Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Class Mates of 1985-1988

The following are the list of our batch.  Some interesting facts had been highlighted

1. Anand 
 He was CSP's favourite student.  He was very good at drawing.  His song in 8th Standard class room     "Ganesha ninna Mahime Apara" reverbarates still.

2. Anil
MKL used to call him Diamond, coz of his father business.  He left us after 8th Standard.  He was handsome, with heavy frame.

3. Anilkumar 
He was with spectacles, lean and thin guy.  Once during playing football, a bull had came to dash him off.

4.Anup Kumar
He was one of the arm in Brahmananda's circle

5. Asha
Silent girl in the class, with a pretty face, I still remember her saying english proverb "all glitterings are not gold" in the 8th standard

He was a close friend of Padmanabha

7. Brahmananda S H
Stylish guy of our class, his combing the hair style was so stylish, I couldnt copy him till date.

The long, tall, handsome hero, who was a good pair with Magesha, his comedy partner. Chakravarthy's father used to come to school in full suit with a Rose in the coat.

Silent girl, who used to be in the first bench all the three years in the high school.

10.Chandrashekar N
Venki's guru in all respects, and he was favourite student of  BRC, and BRC was Chandra's favourite teacher.

Always I remember him for the throw in he used to when we play foot ball..he used to hold small appu rubber ball in both of his hands.  His forehead was always stamped with "Vibhoothi"

12. Girish H D
He was close associate of Shashidhar

13. Girish K S
His answering to Quiz questions was awesome

14.Girish Ramanna
Silent guy in his own respect

15. Girish R  
Silent guy in his own respect

16. Balaji
Silent guy in his own respect

17. Hemanth Kumar
Fighting partner for JM SatishKumar.

18. Keshava R 
Bubbly guy with chubby cheeks

19. Kiran B S
Always his house name near Katriguppe was remembered "Rangu". 

20. Krishna Murthy N (Kitty)
His handwriting was a great thing to remember,and also his bowling & throwing whenever we used to be in the field

21. Krishonoji Rao  
His fights with Satish Kumar JM was rib tickler

22. Kumari Rani 
Charming face of our class

23. Kusuma
Silent girl,with a pretty face

24.Leela P
Intelligent and smart girl, now Missess. Brahmnananda

25.Lokesh G L
Handwriting specialist, and closest of buddy of Brahmananda

26. Magesha 
Comedy partner with Chakravarthy

27. Naidu (Don’t know full name)
Good guy.

28. Narendra
He was a close friend of Padmanabha

29. Naveed Pasha 
He was a close friend of Padmanabha, and well ahead of his times.

30. Naveen 
He was a close friend of Padmanabha

31. Padmaja H S 
Intelligent girl, and a chatter box.

32. Padmanabha 
He was in his own league

33. Prasad S N 
Charming guy, his Yogasana, front curly locks were good to see

34. Prasanna 
He had a very thick hairstyle to remember

35. Raja Babu 
Like a telugu heros, he was popular in his days

36. Ram Reddy 
Silent guy in his own respect

37.  Ramesh R 
His left hand bowling was good to remember in the fields

38. Ravi K S 
Silent guy, a good friend of Shashi

39. Ravindra S 
Portable guy, he was best when he was screaming

40. Satish Chandra K A
High english vacubulaory during that time

41. Satish Kumar JM
Cricket crazy, his dual with Krishonji was too good

42. Satish T N
Too talkative, good looking personality

43. Shankar
His silence speaks a lot.

44. Shashidhar NMV 
Smart, Silent Intelligent, his combing his hairstyle with his hands were good to see all the time

45. Shivakumar B K
Stout guy, his house was our stadium to view the cricket matches in TV

46. Shivakumar G D
The fall guy, and the easy prey for Chakravarthy, and Magesh's pranks

47. Shyam - Our class leader 
No words can describe this smart leader, His silence use to talk more than his words

48. Sridhar S K
The narrative genius of Giant Robot, ask Prasad S N

49. Srikanth K M

50. Sudha B S
One more angel of our class, Silent intelligent, close friend of Leela P

51. Sukumar K
The real hero, he was smart, intelligent, favourites of many teachers

52. Tulasi Ram 
The silent guy of that era.

53. Vanesh Kumar
The silent looking guy in his own respect, but literally not so :-)

54  Venkatachalaiah L 
What I can say about him, he brought the raw freshness of village to the town, and then he changed himself to suit to the city culture.  Pocket dynamite i can say (Bundle of intelligence)

55. Venkatesh  K
His fights with Venki was good enough.  These two little dwarf were fighting best in their era, remembered now for Tom & Jerry Show.

