Vijaya High Chronicles

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An ongoing story about my life in High School. Decided to do it as a separate page rather than do it between regular posts.

The Beginning

Didn’t have a great time in primary school. Too many school changes. But I made up for all that in high school (8,9, 10th Grades) at Vijaya High School and Pre-Univ at National College, Basavangudi.

Vijaya High School was great. Our Headmaster K.S. Chandrashekariah was a benevolent dictator. Someone we all feared but at the same time respected as a father figure. He inspired, threatened, and punished us. At the same time he gave us enough rope to have fun. According to me he is the educationists educationist.

Everytime I think of High School, I think of two suffering friends who I used to torment a lot. First of all being left handed, I had to sit in the left most corner of the bench (in our school a bench/table would seat 5 people). So anytime the teacher made me sit in the middle the other guys would be totally out of sync when we wrote because my left hand would clash with their right hand. Of course I would NOT make the adjustment so it was my poor friends who would have to either cramp themselves or write using their laps as the table top (ok.. so I was the bully.. but these guys were much bigger than me).

Madan, and Mubi (Mubasheer) were the two who were most affected by this. We still reminisce about those days and laugh about the fun times (yes they still talk to me after all the torture they went through).

Our 3 years at Vijaya High School still give us enough fodder talk about when we get together (there are about 10 of us who meet fairly regularly).

Cast of Characters

When we joined VHS in 8th Grade, all of us (yes all of us) came from different schools. So initially we bunched together with people from our own schools. The whole year was spent finding new friends, new groups.

Our class teacher was P. Manjula (PM) for short. She was to be our guardian angel for the 3 years we spent at VHS. She was all in one, our mentor, our major source of terror, and someone who’d spring up to support us if anything went wrong. It was a different approach from today where each year they have different class teachers. Over the next 3 years we would traumatize here, drive her to despair, be driven out of her class, but she was always there to support us. She would endearingly call me “Class Advisor” because I always had a suggestion when there was a problem (whether it was asked for or not). I last saw her 3 years ago. Really need to keep in touch with her.

Madan and Mubasheer (Mubi) were my closest friends and to this remain so. Poor battered guys. They took a lot of crap from me. I still remember beating them up because they couldn’t learn Sanskrit Shubhashithas (yes, I was their “teacher”). They were my comrades in arms.

I have already talked about K.S.Chandrashekariah our Head Master. In addition to being a very good administrator, he was an excellent motivator. It was he who made it fashionable to study for long hours. In other words it was cool to be a “kudumi”.

The teachers at VHS were each a character in their own right. We will talk about them as times goes on. Their names will be changed to “protect” them :-)

More later…

A question of Chemistry

VHR was our chemistry teacher and joined our school when we were in 9th grade. He was understandably nervous in teaching a class of 80 with 40 odd hooligans (boys). For us a new teacher was always a chance to have fun. I still remember VHR’s first class, the poor man was trembling and was finding it hard to even complete sentences. He went around the class and asked our names and not one boy gave his right name. The entire class would answer “Yes Sir” when he called out attendance. In all it was a nightmare for him. I do feel sorry now but it was fun and I would do the same thing all over again ;-)

That year VHR’s classes were what legends are made of and once again I seemed to be in the middle of it all.

One chemistry class, I was bored. I looked at Mubi and he was watching HVR with rapt attention trying not to fall asleep. VHR was on the dias (a stage) explaining atoms.Mubi was very ticklish, so I took my wooden scale and poked him in the solar plexus. Imagine a quiet class, Mubi in the 3rd bench, the teacher explaining things in earnest, as soon as I did this, Mubi let out a spine chilling Oiiiiiiyoooo !!!! and jumped up. VHR dropped the text book he had and almost fell off the dias. There was a minute of silence, VHR was shaking with the shock and could not speak coherently. Still trembling,he motioned for Mubi to come up to the dias. When Mubi got there, he was asked what happened. Mubi then pointed to me and said “Saar Viji scale thogondu chucch bitta saar”… while he said it Mubi could not control his laughter, that angered VHR even more who then took a swing at Mubi who easily avoided it leading to VHR going completely out of balance. He still landed a couple of blows but did not do much damage to Mubi who was still laughing. Now the entire class was laughing which infuriated VHR who stormed out of the class and went to fetch our class teacher. Now P.M was someone we truly feared. Last thing we wanted was for her to come because she would have killed us. So Mubi and I run after VHR aplologize to him.. “Sir, Sir.. sorry saar.. we wont do it again saar.. one time excuse maadi saar…”. After 10 minutes of pleading he seemed to be satisfied and let us off with a warning. Whew…we escaped that round.

But there was plenty more action to come that year….

Lunch Breaks

Ok.. time for me to head back to the school days. Lunch time at VHS was a one hour affair and all of us used to quickly finish off our respective boxes and head out to the front of the school where the hawkers sold their fares.

Shetty’s Churumuri gaadi (cart) was one of our favorites. For five paisa we would get a puri (of the pani puri fame) stuffed with sweet and khara chutney and a vile mixture of carrots and onions (yum, yum). That done we would spend another 5 paisa at the ice cream candy cart. This type of ice cream leaves your mouth with its color. The more affluent used to have an “account” with the kulfi guy. The cost of kulfi was a princely 25 paisa. Unfortunately 10 or 15 paisa was all we used to have in our pocket.

Of course there were seasonal vendors like the guy who sold sugarcane. The “meese” game was a favorite. You take a small stick of sugarcane, the vendor makes a light cut around the middle. Two contestants hold the cane at either end and yank it so it breaks into two. The fibres stick out like a “meese” (mustache). Whoever has the one with the longer “meese” wins the sugarcane and the loser pays for it. I remember once going home with about 20 plus pieces and struggling to explain to my mom where things came from.

One of the main challenges for all the vendors was to stay alert to the sudden popping of an unwanted hand in the middle of a crowd where someone was trying to take things without paying. Shetty was the most vulnerable to this because he had the largest gaadi and the largest crowd around it as well. He used to be very alert and had a wooden scale that would greet any hand that was not accompanied by a face and was “feeling around” for things to steal. But it was always a losing battle for him. I have a feeling that he accounted for some amount of pilferage in his business plan.

All of these vendors were frowned upon by our Principal K.S. Chandrashekariah. He was of the opinion that all food sold there was vile and there was a continuous war of attrition between him and the vendors. Every morning after prayers he would exhort us among other things to stay away from these “bacteria infested food” as he used to call them. But it was an exercise in futility because at lunchtime we all headed to the front (including some of the teachers).

NCC

What would high school be without NCC?

Getting up on cold Bangalore mornings and heading out to school at 6 AM to get yelled at by the instructor in Hindi. We only understood the swear words anyway.

We WOULD NOT wear sweaters as that would be a sign of weakness. The chaddis were of the “bell bottom” kind allowing for all kinds of air-conditioning to happen. To top it all we had to get it starched, so it was like wearing sharp asbestos. Of course who can forget those heavy shoes. Some of us would put in nails or a horseshoe at the heel to get that “tak tak” sound when we walked.

But the thing that made us go day in and day out was… THE FREE TOKENS… for those “wonderful” (or so we thought) khali (rubber) doses at Triveni hotel that used to be located at South End Circle (theres a flower shop there now).

Getting anything for free even if it was rubber dose was a great thrill.

Then there was the 10 days of NCC camp :-( … oh the pain… stay tuned for more.

My Marks are Incorrect Sir…

Has been a while since I put something out on Vijaya High.

This happened when we were in 8th grade. Our arithmetic teacher was M. Venkatachaliah (MV). MV was a very senior member of the staff and a good teacher as well. Of course being in the 8th standard we were at the bottom of the pile (meaning juniormost in the school).

We used to sit in the “seminar hall”. A huge room with a large stage. You literally had to “look up” to your teacher -)

So we had just had our VERY FIRST maths test and MV was giving out the marks. He had been very generous and ALL of the class had got full marks… except for Yogesha. He had gotten one mark less than the rest.

So he gathers up the courage to go up to the stage. MV is sitting at the desk, his head bent down entering marks. Once he is on stage, Yogi gets braver.. goes right to the desk and says “Saar neevu nange ondu mark kadime kottidheera” (Sir you have given me one mark less).

For a split second MV does nothing, then he pounces off his chair, grabs his test paper and throws it outside the class…. “Yeno Marks beka??? (You want Marks??)” he screams at him… “Go to the high court I say… Go to the Supreme court I say”… as he is saying it, he advances towards Yogi trying to slap him… Yogi is stuck between trying to escape and looking for his paper which is now lying in the corridor…

By now Yogi has lost all fear (Dying men have no fear). He actually starts arguing with MV about how the sum is correct… This infuriates MV even further… “Yeno baddi magane… marksu nimm appana mane asthi antha ankondiya… baro illi…” (loose translation… Do you think your marks are your personal property?)… by now Yogi is tethering at the end of the stage.. he jumps off at the last instant (just as MV’s hand swooshed by where his face was)…

By now the entire class was watching this episode (we were hoping for some blood)… but then the anticlimax of all anticlimaxes… the bell rang…

Amazingly enough both MV and Yogi forgot that incident and life went on normally the very next day…

Wheres your paper?

Staying with the “marks” concept, this incident happened when we were in 9th. In VHS when we got our marks,it was customary for the teacher to give out the paper and then sit at his desk, call out names by order and the students would say their marks aloud while the teacher entered the marks in his or her register.

For unit tests, some guys would lie about their marks. So if you got 3 or 4, you’d actually say 13 or 14. It was seen as a fun thing to do. One day, I decided to do it. Our chemistry marks came out and mine were woefully low. So, I added some marks in order to make the marks look better. I was assured by the “professionals” in the class, that there would be no problems at all… ya right !!!

Somehow the teacher got wind of this. So next day, he comes into class and before he starts teaching, says “Vijay, where is your test paper?”. I say something to the effect of “Sir I think its at home”… he sternly reminds me to bring it the next day with the warning “You have given me wrong marks”… gulp!!!

I am petrified. I had never lied like this. My mom would bury me alive if she got wind of this (she will now when she reads this post).

So next day, I go to school… without the paper of course. As soon as he comes in the teacher thunders. “VIJAY WHERE IS THE PAPER????”. To which I mumble something like “Sir my brother has misplaced it” (Aditya was about 2 years old at that time). Again there was the threat to either bring it the next day or face the consequences. I dont know how I managed but then I kept this up for almost 2 weeks. Things were getting pretty dicey.

So, I decided to take the plunge. Walked into the staff room one day (when he was alone) and confessed. I told him straight that I had lied and I didnt want to show him my paper in front of the class. For a minute it looked like he would slap me. Then his face broke into a smile and he said “Don’t do it again. Bring your paper tomorrow.” The next day he looked at my paper (in the staff room)… and put in the extra marks !!!!!

Running back to class at that time, I didn’t understand the significance. Now I do. He was being magnanimous.

The Marks Part 2

We never learnt from previous mistakes.

I guess the logic was, “It could happen to others but can’t happen to me”

The next chemistry test, the guys were at it again. As before the teacher gave us the answer sheets and then would call out the name at which point we would tell him our marks. This test was no different, the “professionals” glibly lied.

Along the way, M’s name comes up and he decides to take the plunge. He says “15 saar”… HVR looks up, for some reason he suspects foul play. “Are you sure?” he asks… M says “Yyyyyyes saar” (he had gotten 3). HVR then says “Show me your paper” and heads towards him.. M is caught. “THUMP…” HVRs hand thudded on his back. M starts running with HVR chasing him around the class, throwing dusters, chalk pieces, and books at him which M evaded beautifully. He was then made to go to Chandrashekariah, who asked him to bring his father (after a few slaps of course).

Then it was my turn. Remember I had lied in the last test and wasn’t about to do it. So I blurted out my real marks which actually was good this time. He looked at me and said “BRING PAPER HERE… LAST TIME YOU DID LIAR’ING”… so I show him my marks. Hes palpably disappointed that I am not lying. I am relieved that I am not…. lying that is.

It was a narrow escape.

“Torture” Techniques

Was chatting with a few school mates some time ago and the topic of “beatings” in schools came up. When we were in school, it seemed to be perfectly normal to get thrashed especially for the boys. One thing was for sure, it was a form of discipline and most of it was mild (unlike what you hear of today). Each teacher has his/her own method:

TSM: Our science teacher loved to tweak the ear lobe. He’d close his eyes and “pinch” a very tiny area (to maximize pain). It was almost as if he was savouring every moment.

PSC: Our Geometry teacher would use small bits of chalk to hit his target with deadly precision. He could reach any point in the class and rarely missed.

HVR: Our chemistry teacher usually threw a duster at the offending party. It always ended up hitting the wrong person. Occasionally he would try and go after the person but rarely landed a blow (he was too slow).

YVN: Our beleaguerd English teacher usually targetted the door or the wall (never hit a student directly). His class was always chaotic. He would get so mad that he’d throw his duster at the wall and then just sit down in his chair and let the class do whatever it wanted. He would then walk out at the end of the period.

PAK: Was the king of the “No look slap”. He’d be talking to one guy and whack the guy next to him. This element of surprise ensured that the offending party could not take evasive action.

KNB: Would make the guy stand up on the bench and would target the thigh for a nice meaty pinch. Many times the poor victim would double up to avoid the pinch and get pinched in the nuggies…. ouch !!!

And before your judge these teachers let me say… We were no angels ;-)

Morning Shows

Morning shows in Bangalore theaters were essentially meant for those folks who were missing classes. They usually started at 10:30 AM and ended around 12:30 or 1… just in time for lunch…Later on came the “noon” shows to accomodate students wanting to take advantage of the post lunch session.

Nanda and Shanthi theaters in Jayanagar (and later Swagath) were favorite haunts. The only drawback was that you’d probably run into someone you know… the tactic was to enter the movie hall after the lights dimmed and leave just before the end.

So decide to bunk classes and go to the movies… for the very first time… I had this nasty feeling that I was going to get caught.

Two Rupees and Fifty Paisa later we snuck into the hall where the Ads had just begun. Once we got settled down, I did a quiet survey of the place (in the dim light) just to ensure that no one I knew was in sight…

As my eyes surveyed the landscape, I met another that was doing the same…it was my neighbour !!!! Right behind where I was sitting. For an instant both of us looked at each other and then turned away.. I was supposed to be in school.. BUT .. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AT WORK !!! (he worked for one of those Public Sectors)… here he was at the movie theater..lunch bag and all. He was playing traunt from work !!!!

It worked out well.. he did not tell my parents and I did not tell his family.. it was one of those mutual blackmailing things…like a silent truce.. we never talked about it…EVER…but every now and then I’d ask “Yenu uncle…Hosadagi yavudaadru picture nodiDraa?” (Saw any movies recently?)…the response was nervous laughter followed by a quick glance around to see whether his wife heard it.

Missing Classes

There were two ways of missing class in VHS. The “official” way was to offer to help someone like our PE teacher MNR in “cleaning” the NCC room.. what this would mean was hours of officially sanctioned “missed time” spent in activities such as indoor cricket, volleyball and football all behind closed doors and windows. If anyone complained about the noise emanating, the standard answer would be “Hey we were asked to clean this room.. we are only doing our job”. Its a different matter that the room ended up being messier that it was when we started but I guess the way MNR saw it, at least he got someone who was willing to clean the place up.

Of course the “unofficial” way was to just walk out of class and spend the hour hiding somewhere. Somehow this was always more exciting because of the dangers involved.

Our Headmaster Chandrashekariah (KSC) would always be prowling around the school looking for anything that was amiss. Getting caught by him was to be avoided at all costs and that was part of the excitement. In addition KSC used to send the office attenders to the playgrounds behind the school to check. Retribution was severe but that did not stop us from trying.

Right behind the school building was a temple (Patalamma Temple) whose grounds were the unofficial playgrounds for the school (today most of that ground is occupied by a marraige hall). In addition there was a mechanic in the area who used to park cars in a corner of the ground while he repaired them.

The problem with missing classes was that if a few of us absconded, then no one noticed. But that day about 20 of us decided to take off and head in different directions. So our group (about 11 or so) is sitting in the Patalamma playground next to a parked car when one of us notices an attender called Chowdiah coming out via the back entrance to do a check. All of us scramble inside the car (11 guys inside an old Fiat car). We are scared to look our for fear of making “eye contact” and getting caught.

About 10 long (and smelly) minutes later we decide that it was probably safe to peer out. We open the door and what do we see… Chowdiah, KSC and RP (whose class we had bunked) waiting right outside the car. Apparently alarmed at the LARGE number of absentees, RP had raised an alarm and a manhunt was underway to round us up.

We were made to march in a single file to the HM’s office and made to wait outside while the others were rounded up. Other students stared at with a look that said “Thank God we are not in your shoes”.

Anyway only our group was rounded up that day. The rest had gone home. Next was the session with the HM. In addition to being called Donkeys, we were extolled on the virtues of attending class along with a strict order to bring in our parents the next day. Several God and Mother Promises later we were let off but with warning that if this EVER happened again…. then God help us.

You’d think that this event made us change our way… you are right.. till the next time it happened. Oh ya and we never did take our parents.. whew !!!

685 thoughts on “Vijaya High Chronicles

  1. You are a left hander ? … Now I can make one generalised statement about lefties.. I know few more!
    paapa M & M… God bless them.
    Vijaya Chronicles is a good idea!

  2. Vijay says:

    Only writing, eating with spoon (ambidextrous on that), serving, cutting veg with a knife… all other things including sport and right handed… I am indeed a strange guy :-)

    • M.S.Vas says:

      Hello Vijay sir,
      Both of our alma mater(VHS) is same.U belong to garden city VHS & me concrete city VHS. I stood in the same line as you were from(2003-2005). I enjoyed reading your page till the last stop. Many were staring at me thinking as i was out of my senses, seeing my facial expressions as i was reading your page. I rolled down laughing uncontrollably with your experiences in poking your MUB friend-HVR actions(came before my eyes), getting caught red handed in Patalamma ground, etc. I guess you have skipped some interesting point of your school days.

      We stepped in, HVR stepped out taking chem class to us for a month. But there was a lot of contrast as what you have described about HVR here. PAK was the HM for us & TSM handled biology, I remeber his 1 dialogue which has caught my ears attention, i.e. “See both sides simultaneously, it is not possible, then how can you speak & listen at the same time.”

      I too agree with the point that VHS is isolated from the outer world. Academically oriented institution. Always opportunities(extra curricular) for the recognised, no chance for unleashing talents of others. One will be easily lost in the sheep herd. Our class strength was 100+.

      It was like reading a novel, it refreshed my mood & brought back the nostalgia of VHS as i scrolled down the page.
      I too walked down the memory lane to VHS days.

      I will also pen down taking motivating pill from Sri.Vijay page. I look forward to ypur response.

      Regards
      M.S.Vas

    • M.S.Vas says:

      Vijay sir,
      Am very glad to see your instant response. How can i get in touch with you sir?

  3. praneshachar says:

    veena
    beware of lefties be cautious
    all lefties I know are tremendous guys and have achieved something unique latest addition is our VIJAY!
    good memories down the lane I also took back to my school days and counting how many my SSLC classmates were Doctors there are 6 out a class strength of 28 one of them has already won a Rajotsava Award Dr.Jali Mallikarjun who is now with KLE society’s high tech hospital in Belgaum

  4. Strange is positive or ?
    I think Pranesh said all that I thought about :-)

    Anyway, its a discovery & thanks for that word Ambidextrous…

  5. prashanth m says:

    loved reading this write-up Vijay…

    Guess, its time for another update. Eagerly waiting for the same :)

  6. Murali Partha says:

    Vijay,
    Does Nikhil read this blog? We need to encourage him to do so. I don’t know what sort of parenting you do. But if you are one who insists that Nikhil should behave well and generally adopt a holier-than-thou attitude with him, then this post should recalibrate the levels of acceptable class-room behaviour in his mind. What a role-model you are sir!

