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Saturday , December 29 , 2012
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Class of ’68 bonds by the beach
- 10 students of De Nobili-Digwadih relive old times at two-day reunion

Hugs, cheers and backslaps — tees replaced ties as 10 old boys of the 1968 batch of De Nobili, Digwadih, took a two-day trip back to their classroom earlier this week.

The former students — pranksters-turned-management professors, general managers, scientists and consultants — had a grand reunion by a Bengal beach. They met in Calcutta on the evening of December 22 and started for the Tajpur Sea Resort, the venue of the reunion, around 200km from Calcutta, the next morning.

The journey of six hours on a minibus gave the old students ample time to pick up threads from where they had been left 44 years ago, even before the formal reintroduction session that had been planned at the resort later that day.

“There was a reintroduction session post-lunch on December 23 after which we hit the beach for a game of volleyball,” alumnus Anindya Mukherjee, modularization consultant of Canada-based Calgary, who currently works in Thailand, told The Telegraph.

Mukherjee added with a smile that it was back to good ol’ school days for his batch mates, who for sometime forgot their professional obligations and office suits and locked horns with each other for some healthy competition on the sand. Tajpur beach, not very crowded on that day, echoed with laughter of a bunch of grown-ups reliving their childhood.

After a hard day at work, er at the beach, the evening was reserved for some soothing music as some star singers of the batch — Kumal Gupta and R. Vanmali being the standouts — croon their favourite tracks that made them famous during their schooldays.

“Not all of us sang. Some of them were back doing what they were notoriously famous for at school — making jokes. By the end of the day, almost all of us were in splits,” Mukherjee said. He added that some members of the batch later also got together to sing O De Nobili, Hats off to thee, that had been penned by Father De Tritch.

If Day One was fun, Day Two packed more action with the alumni making their way to Digha, another favourite of sea lovers.

The day started with another game of volleyball on the sand which continued well into the afternoon The evening was quiet with the old students huddling together to share stories of their professional and family lives and how things changed once they stepped out of school. “We took a resolve there to provide all kinds of support to our alma mater,” Mukherjee said.