Waiting for my flight to Chicago to be announced. I have had a lovely last week with the IIHM reunion still fresh in my memory. Such fond memories. It was a fantastic turnout…we probably broke the record of all these years by getting more than sixty to attend! And they came with spouses and kids so it was one large family. They came in from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, US and UK and I really feel the networking by Rajeev Matta and Sameer Puri has been worth every call, every number they had to track down. We had touching moments with Sandhya Singh, who lost her eighteen year old son in a plane crash last month. She made it for us and her love for her alma mater. We had the senior most person, our Principal Mr B K Khanna, who came inspite of being retired for many, many years now. He is nearly eighty years old. It was a shock to know that two of our batchmates and four faculty members are no more.
The morning session went right on the clock thanks to the perfect organization. We had our introductions, the fecilitation of our faculty and staff, and then our batch gifted a state-of-the-art printer-fax to the Institute. Anurag Duggal arranged for beautiful gifts for all the faculty members. We had lunch with a special cake shaped as numerals 1984. That was appreciated. We had fun going back to our erstwhile hostel rooms and classrooms. Nah, not much has changed. Nor have the batch mates. I will be putting up some of the photos of the morning session and later, when I have them, the lovely party pix of the evening. The evening party was a huge success at India Habitat Centre that is partly owned by batchmate Rohit Khattar. He went hand in hand with another batchmate Sandeep Tandon, CEO, to give the best of the best to us. The food and drinks were free flowing and didn’t we love it!
When the clock struck twelve, I was given a huge surprise with a lovely Birthday Cake…so I collected all my friends who have April birthdays and six of us, including Nisha Kapur who’s birthday is April 9th, had a ‘mass’ cake cutting ceremony! Chicago awaits with a session called Taste For Life organized by Apna Ghar Inc.
Till I write again.