I took a long gap before starting up with my 2nd half of school life as it had a major role in my transformation n I’d to recollect the thoughts n memories… I may miss out to mention so many things here..but it finds a place to be remembered by me forever!
(Warning: This post is going to be longer than the prev one! Beware!)
Rather than reading much from books… I started reading ppl n their emotions…rather than the class lessons…I learnt a lot from the lessons that life taught me then…all these happened cos of the wonderful ppl I had around me..my own gang of FRIENDS! It was during 9th std, our class was reshuffled..my best friend from long and one more friend with whom I used to talk well even before were in the same section as mine…so many incidents that happened then brought us closer than before…friends of my friends too became my friends n thus we formed a gang! We spent the break n lunch times commenting abt teachers n other gang gals(!) …gossiping abt the class ‘kisu kisu’…sharing secrets n lots…few months later, our talk was mainly abt a word called ‘possessiveness’…I never knew it before n tat word caused series of arguments among us… the good thing was we knew to compromise too.. The red-lettered day, none of our frnds could ever forget-Nov 24,2004…thinking of the day, still brings mixed emotions inside me… We gradually started losing our innocence n turned to typical adolescents!! Our first trip together outside the state brought us more close…still remember the places we spent our times together.. Grand safari, vishveswaraiyya museum, iskcon mandhir, shiv mandhir, golconda fort, ramoji film city, hussain sagar lake, ocean park, “snow world”, salarjung museum, charminar streets… snow world witnessed our enjoyment to the extreme..smearing snow on each other, throwing ice balls irrespectively on all our class mates, playing in ice sledges n slides…never ending fun we had in the -5 degree designed frozen region! Can never forget the silly fight with my friend n reunion the next day… I wouldn’t have visited
Bangalore and at that age unless it was my school tour… That yr I never cared much abt my academics n was happy for wat I was.. Hyderabad
But, the case wasn’t the same when we entered 10th std..the year of board exams..all our teachers used that one reason to scare us..! We were put in a single classroom ‘cos of our population n to make us more competitive..of course we became competitive as who talks more inside the class…! I was made to change my place almost every month as I used to talk a lot to whoever sits beside me..n in that way I got good friends too… Coming early to the morn spl classes was a herculean task when me n my friends are concerned…we used to search for company every morn while getting caught at the railway gate put for the train at that time, which is on the way to our school…sometimes we try escaping blaming the train’s timing n the other times we remain insensitive to the teachers’ non-stop scolding..tat too was fun when shared together! Never ending lunch breaks, chit-chats at cycle stand, eve spl classes, late exit from school forming a long chain blocking the human-less road with our cycles, last byes before leaving home at the junctions, phone conversations in the sake of clearing doubts..!..pleasant to think of those days.. When the boards were just 2months away.. I started feeling an invisible pressure on myself… I was not on the top in the previous exams and wasn’t scoring great compared to the expectations of my teachers.. I’d an urge inside to become the top scorer of my school, which grew me up n bring some pride to it …but I lacked in self-confidence, gradually I got over it with the complete support of my parents, mentor and friends..I regained my form n was ready to prove myself..when another unforgettable incident happened on March15, 2006…we still had two more exams of third revision to get over while we decided on a race between two of our friends in kine n my pep! I sat behind the one who is not used to drive two-wheelers n I still wonder how I got the courage to go with her! The race was abt to over n we were of course lagging behind..when she tried to speed off, the sand in the turning upturned our vehicle making us both to fall down..other friends came running towards us…owner of the kine started crying on seeing the condition of her two-month old vehicle..while we were suffering with scratched n bleeding arms n palms.. immediately all started off to our homes n my other hurt friend was taken to the hospital on the way home, which created more tension with her parents.. I created a scene by crying to my parents n they worriedly took me to hospital...the next day we both had to hide our bandaged hands whenever a teacher came inside our exam hall…the incident sent tremors of tension among our teachers too n we set an example in the assembly meeting, of ‘wat not to be done when board exams are just 10days away!!’ Thank God..our wounds were healed by the time we had to write our board exams.. The complaints on our batch turned to appreciations on June5, 2006 when our results were announced…I felt elated as my ambition of making my school proud didn’t go in vain..i secured school first n district second..!
