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article posted January 27, 2009
Kaneez Razavi nee Anupam Pratibha Khanna Class of 1971
The school almost unrecognisable and favourite places obscured, still had the open welcomingness that I treasure in my heart.
The guards forced to regulate parking and entry were friendly and more than cooperative even though we reached too too early right in the top traffic challenge time: School closing for the day and weekend!
We were prepared having called on Ms Preeti Garg on Monday the 12th.
The young people arranged to show us about were every bit as charmed by the school and their youth and enthusiasm were lovely. We passed a young mom with two lovely girls who we chatted with, I with a smattering of Japanese learned years ago. They were friendly and positive. The library and swimming pool were locked and that was a bit of a disappointment.
The reception itself was a magical experience with a huge screen being used to bring forward memorabilia and also to bring our dear Mrs Jackie Singh to the party. There were an array of old yearbooks, mine of course among the oldest but my brother's (class of '68) not there -- someone may have been looking through it.
Many were parents, teachers retired and some others were actually from my time. Meeting them and some of the younger students from my HIndi class like Deepak Sen and Sunaina Suneja was like looking back almost 40years in some fantasy device. Meeting Peter Ide whose sister Becky was a person who interested me as she was artistic and a thinker way back then... was great! Suresh the lab asst of our time in 9th grade IPS physical science to bio and chem later on was looking good and has a lovely wife as well.
Exclamations of "you look the same" mutually shared with Dolly Narang made the smile only get bigger.
I do wish we could have had a one-line introduction or a little list like the ones they give at art galleries it is a lot of work but it is hard to spend 90mins and not get to know anybody beyond HI I am from the class of 71!
Meeting Sharon Lowen and Bandana Sen was a thrill to my art[s] loving daughter, now a doctoral scholar at DU.
We drove home and were able to have Mira Sarkar with us for about half the way and that added to our feeling of elation.
It was six hours door to door of family time and my husband and daughter were charmed to see a peek of my past
Alka of the Director's office was so clear: it is your school so feel at home.
Of course NYC and Rome are not happening for me just now but I am working on going to the US to see lots of our folks and to see bits of the states that interest us...
The food was nice and the giant mug momento will always be treasured. Meeting the Director Mr Hetzel was fun, Ha ha to see the venerated head as my own age!
The evening was memorable and should become an annual pilgrimage and hopefully I can DO something with or for the school. MY SCHOOL
Kaneez Razavi aka Anu Khanna class of 71.