56. Venkatesh S S 
His unplayable spin bowling was awesome

57. Vijay Kumar K B
His damaging act in the school was thing to remember

58. Vinod kumar B V
The dimpled girly smile - a thing to remember

59. Yogesh M R 
Talkative just like Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met

60. Yogitha
Joined in 9th Standard, well ahead of her times, sadly she is no more in this world (That is the news i heard from someone)

61. Girish K
He was good, not remembering his exploits.

62. Roopashree
Venki brought her name in one of the reunion, but i couldn't recollect her name,...finally she showed her group photo with her girls in the classroom..I had to believe it :-)

Monday, July 19, 2010

High School Life – and the funny incidents – Part III

S N Prasad was a craving figure during that time for three reasons, one it was for his charming looks, second for his bend it like beckham body due to Yogasana, and third because of his artistic genes, as his father was in to dramas, TV serials and all, he had exposed to Dramas in All india Radio.  One such play in the radio was made available to all the students in the class through live broadcast. It was one of the proud moments for all us that, a budding actor was studying during that time. 

With due to apologies to Shivakumar G D, am narrating this incident.  During 9th Standard, I was fortunate enough to share the bench with Chakravarthy and Magesh, the deadly duo like laurel and hardy.  Their comedy used to bring tears in our eyes due to rip roaring laughter. The deadly duo always running behind Shivakumar  G D for one or the other reason. During that time, the movie, “Premaloka” was released, and as you all know, all the songs were chartbusters.  One such song was “Premaloka dinda tanda premada sandesha bhoomiyalli hadi tilisona, preethi hanchona ananda padeyona, banni premada rahasya helona “.  These two, tweaked the song in a such a way that, even Hamsalekha will salute these two.  They used to sing like “Premalokadinda banda beediya sandesha, bhoomilyalli beedi Sedona, Beedi Hanchona, Hogeyanna bidona, banni beediya hogeya bidona” antha.  Shivakumar initial was GD, these two changed the initials to BD, and used to sing that song all the time.  It was a crazy moment for me, as Shivakumar was a good friend of mine, who used to share a good rapport with me, these two people literally make me to laugh everytime. Neither I could have a hearty laugh nor avoid.

Our geography lecture HV Ramamurthy (HVR), he was very fast in giving notes, so we have to keep our tabs on not to miss any of his notes.  He used to tell each and every punctuation marks as well, like comma, full stop, inverted commas and so on.  I used to sit next to Chakravarthy, and Magesha, when even HVR says full stop, chakravarthy used to hold my pen, and says “Pull stop”.  Means Chakravarthywill pull my pen, and I need to stop writing.  For me it was like a hair pulling situation, a milli seconds difference, I will be missing the notes. And I didn’t have any option than to laugh for Chakravarthi’s pranks. 

High School Life – And funny incidents – Part II

S K Sridhar, my bespectacled friend since 7th Standard, was a glorious narrator.  During our time, a popular TV serial was Giant Robot.  S N Prasad, our smart guy from our high school era, was a vivid follower of that serial.  If by any chance, if Prasad’s missed any episodes, Sridhar will be there to help him out know the serial story, just like how Sanajay used to narrate the Kurukshetra war to Dritharastra. Till today, I can visualize how bright Prasad’s eyes were when used to listen to narrative skills of SK.  He was genius in his own right.

One of my soul mate JM Satish Kumar was a vivacious follower and player of Cricket till today.  During our high school era, his tussle with one bubblier cricketer Krishnoji Rao was a world famous in story in our section. Both used to fight for wides, no balls, No. of balls bowled in an over, and anything and everything.  It looked kiddish during that time, but for us to rewind those episodes now, will be a laugh riot.

During 9th standard, for some non-sense reason, I and venki stopped talking to each other.  But we used to play cricket during morning session, and lunch break, he had one peculiar habit, I was  not at all a genuine player then and even now, but Venki when selecting the team of his choice, I will be the first member in his side.  It was a chidambara rahasya till today.  As for as my memory is concerned, I never betrayed his faith, I used to contribute significantly on the field.  After few days of silence, we broke our silence, and became best pals thereafter.

Our class had a small kiddish looking Ravindra, he was like portable TV of that generation.  Hardly he used to weigh more.  But he used to scream nicely.  During our school day function, whole school had been served with lunch, and an apple and some snacks.  After the heavy lunch just to give a work for our digestive system, we started playing the foot ball.  It was a dull match, as all of our stomach was full, barely we could able to kick the ball.   During one of the encounter, Ravindra was tackled, and he fell down to the ground, screaming in the pain.  During that time, when all of us went to him and trying to treat him, our generous venki, straight away put his mouth in to the Ravindra’s pocket in the trouser, and was trying to snatch the apple popping out. When Ravindra was shouting at venki with all sorts of foul words, and the rest of us was holding our stomach in pain due to laughter. You rewind this incident anytime; surely you are going to have tears in your eyes due to laugther.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Guruve Namaha!