When this happiness was on one side..one thing was making me terribly sad all through the hols..my best friend from childhood had to join another school from 11th std as per her parents’ wish…I’ve always dreamt of completing my 14yrs of schooling with her..n it pained a lot when I thought I’ll miss her badly for 2yrs in school..
I took comp.sci group with french as my 2nd language with an eagerness to learn a new language..whereas my teachers advised me to opt for tamil as they wanted me to get state rank in 12th!!..tat seemed a greedy desire to me n I never considered tat idea too.. I was the only one from my gang in the comp.sci group..n I felt bit lonely till I got a very good new comer girl as my friend…one more addition to our gang..! (we began calling ourselves as the ‘ignited minds’ as we had to name our group for our english class!!) though we friends were in different groups we always found time during breaks n lunch periods for our chit chats..inter school culturals n dance practice for various competitions kept us almost busy n we rarely cared to attend classes during the first few months.. I involved myself much in quizzing too aft the feat achieved at the regional young world quiz, the prev yr… School day, Chidren’s day, sports day.. all the grand celebrations of the school kept me almost away from the academics track..i too never minded abt it n had the idea of catching up the next yr..To add to our enjoyments, came the North India tour dur our quarterly hols… Delhi, Agra, Amritsar..am not sure if I’ll again get a chance to go to these places in my lifetime..though I missed my best friend there at many places I had fun with my other close friends…India gate, qutb minar, taj mahal, fatehpur sikri, golden temple, wagah border, jallian walabagh- all which I’ve seen in movies before, were stunning to witness in reality! The 2day train journey to n fro never seemed boring n we were laughing loud most of the time teasing one or the other… I didn’t miss my home much when I was 10days away..but I missed the time spent at my last school tour for many days even aft coming back… my performances in the common board wasn’t upto the mark n I geared up again in 12th…
The feeling of ‘it is the final yr to stay together’ was bothering me one side..while on the other side it was my invisible pressure acting on me again…balancing both I felt bit hard..! We enjoyed ourselves as much as possible…the english classes where we make full-time fun of our dear mam…never caring to be shouted at by her…!leisurely having lunch n coming to classes late regularly..(teachers get tired of making us stand outside)…never ending meditation classes… sharing a single dish among 10 at the canteen, all boys n gals having lunch together on the last working day of school, countless photos clicked on the last few days n lots of memorable moments..I can recollect…! The final months I was bit seriously involved in my board preps n this time I fell ill on the first day of exam..inspite, I tried my best… As soon as our exams got over, we got ourselves busy with the farewell celebration works..that was the time when we boys n gals started speaking so well n respected each others’ ideas…our team effort proved success on March26, 2008…a small video showing the pics of us taken from our lower classes was cherished by all, cake cutting, games, teachers’ n students’ talk, memento presentation..all went on well…I could find the happy faces of my classfriends getting dull when the celebration was nearing its end..i had to leave the place before national anthem as I had to go to madurai for my entrance exam coaching classes…good tat I didn’t stay there till the end, else I would’ve definitely cried..
Tear drops rolled down my cheeks when I thought of the times we had silly fights, commented abt someone n laughed out loudly, shared our lunches together, fun in english classes, tour experiences, bicycle rides…n lotsss…my mind was fully occupied with these thoughts on my 2hrs journey to madurai…The next morn, though I woke up fresh..the thought inside me…no more grey n white uniforms…no more assembly..no more lunches to be shared...no more school days…no more late goings to spl classes n a list of ‘no mores’ brought inside me a sudden pain..!
YRTV was like a heaven for 14yrs…the wonderful moments are still frozen…the memories bring a beam of energy inside me….i’ll be ever grateful to the school n teachers who grew me up…and my wonderful friends…they always find a special place in my little heart…!