    But this VHR character had me in splits. I can relate to so many of these things. I do not want to hijack this post, but sometime I should relate some of the really hilarious (along similar lines) activities that school life invariably throws up.

    Thanks for the refreshing start to the day sir!

  7. Vijay says:

    Murali: I never preach what I don’t practice… we were tareles but we were not wicked… even today when I see VHR he fondly remembers our entire class…

  8. Murali Partha says:

    Ha! If he fondly remembers your class imagine the trauma the other classes must have put the poor man through!

  9. Oh Man, you are a terror truely. You remind me one of my friends who does such mischiefs even now. She had called my husband(then fiancee) & made lot of fun asking for some appointment etc., as he is a doctor….

    Conincidently I went to suttur last friday , there was some suttur Jaatre going on there. Having studied in JSS high school, I could find many of my school teachers there, got to learn many of them are in their post-retirement. I met one GMB(GM Basavanna) who is our science teacher(both chem & Bio) with nicest handwriting & plenty knowledge. He was our most handsome teacher in the entire school. I said ‘Namskaara sir’ he said , the same.
    I tried to introduce myself saying 91 batch X class etc., all good things about our class. I could figure out that he was not able to trace.

    (Once during our preparatory exams, this same GMB came to our exam room & asked who is Veena S S, I was totally scared for this one. Then he told us that I was the only one in the entire school to answer some question related to a complex chemistry equation(courtesy my tution teacher) & he was interested to know/relate that very-normal-not-so-famous student).

    Then I spoke about the same friend who was/is very mischevious(equally sharp) & he said oh.. aa batchaa & smiled ? I couldn’t control my laugh but somehow diverted the speech.. asked few more questions like ‘ nimma magaLu harshita hegidaaLe sir’ ‘nimma maga engg mugisidna’ etc., I feel so glad that school teachers almost remain the same for very looooooong (unlike others) :-)
    Those days were very nice, we used to know lot of details about our school teachers, their family, their kids etc., specially during those annual days, saraswathi pooja(every year a friday we used to thank Goddess Saraswathi)….

    I now know why children are mischiveous at class specially school days :-) I remember all my teachers for their good things but I do remember the other side too. Those boring classes, their long notes, their way of evaluating our test/exam papers, etc., I feel sad when I hear about their sad demise suddenly, its more shocking to digest them !!
    Was Murali your classmate, this is a discovery.. I thought you both must be business-mates-collegues-etc.,

  10. Vijay says:

    Veena: No he was not…

  11. Oh.. I read it as OUR class instead of YOUR, hence the assumption. I saw that other comment as well, which spoke about MP’s age too :-) Life achievement award koDoNa bidi next blog meeting nalli :-)

  12. praneshachar says:

    vijay
    thanks for taking us back to the golden days. I still remember the
    sohanpapadi what we eat today a vendor was bringing in a glass vessel
    and for 10 paise you get the same and the moment you keep in your
    mouth it melts now whatever great sohanpapdi you sona cake etc., called
    but I can not forget the taste. we also use to get different types of forest fruits
    which used to brought by an old lady (Gadevva was her name) very good ones
    tasty like bare hannu bikki hannu tale hannu kowli hannu etc., etc., you can not just forget them and now days you won’t get them in our places also except bare hannu
    cut mango cut karbooja and seeds of karbooja you have to wash with ash,dry them in sun and store in pocket and eat
    so many things brought back to memory
    vandanegalu abhinandanegalu vijay avarige

  13. Vijay says:

    Pranesh avare: I remember the glass vessel as well (looked like a bell jar from Chemistry)… those were indeed good old times..

  14. Diya says:

    While waiting for ur page to load, I was hoping that u would have found time to update us all about ur school days…Coincidence or telepathy or whatever, I’m thrilled that I am not disappointed :) Made for lovely reading :)

  15. Vijay says:

    Thanks Diya.. maybe there is telepathy :-)

  16. usha says:

    Vijay

    Your VHS chronicles make a very good read, it takes me back to my Hisgh school (JSS)and National college Jayanagar days not far frm your school/College :) very similar exeriences and memories….. we were able to purchase so many things with that small amount we used to get from our grandarents/parents those days ;) LOL-Bacteria infested food….:) i guess all teachers and head masters are same kind……

  17. M O H A N says:

    Good story… could connect myself to the same. The characters are different but the story isnt at all different!!

    What a coincidence!

  18. Vijay says:

    Usha, Mohan: Common threads, common bonds…Usha, my Grandfather would give me 5 rupees whenever he came to Bangalore or I went to Mysore as a present.. all thouse were put to good use here :-)

  19. veenashiv says:

    I thought Vijay was born in a different ERA than Mohan(not too sure?) & Usha :-)

    About the grand parents money giving part, yes its such a lovely thing. That was something which we used to wait.. To disappoint us, they used to gift us some new clothes sometime(which would anyway costs far higher than those small amount).. Still there was a sense of disappointment.
    Vijay, neevu ee section update maadidashTu namagella nimma mischevous buddi tiLiyatte( already extrapolated to some extent)….
    Well, probably you can ask your wife to compile this & publich it when you come to some logical end! Next .. sampuTa can be read later based on the reader’s choice.

    Another BB Idea, Publishing the best blog posts ! :-)

    BTW, Is that belada kaayi & elachi haNNu avaialble now ? Also, those guys used to keep all the tender mosambi’s or oranges (which were sour to the core), they made two pieces & put their uppu khaara & give us. Instead of eating the orange piece we used to suck the juice from the cut end! with a huge noise !!

    namma school nalli maavina maragaLittu, guy used to throw stones for them. One guy had hit to one Bee hive & it was a big story of the day! Gosh, that guy was badly attacked by the bees later. Amele school wardon came with a goNi cheela & saved him!

  20. Vijay says:

    Veena: Still lot of things to come… one of our HM’s favorite target was Elachi Hannu… he would go on and on after prayer time about how unhealthy it is to buy from these vendors…

  21. Prashanth M says:

    5 paise ge churmuri/ice candy :| & meese aata is new to me – idara bagge gottirlilla.
    Nice read :)

  22. veenashiv says:

    Ice candy is not those softy or vanilla prashanth. They will bring it one wooden box(has a built in refrigerator in it).. One is Milk ice or ones are Colored ones! Thats like people can catch you if you have eaten that .. :-)
    I remember somebody told me, if you put seeme eNNe on these ice candies, you can see the worms movies, GOD knows whats the logic, I just heard about somebody saying.

    Vijay, Elachi hannu are sour.. but they were one of our favourites, they were very economical too.. More quantity for less money! :-)

  23. praneshachar says:

    ice candy there was one more ice candy that is the raw ice will be grated (turudu) andice will be made round by hand and sticked to a peice of wood and coulour will be pured on it. it was also nice all 5paise 10 paise
    vijay
    even now I see that glass vesse as you said looks like bell jar from chemistry lab.
    so even now that stuff is sold I don’t know whether that has got same taste and demand.
    In addition there was some barte system for some of these frurits and also for karadantu. for fruit vendors mostly lamanis or old ladies will come to house and collect broken rice ( akki nuchhu) which were seperated while cleaning the rice
    they will collect and in exchange give fruits. this is purely a matter of housewives if you are able to cox or influence your mother you got it. karadantu in our place used to sold for exchange of used copper or old aluminum etc., all good memories coming back.
    thanks all for sharing
    prashanth all these are real life stories not fictions!!!!@@

  24. Mysorean says:

    Lunch Break
    Extremely nostalgic. The same thing we used to do too, but after school hours. While going back home from school we used to eat at the churumuri ‘gaadi’ and then only go home. It used to cost a rupeee or so and we had to really strive to save that one rupee from various transactions that we did on behalf of our father! :P

  25. Vijay says:

    Adi: Was it the gaddi near Cheluvamba park? I remember you went to CFTRI..

  26. Pushpa says:

    Vijay,

    Very very interesting. I am from VHS too (G Section) and i am not too sure if our batches match. Anyway, we also had efficients like MRV, MN, SQB, LH, HVR etc. Anyway till date I happen to be in touch with some of them.

    Tried reaching you through your e-id but to no avail. Could not locate ur e-id anywhere. Anyway, good post.

    Regards,
    Pushpa.

  27. Vijay says:

    Pushpa: You figured out HVR? .. I wanted to mask the name .. :-)
    I must be senior to you because “E” section was the last section we had… HVR was fresh as a daisy and joined when we were in 9th.. :-)

  28. Pushpa says:

    ha:)) I am sorry Vijay.

  29. Vijay says:

    Pushpa: No problems :-)
    I met my class teacher (PM) 2-3 weeks ago at a function… she told me that though she isnt computer savvy, she would read these entries so that she could finally find out what we did behind her back..

  30. Pushpa says:

    So did you give her the details?

  31. Vijay says:

    Yes I did… :-(

  32. Pushpa says:

    Vijay,

    Co-incidence!! I met HVR in a bank y’day evening. VHS inda Volunteer Retirement togondranthe.. and then he was principal for 2 schools.. and then he had to quit them too, following health complaints.. he had a hemorrhage anthe…

  33. Vijay says:

    Pushpa: Wow !!! Sorry to hear that he had a problem.. hope he is ok.. where does he live? Any idea?

  34. Pushpa says:

    He stays in JP Nagar, in fact very close to my place. Yeah, he seemed to be fine. HOwever, he also mentioned that he had to quit only because of his health. In fact, it feels so good to talk to them and even better when they recognise you..alva??

  35. DeepaIV says:

    tumba kushi aguthe veens……neevu indina veera shura mahile………u r looking very colour full n beautiful with ur usal smile…..

  36. Veena says:

    Vijay, the above comment is for the TV post… I was wondering how my friend Deepa came in here & addressing me.. you need to transfer this one there :-), once you do this post , you delete my this comment!

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  38. Vijay says:

    Dr. Kumaresh.. welcome to the neighbourhood…

  39. ashok says:

    Vijaya high school was good but rotten in cricket. That belonged to st. josephs

  40. ashok says:

    If you studied in vijaya you were isolated from the world.

  41. Shesh Vasudevarao says:

    My friend knew that I studied in Vijaya High School from 1973-76. He forwarded this link. I had good times in the school. I remember those good old days. I just wanted to post this.

    Regards,
    Shesh

  42. Vijay says:

    Shesh: Thanks for posting… We were there ’76-’79…

    Ashok: Depends on what your definition of “world” is… for us this was our world.. simple and nice… wouldnt change it for anything…

  43. Shesh Vasudevarao says:

    Vijay,

    Thanks for the reply. I had just left Vijaya High School in 1976. I read some of the comments. It surely bring back the memories I had from 1973-1976. Is there a web site for alumini for VHS?.

    You can contact me at shesh.vasudevarao@dowjones.com or sheshashayee@hotmail.com.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Regards,
    Shesh

  44. praneshachar says:

    Vijay
    innu yenenu ittidira nimma bagnalli. gareat memories and Yes really your chemistry teacher was magnanamious. certainly he was a very good teacher and appreciatged the confession of truth and also covered himself by putting those extra marks.
    It was a good decision by you too to tell him the truth when he was alone.
    professionals will not get caught only ametures only get trapped in all school adventures.
    a nice one after a long gap in chronicles vijay keep pouring in from the kitty

  45. Veena says:

    When I tell my kid about panchatantra stories, I will add this ‘Vijay where is your paper series’ too Vijay!

    Good One!

  46. Keep up the posts..interesting vijay

  47. Mysorean says:

    The “Where’s your paper” write-up is indeed interesting!

  48. Vijay says:

    Adi: Any similar experience?

  49. kersasp bastawala says:

    Hi Guys ! This is in response to Ashoks post of 2nd May. I passed out in 1983 and proudly take credit for introducing Cricket in VHS. Till then we only had Kho Kho and Table Tennis as games. Anyway the school had no inclination to encourage sports or even had a kit. I did a School Cricket Team Selection at the 3rd Block Stadium. Mind you only the PT sir knew about it ( I am not too good with names ). He just told me that you will not get any assistance from the school. You can imagine how tough it was. We used to practise everyday at 3rd block stadium, without a mat. I was an established League Player by then and I used to haul my team kit to school everyday on cycle from Jayanagar 9th Block. I selected a team, coached them and paid for cricket balls/gloves/pads. All these boys had never played leather ball cricket, they had played only with tennis balls. After a few months of practise and coaching we played our first friendly match against National School. Then it was time to participate in the BTR sheild ( do they still have it ? ) . I cycled all the way to KSCA and got the entry forms. The form had to have the seal of the Head MAster with the school sign. It was next to impossible to get his signature and seal. I told this to the PT master and he managed to get the seal and signature ( I still wonder if he forged the signature).

    The BTR tournament itinerary was out and we had to play our first match at Indian Gymkhana Grounds. The next part was even more difficult. The match was on a weekday and none of our teachers knew about the cricket team. I was in F section and PM was our class teacher. I remember there were 4 in the team from my section, 3 from E. 1 from B and there was Anish from 9th Std. If we had to bunk class and play the match, we would have to give the leave letters signed by our parents the next day. Some of the boys who were more academically inclined, refused to lose a single day. Again I had to convince all, some had nu bus fare, as the bus pass were only for Home to School routes.

    Anyway we played our first match – do not remember the opposition school. We got all out for 116 or 126, apart from me all the other boys were playing on amatting wicket for the first time. We won the match by 15/20 runs. Our second match was against Community Centre School, played at Mico grounds, where we chased 240 plus ( 45 overs match ) thanks to a brilliant knock by a guy called Narendra ( think he was from D section ). Our next match we played at KCSA ” B ” grounds, where I an unbeaten 80 against Kumarans. All our 3 matches were reported in the papers and after the third match there was an announcement in the morning assembly ( I still remember Chitra from C section who used to play Kho Kho made the announcement ). I was called on stage and there was clapping all around. Our next match Pre – Quarters was against a team from Davangere and in the Quarterfinals we lost to the ultimate winners that year St.Germans.

    So in a way, we started a Team, the only year we played. I do not know what happened the subsequent years.

    I do not know how many of you will remember me. Passed out in 1983 F section. If any of you know me, get in touch at kersi66@gmail.com or 9845193521.

  50. Vijay says:

    Kesar: Thanks for your comments.. however I should correct you.. I passed out in 1979 and we definitely had a cricket team… no equipment but a cricket team none the less.. We lost in the Semis to MES High School in ’78…I should know we lost because of me :-(

  51. mukund says:

    The articles are very interesting

    i studied in vijaya high school from 1974 to 77 and we were 80 of us in class 10th c , after 30 years our classmates across the globe meet every 6 monthsin Bangalore. we were able to identify 65 0f us-SECTIONMATES including boys and girls

    we were looking for old photoraphs of our teeachers -TSM was the new teacher

  52. Vijay says:

    Mukund: Thanks for visiting… will try to ferret out some pictures.. would love to hear about some of your stories .. looks like you guys were in 9/10th when we joined (1976)…

  53. mukund says:

    Thanks for ur kind reply- if u could post pictures of teachers before 12 th would be good, we are celeberating our 30th reunion of our class/section mates
    we were in 10th- we passed out in 1977

  54. nalini rao says:

    Hi,
    Very very interesting. Good work Vijay. I was in VHS from 1972 to 1975. What a great time we had. I was in B section. I wonder where all our teachers are. NNR who was our class teacher for a year, PC our dramatics teacher and also for Geometry. I would always be a part of some drama for school day. Played Portia in X std. When TSM joined the school we were in IX std. The first class he took was ours ad the poor guy toppled from the stage on the !st benchers!!!! and poor me was one of them.
    How is mr K S Chandrasekharaiah? I would love to get some feedback.
    Am now in Delhi. Anybody from my batch?

  55. Vijay says:

    Nalini: Thanks for visiting.. I remember TSM.. I think he is still there… PSC (Geometry).. is the only person I know who can draw a perfect circle on the blackboard without a compass… Others include LH, TKS, PAK, MNR (PT teacher), JRS (Sanskrit), KNB..

    Last I heard Chandrashekariah was still in charge although not involved day to day..

    I really need to go visit sometime, they are 10 minutes away from where I stay…

  56. mukund says:

    hai

    45 of our section mates (across the globe) of class 10th c of 1977 of Vijaya High school -both boys and girls met on 15th july at Tamarind tree and had our vhs 30 years reunion .Some of our teachers s- DJS, TKS CNK, MNR PAK TSM NNR PM attended our re union day It was a memorable day to see 45 classmates and teachers after 30 years .Thought of sharing this with u

    ,Understand LH ,MV RP DNR are no more

    We were about 83 in our class and we were able to tracr 75 of our classmates and 60 of us are in yahoo group and are in touch atleast once a week and WE MEET formally ONCE IN 6 months in Bangalore-,Our reunion started 3 years ago

    It is good to read from this chronicle about our other school mates both seniors and juniors

  57. Vijay says:

    Mukund: Thanks for the update… I am sure everyone had a good time… really sorry to hear about the passing away of the teachers you mention above…

    It is great that you are able to stay in touch with such a large group… unfortunately can’t say the same for our batch…theres a group of 20 people who are in touch but only half of them meet socially..

  58. mukund says:

    Thanks vijay for ur mail

    we some how put efforts to catch them by networking and email has helped us a lot

  59. nalini says:

    Yeah Vijay its really sad to know of the passing of these teachers. All of them have taught our batch X B 1975. In fact LH came back from his stint at Vermont, USA when we joined VHS in VIIIth and the poor guy used to bore all the sections of all the classes about his trip to the US. Yeah I knew about RP-he I think passed away long back at a very young age.
    I am now viewing this page almost daily to see if I can trace someone from my batch.So far no luck.
    This time I visit Bangalore I am going to VHS positively.

  60. Vijay says:

    @nalini: I remember LH’s US stories… it was fun initially (when we were in 8th).. but later every time he started with “When I was in the USA”.. the entire class would groan…

    I think the closest to your batch is Shesh who has commented above.. looks like we joined just after you left…

  61. mukund says:

    Even i read this page regularly.It is better than alumni association’s formal web site

    LH passed away very recently around 8 months. He used to be dressed neatly and used to share his US experiences. I had been to VHS lot of things hace changed -there is no single tree.Almost all the teachers of our times are retired. The Sanskrit teacher who joined after we left is the Head Master. U wont get any old photographs

    It looks that Ms Nalini was 2 seniors to us -probablyu classmate of 2 rank students Guru dutt shenoy and K G Ramakrishnan and Brinda Sitharam- noted Psychologist in Bangalore-if it is so i can get Brindha’s contact who is my friends sister

  62. nalini rao says:

    mukund,
    you are absolutely right. Yeah I was in the same section and batch as Gurudutt Shenoy( who was “Best Boy” of batch 1975), K G Ramakrishnan( ‘RAMJI’ who I was in touch with till 1989 August when I attended his wedding reception) and ofcourse Brinda, who was my classmate in Holy Christ School also in V and VI grades., and a very good friend too.
    It feels absolutely great to see the names of classmates one has spent 3 wonderful years with. We had another Nalini (NaliniDesai) in our class and group. Others were Rajani, Jayashri, Tarale Ravi(wonder where he is.).
    Yes I would love to get in touch with Brinda – thanks a lot, and anybody else who was with us.
    I happened to speak to one Annapurna Prema this morning after nearly 30 years. She is Dr HKS’s daughter(a leading orthopaedist at that time).
    !