The teachers who put their soul to shape of our souls.

All the teachers left a indelible foot prints on my soul in one or the other way.

I was from the batch 1985-1988 batch, was in B Section, MKL was class teacher for our class, and Shyam S M was our inspirational class leader.  Below are the teachers who took various subjects during our high school tenure.

It is in not in order, all the teachers were unique in their own respect, putting it in an order is an insult to us. So thought of remembering and highlighting some key points of our great teachers from our great school "THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL"
Our Temple - National High School
MK Lakshamana Shastri (MKL) : He was quick witted, effervescent , adorable.  He had a penchant for nick naming his students, which I adopted in my professional life till date. He was our class teacher & also Mathematics teacher throughout our high school tenure.

BR Chandrashekar (BRC): He was elegant, impeccable dressing sense, wonderful command over his body as well as his language.  Even though I didn’t understand any of his lectures during 8th standard due to my poor English knowledge, still I like the way he presented himself.

BS Ramakrishna (BSR): Always he was white clad person means white panche and white shirt, he was a stout personality.  His expressive eyes, mannerisms during the lecture of Ulysses and Cyclopes in English prose remembered till now. 

Ch. Si. Banashankaraiah (CSB): He was the teacher who ignited my passion for kannada.  His style of keeping dangling key chain in his side packets were a huge hit during those days.  His style of kannada teaching was awesome.  If at all I use impeccable kannada words, then the credit should go to him.

DR Vijayendra Rao (DVR) : He was our Biology teacher, he was stout and also a scout guide. His body shaking laughter remembered all the time. 

MR Venkatesh (MRV) : He was our social studies teacher, he was good.  He had the knack of bringing funny moments in the between the lessons.  Like bringing kottambari soppu, Karibevina soppu during the battle of plassey, Battle of Buxar, Battle of Talikote, and so on.  

HV Ramamurthy (HVR) : The man who saved me from the english ghost.  He was the teacher who used to explain the dull Geography lessons in an interesting way.  I used to wait for his class just to hear the wonderful narration filled with serious thoughts.  If am good at narrating something, then he is the man am copying all the way.  His dramatization of World wars I and II in 10th standard still echoes in my ears.  I bow my head for his great narration of World History especially World wars.

K Narasiappa (KN) : Our Geometry teacher.  Always I was amazed whenever he used to bring big wooden Protractor, Compass, and the scale to draw the geometrics figures on the black board.  He used the scale for optimum usage for two things one to draw the diagrams and second to hit the students across the class room by standing in his place.  His dialogue deliveries were too good to remember.

DV Nagesh (DVN): Chemistry teacher who was good at using the tweaky English purposely like “Chennagi Kalakit well” to remember his teacher all the time.  He brought some speed to our sagging classroom.His voice, hold on the language, the way he was presenting himself in front of his students,  awesome.

HL Ramachandra Shastry (HLR): The head master of the National High School during our era. His stomach shaking laughter was a huge hit during our time. His explanation of physics experiments was good enough.  He taught us “Vande Mataram” during our prayer session to the good effect.

K T Narayan Kumar(KTN):  Our English Teacher during 9th and 10th Standard. His pro jokes well ahead of our times were good.  Some of the jokes he cracked were not understandable to me during our immature days.   He nick named our Jokerish guy “Chakravarthi” as gundappa was too good.

K Chikkappayya (KC): Our Physical Education teacher, he was with the ASM.  I still remember he gave me a tight slap in an PT drill for a mistake done by one of my classmate.  I was not aware of what happened, but I became the scape goat on that ill fated day.But as people says the many hits makes the statue.  

Aslam (ASM): Our Physical Education teacher, who was well ahead of his times in all respects.  His way of conducting parades, band set were nice to see.

Chandrakanth Shyamarao Patil (CSP): He was short person, but very lengthy talent in terms of the great drawing he used to draw in a giffy.  Even though i was never an intelligent guy in carving curvey lines neither on the black board, nor on the white pages nor on the life pages, i admired his way of bringing nice diagrams with the unending lines.

S. Alasingarya Bhat (SAB) : (Courtesy H D Girish): The hindi teacher in 8th standard,  aged about  probably 50+ at that time, who used to be in white and white clothes (panche and jubba), He did very well to chase the ghost of hindi language in me.  His narration tota bola maar maar (again courtesy H D Girish for helping me to recollect) and the hindi lessons, poems were neatly narrated during thoses times.

