Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Remembering Lena's

Well, today's one of those days where I just cannot get to work without having blogged about something, anything that I'm thinking about right now. So I decided to blog about the very first school I attended- Lena's School, Lovedale. Lena's School, tucked away in the village of Lovedale (dare I call it a village?) on the outskirts of Ooty, will always remain special to me. In my mind's eye, I can still see the school, set against the picturesque backdrop of the Nilgiri Hills, mist floating everywhere in the vicinity. I haven't read Edmund Hillary's "Schoolhouse in the Clouds" yet, but the image of Lena's always pops into my mind whenever I think of the book, making me want to read it all the more.

My parents used to work at the Lawrence School, Lovedale, which is just a stone's throw away, so I guess it was quite convenient for them to leave me at Lena's. I remember my first day at kindergarten. Mom and dad took me to the Principal's office- Sister Ann Joseph. Stern yet kind, always smiling, always ready to help us. I also remember Sister Sheeba who taught me math in grade 2. I think it was she who scored out two pages in my notebook where I had eagerly written down my even and odd numbers, anxious to be the first one in the class to complete the task. I was dismayed when she pointed out to me that I had labeled the pages wrongly! So Sister Sheeba was the one who first taught me the virtues of "looking before leaping".

Then there was Shyamala Miss who taught us Hindi. Oh!! I remember the agony of reading my Hindi answers out to Mom so that she could write it down in English. Weird? Yes, there's more to it- Neither Mom nor dad are experts at Hindi . Come to think of it, after all those years, neither am I. Our education system is like that. What to do? But I digress. So before every exam, there was a little ritual followed at home. I used to rattle off all my answers to mom who used to check with my notes to see if I had learnt well. So that was how mom learnt some Hindi- jotting down my answers in English!

I recollect an incident where Lena's suddenly decided to use question papers for examinations in grade 3, instead of the old system of having them written on the blackboard. This was introduced so that we wouldn't be surprised when we did get in to Lawrence for grade 4. My teacher wanted to give us a dictation and by mistake those words were printed on the paper, and then hastily blackened out! I remember going back home and laughing over the whole episode.

I remember with fondness, my first friends- Monica and Kaumudi. Joyous days spent on swings and slides, squabbling over the silliest of issues, laughing while on the merry-go-round, singing Christmas carols in December...It's been a long time from then, but I still feel the warmth in my heart when I think of those days. Thank you Lena's for all those precious memories...

19 comments:

  1. Nice post Molu. I remember Lena's too :)

    I vividly remember Lovedale where we used to vacation most of the time. Unni maman bought me a pair of canvas shoes and asked me to run every morning,which I follow religiously till date :) Evening was shuttle where I always used to loose. Was especially feeling down when I used to loose pathetically to the Burser's(Mr.Balasubramaniam I think) daughter(Divya I think her name is)The Burser's son was an ace player too. But he was elder to me so it was OK losing to him. The girl was 2-3 years junior. At an early age I realised that age/gender is nothing when it comes to talent :)

    Everyday I used to try to narrow the losing margin :)I think I won one game though :)

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  2. And the moments we used to run and hang on to the fencing in the playground when the trains whistle was heard.... and the Cricket with Mr. Dhanabhagyam.....

    Some Memories that are always fresh:-)

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  3. Thanks karthipaa :)
    thedvilsangel, may I know who you are, ha ha?

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  4. Sruthi mol-This is called nostalgia!I do remember when you were spanked by a teacher,I was livid and wanted to go and speak with the Headmistress,but Mama stopped me.I think thedevilsangel is talking about Mr. Selvabhagyam (the one and only).

    How is that you forgot Priya miss and Mrs. Nedumaran?I think you should have written about Kannamma akka too. She faithfully got you your lunch, be it rain or shine.

    I am glad you wrote about this for one should never forget the ladder which helped you climb.

    After reading the blog I kind of get the heady scent of the eucalyptus leaves and hear the howling monsoon winds and wish we could go back in time....

    The School was called LENA SCHOOL,yeah?

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  5. Hi Sruthi,
    Wow - was that nostalgic? I've been to Lena's School too, and will always remember the atmosphere and some friends I made then are still with me :) So, how are Sir and Ma'am doing?

    This is KBS's daughter Saumya

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  6. I am a total gaddha. I think Mr.Venkatachelam was the burser.I stand corrected.

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  7. Appa, yes, I miss those days too! I should definitely write about Kannamaa akka, another post soon.Your comment on the heady scent of the eucalyptus trees reminded me of the short cut to Lena from the campus through the woods. What joy!!