  63. mukund says:

    nalini

    good to hear from u ramji’s brother Vishwanathan iwas my classmate in vhs and prema’s sister uma -HKS daughter was also my classmate in vhs-she came to bangalore and we met

    Brinda’s brother mukund is my friend and brindas office number i got from a common friend Babu – her no is 41230024 -this is Bangalore- jayanagar

    even today i stay close to holy christ -school in jayanagar – perhaps i might have seen u in vhs- 2 years senior to me. I think SQB was ur class teacher . I also remember ur classmate Bhagawathi who used to lead the prayer

    Thanks to vijay for the school net work

  64. Vijay says:

    Mukund: Thanks.. maybe I should do a better network… its an idea

  65. nalini rao says:

    mukund
    thanks for Brinda’s number. I shall call her one of these days . Hope she remembers me.
    Yeah SQB was our class teacher but just for Xth. We actually had NNR the Hindi guy as our class teacher for 2 years, but something happened( it was all hush hush) and overnight he was taken off .
    Bhagavathi’s singing was a god given gift – she “immortalised” ‘SHIVASANKARI’ in VHS. She is inB’lore in the telephones.
    I’ sure u wd have seen me in VHS-actually namma gang yelladarallu thale haakthittu!!
    I think we are slowly but surely proving all over again that the world is so small!! All thanks to Vijay.
    R u in touch with Ramji’s brother? If so. I wd like to know Ramji’s contact no or e-mail address

  66. mukund says:

    Thanks Nalini – it is good to see ur mail. i will check with vishwa -ramjis brother and let u know the number today morning i happen to meet Mansa Rao who is one year junior to u and one yr senior to me and stays close to holy christ she knows Brinda and told her about this group

    Vijay and nalini my no is 9845053801 and work as an independent Management and Executive Search consultant in Bangalore

    I do remember lot of interesting stories of school and would be pleased to share with u

  67. Vijay, Alumini association in forming.. good startegy to find out old friends and I think its your turn to name some old friend names here …

  68. mukund says:

    Dear Veena

    Since there is no Alumni at school it is good to be informal and share some good moments of our school days- thanks vijay for a good move

  69. Shashi says:

    Anyone out here in the 83 to 85 batch ? I used to be in “E” Section. I think our class teacher used to be M.Nagappa. Chandrashekariah was principal whom we all feared. Narayan Ballal was the vice principal.

    Shashi

    • Roopashree says:

      Hi, I was in 84-86 batch, with D.Juliet Shashikala as my class teacher. I was also in E section. Chandrashekaraiah was our principal.

      Raju ananthaswamy was my batchmate in F section – lots & lots of fun. Our class was the only section in whole school with students playing all types of instruments and singers, who were in the school team of music.

      • sampreeth says:

        Roopashree did u study till 7th in vivekananda primary school in jayanagar 4th block?

        I had a classmate with the same name in vivekananda primary school who later joined Vijaya High school in 8th ‘E’ section 84-85 batch. I was in ‘D’ section.
        DJS was the biology teacher,very strict disciplinarian is my memory!

    • R.S. RAVI SHANKAR says:

      HI SHASHI,
      THIS IS RAVI SHANKAR(SHUNTI).I WAS IN X F SECTION.STAYED @N.R.COLONY.
      WERE U IN NR COLONY.IF I AM RIGHT UR NAME IS SHASHIDHAR.
      SOMASHEKAR, SATISHCHANDRA WERE OUR CLASSMATES IN PBM.

    • Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed says:

      –HI , Sashi this is Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed of E section due you remember me please mail your E mail ID

  70. nalini rao says:

    Mukund,
    Hi there ,once again. Tried calling Brinda just now but only got a fax tone. Is it her office number? Shall try on a week day but I do not want to disturb her with the ” Guess who’s calling” kind of infuriating calls one gets sometimes during our working hours !! Yeah I know Manasa very well, infact I think I lost my Ist round shuttle match against her.Kayyalli dum iralilla aavaga. Eega nodidare Pahalwan tharaha iddini. (I don’t expect any of my VHS classmates to recognise me at first sight). Her close friend and another VHS student Mala (Malini)is married to my cousin Ramesh and is in Seattle. Manasa would know.
    Were u able to get Ramji’s e-mail. One of his 2 brothers had joined the Merchant Navy.
    was it Vishwanathan?
    Vijay seems quiet!!!

  71. mukund says:

    Nalini

    I will share this with Manasa i meet her every day .I will check with vishwa -who is in Navy and ask for Ramji’s email .Even i used to represent vijaya high school badmintion team.

    That is Brinda’s office number

    It looks Vijay is two year junior to us. He has done a wonderful job for initiating this – which has not happend in a conservative school

    Did ur batch went to Madras for picnic with nnr as team leader—-

    I met our Principal Chandrasekariah , his son is my Music friend. KSC cannot hear properly. CNK has written a book and sold us at our class reunion meet .PAK is busy with coaching classes.

    One of my classmates used to write cricket commentary on YVN’ s test paper AND GOT 26 OUT OF 25

    once TSM was conducting an experiment on HYDROGEN preperation. He took a buring match stick near the beaker to infer Hydrogen is produced .Because of REDUCTION the burning candle was put off – this cofirmed hydrogen is produced

    he asked the class what do u infer – putting of the burning match stick – Vishwanathan said 2 PAISA WASTE

  72. Vijay says:

    @Shashi: Remember KNB very well… during our time, Chandrashekariah was Principal, Vice Principal … all rolled into one… don’t remember M.Nagappa though.. when did he join.

    @Nalini: Me? Silent? :-)

    @Mukund: YVN…. lol… half the time he would not teach because we were making too much noise in class.. 26 out of 25? :-)

  73. mukund says:

    vijay- YVN used to measure the length of the answers and give marks- BERALINA GENU was HIS yard stick – yes it was 26 out of 25

    Similarly RP used to eat students tiffin box

  74. nalini rao says:

    Vijay – Yeah on Vijaya high!! On others, I have been reading variuos posts of yours. I am a recent entrant to this whole thing and someone is going to explain to me what this term ” lol ” is all about!!!
    Mukund – Who is this YVN? He sounds familiar but I do not remember his face nor the subject he taught.

    No we did not go to Madras with NNR. I told you , he was taken off class teachership-
    am still not sure why but am still curious to know.

    Vijay PM was yr class teacher – she was a terror.wasn’t she? She and PAK had both thrown me out of their respective classes . My crime? Uncontrollable laughing even after the rest of the class had gone silent and serious about lessons.!!!
    Yeah RP used to dig into all our tiffin boxes – no wonder he was so roly-poly(!). Ivattu yenu kalisiddare ninna amma dabbadalli antha heli we would go hungry.

  75. Vijay says:

    @Nalini: I am sure he was there .. Y.V. Narayan Rao was his name… slim gentleman English Department.. always wore tube pants (even though those days bell bottom was in vogue)… LOL is web terminology for Laughing Out Loud.. ROFL= Rolling on the Floor Laughing etc…

    NNR was Hindi… we used to make fun of his trousers… very tight..always white.. waist 26, bells 46 :-)

    PM was our class teacher… she was strict… the number of times I have been on the firing line.. I cant even begin to count… I saw her a couple of months back…

    RP was an interesting character wasn’t he? Funny one moment.. thrashing you the next.. he wasnt there when we joined (study leave or something).. came back when we were in 9th.

  76. mukund says:

    vijay- Y V N FULL NAME IS Y V NAGARAJA RAO -THERE WERE 2 NARYAN RAO -MNR AND NNR-he used to come on white dress on saturdays- u have given good description of nnr – i saw him last month he has put on weight

    Nalini- i can not tell u why nnr was taken out as class teacher -perhaps when we meet

    ur kannada is good -thumba chennagidhe

  77. mukund says:

    Nalini hai

    I was able to get ramjis email thro his brother vishwa -he remembers u

    rganapathi@s3graphics.com

    regds
    mukund

  78. nalini rao says:

    mukund,

    thanks a million for the address. Shall write one of these days.

    I must meet u guys when I am in B’lore next . I have always been passionate about VHS and my 3 years there. I have promised my 10-year old son to show him the school this time . I hope atleast NNR has not retired. I guess he must be in his 50s.
    No, YVN never taught us it was SQB-PAK-SQB for English. Frankly SQB was a big bore we used to call her the damp SQuiB!!

    Vijay, from various blogs I presume u r from RVCE, were in the US for some time & have a son Nikhil am I right or have I got it all wrong?!!!
    YR blog on the reverse gear alarm made me LOL , ROFL and GROAN. Why groan?
    Because I live just above acar park in my Apartment complex and there’s this guy who reaches home everyday at 11.30 PM and parks right below my window with the alarm screehing in the quiet night – I could bash up the alarm one day if only I knew where to find it!!
    nalini

  79. Vijay says:

    Nalini: 100% … VHS -> National B’Gudi->RVCE -> USA -> Singapore ->Bangalore (return to pavilion). I see that you are using the new web terminology as well… LOL…

    It will be good to get together and meet with all of you.. For us PAK taught history…

  80. mukund says:

    nalini

    nnr is retired and all the teachers who taught me have retired and it would be same case with you ,except KSC and Chowdanna -lab asst who used to catch students who used to bunk classes and go to shanthi or nanda for raj kumar movies

    vijay- do u know h s raghavendra alias babu who was 2 senior to u and a good cricket player ?

  81. Vijay says:

    Mukund: I know Babu very well.. in fact we lived close by as well.. and used to play street cricket together.. He was one year senior.. We played together for VHS as well.. He was an excellent cricketer. great bowler…had an interesting action if you remember.. :-)
    The world is so small …

  82. mukund says:

    he is my cousin and he remembered u .He used to play for ymca and now works at Tyco

    World is very small – thanks to technology-globall village

  83. Vijay says:

    I have not seen Babu in a long long time… I still remember he kicked the pants out of Bangalore Military School and St Germains in the BTR tourney.. they could not figure out how to play him… we lost in the Semis to MES High School… :-( .. Narrowly…

  84. Sathya says:

    Hello,

    you seems to be pretty seniors to me. But I liked the conversations and the article. I am from 1983 batch and I can understand the circumstances. I didn’t see anyone talking about missing prayers. You all seems to be very studious :)

    Also PAK, LH, Ballal (hindi) or JRS (Sanskrit) classes are missing in the conversation.

    Patalamma Temple field and cricket, triangle field & volleyball.

    Love to read and recap what happened in school is very relaxing.

    Regards,
    Sathya.

  85. Vijay says:

    Sathya: Good to hear from you… I need to put more stories up… We used to have looooong prayers on Friday and then speeches..

    If you (or anyone) has interesting stories, please mail me at vijaym63@gmail.com and I will post it (with credits to the writer of course)

    HOW CAN I FORGET JRS ??????

    Please keep visiting..

  86. Suresh says:

    Hi

    First of all, I must thank Nalini for letting me know this community. Vijay:: must thank you for the wonderful idea of Vijaya Chronicles. Lived through those wonderful years as I read ur posting. I was in the 72-75 batch D section.

    I am very sorry to learn the passing away of LH RP MV and DNR. Can never forget escape velocity that LH taught us.

    do you guys remember the jingle of the key bunch that KSC carried. He would come walking in the corridor and that would be give away when the class was silent. I remember KSC had advised us not sharpen pencils with a razor blade ourselves before the 10th final exam lest we cut our fingers. I keep telling my son about his concern and eye for detail. I have never forgotten the way he used say “U must revise once, twice, thrice and a number of times… in his typical dialogue delivery.

    I think we used to write a record number of tests in VHS… weekly, monthly, quarterly, mid term, preparatory and final.

    Vijay:: I think PM joined when we were in 9th (74). The class room was in the ground floor of the new building. She broke down in the class and our class teacher – TKS gave us such a dressing down.

    Mukund:: YVN used to teach us english. Fully vouch for all of the things written about him. Once I had not taken the english non-detail (Never heard that kind of a thing since). He would walk in between the two rows of benches and read aloud and we were to look into our books. Since I did have the book, I took out the Hindi text book and held upside down. I was sitting next to the aisle. He passed by a couple of times. And all of a sudden there was a whack on my head from the back. The next instant he asked out of the class and made me stand in the corridor. Precisely the terrifying moments when I dreaded to hearing the jingle of the keys.

    Nalini:: NNR used to serve the shuttle with one leg lifted!! Think I know why he was taken off as the class teacher as I heard it. Let u know.

    More later. Have some instances to share – NCC & MNR, DKS, JRS, SQB, RP, DNR, annual school day, Commands from Santanam (senior) before the prayer….

  87. Suresh says:

    Hi

    First of all, I must thank Nalini for letting me know this community. Vijay:: must thank you for the wonderful idea of Vijaya High Chronicles. The glance backward on those wonderful years were enjoyable as I read ur posting. I was in the 72-75 batch D section.

    I am very sorry to learn the passing away of LH RP MV and DNR. Can never forget escape velocity that LH taught us.

    I think we used to write a record number of tests in VHS… weekly, monthly, quarterly, mid term, preparatory and final.

    Vijay:: I think PM joined when we were in 9th (74). The class room was in the ground floor of the new building next to the lab. I remember she broke down in the class cause we would’nt just let her introduce herself. Our class teacher – TKS gave us such a dressing down I remember even now.

    Nalini:: NNR used to serve the shuttle with one leg lifted!! We used try an catch that sight. Think I know why he was taken off as the class teacher as I learnt it.

    I have some hilarious (now) instances to share – NCC & MNR, DJS, JRS, SQB, RP, DNR, annual school day celebrations, Commands from Santanam (senior) before the assembly.. Mail them to Vijay for posting. Tnx again Nalini.

  88. Vijay says:

    Suresh: Thanks for sharing… send me a mail I will certainly post…

    this is cool… its turning out to be a great meeting place

  89. Vijay says:

    ANNOUNCEMENT

    Seeing the level of interest, I have registered a Blog called vijayahigh.wordpress.com

    Maybe all the VHS stuff can go there?

    Nalini, Mukund… everyone.. I dont have your mail ID’s… please send me a mail at vijaym63@gmail.com

  90. nalini rao says:

    Mukund: Thanks agan and again for Ramji’s e-mail. Wrote to him& promptly got a reply too. Both of us are just thrilled to have reconnected. He I believe has recently got in touch with Shenoy too.
    mukund: are u talking of MY kannada? If so, yeah I have a flair for languages although my maathrubhashe is not kannada( JRS would be wild today – he used to be after me to participate in the Bhagavadgeethe competition as supposedly my uchcharane was very clear – and much to his disgust I wd say : saar, paper mele barkondu odo haagiddare participate maadtheeni – nanage gattu hodiyokke aagalla and he would thale chachkofy( fy’ language is my Bombay links) ‘
    What book has CNK written? I had almost forgotten about him?Isn’t he the guy with a pout?!!!
    Vijay: I am sending u a mail to the address u have given.
    Suresh: welcome to the musings
    nalini

    /

  91. mukund says:

    hai

    nalini- Dont be formal of thanking – it is the highest joy when u speak or write to a friend- because u dont QUALIFY A FRIEND OR EXPECT FROM A FRIEND-some philosphy but a fact of life- i know how happy uu would be to contact Ramji after 1989

    CNK has compiled the life history of great men of India-u rememember he used to take moral science class at 4-15 pm when most of them used to bunk.He was known for GOTHAYTHENDRE- During our class re union last month we requested him to speak and it was a touching emotional speech- but he dint say his favourite word-HE WAS A KANNADA teacher but we were sankrit students

    JRS is fine -he was know for sanskrit exams of SURASARASWATHI SABHA]

    Vijay- i have emailed my id to u -I THINK WE SHOULD ALL BE THANKFUL to u for creating a forum for us -whom we have’nt seen but our mails show that we know each other pretty well

    Since we met 6 of our old teachers last month – i have the data of most of the teachers

  92. nalini rao says:

    mukund: any idea where TKS is? Ramji wanted to know. She was his favourite teacher
    although not mine – very partial to boys she was, we thought!!! KNB ws real
    fun – remember he had a deep gash on his chin – he wd always keep saying
    nanna hendthi kachidlu kane or naayi kachthu kane!!

    suresh: i have sent a mail to yr e-mail address – hope u have recd it. Just want a
    confirmation that I have the address right

  93. mukund says:

    nalini

    Tks is in Bangalore,she was earlier in Baroda

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  95. Shesh Vasudevarao says:

    I commend Vijay for bringing me back memories. Just terrific that is all I can say. I was in VHS from 1973-1974 until 1975-1976 I think. Great memories. I remember few of my friends Karun, dayanand, Shaji, Padma, Bharathi, Jamuna, Shirish, Murali,

    My e-mail is sheshashayee@hotmail.com or shesh.vasudevarao@dowjones.com

  96. Shesh Vasudevarao says:

    I forgot Jayashekar, his hose is besides VHS

  97. mukund says:

    shesh- i think u were one year senior to me my batch was 74 to 77. i think u were classmate of Manasa Rao and Rohini vijay-my friends sister

  98. Shesh Vasudecarao says:

    Hi Mukund- Yes Rohini and Manasa were in my class. I met Jayashekar when I was in Bangalore in Dec. Please keep me the loop for any other VHS re-unions

    Regards,
    Shesh Vasudevarao

  99. Suresh says:

    TKS was our class teacher. I remember she was very sore with all of us when we were in 10th particularly since there was no participation from the class for the annual school day. I was sort of forced into a tableaux… Kanva, Dushyanta and Shakuntala !! The scene was shakuntala trying best to bring back memory to dumb, alzheimer affected dushyanta !! (Kanva Hermi Chronicles…. wud have definitely helped na guys?). I don’t recall if I was kanva or dushyanta… frantic search was made since i did’nt get on the make up on time. There was a very accomplished dancer Radha. Her cousin Sudheendra was also in our school and he was a ustaad mridanga player. They were from Prabhat Kalavidaru. does anyone here recall them, have an update ??

    Vijay: Tnx.. i’ll mail those posts

    Nalini; KNB was fun. JRS was our sanskrit sir.

  100. Vijay says:

    @Suresh: KNB was fun? Try telling that to Ravindra (one of our classmates)… he was made to stand on the bench (excessive talking I think)… KNB walks up to him and tries to pinch him in his legs.. a sudden movement caused the pinch to get diverted to the private area… OUCH !!!

    We had a classmate T.R Vijay who was from the Prabhat Kalavidaru family…

  101. Suresh says:

    Vijay : Does Ravindra stay in II Block Jayanagar ?? Met him in my son’s school. I think he mentioned he was from VHS. I remember KNB’s legs used to take a deep concave angle when he stood. He had a gait of his own. I said fun because he cracked a lot of jokes when I met him in a wedding years ago. Was PSC ur teacher ?? He used to write qed after solving theorems.

  102. afdlhsng says:

    Hello All,

    I am an alumni of VHS as well. Its great to read all the articles. Thanks to Vijay for starting it and sharing his experiences. I see that it is pretty popular and see the group growing by the day.

    I was in VHS in the years 84-87. That was the year G section was started….we were in the first batch…Our classteacher was RCU (Usha Madam). We sat on the jamkhana for couple of weeks as we didn’t have benches….RCU was new to VHS as well. It was unforgettable experience those initial weeks sitting on the carpet (on the floor). Does anybody belong to this batch?

    For 9th and 10th, our class teacher was HVR (who taught chemistry). RCU was the class teacher for F section. She still liked our class very much (G-Section). I guess it was because it was her first year in VHS and we were the first batch she handled. She was a great teacher.

    Some of the things that I remember:
    The long prayer sessions on Fridays – prayer followed by bhajans…the first period was gone by the time we reached our class.
    “Rubber” dosa from the neighbouring restaurant – using the NCC tokens.
    “Gun Powder” (kadale hittu + Sugar powder) during the Ganesha festivals.
    Lots and Lots of cultural events….puliyogare and mosaranna…in dhonney

    Other teachers who taught us:
    TKP – Algebra
    HSD – Arithmetic
    LH – Physics
    TSM and DJS – Biology
    KSS – Kannada (II language – Paper I)
    LNR – Kannada (II language – Paper II)
    PSC – Geometry….QED after solving any problem/theorem
    VL – Geography
    SQB and PM – English (I language)
    NNR – hindi
    RP – Civics

    Principal – KSC
    Headmaster – KNB

    It was lots of fun studying in VHS and those were golden years of my education. I cannot forget them.

