Montek takes a trip down memory lane at St Patrick's High School

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on February 13, 2011

Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the PlanningCommission, a student of the 1953 batch of St. Patrick’sschool arrives to a ceremonial welcome at the school’sCentenary celebrations. His wife, Ms Isher Ahluwalia, is alsoseen. Photo: P. V. Sivakumar   -  Business Line

Master Desu, a Class VI student at St Patrick's High School here, was on cloud nine on Saturday, as the school was closed for its Centenary celebrations. Joining him were alumni from all walks of life — doctors, engineers, administrators, journalists and other professionals.

Revelry marked the evening, as former classmates reminisced about shared experiences and interesting incidents from their school days.

“Not many schools can boast of hundred years of existence,” a visibly proud Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, and alumnus of the school, said.

Mr Ahluwalia was a student at St Patrick's from 1953-56, and has fond memories of the time he spent here.

Overwhelmed by memories of his school days 55 years ago, he refused to talk about inflation, agriculture, economy and industrial production.

“It is an occasion to talk only about the school. No economics this evening,” he told a large group of journalists who surrounded him, as he stepped down from the dias.

Earlier, he fondly recalled his four-year stint here and spoke about a letter his friend wrote to him on his birthday. “I don‘t remember what gifts I received that day, but I do vividly remember his invaluable best wishes,” he said.

He also urged everyone to thank their schools and teachers, and also acknowledged the presence of his teacher, Ms Zinda Fernes.

Published on February 13, 2011

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