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Docs take trip back in time

Brimming with old memories and nostalgia, 75 passouts of the 1964 batch of Patna Medical College and Hospital took a trip down memory lane at a get-together on Monday.

Sukheshi Singh (71), a gynaecologist working in Saudi Arabia and one of the passouts of the 1964 batch, caught up with her batchmates in infusing new life into many old memories.

“I still remember how Ashamidha, one of my batchmates, and I used to finish dissection fast in the anatomy class to help us go boating on the Ganga. We both loved boating very much and sometimes, we bunked classes for it,” said Sukheshi, unable to hide her happiness at being back at her alma mater.

The 1964 batch passouts chatted with old friends on all the good things they shared in those magical years — from bunking classes to giving nicknames to teachers to classroom romances — at a city hotel.

Sukheshi added: “As I was already married, there was no chance for me to romance. But we did have couples in our batch. I won’t name them. To my knowledge, there were two couples, who were seriously in love. We used to enjoy seeing them together and the things they used to do to please each other. It was really entertaining for the rest of us.”

Dr Nawal Kishore Prasad, another alumni of the same batch and a former physician at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, came to attend the meet from Ranchi. He, however, differed from Singh on the matter of couples in their batch.

“There were 120 students in our batch. Of them, there were around 30 girls. There were many couples and many had a crush on somebody or the other. But, those days couples were very disciplined and well-behaved,” he said.

Recalling another interesting incident from his college life, Nawal said: “I used to take the stethoscope of one of my teachers secretly and go on rounds in the inpatient wards. One day, I was caught but the teacher didn’t scold me.”

The medics also had the habit of mimicking their teachers. Shankar Nath, one of the organisers of Monday’s get-together, said: “Some of the students, including me, used to mimic some particular teachers. Before class, we used to mimic them to entertain our batchmates. When the particular teacher entered the class, there used to be pin-drop silence,” said Shankar. The 1964 batch students visited Gandhi Ghat in the evening and had fun at the floating restaurant there.