Sunday, September 20, 2009

To NDA, With Love :)












































On this nostalgic Sunday morning, I raise a toast to NDA, for being a part of our identities. To those endless preparations for talent nights, sports days, teachers' days, debates, elocutions, one-act plays, to those majestic corridors where we laughed and ran during the breaks, those morning assemblies and prayers, that 'Big Field' with that 'magic' brick boundary which could 'make your wishes come true' if you completed one round without falling. To the canteen and the panipuri wala. To the grand Julie Hall that we thronged for all occasions. To the chapel where we prayed whenever we were unprepared for a test. To the mysterious sisters' convent where we weren't allowed to go. To Mrs. Bhavana Shekhar for her motherly attention to details and for kindling my affair with the Hindi language. To Mrs. Rekha Srivastava for her oh-so-fabulous accent that could make anyone fall in love with the English language, to Mrs. Madan for being the strict disciplinarian that she was and for always pushing us towards those perfectly tailored 'to-the-point' CBSE format answers. To Mrs. Tresa David for her infectious love for numbers, to Mrs. Sujata Mukherjee for those free periods and Mrs. Sushma Prasad for being a wonderful person and encouraging class teacher. To Miss Ekata Harshavardhan for supporting us when we needed her despite the hard times that we gave her. To Sister Joan, wasn't she the most innocent creature possible? To her music classes where she made us clap at 'clap with your hands, our God is good' , and to her Value Education classes where she taught us the Ten Commandments with extra elaboration of the 'Do not covet..' part ; ) . To that 12th std English class where we sang a prayer of rain with her and it actually rained. To those long queues of Michaelites, Loyolites, Boscons, etc outside the gate, who no matter how much we pretended to hate, managed to boost our teenage egoes everyday. Toast to Sister Jayshree, we grumbled and made fuss but we knew you were the best administrator possible. May your soul rest in peace. Toast to Shubhangi, Chinu, Nishu, Sneh, Nidhi, Sachi, Garima....my comfort circle, my friends for life..and to the uncountable magical moments we spent together. To Ruchi, Pallo and Monica who meant to me in their own special ways. To every single day spent in that second home that shaped us into who we are. To those memories that are still as fresh as if it all happened yesterday. To that ideology of Notre Dame where strength of character and truthfulness came first and material success second. To the 'women of substance' that it strived to turn us into. To all the girls in red who will undoubtedly rule the world and who will always remain Damians at heart. No matter where they go. Cheers...

14 comments:

chayanika said...

To Notre Dame, because its part of us :)

sahitya said...

:)... i dedicate it to cottons(with all the necessary changes)!

Tulika Verma said...

@ Sahitya
:) yes to all our almae matres...
specially the all girls convent ones :P

tinkerbell said...

each day of my life,i have something 2 thank nda 4 !
tulika, brilliant post....

tinkerbell said...

sr. joan... i miss u, really do !!!

Tulika Verma said...

@ Isra...
I know...each day... :)

simplypam said...

to all that love...that no matter where we go still remains unmatched. to the midas' touch that turned every moment into a memory held forever.
ab apne style me....
:waa now me misssing all....me wana go bak once with every single person present there.

Tulika Verma said...

@ Chinu
Yes...to all that love...
love u so much..!!
muah!!

monica said...

hey...really nice n touchy!felt lyk it jst happened yesterday...miss skool so much!

Nidhi said...

it is absolutely beautiful, i miss school, my friends .... i miss NDA

nivedita urf nishu said...

to the big field..to the swings..to the x-mas tree..to ma fisrt day as a damian...to all our teachers for mouldin us into young independent ladies...to ma frens..to ma alma mater
...am blessd n am proud to be a damian...

Tulika Verma said...

hahaha...Nivedita urf Nishu? love you babe..
@Monica and Nidhi....I know...golden days..!

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