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Birla High School Alumni

WHAT: Birla High School Alumni, in association with The Telegraph, presents Homecoming 2014

WHERE: Birla High School for Boys

WHEN: January 11

From proposals to hand cricket, scoldings to the school uniform, teachers and ex-students shared fond memories at Homecoming, the 17th annual reunion of Birla High School Alumni, in association with The Telegraph. The sound of the school bell that marked the beginning of the reunion made the gathering nostalgic.

While teachers remembered being proposed to by 10-year-old students, some ex-students recalled their first cricket match. “It feels special to come back to school. It was Hindi High School then. This school gives equal importance to academics and co-curriculars. It was here that I held my first cricket bat,” recalled Parthasarathi Shome, today an adviser to the Union finance minister.

The alumni that began with nine ex-students 18 years ago now has 1,600 members. “We organise seven events every year like the annual reunion, annual sports meet and musical evening. A few of us had met many years back and felt there should be a reunion every year and a body to organise it, so we formed the alumni association with just nine members. Now we not only organise these events but also help our old teachers and staff members who need medical or financial assistance,” said Sushil Sethia, a former president of the alumni association.