Sridhar Hegade (SH) : 10th standard, New teacher had been appointed, in the stop gap he handled our class for a brief period, his teachings skills were good.

H.K. Gowramma (HKG) : She was the only lady teacher in our high school days, she handled our class in 9th Standard.

Venkataramana T Bhatt (VTB): When we were in 10th standard, New teacher had been appointed, his teachings skills were good, but since he was new, and young, the seniors in the class gave him very tough time.  Somehow  we comfortably sailed across the high school era, and the hindi language and viped the fears from my heart.

(Thanks to Roopa, HD Girish & Shyam for helping me to revive the memories of Hindi teachers)

Many more teachers are there, but due poor short term memory loss, not able to recollect all the great teachers of our era.

More to come....keep watching :-)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

High School Life – And funny incidents - Part I

Till 7th Standarad I studied in Kannada Medium, the 8th Standard exposed me nicely to the troublesome world of English medium. 

On the first day of 8th Standard, first period was Mathematics, taken by the highly adorable class teacher Mr. MK Lakshamana Shastry (MKL), who was my guru in many respects, but for the most influencing character was nick naming the people. I lifted his logic, and started nick naming all my colleagues  in my professional graph thereafter.

There was no problem with mathematics in English or kannada, coz, in any languages 2+2=4 only.  The trouble  stood like a loitering ghost in the second period. That second period brought many goose bumps in me.  It was a Science class, and the teacher was Mr. B R Chandrashekar, he was known for silence, dressing sense, strict, and above all high English vocabulary. 

For me it was like kabbinada Kadale, he was explaining science  and the terms “Mixture”, “Compound” and all. I was dumb struck, coz, for my knowledge “Mixture” was an eating item, and the “Compound” was a wall concrete fence in-front of any house.  Till the end of 8th Standard, literally I didn’t knew the exact meaning of those words.  How much dumb I was then and even now J

Venki, he came from village background, Ramanagara. One Monday, straight from his hometown, he came to the school in a colour dress, one of his friend gave an idea, if you say, today is your birthday the PT master Mr. Aslam (ASM), will let you in.  The golden words clicked, and he was in to the class.  Unfortunately, the Kannada teacher Mr. Chi. Sa. Banashankaraiah (CSB or Ch. Sa. Ba) question Venki for his colour dress, he said the same Gili Pata (Parrot Speech) “My Birthday saaaar”, then the teacher asked him, what is your date of birth, with out any hesitation, venki told the actual date of birth, without knowing he is falling in to the trap.  Then the angry, and wild teacher gave him a tight slap, till today venki remembers it.

Again on one of school function (Talents day), Venki got selected to sing folk song infront of the full house close 1000 plus students and teachers.  He was robust, and his voice was intoxicating, he went near the mike, and started singing “Nimbiya banada myagada”, his voice was in high octane, and the gals sitting almost 50 mtrs away from the stage, literally close their ears, and heard the full song.  After that all of our stomachs were paining because of heavy laughter. But it was truly amazing, no stage fear for him, he went in full throttle.

More to follow :-)

Silver Jubilee Year of friendship (1985-2010): Introduction of soul mates

I was fortunate enough to get in to the world of soul mates.  We were like pancha pandavas.  The Silent intelligent Shashi (Yudhistira), The Intel-giant-Venki (Bheema), The Conqueror of the ambitions (Arjuna)-Satish (fondly we used to call him – JM), The Brave heart Loki (Nakula), and finally good for nothing –Sriki. 

The meeting up of five souls.

Myself and JM’s friendship blossomed in 1984 in National Higher Primary School in Basavanagudi during our 7th Standard.  It was like any immature friendship, just we used to play together, quarrel, and fights all were part of our school days. 

Then during the next year 1985, when we reached high school, fortunately JM, and myself were in the  same 8th Standard B section in the National High School.  We were fortunate enough to get the contact of Venki, and then Shashi. 

So the next three years it ran like a bullet train, we had many memorable incidents to cherish in our life.

One more bogie to our bullet train life was waiting in the college life in the name of Loki.  Again gods grace all four of us were in the same section of PUC “C” section, where Loki joined our barmy army.

Later on it was heaven descended on the earth; the high fives were always together whereever we go.  It could be movies, it could be lunch, dinner,  or weekend visits to Ramanagara or anything. We followed each other like a shadow of each other.

Our souls were one, but the bodies were five.  That was the bond of our friendship.

More to follow.....keep watching :-)