    Saumya, wow!!! it's amazing that you found my blog!! :) Yes, Lena will always be special for me too!!

    Karthipaa, ha ha! :P

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  8. Great post! Brings back so many nostalgic memories - I was recollecting the short-cut and the sweep of Lovedale Railway Station. Mrs. Enos's house...

    Which year were you at Lena School?

    That was the first ever school I attended - my parents were at Lawrence too. This was waaaaaaaaaaay back in 1970s.

    I remember Saumya's sister Jayashree.

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  9. Hello Anu!! Whoaa, I do remember Mrs Enos-- I used to go to her house near Lena along with a few friends!! I was at Lena between 1996 and 1999- kindergarten till grade 3, I guess. Sweet nostalgia :)

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  10. Hi Anu, we are sruthi's parents and worked at Lawrence from 1988-2000. May we know the name of your parents? Where are you now?

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  11. Hi Sudha:

    Sorry for the late reply. My dad BRG Rao was in Lawrence from around 1965 to 1983. (He passed away in 1998).

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  12. Hi Anu

    My name is Srivalsan Murugan and I am Krishna's Dad. I was at Lovedale from 1988 to 2000 and I have heard a lot about the venerable Gundu Rao from a large number of senior teachers who were your father's contemporaries such as Dr. P.V Ramachandra, Mr. Venkitachalam,Mr.Balasubramanaim (jayashree's Dad)and Mr.Raghavan (who passed away couple of years back)

    Regards

    Srivalsan

    Regards

    Srivalsan

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  13. well anyone here from the 2002 batch pls let me know..
    my email id: pravintherock93@gmail.com

    THANKS FOR CREATING THIS BLOG.........

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  14. if there's anyone frm 94-97 batch.....plz lemme kno....

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    1. Hey... Might be from the same batch!

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  15. hi i am indumugi were you studying here in 2006 , 2007. when i was studying there also they introduced question papers in my 3'rd std.

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  16. I was a student at Lena from 1979 to 1980 Grade 1 & 2. Would like to get in touchbwith the school again but don't see a website or anything i can get info from. Please help.

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  17. I feel too nostalgic remembering my childhood days in Lena School. Was a student from 1981- 83 remembers all good olden days saw the recent Lena School. Cannot forget those days. Master Fernandez, PT master Mr.Hari...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Remembering Lena's

Well, today's one of those days where I just cannot get to work without having blogged about something, anything that I'm thinking about right now. So I decided to blog about the very first school I attended- Lena's School, Lovedale. Lena's School, tucked away in the village of Lovedale (dare I call it a village?) on the outskirts of Ooty, will always remain special to me. In my mind's eye, I can still see the school, set against the picturesque backdrop of the Nilgiri Hills, mist floating everywhere in the vicinity. I haven't read Edmund Hillary's "Schoolhouse in the Clouds" yet, but the image of Lena's always pops into my mind whenever I think of the book, making me want to read it all the more.

My parents used to work at the Lawrence School, Lovedale, which is just a stone's throw away, so I guess it was quite convenient for them to leave me at Lena's. I remember my first day at kindergarten. Mom and dad took me to the Principal's office- Sister Ann Joseph. Stern yet kind, always smiling, always ready to help us. I also remember Sister Sheeba who taught me math in grade 2. I think it was she who scored out two pages in my notebook where I had eagerly written down my even and odd numbers, anxious to be the first one in the class to complete the task. I was dismayed when she pointed out to me that I had labeled the pages wrongly! So Sister Sheeba was the one who first taught me the virtues of "looking before leaping".

Then there was Shyamala Miss who taught us Hindi. Oh!! I remember the agony of reading my Hindi answers out to Mom so that she could write it down in English. Weird? Yes, there's more to it- Neither Mom nor dad are experts at Hindi . Come to think of it, after all those years, neither am I. Our education system is like that. What to do? But I digress. So before every exam, there was a little ritual followed at home. I used to rattle off all my answers to mom who used to check with my notes to see if I had learnt well. So that was how mom learnt some Hindi- jotting down my answers in English!

I recollect an incident where Lena's suddenly decided to use question papers for examinations in grade 3, instead of the old system of having them written on the blackboard. This was introduced so that we wouldn't be surprised when we did get in to Lawrence for grade 4. My teacher wanted to give us a dictation and by mistake those words were printed on the paper, and then hastily blackened out! I remember going back home and laughing over the whole episode.