  103. mukund says:

    afdal- it looks u are ten years junior to me ,When we studied TSM was youngest and today none of the teachers who taught us are in the school except KSC -Founder and CHOWDANNA-Lab Assistant

    When we studied we had patalamma Play ground and school had greenary- now like other parts of Bangalore it has become concreate jungle- i think Nalini ,Vijay and Sesh would remember – the prayer ground and the balcony-today we cannot even imagine

    I am happy though there is no Alumni Association we could read from other school mates

    DJS was our class teacher and even today we are in touch with her ,after retirement she is heading a school near koramngala -where students are from slums- last year she invited some of us to her school as CHIEF GUESTS-after 30 years -for TEACHERS DAY – it was emotional

  104. Vijay says:

    afdl: Could you share your name with us? Its great to meet people who have passed thru the school…

  105. mukund says:

    hai

    wish u and family a HAPPY GOWRI AND GANESH festivals

    I still remember our VHS ganesh festival with JRS playing preist role -with N T Raju and KSC as chief guests.I think we had procession to Lalbagh to immerse Ganesha-I FEEL THOSE ARE SUCH GOOD MOMENTS IN ONCE LIFE

    Nalini- yellamma ,urnalli elva

  106. Vijay says:

    Mukund: Thanks… Do you remember NT Raju’s mobike.. the one with the leather bag behind?

  107. mukund says:

    yes vijay the green bike with brown-ADVOVATES BAG bu the man was always with 3 piece and trim

  108. SUHAS R PRASAD says:

    ITS GOOD SCHOOL BUT THE THE STUDENTS ARE NOT GOOD IN THE SCHOOL

  109. mukund says:

    Dear Suhas

    Were u a old student of the school. how do u a say that students are not good- what is the yard stick u have measured the school is 50 year old -do u mean the students from last 50 years are not good, if students are not good What is good of the school -is the building good or teachers good

    I think u might have experience with some students which might not be good and hence u have generalised the same

  110. nalini rao says:

    mukund,

    urnalle iddini!!!! Actually, my internet connection has conked off and have now borrowed hubby’s laptop and here i go. Gowri -Ganesha is a quiet affair in Delhi-only at home and we look around for nammavaru( meaning Kannada and Telugu avaru!!) to invite. I remember my childhood when a gang of us would go from house to house askin Ganesh Ittiddeera and looking forward to some “prasaada” like sundal or gun powder!! We had such a simple life growing up, happy with the little things life had to offer. These days kids are only aware of PS2,PS3, computer games etc etc. Ofcourse technology has advanced so much and kids have a lot of exposure but I guess those little things hae gone forever too soon. Yenanthira, thumba divasa chup aagiddu yeno lecture kodtha iddale antha?!
    Yah i remember the Ganesh habba in Seminar hall in VHS I saw the pictures that were posted – the school looks so different – it looks like there is not even an inch of open space
    Suresh is quiet – actually I owe you a reply – shall do so one of these days

  111. mukund says:

    nalini
    good to see ur mail. Even today Ganesha ittidhira is seen at chamrajpet and Basavangudi -which still maintaining the santity of our culture.I agree with you ,simple life is a better quality life .Actually i enjoy reading ur Kannada -thuba neravagi mathoduhagidhe-nijavagi lecture alla

    HOWDHU school nalli ond inchu kali jaga illa

  112. mukund says:

    Nalini

    Good to see ur mail. Even today we see young boys and girls at chamrajpet and NR calony going round asking for Ganesha ittidhira-they are still keeping our culture alive

    I agree simpler the life better QUALITY (mental) of life.Technology makes our life Comfertable bur donot bring happiness-solpa adhyatma

    Where is vijay ? He writes little but crisp

  113. mukund says:

    hello vijay

    is this site not working

  114. mukund says:

    i have sent 2 mails but i could not see their display

  115. mukund says:

    Nalini
    Good to see ur mail. Even today we see young boys and girls at chamrajpet and NR calony going round asking for Ganesha ittidhira-they are still keeping our culture alive
    I agree simpler the life better QUALITY (mental) of life.Technology makes our life Comfertable bur donot bring happiness-solpa adhyatma
    Where is vijay ? He writes little but crisp

  116. mukund says:

    Nalini

    Good to see ur mail. Even today we see young boys and girls at chamrajpet and NR calony going round asking for Ganesha ittidhira-they are still keeping our culture alive

    I agree simpler the life better QUALITY (mental) of life.Technology makes our life Comfertable bur donot bring happiness-solpa adhyatma

  117. Vijay says:

    Mukund: I can see it… :-)

  118. mukund says:

    but it is not come on this page

  119. Vijay says:

    @Mukund: For some reason they got marked as spam.. have de-spammed…

    Have been busy at work…. I have been around.. thanks for your compliment :-)

  120. mukund says:

    Vijay thanks

    i was surprised it happend for the first time and hence i repeated the message

  121. P Naik says:

    Yeno nodi saar, I’m from National HS (1971-74) batch… namagoo onda svalpa “scope” kodi… anyone knows if there’s a blog for NHS blokes like this wonderful chronicle of nostalgia?

  122. Vijay says:

    @Naik: Of course sir.. how can you say VHS without thinking about National High School. I studied in National College Basavanagudi. Also growing up in Jayanagar, my friends (seniors and contemps) either went to VHS or NHS. Some rankers from your school included Swami Venkatesh and B.Ramesh (I think they were your contemporaries)…
    I also used to go to sanskrit tuition to SAB (Arasinga Bhattachar)….

  123. Prashanth M says:

    I sit here in front of the monitor, thinking about good old days… sigh..

    super incidents saar, very nostalgic… for a moment I went back to my school days… sigh *a lot bigger this time*

  124. Suresh says:

    Hi guys, Happened to pass by II Block, Jayanagar the other day and I saw the pani puri vendor, the person who used to arrive at about the lunch hour with folded dhoti, well oiled slick hair style, longish face. He used to prepare one of a kind tomato puri those days. He used to know exactly how much money to collect from every guy who ate. I think I saw him in front of Kuchalamba or near the Huttada Circle. There used to be kulfi vendor too.

    Remember Ganesha procession, the decked up cart, bandset, ncc guys yet all ?? Think Jayanath (used to stay adjcent to our school) used to be on base drum. i was on the side drum. I thought the flute guys were lucky. One of the seniors arrived one day and tought use drum major’s march. The way we played still rings in my ears. During the ganesha procession, we used to gulp water from houses along the route. Great times guys…

  125. mukund says:

    yes suresh

    u are right the same man now he also prepares idlis, i met him once with the same contended face told me that he is doing the same job for more than 40 years- no job hopping and he is happy to see those young school children have grown up and still recognise him

    Dont u remember the sugar cane person -with famous- meese game in afternoons and also braking the cane using palms-we dont see such games now

    Do u agree that MNR was a good band teacher rather than other games- i met him last month he has not changed much bur with grey hairs

  126. P Naik says:

    Thanks Vijay…. indeed we all had some common tricks of the trade, so to speak with all our teachers, whether in NHS, VHS, or BHS. I remember Swami Venkatesh well, one year senior to me. SAB was our Sanskrit teacher for 3 years- I had nicknamed him “Special Adige Bhatta.” I also did PUC in National College 74-75 batch. Am now in Atlanta, USA.

  127. Vijay says:

    @Suresh, Mukund: Shetty would sell “Pani Puri” in the morning and idli at night… those days he used to be in front of RV Teachers College… Is he still there?

  128. mukund says:

    vijay- yes good observation – at same place or at corporation office in jayanagar 2nd block

    one thing i wanted to share -how they are able to do the same job for last 30 to 40 years-but still smiling -contridictory to many professionals

  129. Vijay says:

    @Mukund: Interesting question… a good thought for a whole new post.. whats your take? Satisfaction, Lack of Ambition, Glad to have what they have?

  130. mukund says:

    vijay

    first is contentment and to be happy-always- no need to crave ,everything will have diminishing value at a point of time

    reduce as many desires – other wise it is a rate race – nothing wrong in having fixed goals and work towards it. This is not philopsophy- but introspection of once own life-
    Peace of mind and happiness is most important than power , money and position-which are not constant or permanent

  131. Vijay says:

    @Mukund: Your comment formed the basis for a new post on BB.. check it out…

  132. nalini rao says:

    Suresh,
    I remember the Ganesha procession, I used to be one of the “lucky” flute players(because in those days I couldn’t even manage the side drums, let alone the bass drum – that was Hema Malini’s forte- one year senior to us) and I still remember most of the tunes. MNR was a good “Band Master”!!!
    Surprisingly, I don’t remember this churmuri guy – we used run to that Vijaya Bakery esp on Saturdays and 5 paisa jasti iddare special bun iila andre “ordinary”!! I am so fond of all these gaadi chats, I relly miss them.
    Vijay, do you remember the “kaaka” brothers in V V puram near National College? Their fare was oh-so-perfect and also that old man called ” night kaaka” – I wonder if he got those juicy pineapple slices all the way from Meghalaya!!
    Your blog about being in thesame job for so long is very interesting – yours truly has been in the same job for 27 years and well, the smile’s still there , alongwith all the chinna chinna aases(desires), after all money is only a means to that end – satisfying those aashas, what say Mukund?U r absolutely right about the law of diminishing utility setting in.

  133. Shashi says:

    @Vijay : MN was M. Nagappa, he used to teach history. Before each sentence he used to say “Actually that is the ..”. His nick name was muLe (Bone) Nagappa since he was so thin.
    We used to have a guy in our class called Ravindranath, the boys used to call him “Dumma Ravi”. He used to come in a BSA SLR cycle which had just been introduced in the market. The funny thing was seniors used to let out the air in his cycle tyres and have a good laugh.

  134. Vijay says:

    @Nalini: I dont think the gaadi had any girls as customers… I remember the fruit gaadi.. there was one near the tank in front of the library… hes still there selling fruit platters… On the job thing, I AM IMPRESSED… maybe you can share your secrets to job longevity…

    @Shashi: He must have joined after we left…. on the issue of letting the air out… kids can be so cruel at that age can’t they? I am not excluding myself from that as well..

  135. mukund says:

    Nalini -good to see ur mail. u cant fulfill the desires- u satisfy one the other comes-never ending -it is like the fire,Because of which our WANTS become NEEDS

    I see the National High school Kaka even today- the next generation-his lifs style remains the same, similarly the ORGANISED road side vendors of VV Puram ,some of these things are always remembered inspite of our age and position

    Vijay/Nalini -Do u emember DIL KUSH of Vijaya Bakery-especially on Saturdays, the Kilfi man,one of my classmate’s who is now a Director in India’s topmost Software company still has to pay 5 Rs saala and is searching for him

    ICE CANDY -GOAPAL- all these remainds me R K Narayn’s Malgudi days

  136. mukund says:

    vijay – let me know about BB can u include me -nmuk@eth.net

  137. Padmaja says:

    Vijay

    Terrific posts! I’m from VHS too, 86-88 batch, and your posts brought back some wonderful memories. I still remember PSC (Geometry teacher) throwing chalk and duster at anyone misbehaving in class, and PK (History) strangling the neck of “tarale” fellows (and fellis – I got my neck strangled once too!)

    The strange thing is we all knew these teachers had our best interests at heart, and never gave a second thought to their “antics”.

    Many of my friends feel (as I do) that their VHS days were the best days of education. I wonder why? Probably if you throw in a bunch of tarale kids and eccentric brilliants for teachers, all hell breaks loose :)

    I’ll keep watching for more posts from you.

  138. Vijay says:

    @Padmaja: Thanks for your comment… PSC had great aim didn’t he?

  139. P Naik says:

    I remember “Kaka” for his delicious 25np. “Kaakana puri” in front of NHS and the crossroad under the water tank. Must have consumed tons of newsprint with the dripping “masaley” which made it soggy and wet. Our Sanskrit Teacher KTS (Kajji Turi Sampathkumara Bhattar) once had to chase after Kaka for indulging the kids too much during NHS Sports Day…

  140. Vijay says:

    @Naik: Its the newsprint that gives it that “extra something”… thats why stuff made at home is never that tasty (hope the wife doesnt see this)… At NCB we always missed the first period after lunch because of our “attachment” to Vidhyarthi Bhavan ;-)

  141. nalini rao says:

    Vijay,
    Have you ever noticed that most of these gaadis stand near a naala(mori). The husband’s theory is that when we mortals ( he’s a big no- no for all roadside stuff -doesn’t know what he’s missing,though) are engrossed in slurping the stuff, the various ” kaka” guys areactually dipping the puris in the you-know-where (!!!!!) and THAT’S where all the taste comes from ! Ayyo Devare, but who cares? I dont think I’ll ever stop wishing those to be my staple diet – never mind the Amoebiasis, Gastroenterites — there’s always etrogyl and Flagyl !!!

  142. mukund says:

    Hai all

    Wish u all a Happy Dasara

    Vijay it was nice talking to u which led to us to know each other -and it is a SMALL WORLD. I understand that u studied with myy good friend Ramesh of Nagaraj Technologies.

    I had an opportunity of meeting my old vijaya high school class mates- last week and spoke to them about this site and were happy – perhaps u might get new friends

    I met one of my classmates Mahesh who was the owner of VIJAYA BAKERY and shared about our experiences of DIL KUSH – Iunderstand they have closes their shop at south end cirlce but are continuing at Shopping complex-Jayanagar

    Nalini where are u – i remembered u when i saw one of my friend eating PANI PURI exactly next to a MORI

    please share some of ur old memories of Dasara- i really enjoy the traditional BOMBEYES and the children who used to go in Lorries after Ayudha Puja
    and SARASWATHI PUJA OF VHS with JRS as Preist

  143. manjunath suttur says:

    Haiiiiiiiii

    elder frndz…

    I was studied in Rural area School SUTTUR. nw I has been working in MNC I’m soo happy to see ur interest obout ur pastdays memories sharing with other friends. I’m egar to join ur family, Lots of thrilling nd sensous memories are there in my heart n like to share with urs.

  144. Vijay says:

    Manjunath: Welcome aboard.. we are very eager to hear of your experiences so please do write in…

  145. Vijay says:

    @Mukund: Just for old times sake I went and had a fruit “salad” at the National College tank…

    @Nalini: Thats what gives it the taste.. I still remember my ajji making me Churumuri at home… it was never the same..

  146. mukund says:

    vijay- whenever time permits i go to national college for science and social form lecturers i dont see that KAKA-Nalini’s favourite joint

    I think if he takes care of the NONAS i think the fruit Salad would be better and cheaper than Leela Palace

    do u visit Sajjan Rao circle dosa camps- nothing like that , the best pani puri is at gadi wala of seshadri puram college

    I thin WHEN MALINII VISITS BANGALORE WE SHOLD MEET AND EAT IN THESE JOINTS-DO U AGREE

  147. mukund says:

    SORRY SUDDENLY THERE WAS POWER FLUCTUATION THANKS TO kallara virama mandira- formerly known as KA VI MA for KEB now Bescom- i have not edited – please read as Nalini

  148. manjunath suttur says:

    Thanks Vijay Brother….

    Its a memorable incident in my schooling days….
    The time which I studied in Govt, primary school Suttur. Most of the teachers were inspired me on those days. Nagarajaswamy one among them who handled both Kannada and social studies in 5th std, One day he asked my Classmate Anand to Tell the poem ‘YUGADI’. but he was not prepared. Swamy sir shouted “HEloo kaththe odkond bandilvaa? hoogli bandaste helu” But Anand murmured nd telling two lines ‘yuga yugadi kaledarU yugaadi marali baruthide…’ swamy sir -”good good helu helthiyaa hedarkobeda continue continue…”. Anand – “Hosavarushake hosaharushva hosathu hasathu tharuthide, Honge hoove thongalalli MANGADA sangeetha keli NIMMATHTHE keli baruthide” Sir told him to repeate once again last stanza. “NIMMATHTHE KELI BARUTHIDE”. Sir angered and asked him ‘ yaaraththe keli baruthide ‘ He replied ” NIMMATHTHEKELI BARUTHIDE” sir beaten him ‘ yaake maavanannu keli barodilvaa? aththene keli baruththa?’and asked a qn ‘ yaara sangeetha keli baruthide?’ Anand ” MANGADA SANGEETHA KELI BARUTHIDE…….” Sir told him to sit down and leave the place. we are all students enjoying that moment. In future he was not ask any qn to him…

  149. mukund says:

    Some Latest of Vijaya High School

    There are around 3500 students studying, the last section is G in high school, there are 2 puc courses in science 0 new lab building is coming up

    I understand Ms Geetha is the current HM FOR high School- she was not there when i left

    Srinivasan -retd Principal of National colege Jaynaagar is the principal for PUC and TGR retd prof of chemistry basavangudi national college is HOD of chemistry

    a class has an average of 90 students

    WHEN i studied it was around 80 and with four sections

  150. P Naik says:

    The last post from Mukund talks about one Mr. TGR. TGR was my Chemistry Teacher in National College when I studied PUC in the mid-70s. He was well-known for his deadpan delivery, describing some liquid properties as “colorless Blue liquid” – in fact, everything was colorless blue liquid for him or it was like “majjige-type” as he would say it.

  151. Vijay says:

    @Mukund: “E” section started one year after we joined… as you say we were 80 students/class

    @Naik:TGR used to teach us Organic Chemistry.. I remember his comparisons of chemical reactions and smells with food (like ghase ghase paisa etc)…

  152. mukund says:

    yes TGR was known for in- organic chemistry, SD was known for physical chemistry and HSM for Organic Chemistry

    Naik and Vijay- teachers used to give examples of Majjige and panaka as examples in chenistry which we remember even today

    it is unfortunate now a days we have to give examples of PEPSI /COKE for organic liquids and most of them look physically the same

  153. nalini rao says:

    Hi !!!

    Yaako thumba somberi aagibittiddeeni. Sorry folks.

    mukund: I am really looking forward to visiting Bangalore but I do not know if we will be doing so 2008 summer. Actually, we have even considered moving back a number of times – but when I think of the traffic situation it scares me. And after so many years in Delhi, I am quite ” at home ” here although “husband” is waiting to leave Delhi. But what I miss most about Bangalore is you-have-guessed-it the food. Dont I sound like a thindipothi?!! Well, in some ways I am !! Not qty-wise but taste-wise.
    Vijay: I have tried making most of the chaats but they NEVER turn out the way one gets on bangalore roadside joints. Mmmmm mouth-watering
    I have a cousin now in VHS and plan to visit , but since there is no one that we know now, I guess I just have to see the bldgs.
    What is TGR’s full name? SD’s daughter was my class mate in National college.

  154. mukund says:

    nimaglarrigu deepawaliya subhashayagalu

    Nalini- thumba dina adhmelae email-habba jore

    yes the most scary aspect is Bangalore traffic- the irony is every one talks of bangalore traffic but we dont want to use our legs or public transport even on a week end, youngsters use 2 wheelers to travel from 3rd block to 4th block and others go by car but people who are aged above 70 walk from 3rd to 4th block- this is a survey conducted in jayanagar- 80% of people interviewed

    TGR -T G RAGHAVENDRA RAO

    I met ur old vhs classmate Jayanthi- whose brother Babu is also vijay’s friend- she remembered u and ur friendly attitude

  155. nalini rao says:

    HAPPY DIWALI TO ALL OF YOU THERE !!!
    mukund habba yenu dodda jorilla . Pataaki andare bhaya!! Noise pollution bere. The air is so polluted as it is. Illi Diwali andre gift kododu and thogollodu, ashte. Nanna maganu nanna haage hederu pukla. Igeega sursurbathi and cape stage ge hattiddaane!!

    Well, as for the survey, I have to plead guilty, I am one of the 80 %. My workplace is about 8 minutes walk from where I live and dont be horrified I DRIVE !!

    Jayanthi andre, is she short and has a great smile( she smiles thro her eyes which is so very rare)? Mukund I must admire your capacity to be in touch old friends/classmates etc. And Vijay too. Are u guys by any chance(!) Cancerians?

