it includes a guy with criminal record as well) :P

Then next 3 hours were the best time of my life. We all laughed, shouted, gossiped and danced. It never felt so good. Anecdotes were floating in the air and I can’t recall a teacher who was not mocked. Few got married and few engaged, and we were listening to their love stories. Time flew faster than ever. Me and J hugged and consolidated when we heard that P got married: D. Then came time for a group foto. It was more beautiful than any other foto I have ever seen.

We all parted with a promise to do the same again in another 3 years. But that time on even magnificent scale and with even more junta.

While coming back, I collected my memento, dropped R at her home and turned back to home. I ran in and called pa, ma and dids and told them everything. Phew!! Finally after 5 hours my lips were released from the continuous stretch and I crashed into bed.

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  • Blogger Tarun says so:
    May 22, 2007 9:31 AM  

    always great to get back with friends especally after all that long years. top

  • Blogger fundoome says so:
    May 22, 2007 10:41 AM  

    it's always feels great after a reunion.

    this account reminds me of our last treat at kgp of our group. things mostly went smoothly except a small screw up which just added spice to the event:D....but yeah it was all fun and i just pray that we all meet after 5 yrs or so for a reunion:) top

  • Blogger Sakshi says so:
    May 25, 2007 9:11 AM  

    We demand photo..
    And you are in Ujjain? Explains why I don't see you online :P top

  • Blogger Krithika says so:
    May 25, 2007 11:55 AM  

    reminds me of our school's alumni meet.somehow it's pretty interestin tat the bondin can still be felt intensly even after very many yrs top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    May 28, 2007 11:11 PM  

    @ tarun : it was more fun that i'd imagine. and more thn 30 guys turn up. i was expecting something around 15. so a big thing thr as well.

    @ fundoome : long time no c..this was more beautiful than all of them. i was meeting a lot of them after 10 years. i met my wingies in this trip to home. but this was special. top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    May 28, 2007 11:12 PM  

    @ sakshi : fotos..even i m waiting for them..will post soon, bloody soon :D

    and i cud have come online in ujjain as well, but was darn bizzy organising it.

    @ krithika : trust me, do something of this sort after 10 years and you'll realise how good it feels :) top

  • Blogger Silver Mist says so:
    May 29, 2007 5:30 AM  

    Oh wow!!
    That sounded awesome!! :D

    Meeting old pals and exchanging atories and what not, AMAZING..

    And the fact that you organised everything must have made it even more special.
    ..and you yelled at those guys for no reason! :)

    Wow! top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    May 29, 2007 11:07 PM  

    @ silver mist : trust me..it was one night i doubt if i would ever forget.

    and i yelled at them fo a reason. the time i reached the place it was damn hot..and i got a tan ;) top