I remember with fondness, my first friends- Monica and Kaumudi. Joyous days spent on swings and slides, squabbling over the silliest of issues, laughing while on the merry-go-round, singing Christmas carols in December...It's been a long time from then, but I still feel the warmth in my heart when I think of those days. Thank you Lena's for all those precious memories...

19 comments:

  1. Nice post Molu. I remember Lena's too :)

    I vividly remember Lovedale where we used to vacation most of the time. Unni maman bought me a pair of canvas shoes and asked me to run every morning,which I follow religiously till date :) Evening was shuttle where I always used to loose. Was especially feeling down when I used to loose pathetically to the Burser's(Mr.Balasubramaniam I think) daughter(Divya I think her name is)The Burser's son was an ace player too. But he was elder to me so it was OK losing to him. The girl was 2-3 years junior. At an early age I realised that age/gender is nothing when it comes to talent :)

    Everyday I used to try to narrow the losing margin :)I think I won one game though :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. And the moments we used to run and hang on to the fencing in the playground when the trains whistle was heard.... and the Cricket with Mr. Dhanabhagyam.....

    Some Memories that are always fresh:-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks karthipaa :)
    thedvilsangel, may I know who you are, ha ha?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Sruthi mol-This is called nostalgia!I do remember when you were spanked by a teacher,I was livid and wanted to go and speak with the Headmistress,but Mama stopped me.I think thedevilsangel is talking about Mr. Selvabhagyam (the one and only).

    How is that you forgot Priya miss and Mrs. Nedumaran?I think you should have written about Kannamma akka too. She faithfully got you your lunch, be it rain or shine.

    I am glad you wrote about this for one should never forget the ladder which helped you climb.

    After reading the blog I kind of get the heady scent of the eucalyptus leaves and hear the howling monsoon winds and wish we could go back in time....

    The School was called LENA SCHOOL,yeah?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi Sruthi,
    Wow - was that nostalgic? I've been to Lena's School too, and will always remember the atmosphere and some friends I made then are still with me :) So, how are Sir and Ma'am doing?

    This is KBS's daughter Saumya

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am a total gaddha. I think Mr.Venkatachelam was the burser.I stand corrected.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Appa, yes, I miss those days too! I should definitely write about Kannamaa akka, another post soon.Your comment on the heady scent of the eucalyptus trees reminded me of the short cut to Lena from the campus through the woods. What joy!!

    Saumya, wow!!! it's amazing that you found my blog!! :) Yes, Lena will always be special for me too!!

    Karthipaa, ha ha! :P

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great post! Brings back so many nostalgic memories - I was recollecting the short-cut and the sweep of Lovedale Railway Station. Mrs. Enos's house...

    Which year were you at Lena School?

    That was the first ever school I attended - my parents were at Lawrence too. This was waaaaaaaaaaay back in 1970s.

    I remember Saumya's sister Jayashree.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hello Anu!! Whoaa, I do remember Mrs Enos-- I used to go to her house near Lena along with a few friends!! I was at Lena between 1996 and 1999- kindergarten till grade 3, I guess. Sweet nostalgia :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Anu, we are sruthi's parents and worked at Lawrence from 1988-2000. May we know the name of your parents? Where are you now?

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Sudha:

    Sorry for the late reply. My dad BRG Rao was in Lawrence from around 1965 to 1983. (He passed away in 1998).

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi Anu

    My name is Srivalsan Murugan and I am Krishna's Dad. I was at Lovedale from 1988 to 2000 and I have heard a lot about the venerable Gundu Rao from a large number of senior teachers who were your father's contemporaries such as Dr. P.V Ramachandra, Mr. Venkitachalam,Mr.Balasubramanaim (jayashree's Dad)and Mr.Raghavan (who passed away couple of years back)

    Regards

    Srivalsan

    Regards

    Srivalsan

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  13. well anyone here from the 2002 batch pls let me know..
    my email id: pravintherock93@gmail.com

    THANKS FOR CREATING THIS BLOG.........

    ReplyDelete
  14. if there's anyone frm 94-97 batch.....plz lemme kno....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey... Might be from the same batch!

      Delete
  15. hi i am indumugi were you studying here in 2006 , 2007. when i was studying there also they introduced question papers in my 3'rd std.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I was a student at Lena from 1979 to 1980 Grade 1 & 2. Would like to get in touchbwith the school again but don't see a website or anything i can get info from. Please help.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I feel too nostalgic remembering my childhood days in Lena School. Was a student from 1981- 83 remembers all good olden days saw the recent Lena School. Cannot forget those days. Master Fernandez, PT master Mr.Hari...

    ReplyDelete