  156. mukund says:

    nalini
    correct quite girl-she is my relative she remembers u and understand u were speaking fast in school like me- vijay will endorse

  157. my name has been mentioned by mr.suresh.i am the mridangam player you may be mentioning about.???lot more if thats true….

  158. i studied between 1982-to 1985.

    • Subramanya MV says:

      Hi Sudhindra – I was in 85 batch in ‘B’ section. I used to sit with Venka, Ahisha and others in the class if I remember corectly.

      Where are you these days?

      • Mahesh says:

        Hi MV

        This is HMM!
        I met your mother in Ganesha temple – JP Nagar
        She said you went back to US

        and coming back in July
        Please keep in touch

        Regards
        Mahesh

  159. but none of my cousins are dancers

  160. i am still in touch with many teachers

  161. Vijay says:

    @Nalini: Havent heard from you in a long long time… I trust you are having a good Deepavali…. by the way I am a Scorpio :-)

  162. mukund says:

    vijay- sudhindra h s is babus brother and my relative

    Nalini- sudhi is also ur classmate jayanthi’s brother about whom u described in ur last mail-What acoincidence

    Sudhi is one of the upcoming mrindangam players of south india-WHAT A SMALL WORLD

    the other Sudhindra was my batch mate from Prabhat kalavidharu and his relatives were dancers

  163. Madhu Madhavan says:

    Hello All;
    My name is KT Madhavan – went/go by Madhu. Class of 1973 !..probably get the honor of being the ‘old man’ ..in this blog…I can relate to everything you all experienced at VHS ..and enjoyed every minute of it …the Band ( I was Band sargent even !) Ganesha procession , Triveni Hotel ( us band guys also practiced Tues mornings and MNR slipped us the same tokens he gave the NCC guys ) , daily morninng prayer – and one class being asked to stay back – to get a tounge lashing by HM -( aka heddappa) ..our calss XB was famous for the stay back sessions.
    Our clas teacher was GKL – others in my class ..Ramakrishnan, Premkumar, Santanam, Jyotsna G Roa , Latha , Balakrishnan, are some – if anyone remembers…

  164. nalini rao says:

    madhu: Yeah I remember those names u have mentioned. We were freshers. I think Santhanam and jyothsna were Best Boy and best Girl that year. And Balakrishnan played the role of the Bishop in the drama The Bishop’s Candlesticks on Annual Day and Jyotsna was the Bishop’s wife. I am not too sure who played Jean Vaal Jean – was it a guy named Haroon Rashid ?

    vijay : I think I am mixing blogs but since I am here, Tirupathi nalli did u perform thomala seva, Archana or Ekantha seva ? I think those are the sevas where one gets a good long darshan of the Lord. Yes, if one climbs on foot , the experience is really great – have done it twice. Mukund and Vijay, have u been to Vaishno Devi? If u havn’t, it is a must – see. The climb is a very good experience, ofcourse we end up with sore legs but it is still worth it.

  165. Vijay says:

    @Madhu: Welcome here !!! Yes you are the “senior most” (for now). Glad to have you share your experiences…Looks like this thread now straddles the 70′s and 80′s…

    @Nalini: It was Archana Seva… I have never been to Vaishno Devi… heard a lot about it from my mother who has been there twice…

  166. Chittaranjan Shetty says:

    Hey..Nice blog…brought me back nostalgic memories. i studied in VHS from 1983-85 in E section, I think Shashi and me were classmates. It was fun and probably the best we ever had in our schooling life. I also remember a kannada teacher named HSS who is not mentioned by anyone above. I think he was one of the best teachers. I am still in touch with a couple of my classmates.

  167. mukund says:

    chittaranjan
    Good to see ur mail and welcome. Most of us who write in this group are from 1970 and 1980 hence we dont know other teachers

    Nalini – i have not visited Vishno devi- Prapacncha suthidhru Karnatakane sarige nodilla- it is unfortunate-some thing wrong in setting priorities

    I think in ones life time should visit – Kailashand mansasasarovar,Vishno devi, Gomukh/Gangotrhri ,Annapurna-ranges of Himalyas

  168. Madhu says:

    Nalini : only vauge memories of the play itself..some of these are fading for me -makes for a credible senior though!.. but trust me its going to happen to everyone at some point. None the less.. the exchanges in the blog definitely serves to jog the fading memory cells – to refresh some of the details one tends to forget over time.

  169. Vijay says:

    @Madhu: You are right.. nothing like a few stories to bring back old memories… What amazes me is that when I get together with friends, incidents and people that you have completely forgotten come back…

  170. Shreekanth says:

    One from the ’90s…

    Vijay and Others:
    It’s great to see posts from students of 70s and 80s. I studied in VHS from ’94 to ’96.
    The best part is that I can relate to most of the things you mentioned about VHS of the 70s…

    Many of the teachers you mentioned were around when we studied but were nearing retirement. I was in G section and MN was our class teacher. We saw 3 HMs in 3 years (must be a record of sorts).

    NCC was fun too but we had idlis bought into school and never expereinced the rubber dose mentioned here. Vijaya Bakery was around and so were the Dil Kushs! :)

    HVR, PM, CNK, JRS, DNR, LH and others taught us but have now retired. MRV used to put together the school orchestra and we performed on the Annual Day.
    And by the way, the school was pretty big when we studied and we had 3 school days – separate days for 8th, 9th and 10th standards.

    A friend and I visited VHS on Independence Day last year and were suprised to see KSC still active in attending school functions. We had his little lectures on Friday mornings too.
    Its sad to see all the trees gone now, to be replaced with Vijaya Composite College and more buildings.

    Overall, it looks like the “VHS culture” has stayed the same over the last 20-30 years…

    Nostalgia is sweet!

    Thanks to Sowmya who posted this link on orkut.

  171. Shreekanth says:

    I meant ’93 to 96 there. Typo!

  172. Vijay says:

    @Shreekanth: Welcome… I guess nothing changed except for more sections and more students… so when did the Composite college come up? Did you still have the quadrangle and the open area when you were there? Did the Shetty gaadi still come there?

  173. Shreekanth says:

    Vijay-avre,
    I think the Composite College came up in 97 or 98.
    They have (had?) very good teachers like RKJ teaching there. Even some of the retired VHS teachers like JRS went on to teach there for some time, afaik.

    We did have the quadrangle and open area. It was a mud playground when we were in 8th but was made into a cement ground later.
    The “ashoka” trees lining the compound made way for the new Yoga/PE + Composite College block.

    I don’t remember the gaadis much. There used to be one or two but I guess we spent a most of our time playing football in the Madhavan park and triangle fields.

    I liked your intro of HVR (the mask doesn’t work because yu’ve spelt the initials right once! ;) ). He was a very senior lecturer when he taught us. Your description of his first class makes for a good flashback kinda movie…

    I read your enterpreuner blog too. Great work!

  174. Vijay says:

    hmm.. RKJ was RK Jagadish right? He was our class teacher at National College B’gudi… Excellent teacher.

    I admit I made a botch of masking HVR :-)

  175. praneshachar says:

    Vijay
    what a great reunion of many people from your VHS
    Torture Technics I think most of the ones you have mentioned were used by our teachers also. Inaddition we had one maths teacher ramakrishanapppa he will have a wodden ruler and hit the student right on leg and make him to stand on bench till class is over
    twisting the ears till they are red is common with lady teacher perhaps they thought it is most convinenient.

    thanks for nostalgic memories taking me back to school

  176. nalini rao says:

    vijay: recent post is great. We had a similar experience in Xth after annual day and after the Best Boy and Best girl trophies were given away. Remember those yellow and red scarves that were draped on the “chosen ones”? Well it so happened that the ” Best Boy” of that year( prefer not to take names) apparently was making some galate i the Friday assembly and was given a mild reprimand that this was not expected of HIM!! He is supposed to have been quite miffed and retorted ” yenu bari scarf thaane , vaapas thogolli” or words to that effect. KSC stomped into our class the very next day , pulled him and another topper from their respective seats and started beating both on their backs non-stop. It must have been so humiliating for both of them, we had all felt so awful, but baayi thegedu avara support maadodakke dam iralilla. This is still so fresh in my memory, and even to this day I strongly disapprove.

    Mukund: yelliddira? Bahala quiet aagibittiddera? I am sure you would guess who this happened with. You are right , even I have not seen Karnataka and AP as much as I would like to. We are avid travellers, never go on “conducted tours”, do all the research ourselves and mind you coming to bangalore is not holidaying – so we come only once in 2 yrs. Illa andre leave hassles yella itkondu prapancha hege nododu? But do visit Vaishno Devi, its an experience.

  177. mukund says:

    Nalini
    Namaskara -thumbadhina aythu, I had posted a mail -it dint appear-Technology

    Meanwhile 2 of my old vhs classmates had come to Bangalore and it was a pleasure to meet them after 30 years. one of them is Gayathri who is doing a wonderful job in pramoting mental health awareness-www.mindbeautiful.com

    I agree one should visit Vaishno Devi, Kailash ,annapoorna and mukthinath

    I also had the opportunity of meeting KSC – he has hearing problem but an alert mind

  178. nalini rao says:

    mukund and vijay: Have some great ( atleast for me) news ! This has something to do with VHS, so I thought I should write. When we were in VIIIth , TKS had introduced us and had given a vivid narration of the Angkor Wat temples of Cambodia, and it has remained a dream for me ever since t o see them.

    Well, well, and I AM ! ! ! ! We leave on the 30th this month and returnon the 7th of JAN2008. New Year will be in KL enroute. am now trying to read as much as possible about Khmer kingdoms and their architecture so that I am better informed.

    Thanks to TKS !!!!

    In the meanwhile, HERES WISHING ALL YOU VHSites A VERY VERY HAPPY, PROSPEROUS AND EVENTFUL 2008.
    HOPE TO MEET A FEW OF YOU ATLEAST THIS YEAR.

    NALINI

  179. Vijay says:

    @Nalini.. That is fantastic…. please do send me pictures so I can post it on the site.

    Happy New Year and Safe Travels.

  180. Madhu says:

    TKS was one of the best History teachers and could make even the most mundane and dry topics ( and there is no dearth of those in History calsses!) very interesting to fresh highschoolers. I can still remember her explanation of what the “hogal-bhatta’s” role was in the smaller kingdoms and she would jokingly suggest thier role in charting some historical events.

    Anyway..wherever your travels may take you this season , have a safe and wonderful holiday and wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year.

  181. nalini rao says:

    @vijay… Thanks. Ofcourse I shall send pictures to you. I have been an avid though amateur photographer all along – I would go around with a Canon A-1 and a whole lot of lenses and filters. I eventually got fed up lugging them all around and recently bought myself a Canon G-7 10 meg digital one. Has given some great pictures of S E Asia when I was there in May this year.

    Thanks for the wishes

  182. mukund says:

    Nalini

    Good to hear from u -IT WOULD BE A GOOD EXPERIENCE-ANUBHAVAGALANELLA BARIRE

    Wish u all the best and a happy 2008

  183. nalini rao says:

    @Mukund: Thanks.Khanditha bareyuththene. As metioned earlier, we are avid travellers. Our next destination is hopefully Victoria Fals in central Africa.

    Naanu yentha ooru basavi andare. Bengaloorinalli maneyinda office ge double decker bus nalli hoguvudu kooda enjoy maadthidde.

    By the way, Ramji is going to be in Delhi in early Jan and we guys are meeting on the 8th after I return from Angkor. Am I looking forward to it?!!! All thanks to you.

  184. Sanjay Dutta says:

    Recently stumbled upon this site. Great memories. I was in the 75-78 batch. Every time I visit B’lore, I try take my wife and kids to VHS. Last in 2004 met NNR. He recognized me off the bat! I have away for over 22years, but still have fond memories of VHS. Lot of VHS kids my batch or 72-75 in the area.

  185. Vijay says:

    @Sanjay: Thanks for the comment. I was in the 76-79 batch… Were you in the same class as Babu (aka Raghavendra)?

  186. Sanjay Dutta says:

    Yes he was in my class.

  187. mukund says:

    Dear Vijay/Nalini and other friends

    Wish u all a Happy 2008

    DJS -Mrs Shashikala was my class teacher -1974-77 and she took vrs and started working at a poor children school. Now she has started a school and requested me to associate and also requested me to spread word to old students of vhs, please find below her mail – if anyy body is interested in this venture i can provide her contact details
    Dear Mukund,
    Wishing you and your family a happy Christmas and blessed
    New year,
    I would like to inform about my organization “Witness Foundation”
    this deals with Working with underprivileged children, Conducting free
    Medical camps and training the weaker Section women to develop Skill
    and to be independent for better life and Many more plans,
    Kindly involve in this project, Support this good cause
    to bring Smile on the faces of the poor,

    Warm regards

    DJS.

  188. Sathya says:

    Chittaranjan mentioned about HSS (H S Sriramakrishna). I was in his era of kannada teaching. His uppittu story was a great hit. He was also known as ‘nigro jani’ in student community. Also he was a great drama teacher. Though he was not part of Sanskrit dept., he used to help us with Sanskrit Drama.

    He always insisted on writing, his comment on my writing was ‘ma’ always looks like ‘mi’. I can never forget that.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all,

    Sathya.

  189. Vijay says:

    @Sathya: Can you share the Upittu story? I think he joined after we had left…

  190. Sathya says:

    I am part of the linkedin network, which is to keep and maintain communication and contact with all known classmates, co-workers and other associates. I want to create an Alumni for VHS students. Is there a place where I can get the emblum of VHS? Anyone has it which can be shared?

    I am not sure whether copy-write issue will araise, but as long as I give credit to the school and supplier of the copy of the emblum, it should be fine.

    Regards,
    Sathya

  191. Sathya says:

    HSS wanted to create some laughter in the class. He was teaching about grammar, sandi, samasa etc. Which is really boring and it was going no where. To show and create interest in process, procedure in life is same as using right sandi and samasa in language, he told this story. He said it was part of his growing up.

    It was a summer during his high school days. His parents has to go to a marriage, and he being a boy, doesn’t wanted to go with his parents and stayed back home alone. Marriage was in a different town so parents were not going to be back for 4 or 5 days. Mom had made food for a day, so he didn’t had to cook or go to friends house for lunch/dinner. Next day, he wanted to cook for himself. He had watched mom cooking and what’s great in that, so he started making uppittu.

    He cut tomatos, onion, chili. Put all in to boiling water and then added rave (sooji) directly from the dabba. Added uppu (salt) and all other ingredients. Then he cooked for 15 minutes, kept stirring. After that he switched off the stove and kept the thing to get cool. Then he wanted to eat the uppittu. Since he has not roasted the rave, the uppittu was really in a chewing gum structure. he could not eat it and finally decided to through it out. He dumped all into ‘kasada totti’. He forgot about that and then started eating lunch and dinner at friends/neighbours house.

    After 5 days parents came home, few hours later mom asked what is that smell, looks like heggana is dead. He had forgot about his uppittu experience, he was looking for a heggana. During the search, he found that it was his uppittu that was having such a foul smell. He some how managed to get it out of the place and didn’t tell anyone about that for a long time.

    The day he told this uppittu story it was really a fun class. For some days we used to say we need some uppittu instead of sandi and samasa.

    Now looking back, it is looks like a made up story.

    Regards,
    Sathya

  192. rajani says:

    Hi,

    Accidently i discovered this site and Waw ! its sooo nice to read about my school (VHS) and my seniors :).
    I was in 1989 – 1992 batch. My favourite teacher was PAK and I was in E section.
    I always admired my school.

    Regards,
    Rajani

  193. Sathya says:

    I saw Giri Tirumale’s photo album. It is great to have classmates back and meet.

    Anyone from 1980-83 batch in this group?

    Sathya

  194. mukund says:

    vijay

    i happend to visit PAK at his residence last week, he is very cheerful and is busy from 6AM-tutions till night ,I did mention about this group and gave the url

    Sathya- the photo u saw is our class- batch 1974-77 section 10th c – we celeberated our 30 years of reunion in july 2007 and invited some of our old teachers and felicitated them

    Naini- urige bandhra cambodia nodi

  195. Vijay says:

    @Mukund: Wonderful.. I’d love to meet up with PAK as well.. let me know next time you go.. does he still say “Ninn bayalli jirale haaka”…. :-)

  196. mukund says:

    thanks vijay- we mentioned this quote , along with his other quote- kothi pillai naka ,moognalli muru lota sambar huyya-during our 30 yrs re union meet where we felicitated him with other teachers

  197. Rajani says:

    mukund/Vijay
    I remember one more quote by PAK, he used always say seeing someone less attentive “bal channagi nidde hodithidiya kanla” :)))

  198. nalini rao says:

    Mukund: Yeah , Angkor was fascinating to say the least. I wish we had atleast a WEEK MORE. It is a very reasonable place and one can very easily go on repeat visits, which we wish to do some time. The people are so simple and guileless, cant imagin what they have gone through during Pol Pot’s regime. I am right now reading his political biography and feel he was Hitler reborn.
    Mukund and Vijay: You guys must visit Angkor – one just gets transported to a period 800 to 1200 years back and it is hard to believe – the sheer size is awesome. I shal send some pictures ( although felt the need for a better camera – a digital SLR with wide-angle options is very much necessary.

    I too would like to meet PAK – he is also a Telugu speaking guy and would always make some comments in that language. I would love to remind him about the incident when he threw me out of class in IXth ( he was the class teacher of the then notorious X C ) and said ” WhenI can tame a class like X C you are a fly in comparison – ondu nona gotta? ” !!!!!! Eega nodidare ondu aane annuttaro yeno !!!!!!!!!

  199. nalini rao says:

    mukund: Ramji was here in Delhi visiting his brother Vishwa and we met after 18 years.

    One sad news, rmember Gurudutt Shenoy? I heard he lost his wife in a freak accident at home recently.

  200. mukund says:

    Nalini

    Thanks for sharing ur experiences, it is motivating me to visit- we are ignorant of many such places, i understand we have such places in north east-olle anubhava nimmadhu-bengaalurige bandhre innnuchennagi kelbaahudu
    I am happy u could meet KG R- thanks to vijay for helping to meet old friends of VHS
    sorry to hear about Guru dutt shenoy

    Rajini/vijay- It looks to me after TKS the most admired teacher is PAK.Accidentaly i heard PAK ‘s lecture in GNANVANI OF IGNOU broadcasted by All India radio Bangalore -early morning at 6-30 am on CLIMATIC CONDITIONS OF INDIA- this enabled me to recollect my 33 years old school days

  201. mukund says:

    Good old eateries of NAMMA BENGALOORU

    When two Bangaloreans settle down for snacks (favourite dosa, idli, vada or ambode) and by-two coffee, they don’t just share what is served. They share a cultural outlook. These hotels gave birth to many literary and cultural movements in the state.

    Who doesn’t know Vidyarthi Bhavan in Gandhi Bazar, its crisp rava vade, masala dosa and by-two capi?
    It was a great centre of intellectual debates, literary discussions, and a meeting place for the Who’s Who of Kannada literature and culture till recently. Giants like D.V. Gundappa to Masti, Girish Karnad to U.R. Ananthamurthy, Raj Kumar(Annavaru) to Shankar Nag, cricket legends E.A.S. Prasanna, B.S. Chandrashekhar to G.R. Vishwanath and IT czars like NRN, B V Jagadeesh were regular visitors to this small, low roofed, Mangalore-tiled hotel.

    Brahmins Coffee Bar in Chamarajpet is the best place for idli and vada.
    Dwaraka Hotel on Bull Temple Road was once synonymous with the finest khali dosa.
    The magnificent ‘Victoria Hotel’ opposite Mayo hall made way for an ugly, multi-storey mall, five years back. The prime minister of England and a celebrated Bangalorean Winston Churchill was its regular visitor between 1890-1910. It was one of the most beautiful buildings in Bangalore.

    If you live around Sajjan Rao circle and Minerva Circle, you are sure to be familiar with New Modern Hotel (NMH) famous for its dosa and plate oota (or what the northerners call a thali meal).NMH was once a meeting place for Kannada cinema stalwarts.
    Janatha Hotel, which is just a few feet from NMH, is equally popular for its Idly vade.
    VB Bakery at Sajjan Rao Circle is no longer a hot favourite of old Bangalore. Today’s yuppie crowd has no time or taste for old-fashioned bakery stuff! It was the cricketer Anil Kumble’s favourite haunt during his National College days.

    Fort Lunch Home opposite the Bangalore Fort has now become a part of history.
    Where do you go, if you want to taste an authentic Mysore meal on MG Road? Brindavana Hotel next to Sympony cinema is the obvious choice. This hotel, too, is on the way out.

    Another old hotel serving an Udupi menu in neighbouring Ulsoor downed its shutters a month ago. Komal Hotel at the junction of Wheelers Road and Assaye road may live at best for another two or three years.

    Big names like MTR, Janardhana Hotel, Udupi Krishna Bhavan, Sri Sagar (Malleswaram), Krishna Bhavan, Airlines Hotel, nearly 200-year-old Dewars Bar (known as Bangalore’s first bar !), road side eateries at Sajjan Rao circle and idli, dosa night hotels on Ibrahim Sahib street, many old hotels on the three-century-old Avenue road and historic India Coffee House on M.G. road also look like they are past their glory days, and are waiting to shut down.

    Shall we now move to Cafe coeffe days, Darshinis, Pizza huts, Dominos, Chinese restaurants folks ?

  202. nalini rao says:

    Mukund: yelliddiri? I have been extremely busy with my son’s exams !!! Nanna time nalli 5th class ge ishtu odiddu gnyapakave illa. Infact, maganigintha naane hechchu odthaiddeeni ee varsha. I am quit fed up. Tomorrow is the last one and he has German of which I know as much as Napolean knew about the weather in Russia !!!!

    Vijaya High… has become very quiet. Please don’t let Vijay’s effort fade… All VHSites, lets wake up.

    Mukund : I would want to meet DJS when I am there( adu yaavaga antha gothilla) , ofcourse with your help,and would like to know more about her work and see if we could involve.

  203. Vijay says:

    @Nalini: I am studying for 9th Standard !!! 5th Std nalli German? Yava Syllabus appa idu?

  204. mukund says:

    nalini

    Good to see ur mail which motivates , i agree we should keep this active

    deftly we will meet DJS of course we all should meet during ur visit-what vijay -atleast AT KAKAS place near vhs

    en nalini Magange nimma nechina kannada kalusodu bittu german kalisthira,tamashege healdhi,

    Swalpa barita eri eri

  205. ARUN says:

    HI,
    THIS IS ARUN FROM BANGALORE.

    THIS IS A GREAT THING YOU PEOPLE ARE DOING,I’M FROM THE 84 -87 BATCH
    MY CLASS TEACHER WAS S.B. ALL THE TEACHER’S SONS AND DAUGHTERS WERE IN OUR SECTION THAT IS “D”. READING YOUR BLOG IF I REMEMBER THE SON OF DJS {STANLEY DEEPAK} WAS IN OUR CLASS,NANU,AVANU AND YOGI, USED TO GO HOME TOGETHER.

    • sampreeth says:

      Hey Arun,

      This is Sampreeth Rao. I used to be sometimes part of the Yogish , Stanley Deepak gang. We used to chill out in the triangle field, there use to be one dumma Ashwin maha tarle. Are u the guy who used to be with MNR maga Kiran?
      Me and KC ( Principal’s son ) were close pals and a certain group of folks,Keshava , Jagadisha N , myself KC , Shankar and few others used to play cricket in the temple field beside the Choultry. That used to be the during lunch hour cricket for those 20-25 minutes.
      regards
      sampreeth rao
      84-87 batch ‘D’ section

  206. Vijay says:

    @Mukund: We should definitely meet.. I will host… Nalini swalpa advance notice kodi…

    @Arun: Welcome…You make me feel so old (dont you agree Mukund?)… I graduated Engineering in ’85 :-)…

  207. ARUN says:

    I DON’T THINK SO,I FIND YOU PEOPLE ARE ALL SO ENTHUSIASTIC TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN STARTING THIS UNOFFICIAL VHS ALUMNI.

  208. nalini rao says:

    Mukund: You wont believe this, my son cant speak Kannada(his dad’s maathrubhaashe) or Telugu(mine) to save hislife !!!! I feel this inadequacy when I visit my aged relatives in B’lore who want to converse with him but cant. And ofcourse we guys meet when we are there – that is already onthe agenda.

    Vijay: Thanks , we shall meet. Nishant, my son studies CBSE only. But the school that he is presently attending was started by a German lady in 1938 & is being run partly by a few German NGOs. That’s why they learn German . He will go to a different school fromVI.

    If you feel old reading Arun’s note, what about me?!!!! Aadre Vijay, I dont know if something is wrong with me, but that hudugu buddhi which was there in 1975 is still there!! And I feel as though I left VHS just y’day.

    Arun: welcome

  209. ARUN says:

    Nalini mam:Thankyou for the welcome.

  210. Vijay says:

    @Nalini: Neevu Navella almost same batch thara… after some time one or two years dont make a difference…

  211. Madhu says:

    Hello all:
    I’m trying to recall a poster that I think was in our seminar hall..it went like this ‘bad teachers complain , good teachers explain but “? ” teachers inspire !” ..deos anyone remember this and if so what was the last ? in this quotation.
    Madhu

  212. mukund says:

    vijay- thanks to volunteer as host during our proposed first meet- yavaga nalini
    Nalini- astu chennagi maatadthira ,maganiege tumba bega kannada helkodabhadu.egiro paristhithithialli, bengaluruinalli erorege kannada mathadolla
    Viay -there are few classmates of mine are also interested to meet sme old classmates of vijaya high school- this informal blog is good-
    Arun u are welcome
    i was in vhs 74-77 batch and our classmates inspite of 34 years atleast 30 of us in Bangalore meet every year

  213. Vijay says:

    @Madhu: Dont recall it… wonder if anyone else knows…
    @Mukund: No problem sir.. offer of hosting still stands :-)

  214. ARUN says:

    mukund avare:that’s very nice of you people. that’s the spirit one should have.

  215. mukund says:

    arun-thanks for ur kind words

  216. nalini rao says:

    Mukund: Yaavaga antha nanage goththilla. My son’s vacation starts from May 10th and goes on upto Jul 7th. We are planning to travel to Victoria Falls – we have our lodge bookings for the last week of May. But nothing else is done. Actually I am hoping that my nephew inB’lore will find Ms Right to marry this year. Innu hudukthaane iddane.
    I will most certainly let u guys know. I would also like to meet Jayanthi then.

    Vijay : I read about a thindi joint called “SouthIndies” in Koramangala in a travel magazine. Have you been there? Seems interesting. Great reviews too.

  217. Vijay says:

    @Nalini: Really really need to learn from you…

    SouthIndies is in Indranagar… been there for lunch once.. food was good but paying Rs.300 for “Nimbehannu” Chitra-anna was too much for me….

  218. mukund says:

    nalini-nimge kalallichakra idhiya- thumba prapancha suthira-olledu
    Vijay- i agree with u- namma Kakana sayankalda chitranna ennu chennagirathe

    so can we infer that our meet depends on nalini’s nephew’s search for miss Right- i was wondering if this blog could help him with sub juniors———–

    Have u eaten at sajjan rao circle chitranna-it costs 10% of Indiranagar

  219. nalini rao says:

    Vijay : I cant believe it – although I expected it would be somewhat expensive. Whew Rs. 300? Its like ALOO JEERA costing Rs 200 here – bari beyisida aloo and jeerige
    not worth even 10 bucks.

    Mukund: Travelbug anthaaralla, haage. Once you start travelling and sight seeing, our whole perspective changes. And in small ways I have been at it all my life – my family loves it – bank nalli 5 saavira nodidare chinna belli thogollonva antha ansode illa. Yellige hogona antha onde ondu topic.( only hope my son and baro sose dont feel that we have left nothing IN KIND for them !!!!!!!)

    Nephew ge we have told – yaaradru parvaagilla white, black,brown, green,blue, VHS sub junior anybody – hudugi aadre saaku !!

  220. Vijay says:

    @Mukund: Yes I have eaten the stuff at Sajjan Rao circle

    @Nalini: I find food in Delhi to be expensive… I almost had a seizure when I had a Dosa there when I visited 2 weeks ago.. paaapa for that price the gaadi fellow at Sajjan Rao circle will make Doses’ for you the entire evening.. actually the Rs. 300 was for an entire buffet and Chitra-anna was a part of it :-)

  221. Madhu says:

    Vijay:
    I suggest to all VHS alumni to keep the content of this blog to VHS related topics. I believe it was started for that sole purpose and I think that should still be relevant.Otherwise we risk devaluing the currency of this blog as a memory lane back to good old VHS…my humble thoughts.
    Madhu

  222. mukund says:

    nalini and vijay

    Good to read ur mails. Very informal and interesting- i feel it is also needed- with information and sharing common taughts/experiences -inspite of not seeing each other -eighter in school nor outside

    Some updates of vhs

    CNK-gothaythendri- has written a Kannada book of great men of India and is very interesting

    Similarly PAK apart from his tution and teaching is helping a kannada medium school and is looking for old students who can help the school

    Some of section mates of my class 1977 have pooled up some money and doing a bit to the needy -Known to us as Vijaya high school class of 1977 10th c -in a very small way

  223. hema rajesh says:

    vijay
    I thoroughly enjoyed your write up. I would say almost all your experiences were similar to us in school though I do not know a few teachers. I was in VHS between 86-89. I would like to talk about two teachers one ms. DJS, our biology teacher. She is such a wonderful person I think of no words to describe. Though a disciplinarian, a very nice soul indeed. I think she was the one who motivated to take up biology in my laer years. Today, I feel happy when I take clases to students from grade 4-12 and talk on environment or any thing related to science they all beam with happiness and I owe this to my biology madam.. Another great teacher is mrs SB, our class teacher for three years who taught algebra. Thanks to her, i am still able to teach algebra to my students though majored in life sciences.

    It was a real great pleasure when i penned down my thoughts. like to be in touch with my fellow students from my almamater.

  224. hema rajesh says:

    arun
    i think i was your batch mate. stanley, arthi , kiran and raghu all headmaster, princi and teachers children were our batch mates. but i am sorry, i am unable to recollect you from my memory.

  225. Vijay says:

    @Hema: Welcome… Fantastic that you are a teacher and from your note you seem to be someone who really enjoys it.
    If you want to share any of your experiences, please mail me on vijaym63 (at) gmail.com and I will post it. I am really interested in knowing your views on teaching as a profession plus your experiences…

  226. ARUN says:

    @hema:how can you remember me, its been so many years,but i still remember some of the girls names like pallavi, pranathi, rohini ,sudha.Me, yogi ,dippy killy,swaroop,we used to be together. I was the captain of the football team which won the inter south district football tournament and represented the school in most of the events in sports.

  227. hema rajesh says:

    Hi Vijay
    I shall write my experiences as a teacher . Give me some time. Now I am busy with board exams and lkater I am away on vacations to Australia.. May be sometime when i am free I shall surely write.. Thank you for your kind gesture.

  228. Vijay says:

    @Hema: Looking forward to it…enjoy your vacation. By the way my son will be appearing for his board exams next year :-)

  229. mukund says:

    hello

    vijay/nalini

    no news at all

  230. Vijay says:

    @Mukund: Wondering the same about you.. how are things?

  231. mukund says:

    Nalini sent me a mail -thanks to u

    i am keeping finr -i thnk some of us should write

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  233. Vijay V says:

    Hi Guys,

    I was with VHS – btwen 1979 and 1982. RR (Raja Reddy was our class teacher).

    PAK was called “Sotta” because he would never stand straight.

    PSC was stone deaf. He would throw the large wooden protractor with a loud bang (he couldn’t hear…so he didn’t care if you did)…At the end of every problem he would say ‘Quad Erat Demonstrandum….QED..QED…” it was always thrice.

    SQB was the english teacher. She always was busy digging her nose, making the booger into a ball…sorry it is gross LOL

    KNB (Ballal) was a freak of a teacher. He was teaching us about Akkamahadevi and he summarized it one sentence “AvaLu battE bichchi odii hodhaLu..”

    KNB was Narayana Bhat…a fair looking Sanskrit teacher. We had this girl student Padma who would ask him “Sirr, kadhalphalaaaani means what sir” in a funny tone. KNB would reply using that same tone “kadhaliphalaaaani means banaaaaaaaana fruit”…We ended up calling that girl “Kadhali phalani”.

    LHS was a nut. He would say “Ask me any questions and I will answer it”…So one of us askd him about something and he flew into a rage….

    MV was a cartoon character. He would say “marketge hogi bomb haaka beku…only then population will reduce”…

    I met KSC’s son Raghu, learlier in Feb. KSC is doing good, i hear

  234. Amit Goswami says:

    Hi There,

    I passed out in 1988, and for me it has been one of the best experience as I used to travel all the way from Jalahalli to Jaynagar in those days with my friend Srikanth as both of us used to stay in BEL quarters.

  235. hema rajesh says:

    Hi Vijay
    I shall write my experiences as a teacher working almost a decade teaching across the board from 4th grade to 12th grade very soon.

  236. Vijay says:

    @hema: That is wonderful !!! Please keep us posted on it.. would be most interested to read about your experiences

  237. Smitha says:

    Hi – No posts for quite sometime on this blog!!! I am from the 88-91 batch. After many years, i am again staying at Jayanagar 2nd block now. Any of you can fill me in about the teachers still there at VHS (from the 80s)? The school is just 5 mts walk from my house and i plan to visit – maybe on Sept 05th.

  238. Vijay says:

    @Smitha: Just put a post out there… been a little lazy on the VHS front though there are many stories

  239. Nasreen says:

    Hi,

    I had a wonderful travel down the memory lanes of yesteryears-thanks to all especially Vijay, Nalini and Mukund-I was in the same class as you Nalini-sec-C. Wonder if you remember me? I fondly remember all the teachers and was touched to hear about DJS and what she does. The only person that I have been in touch with over the years is TKS. It was interesting that no one mentioned much about MNR-he was the sports/band/ artist etc. I remember PM’s long braid and glasses.
    Some of my batch mates were Niranjan, Shantala, Fouzia, Hema Malini, Gautam, Sowmini, Shobha. Nalini and Vijay I also remember Brinda, Nalini Desai, Jayashree, Rajani and Suresh.

  240. Zia says:

    Hello all,
    I happened to stumble on this website and it took me back instantly down memory lane. I was was VHS from 72-75 and had a fantastic time. YVN was our class teacher. I just read further up that LH had passed away. When I joined 8th standard, her had just returned from the US and we were in awe of him! KSC was an inspiring teacher and made you work harder each day. I have been away from Bangalore and India for the past 25 years but wach time I visit Bangalore I make it a point to visit VHS. Some of my classmates were Subba Rao, Ramakrishna (from Gandhi Bazaar), Gautam and Pradeep. ANyone tuned in from this batch???

  241. Vijay says:

    @Nasreen: Thanks for visiting… I am in touch with PM…
    @Zia: You are probably the seniormost VHS’ite to leave a comment here.. welcome.. please do share your experiences with us…

  242. Zia says:

    Hi Vijay,
    Thank you for the welcome. So this makes me the ‘old man’ of the group -:) I am very young at heart sir !
    The VHS experience is unique in many many ways: during 10th standard, I think we were in section B and had the penthouse class – pretty interesting.
    The chepekais and the southekayes with the exotic masala were always a welcome treat. I think I was the first batch where they started the philatelic club, and we would spend hours pouring over stamps. And I will always remember Mr.N.T. Raju giving his speeches at our school functions. Here are the teachers that I remember:

    English: YVN
    Math: MP and KSC (I still get dreams of his keys jingling)
    Science: DNR, LH and GKL
    Socoal Studies: TKS (I think she was related to Dr.Ramaswamy in Gandhi Bazaar)
    English: SQB
    PE and NCC: MNR
    Hindhi: NNR and MP (???)
    Kannada (my pet subject): CNK

    The lady teaching Hindhi MP (??? -I am not sure of the initials) was elderly and we were quite notarious. Oftern times she would get upset and point to the speakers in our classes and alert that HM would hear everything that we were saying! I can go on and on, but will save and savor the memories for later on! I wonder if at all there is a group of VHS alumni in the US? If anyone is aware of any contacts, I would appreciate it.
    Zia

  243. Nalini Rao says:

    Nasreen,

    Hey, aren’t you( or may be ” weren’t you ” would be more appropriate?!!) Nasreen Kauser? If so, I remember you very well. Where are you now? Its great that you are in touch with TKS. How is she ? Has she retired?

    Zia, you say you were in the 72-75 batch. Both Nasreen and I are of the same batch. I wasin B section and YVN was never our class teacher. Were you in C D or E . What is your full name?

  244. Zia says:

    Hi Nasreen,
    We were both in the same batch perhaps? I just read your post. Some more batch mates in my classs were: Ravishankar, Anees, Subba Rao, Achar, Ramesh (we had two Rameshes in the class I beleive) and Irfan

    Zia

  245. Nasreen says:

    Vijay thanks and please give my warm regards to PM & all others if you see them.

    Nalini I’m amazed at your memory!!! I’m the same, I have lived in the US for over 25 yrs. TKS is retired and lives in B’lore. She is currently in the US visiting her brother and sister. I’m hoping she’ll be able to come and visit me. (can’t wait to tell her about this new found VHS connection!)

    Hi Zia, Ofcourse I remember you and all others including 2 Rameshes-one was from my primary/middle school. Where do you live in US?

    YVN was our class teacher -sec C. I also remember that Ramakrishna had written a whole english test about a hindi movie and scored very high marks.( YVN’s class-I think he even read it in class). Do you remember this incident Zia?

  246. Zia says:

    Hi Nasreen,
    Thank you for your response. Yes I remember all the pranks that Ramakirishna used to do. The one thing that comes to mind is this: we used to plan on ‘combined study’ and Ramakrishna would also ‘join’ us. My mother would serve us all Ovaltine and snacks because we would be ‘up all night’ studying. In just a few minutes, Ramakrishna would have dozed off!
    I live in the Research Triangle Park area in North Carolina, and work in drug development. Most of my work is with our teams in Mumbai and Banglore and I get to travel to India quite a bit. Where do you live in the US? And do you know if there are any other classmates of ours in the US?
    Zia

  247. Zia says:

    Hi Nalini,
    My mistake – I was also in section C. So were you in the same batch as Raghuram and Gangadhar (brothers)? My full name is Zia-Ul-Haque, although I have ‘dropped’ my middle name for well over two decades !!!
    I also just remembered RP – he used to be our Geography teacher. He could be pretty funny and frightening in an instant. The other classmate that I just remembered was Yashasvi – Nasreen I do not know if you remember this incident: Tashasvi used to sport real long hair, and RP actually cut some of his hair right in class – this was in the 9th standard!

  248. nalini rao says:

    Nasreen : Wow, doesn’t it feel great to reconnect after so many years? Ofcourse I remember you very well. In fact, I got particularly close to you some time in IX or X , although traditionally we all used to stick to our own groups in VHS – mixing amongst diff sections was not very much in practice, atleast among the girls.
    Where in the US do you live? I have been living in Delhi since 15 years.

    Zia : Yeah , we are batchmates !! I’m sure I’ll remember you when I see you. Raghuram and Gangadhar were in D section / I was in B remember Gurudutt Shenoy, Ramakrishna, Jayashri, Rajani, Bhagawati

    I suddenly recollected YVN , wasn’t he the tall sleepy eyed guy?

  249. Vijay says:

    Wow.. suddenly the seniors….sorry young at heart are getting active… where is Mukund? No comments from him on this reunion…
    @Zia: Please let me know when you come to India the next time. It will be great to catch up.. I remember RP as a very mercurial person as well…once he stepped down from the dias laughing loudly at something and walked over to a guy called Ravindra who was talking to his neighbour, slapped him and yelled at him all in the space of under a minute…

    @Nalini: Good to hear from you… havent in a while… you are correct about YVN.. he was also ahead of his time.. had center parting of hair before it became fashionable for guys :D

  250. Zia says:

    Note: All supposed spelling errors in this posting are intentional, meant to bring out the essence of our nadina bashe

    Vijay: Neema batch yav year ri? Nange ajapa antha padhka nevu kotideera; which may not be too off the mark given the fact that my elder son just started his undergraduate year in college! I remember one more incident with RP: he had asked us to remember the word ‘pencil eelvainaiya’, to remember the state of Pennsylvania! Nexht time Banglaoreege bandre naan neemge tilistini; most of my trips are pretty last minute affairs and I plan in a hurry. I typically get to Mumbai first and so have a few days to plan the Bangalore part

    Nalini: Do you remember Muni Mohan and Muni Dutt? They were two cousins in our class. I thought that Gududutt was not in our section? I remember Niranjan from our class – I think his family used to own a Pharmaceutical store in Jayanagar. When we were in the 10th standard, Niranjan was chosen to go to New Delhi for the Independence Day Parade and something happened and they would not let him go. YVN was not just sleepy eyed – he would sleep in class at times. I also remember that we had two Pradeeps in class. One of them (and he shall remain nameless) would not come to class at all, and his mother made all the teachers sign on his book as proof of attendance. I was the back bencher most of the times, hoping that this was a safe haven. Not at all true during Algebra and KSC. He pointed me out several times and I had to complete equations, as he wrote them. Another added pressure was that my father (who was a judge) knew him and Mr.NT Raju (Lawyer and school trustee) well and I felt that he was on my case quite a bit! My connection to the school goes back quite a bit. When we moved to Bangalore after my dad got transferred from some halli, my parents decided to send me to Vijaya Primary school – this was on Patalamma Gudi Road, right across from our house. Our house was the one next to RNR Kalyana Mantapa – we sold it when our family moved to the US. My class for one year was a Guduslu, and it burnt one night during Deepavali and if I am not mistaken we had a few days off!

    More later. Take care
    Zia

    • Sreedhar says:

      Hi,

      I was in section D (Muni Mohan was in section C). Would you have any idea whereabouts of Muni Mohan. He graduated from R.V.College, got into National Semi Conductors (also pursued studies at CEDT,IISc). His house was at the corner of 16th main 4th ‘T’ block.

      Regards,
      Sreedhar

  251. Nalini Rao says:

    Vijay: Just sent you a few pictures. Planning a weekend visit early December to attend a function. Not too sure though. VHS would be closed I guess. Shall let you and Mukund know if finalised.

    Zia: I remember the two Munis very well. They were my classmates in Holy Christ in V ad VI too !!
    Had a good laugh reading about Yashasvi’s long hair – my son was asked to have a haircut by his teachers last week. Do you remember our seniors Satchi and Madhuranath? KSC once called both of them into his cabin and chopped off their looong hair. They looked real silly though after the mundan

  252. Zia says:

    Yes Nalini I do recall this incident with the seniors. So you know the two Munis from before? They used to live in Jayanagar as I recollect.
    I also remembered taking the United Nations certification exams while at VHS – there were two parts to it over two years. And I vaguely remember having watched movies in the auditorium, most of them were B&W.

  253. Nasreen says:

    Zia: I live in the suburbs of Boston and work as a Corporate & Life Coach. I also work as a Corporate Consultant and travel to India -though not as much for the past two years since my mother passed away. Most people who are close to AARP age, get into the mode of finding more meaning to life-and most of them in the US go on car buying sprees and such-right? We on the other hand are getting nostalgic, but catching up and re-living the past is great fun. I googled a few college and my glorious NCC days friends and made great connections and infact went to see some of them in Goa. I remember the Yashasvi incident indeed! RP sure was really something- On my first day of high school the only person I knew was Niranjan from my previous school, so I eat lunch and hung out with him. RP saw us together and called me aside and asked me what I was doing with the boy- and poor innocent me was so embarrassed! He told me that now that I was in high school-I could not talk to boys. Foolishly I took this to heart and did not talk to boys (:-( Sigh) in general and Niranjan in particular although he was my best friend and we sat next to each other in our old school. Good to know that we are on the same coast!

    Nalini: Yeah we did have groups/clicks etc…but for the few of us who were chatterboxes (no pun intended)-we did become friends thank goodness! Do you remember Pushpa the librarian? I was good friends with her and we used to hang out with her college buddies.

    Vijay: I remember the two Munis as well. I got my son’s long hair cut today as well – in time for first day of his high school on Tuesday :-)

  254. Zia says:

    Nasreen,
    My sister’s family lives in Ma – Shrewsbury area and I also have a cousin who lives in Cambridge, MA. You are correct in that catching up with class fellows is real good and it suddenly seems that one was in High School not so long ago!
    Do you remember DNR (science)?

  255. Nasreen says:

    Zia,
    Good to know that you have family in MA. I agree whole heartedly that this catching up with the VHS folks is awesome-especially as I told old VHS stories to my kids and they enjoyed them when they were young and groaned, tuning me out as they got older- it’s nice to able to talk about teachers with 3 initials as real folks!

    I remember DNR-he used to call me and Satyalakshmi to go see him after class all the time! I used to think that it’s because Chem was not my favorite subject!!! I remember his first class in 8th std when we were first introduced to Chem!!!

    Do you remember the Rockerfeller stories that TKS used to tell us? I used to want to go live in the US because of them, and ended up living here more than half of my life.

  256. Zia says:

    Yes I remember all the stories that TKS would tell us. I remember that she visited the US once during summer when we were in school I think. I must confess that LH had quite a bit to do with my wanting to come to the US. I used to take tuitions from him, and a major portion of the sessions revolved around his US experiences. This part of the ‘tuition’ was a highlight for me. and I would keep on asking him a million questions about how schools were in the US, etc. This was in addition to bugging my sister and my uncles & aunts who lived in the US at that time. It was an obsession indeed for me. Do you remember the student bank at VHS, and the supply store? I thought these were pretty neat things for those days.

    Oh by the way I follow auto racing very closely and got to meet my childhood hero: Former Formula 1 world Champion, Mario Andreti in Raleigh, NC last year. This was a treat for me and I got to talk to Mario for a good 5-6 minutes. The newspaper photographer got this picture and it appeared in the newspaper, Here is a link to this picture, and my claim to fame !!!

    http://www.newsobserver.com/1486/image_media/543928.html

  257. Vijay says:

    @Zia: Naanu odiddhu ’76-79 batch… You mention the UN exams.. I remember taking the first part… who can forget the seminar hall (it was our classroom as well in Std 8th)…

  258. Nasreen says:

    Wow Zia that’s quite something! I am convinced that high school did lay the foundation for who we’ve become today. It was cool to read about your racing and your picture with Mario Andreti. You look the same except for the hairstyle and glasses. My highlight was meeting Hrithik Roshan at a concert a few years ago but boo hoo I have no picture with him.

    I remember the UN exams as well, the bank, the supply store, working in the library after school.
    NNR and CNK leaving school early on Fridays for the new release films. Kannada dali yalru matt adthiradu tumba chanag kandsatay- I don’t get to speak unless I’m in B’lore.

  259. Nasreen says:

    Vijay you might remember my sister Gazala Afsana who was also at VHS around the same time.

  260. Zia says:

    Hi Nasreen,
    Yes I also think that VHS really gave us a window to the world – considering that those were the ‘dark ages’ before the internet we still seemed to be well aware of what was happening around the world. Our school helped us to think and strive for higher goals in life. Do you remember Uday Shankar? He did only the 8th standard and transferred to St.Joseph’s High School. I caught up with him later on during PU at St.Joseph’s – he is now a GI Surgeon and lives in Kentucky and we always talk in Kannada. My first two years in primary school were in Kannade medium, and to this day I always come up with my tables’ calculations in Kannada (in my mind) and am faster than most of the folks around the table in meetings. Nama bhashe athi sundara
    Zia

  261. Nasreen says:

    Zia I have a vague recollection of Uday Shankar! Looks like the beginning of VHS alumini in US-unless there is one in existence already. I have recalled the names of almost all the girls in our class-I went bench by bench and I swear I know all of the names. I was also a last bencher all my schooling years!!!

    Being a foodie-I have associations with the best dishes I’ve had and to this day the best sambhar I had was the one that Shobha’s mom made for me. She had a younger sister Sheela at VHS-again Vijay probably knew her. Perhaps Nalini too ???

    Chikaur ida ga makalgay buoy bakkaga kannada dalay buoy tid day-not that they got it-but it made me feel good.

  262. Vijay says:

    @Zia: I guess you do what you are taught in your formative years.. like you I still do a lot of my calculations in Kannada…
    @Nasreen: I was in D section…do you know which section your sister was in? Ha ha… kannada dalli bayyodralli baro maja bere… your kids must have been wondering what language amma was talking in?

  263. Nasreen says:

    Vijay: She was in C section-kind of a quite person. You are right about my kids wondering-since my husband knows only 2 sentences in kannada. They would flip out when I’d randomly burst out with my kannada singing while driving especially songs like ‘viraha’ …bathroom style of course. Although I must say that they would recite ‘beckay, beckay and ‘nayimari, nayimari’ when they were very little.
    Vijay, where do you work? What grades are your kids in?

  264. Vijay says:

    @Nasreen: Oh ok.. C Section was “Sankrit in Kannada” :-)
    I returned to Bangalore after spending 10 years (’85-’95) in the USA and then in Singapore. I now work as the COO of a Software Company. I used to live in Nashua, NH. In fact my younger brother lives in Sommerville and 2 uncles live in Natick, MA.
    I have one son.. hes in 10th Grade this year… (sorry I am in 10th Grade this year)

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  266. Nalini Rao says:

    Vijay: Bunking classes in VHS? God! I dont think I ever did that except for ” official ” reasons like ” Drama Practice” ( which was there thru out the 3 years), Debate practice and remember that Manuscript magazine which we used to bring out? I happen to have a decent handwriting and would end up writing most of ours. Would use this ruse to escape CNK’s “moral edu” classes.

  267. Veena says:

    My GOD, nambokke aagalla ree.. neev tumba studious anthella ankondidde.. Anyway, that is fun to read… 11 in a fiat car? My GOD!! I was thinking you were caught by somebody’s sneezing sound(like how it happens in a movie)

  268. Nasreen says:

    Vijay: Wow you were in my neck of the woods…NH. 10th grade heavy year!!!

    Nalini & Vijay: I have a daring ( for 8th std) bunking story. Almost all the girls conned a science teacher, she was a rookie then, I think she was KUD-anyone remember her? We went to our Vijayalakshmi’s ‘griha pravesha’ in Hanumantnagar on our lunch break and told the teacher we’d be a little late to her class after lunch. We had no idea of the distance even though we ran on our way and back (and somehow had even managed to change in pattu lahanga on the way). When we got back, it was toward the end of her class and KSC had already given her a piece of his mind and we were all called to his office and given a big lecture!! Do you remember this Zia??? And Nalini I do remember the manuscript and the debates-do you remember Sridevi from D sec?

    Hi Veena nice to read your comments.

  269. Zia says:

    My memorable ‘off the record’ story is this: I was (and still am) crazy about pets and this guy (I do not remember his name any more) from a different section brought this real cute puppy to school in his book cheela and I immediately put a claim to the puppy- this happened in 10th standard. As I went home to lunch every day, I ‘decided’ to hide the puppy in my book cheela; things were fine until the puppy woke up and let out a small yelp. I thought I was done for the day. I excused myself on the pretext of not feeling well, and walkied out of class with the puppy in my bag! Lovely

    The other incidents that come to mind were the ‘occasional’ morning shows (Saturdays only) at Nanda and Shanti and the few cricket matches that we bunked class on Saturday to watch. As they say, it is paramount to have street education as well !!!
    Zia

  270. Nasreen says:

    Zia: I do recall the puppy incident, whatever happened to that puppy later?-do you have any pets? We have a min pin ( miniature doberman pincher)-Raja who is adorable.

    I was a huge Rajesh Khanna fan and would get sick on Friday and leave early ( it was to see new releases of Kaka’s 1st show movies). I still follow tradition and have to see 1st showing of movies-of course -the hero of choice now is Hrithik.

    Saturdays were always exciting for me coz we got to wear ‘color dress’ – inspite of the morning class, downside we had those dreaded tests in the auditorium. I do remember the documentary style movies as well.

  271. Zia says:

    Nasreen,
    The puppy joined my German shepherd and they were very happy for a long time. Right now we have a cat – Tigger who is very adorable and is a spoilt brat, but we all love him a lot. I used to keep a pretty eloborate aquarium, but finally gave it up beacuse of my at times crazy travel schedule. I do want to set up one more sometime!
    Yes Saturdays were fun; as I rememember we used to have a short break between the classes as well?
    Hey do you remember ‘Vijayavani’? This used to be the daily news brief that was read right after the morning gathering.

  272. Nasreen says:

    Zia: Cool about the puppy. Funny about the aquarium-we had a 50 gallon one and had a few sharks that grew to about 12 inches and would jump up high above the water when you’d go to feed them-they died of old age-so we don’t any fishes right now.

    Other incidents about saturdays were-there were always a few kids who would faint ( test stress, hunger, cold and who knows what else) and would be taken to the Library. I was one of those who would go get some dosas and coffee from a place near south end circle- I ran this errand for TKS and the bonus was that I got some ‘kapi’ too. I’m pretty sure we got a break on sat.

    I got into reading the newspaper eagerly preparing for Vijayavani, it had become a habit for me to read the headlines and news briefs to my Dad at the breakfast table during my high school years. It became a fond memory for me because I lost my Dad right after high school and sadly had to grow up overnight and resume a lot of adult responsibilities. This makes my high school memories extra special.

  273. Vijay says:

    @Nalini: Bunking was unheard of. Thats what made our class “notorious”… PM still says that ours was the most tarale but at the same time endearing (in her words)…one of the most mischevious guys in our class is now a tenured prof at IISc…
    @Nasreen/Zia: Saturdays were heavenly.. the hotel at South End was called Triveni…after the break it was always debates etc in the seminar hall (Aaasu Bhashana Spardhe as CNK used to call it)… you guys just gave me the subject of the next VHS Post :-)

  274. Zia says:

    Hi Vijay,
    Yes I remember Triven very well. We would go there and ask the waiter ‘ Ane ane ede ri’. and he would rattle off the menu. At times we would say ‘ item # 3 erd plate tanni…
    I lived down the road (on Patalamma gudi road) and to getting to school was a breeze. KSC also lived on Patalamma Gudi road. When I was in Vijaya Primary school, every time I saw him go on a walk in the evenings, I would cross the road and go wish him. He would be very happy at this, and would wait and watch to make sure that I had crossed the road back safely.
    Do any of you guys rememember the trainee teachers who would ‘teach’ us, from the RV teachers college? Some of them were hilarious as I recollect . I do hope they were of a better calibre when they passed out (no pun intended) from school

  275. Vijay says:

    @Zia: I can imagine that (KSC waiting for you to cross the street safely). He is a class act. I vividly remember his “uniform” which was a well ironed White Shirt and Blue Trousers. He’d have his keyring on his right thumb as he walked onto the dias and took centrestage at prayer time.

  276. Nalini Rao says:

    Zia: The trainee teachers were Julie White, Dawn Irish, Sharada Mani ( she was Sachi’s sister that tarale from an earlier batch), Uma Navaratna etc. I have all their autographs. These were the better ones although I think we had Sharada Mani in tears one day in our class.

    Vijay : Ours was not at all a tarle section. Esp the boys, they were mostly the kudmi types. It was infact we girls, esp our gang (Nasreen should remember) who were the terrorists. I dont remember this Triveni Hotel. It used to be mostly Viajaya Bakery for us

  277. Nalini Rao says:

    Vijay: I was once called to KSC’s cabin and he was quite mad. Why? There was a letter addressed to me and he opened it and read it thinking it must be something fishy – it was from a I std classmate of mine when I lived in Mumbai and her name was Mahua. Poor KSC did not know if it was a boy or girl, he I think was a wee bit disappointed to know the truth !!! Paapa, yenu sigalilla adaralli avarige !!!!

  278. Vijay says:

    @Nalini: Triveni was really a hole in the wall place… it was on the right South End circle at the beginning of the Road that went to Shanti theater. We knew it well because the NCC “rubber” Dose used to come from here…

    lol on your “adventure” with KSC… you are right he must have been disappointed…

  279. Nasreen says:

    Ah..now I remember the name Triveni-I used also to go there to pick up parcel idli/dosa sometimes on the way to Khudsia’s house on lunch breaks-as I am a vegetarian!

    Julie White taught english-she was the pretty one. Talking about autographs NNR wrote this ‘Jitnay gud dalo gay wutna mitha pao gay’ and I thought that was really sweet-until I found out recently from my sister that this was his signature autograph and he’d written this to all of her class….I had a good laugh.

    KSC lived in Jayanagar when we were in high school-near 16th main close to Bhagavati and Gayathri’s place ( between their homes, as I recall). His daughter Leela was our senior, he had a younger son. Also close to the 2 Muni’s place.

    Your are right about the B sec girls being naughty Nalini-Most of the girls were paired off-best friends- Nalini D and Vara; Bhagavati and Gayathri-your class and in my class Fouzia and Viji; Sunita and Geeta etc. I used to hang out with different folks-never was just best friends with anyone- still am a people person :-)

    The KSC cabin story was cool-he did cover himself by having another teacher either with him in the cabin or had the teacher wait outside-pretty ahead of his time, unless they were rules that we were not aware of back then. Infact this is a general rule here to have a witness when companies talk to their employees-especially if it is regarding their poor performance, etc.

  280. Nalini Rao says:

    Nasreen: Where IS Khudsia now ? I know she is a doc and somewhere in the US. Is she still there? She was my classmate and good friend since the III std. Are you in touch with her? I would love to reconnect. And do you remember Farida of D section?

    Nalini Desai and Vara were from the same school and became part of this tarle gang with Rajani, Jayshree ( both in the US) , Vidya and “yours truly”. Although , Desai was the goody goody one!!

  281. Zia says:

    Hello all,
    Going back to the topic of dosas: I belive we used to be given kali dosas, and not masala dosas at NCC? And I also remember that one year they started giving us tindi in jonne after the hotel complained that some of their spoons were missing!
    Does anyone remember the allowance that was given for maintaining the NCC uniforms and shoes? I think they used to give Rs.6.50 (?) per year or so and the money was in brand new coins

  282. praneshachar says:

    missing classes nice. all chandrashekaras are like this or what we had a principal by the same name CB Chandrsshekarappa who used to come to college in white dress always a majestic personality and a strict disciplinarian as your KSC he was CBC. we must remember such great persons he became bit dull after he lost his yonger daughter due to lukemia at that time treatment was very difficult but he did his best to take the child to delhi and did his best as a parent. he is now in bangalore and I hv met him here in fact his daughter is my wifes classmate and a clost friend. thanks for taking memories back to my college days after a long gap. keep posting here and also I can say it is tribute to KSC on Teacher Day
    Happy teacher day to all who teach and teachers who read this ( thugh belated please accepct with grace)

  283. Zia says:

    I just remembered a few more batchmates: we had two Rameshes in class. One of them I think was Justice Tukol’s (whose residence was next to Anne Bande) grand son? I also remembered Ravi and Kulla (his name eludes memory)

  284. mukund says:

    nalini

    Thanks for ur mail informing me that this group has become active and to see few active members

    i met cnk -gothayathendri at Gokhale institute, he has started writing books and he sold some of them at our 30th year meet last year.

    Incidentally vijay we continued our 31st year reunion at Banjara Hotel-old cafe de airlines- that is our ADDA after vijaya bakery during school days

    DJS is planning to start her new school and KSC still the Secretary of the school. Now the PUC college is doing well

  285. Nasreen says:

    Nalini: I had heard that Khudsia and Fareeda both live in the US-but unfortunately I’m not in touch with any of them. Both are docs! Didn’t know that Jayshree and Rajani were in US-Is Rajani a doc? and they both were cousins if I remember correctly. Nalini do you still remember the tune we played on the flute especially on the walk to Lalbagh for Ganapati visarjan- I still do :-)

    Zia: I think it was Shridhar AKA Kulla. Subha Rao, Achar, Shobha are also docs if memory serves me right. Worst class room we had was in IX std-bad ventilation. I can still picture LH teaching us about the milky way in physics, wiping his perspiring brow above his rimmed glasses in his sage green shirt, olive pants and loafers from Sears or JC Penny I suppose. X std was the penthouse as you aptly put it.

    My favorite at Vijay Bakery were their vegetable puffs and a specialty cup cake that had icing like a cake and it is called apple cake- I still get it when I visit Bangalore.

    Mukund thanks for the updates. Praneshachar you’re right we can never forget our Guru’s.

  286. Vijay says:

    Dear All… wouldnt it be interesting to find the “oldest” Alumni of VHS…. any ideas??

  287. mukund says:

    Nasreen- It is unfortunate LH passed away -but he used to speak more on his USA trip THAN PHYSICS

    Vijay- VHS celeberated its 50 years in 2006 ,perhaps KSC or TKS can tell us the first batch.It is unfortunate that there are no records of old students at vhs

  288. Vijay says:

    @Mukund: So the first batch joined in 1956.. thats 20 years before me…in this thread Shesh looks to be the seniormost followed by all of you guys…

    So where is the graduating class of 1959????

    It would be great to meet DJS and see what shes doing in her new school..

  289. Nasreen says:

    Mukund: So true about LH and his USA talks!!!

    Vijay: I’ll get in touch with TKS and see if she can give us more info about early VHS folks. Have you already contacted VHS to see if they have any records?

    It’s great that DJS is doing great work with her school. I am doing something similar on a small scale right now-my friends and I have a non profit organization ‘Leherein” and raise funds with various community services providing food and entertainment to support orphans and children in need of education. We have a home to provide for these kids in Shirur, Pune.

  290. mukund says:

    Nasreen

    There are no records at VHS, except a board of rank holders in SSLC examination

    Glad to know u are doing in a small way. just to share – i studied in vhs batch 1974-77 class 10th c – we were about 84 and now around 75 of us across the globe are i our YAHOO GROUP.We we meet once a year.Last year we celeberated our 30th reunion year and called our old teachers including TKS – some of us contributed towards corpus funds and started helping the needy known to us,

    another interesting work done by my friends daughter-(http://www.tarunika.org

  291. Nasreen says:

    Mukund: Thanks for sharing the renuion info-I am in touch with TKS over the years, I had visited her in Baroda and see her when I visit B’lore.

    I am glad that we have the privilege and opportunity to give back to the society in our own way. Girls like Richa Gupta should be applauded for their wonderful work at such an young age. My daughter raises funds to contribute to different causes such as Aids and Pratham-an educational org etc, through her dance-she is an accomplished Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kuchupudi dancer. She also tutors high school students from dysfunctional homes in Holyoke, MA. She is a senior at UMass, Amherst majoring in International Law and Political Science.

  292. mukund says:

    Nasreen

    tks for ur mail and glad to know about yr daughter

    vijay-It looks TKS-in our days and PAK/PSC continue to be most popular teachers among students-not that others are not popular

    Nalini- bariyodu nillisbitra

  293. mukund says:

    nasreen

    one of my vijaya school classmate in USA -Gayathri is doing lot of work on mental health
    http://www.mindbeautiful.com/home.html

  294. Nasreen says:

    Mukund: Gayathri work looks amazing-good to know she is from VHS!!! Also let’s not forget LH in the popularity list. NNR and CNK gave us many comic relief moments.

    I learnt more about the english language in history and civics class. My passion for the enlish was enhanced hwew along with learning thru’ reserach (ref books). All the adjectives and quotations that TKS used-were inspirational.

    Yeah Nalini, Vijay, ZIa- Busy aagidira???

  295. Nasreen says:

    Too eager to type, thought it was necessary to correct because I speak about english and how much I like the language.
    Corrections:
    Gayathri’s work…
    Omit ‘hwew’ and ‘the’ in my passion for the… ;-)

  296. Vijay says:

    @Nasreen: Illa ree.. I am following the thread.. not commenting thats all :D
    Somehow TKS taught our class for just one year… we never developed a bond with her like you guys seem to have… I think she was on long leave when we joined (visitng the USA???)

  297. Nasreen says:

    Vijay: Howda….hungadray sari. You are right about TKS teaching you for one year. Actually she left VHS to get a Phd at Bangalore University. After her doctorate she went to MS Univ of Baroda and was there for many years. Later she became the Vice Chancellor at Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan. In my opinion she worked very hard to successfully change the Indian education system-and make it more wholesome, appealing and enjoyable with Panchamukhi Shiksha. Also more like thinking outside the box…Nalini and Zia do you guys agree (or disagree) with me.

    She was visiting US-unfortunately we were not able to meet this time. I gave her this website info-and she said she will look it up sometime soon, after she gets back to B’lore.

  298. Zia says:

    Naan ondu doda audit nali sikapate busy agede last waradh inda – evathe client audit mugusbitu hodru – ela sakath age ayithu. Next two weeks I am on the road in TX

  299. Vijay says:

    @Nasreen: Yes that was it.. she was on study leave….I guess we were the unlucky ones :-(
    One thing I do remember about TKS though.. she had these sketch pens/crayons etc that were from the US and would let students use it freely…something that was rare in those days when stuff from overseas would be guarded and used sparingly… her nephew was my classmate in Natl College, B’gudi…

  300. Zia says:

    Does anyone have an e-mail address for TKS that they can share?

  301. Nasreen says:

    Zia: Looks like you were really busy and will be busy again. ZIa I want to check and see what TKS has to say about our blogs-and after I talk to her and get her permission early Oct, I can give you her email. Hope this is ok :-)

    My niece is visiting from Sydney and I will be busy with her till end of Sept-I’ll be taking her around NYC, Washington DC, Niagara Falls and Canada.

    Vijay: Hey you did have her for a year-and got to share sketch pens etc :-). -I do recall this as well, her generosity is amazing! TKS has made a huge impact in my life for sure. After VHS we became and have stayed friends. I would visit her sister JKS (Principal of RV college) in B’lore and she was an amazing person as well. She used to come to VHS on occasion-Zia and Nalini perhaps would remember this. What was TKS’s nephew’s name?

  302. Nasreen says:

    Sorry it is TKJ not JKS. And what is TKS’s nephew’s name :-).

    Nijavaglu nan kanadka hakkondu check madd bayku…bagbag type madi, yashtu tapp madtini allva?

  303. mukund says:

    Nasreen

    I think TKS sister – T K Jayalakshmi is no more

  304. Nasreen says:

    You’re right Mukund-TK Jayalakshmi or Jaika as I knew her passed away a while ago.

  305. mukund says:

    nalini,
    where are u ,dehali galate news odhthaiddira. namma Bengaluru vasi allva

  306. Nalini Rao says:

    Mukund: We are actually busy moving to a different apartment for a few months to get some work done in OURS.
    We were in an amusement park in the heart of NOIDA (Vijay would know where it is)when we heard about the blasts and then just rushed back home.
    Yeah it is terrible , we really feel like moving to a small , peaceful place. But life has to go on, alva? Yaavaga, yelli, yenu aguththe, who knows?

  307. Madhu says:

    Hi..all long time since I posted anything…just caught up on the postings of the last few months…

    Zia: I’m afraid I beat you to the ‘senior-most’ VHS alumni…1970-73.
    See my post of Nov 11 2007.
    Some of my friends ..Santhanam, Nazir Ahamed, Ramakrishnan, Premkumar, Ramanarayan, Farook
    If anyone knows how to contact TKS , I sure would like to know. She was one of my favourite teachers …besides GKL our class teacher ..who by the way I last met in Boston …back in 1986.
    The Hindi teacher you refer to , I think is MB ( Methab Begum) ..my god ..did we ever create a racket in her class..really feel bad now..
    Madhu

  308. Zia says:

    OK Madhu I will pass on the ‘prize’ to you ! I do remember Santhanam as my senior. The other names do not ring a bell
    Yes you are right about MS’s name – we would literally shake up the room when she was in class. It came to a point when one of us would stand up and say “Apollo elva miss’ (no meaning to the class whatsoever), and she would respond ‘Howdappa, kuthkolii nevu’.

    Madhu: do you live in the US?

    Zia

  309. Vijay says:

    @Madhu: You are it….
    @Zia/Everyone: If its ok mutually, I will send email addresses to people… better than publishing it online and getting spammed…

  310. Madhu says:

    @Vijay : I’m ok with email – just as long as you put everyone on blind copy.!

    @Zia..yes. ..since 1985
    Madhu

  311. mukund says:

    Dear Vijay

    Just an update

    Yesterday i had been to KSC’S house(since i know his son) for a music program.He is healthy and active (except hearing problem)

  312. Nasreen says:

    Vijay: I’m ok with email as well.

    Zia & Madhu: I will call TKS next week and let her know how popular she was at VHS. And I know for sure that she will say… Ad hyag aaito, nan yaan madlilla appa, very modestly!!!

  313. Anand says:

    Hi All,

    This is Anand, 89 passout from VHS.

    Its good to see an active group from VHS.

    While I googling I found lots of groups from VHS, created under different network like yahoogroups, linkedin etc actively interacting. This made me to think.. why not build an alumni and bring all of them under one roof.

    I have started a network for Vijaya High School alumni under

    http://vhs-alumni.ning.com/?xgi=96cZitl

    This is a typical social network where we can have our own space, create groups, exchange information etc.

    Please join me in building a strong alumni. Once we have seizable numbers, we can plan to conduct alumni meet, community programs, help alma matter.

    you can reach me @anand_ramachandra@yahoo.com

    Thanks
    Anand

  314. Vijay says:

    @anand: Thanks… good luck to you…will sign up as well..

  315. mukund says:

    nimellarigu

    Deepawaliya Subhashayagalu
    mukund

  316. Nalini Rao says:

    Hi All,

    YEAH, HAPPY DIWALI TO ALL OF YOU TOO !!

  317. Nasreen says:

    II SHUBHA DIWALI II -To everyone!!!

  318. Yaser (Shakeel) says:

    Hello!!!

    Thanks Vijay for this blog! This takes me back oh-so-many years!! I was at VHS between ’80 and ’83. Vijay V, was a classmate of mine, though Vijay V claims that he was there between ’79 and ’82. One of us is wrong Vijay! :) I am pretty certain that I was in Vijaya College between ’83 and ’85. Anyway… no big deal!
    Vijay V – Do you remember me? I went mostly by Shakeel during my years at VHS. I believe I remember you. You wore glasses right?
    Also remember, Ramana Kumar, S.R Prasad, Narsimhan (was with me at Vijaya College and BIT), Shiva Kumar, Chandrashekar (K.K, I believe?), Sushrutha, B. Srinivas, VijayaSarathy (I believe you were good friends with him), Rajesh, Padma and Savitha – both were with me at BIT, and of course the stars, K.N.S Shekar, Anil S. Chakravarthy, Anoop – I believe all these guys were in the top 10 ranks at the state-level 10th std exams! I want to say Shiva Kumar was also in this group, but I am not sure.
    I remember PAK – yes, I remember his nickname too!! He had a curious posture didn’t he!? :)
    Also remember MN, the history teacher, M. Nagappa – who used the phrase “that is the” with alarming frequency. Prompting us to count the number of times he said it I believe we had counted upto 150 once, in one period!!!
    There were a few characters – remember TDS? The drawing teacher, who said “drawing alli ‘rhy-them’ irrathe ri!”
    And SG – S. Geetha who taught us geography and singing! Of all the things… I remember her trying to teach us “Ey Malik tere bande hum”
    And of course SR – S.Raja who always reminded me of some sidey Tamil actor! He taught history too…
    KVB was the other Sanskrit teacher (the main one being JRS, of course – what a scholar that man was, he knew his stuff!). KVB was K. Venkatesh Bhat (not sure of the ‘Venkatesh’ though!) He was younger and a lot goofier than JRS – I remember him trying to get me to recite ‘lutindey shabda’. If any of you can’t figure out the juvenile mirth in that, do let me know! :)
    My favorite was PSC – the best math teacher I have had, period! The man is a wizard! :) I remember his QED, QED, QED. Of course he also claimed that QED meant Quite Easily Done! :) Remember his vocubulary? My God! The man never was anything but word-perfect. As K.N.S Shekar once commented, PSC never said, ‘Start your work’, he always went ‘Commence…”. I idolized him! What a man! One of the few who did not need to discipline us! Seemed like we just fell in line when he was around!
    Okay… that will be it for now, dearly hoping that I can get back in touch with some of my classmates. Looking forward to any replies!

    Take care all!

    Peace!

  319. Vijay says:

    @Shakeel: Thanks for a great comment….. some of the teachers you mention were after our time… KVB for us was Kanunakar V. Bhat.. he joined the year we came to 10th (1978-79)… didnt know the V stood for Venkatesh.. we were too busy making his life “miserable”… poor man..

  320. Yaser (Shakeel) says:

    Hey Vijay!
    Yes, that sounds about right, I remember KVB once saying that we should not compare him to JRS because JRS had so much more experience than him, and that he had joined only three or so years ago.
    I do remember the older teachers as well, YVN, PM, LH, HVR, TSM, DNR (who always ended his admonishment with, ‘I’m sorry, please sit down’), MNR (our PT saar!) and NNR (I remember him bragging that he had once slapped a ‘tenth standard girl’. I don’t know if I would brag about that!!:))
    Hey… does anybody remember PAK’s self-professed love for Mohammed Bin Tuglaq? Or MBT as PAK called him? I thought he was always so energized when he talked about MBT’s follies – moving the capital from Delhi to Devanagiri and back! I can still see PAK going “This is my friend I say, this MBT, he was a character, I tell you!”
    And anybody remember Griselda and Lorna Doone and The Beryl Coronet? Our English non-detail texts?
    Fun to go back in time!!

    Thanks Vijay!

    -Yaser

  321. Yaser (Shakeel) says:

    Oh yes, by the way, by the time I got to VHS, everybody referred to K.S. Chandrashekariah as HM, never KSC.

    My brother, Sohail Nasir also went to VHS, he is a year older than I am, and was in the D section between ’79 and ’82. Anybody out there who know him?

    Peace…
    Yaser

  322. Madhu says:

    KSC was HM even during my days – ’70-’73..most kids referred to him ( amongst themselves and with a few selected teachers !) as headappa and there were a few who used the ‘english’ version: Head-paw !. He certainly ran a tight ship as HM. Dont know if any of you had him as a teacher – but back then ,he was our HM and tought Algebra – think we had him in 9th and 10th stds, very methodic as a teacher.
    If any of you get a chance to meet him please convey my regards to him…he may still remember me and he knew my dad pretty well back then.
    Madhu

  323. Zia says:

    Hi Madhu et al,
    We also had KSC for Algebra during our 10th standard – I will always remember his intense method of teaching. Although I chose the back bench in the hopes of getting away from his probing quesitons, too late did I realize that this was his favored region for asking questions. In hindsight, this was one of the best decisions that I have made in terms of seat selection. I still remember very vividly his mannersim of jingling his key bunch as he walked the hallways – to us it sounded like a poilice siren !
    Zia

  324. RR says:

    Hi Vijay,
    Nice to read about the bunking in your september 08 post. OK, lets fastforward 20 years to 1996, same story. Deja Vu, this time it was the park across from the city central library. We managed to get caught by JRS who was HM, and KSC was principal. But JRS was such a sweet man, he just had a heart of gold. PAK was amazing, PAK should be a consultant to the HIstory CHannel. His war stories were amazing. We also had another gentleman, TKP, who in my book was the best teacher.
    When we bunked, word got out that the news of 20 or so bunking had reached JRS, so we made an attempt to sneak into the class, and got caught sneaking in. I cannot forget NNR’s colorful pants, CNK’s sahitya academy awards.

  325. Nasreen says:

    Hi All,

    Nice to know that everyone is having a great time traveling down the corridors of time! It’s amazing how many things come back to you.

    I remember PSC being so enthusiastic about Geometry, it made you want to learn and his handwriting was amazing. Zia, you are right about KSC’s intense Algebra, I remember as a fellow last bencher that he would pick us to go solve problems on the board-a nightmare for some of us at the time!!! The jingling keys also sent us hurrying quickly down the corridors to avoid confrontation.

  326. Vijay says:

    @Zia, Nasreen… aaah the keys.. Do you guys remember how he used to walk up to the podium during the morning? He’d have his bunch of keys hanging on his thumb while he did his famous “Namaskara”…

    @RR… lol… nothing changes with time.. maybe the techniques and places you hide

  327. Madhu says:

    Does any one remember the outsize Geometry Box with the large wooden instruments that PSC would bring to the class to use on the blackboard. I can only remember this vaugely ..maybe some one can confirm that I’m not dreaming this one up !.

  328. mukund says:

    i remember PSC-QED

    KSC-(X+A)*(X+B)*(X+C)

  329. Vijay says:

    @Madhu: No not dreaming.. there was an oversized geometry box complete with compass etc (though PSC used to draw better circles using freehand)… I remember because I got thwacked by the wooden compass once..

  330. Srikanth says:

    Hi all,

    Great to have found this discussion about our alma mater. I studied in VHS from ’88 – ’90. My kudos to Vijay for having set this platform.

    I was in the ‘F’ section – with RCU as our class teacher. My favorite teachers were PSC, HVR, LH, SQB, MRV (algebra) and of course HSS.

    PSC: Apart from the things the others have commented on, I can never forget his method of explaining simple geometrical concepts – suddenly one would understand in a blinding flash – he used to wet sheets of paper on the blackboard and tear parts to illustrate concepts! And of course the perfect handwritten circle and the oversized geometry box!

    Another story about the QED: he once said that Indians in the British times called it as “Queen Elizabeth is Dead”.

    LH: still had his US infatuation – but was an excellent teacher – and I learnt to love physics in his classes…

    HSS: was passionate about kannada – and used to make us roll in the aisles laughing for his jokes and in those traumatic kudmi days they were a very welcome relief! I remember we used to be thrilled with his classes…

    Outside bhel vendor: Chap called Yelappa – best bhel ever – don’t know if this was because of the memories! used to make puri, tomato puri, tikki puri etc – i last saw him a couple of years back…

    I live right behind Vijaya Bakery – its gone now… so has Sanman, Shanti theatre, Nanda and all the old landmarks…

    My classmates – Vivek, Sudhi, Santhosh, Gurunath, Narendra, Vijayendra, Kirthi, Indu, Ravi, Srikantta, Dinakar, Hawaldar, Yogin, Nitin, Vicky etc

    My brother Prashanth was also an alumni, 6 years before me…

    VHS was much more strict during my times – extremely competitive and kudmi… and coming from a very lenient primary school it was very difficult for me… though I enjoyed it overall.

    My fondest memories: We did a short skit in our 8th standard on the failed ASLV project of those times and then followed it up with part 2 in 9th and part 3 in 10th…

    Wow great to relieve those memories!

  331. Srikanth says:

    Oops… how can I forget JRS the scholarly and gentlemanly teacher and KVB (who told us his initials stand for Karnataka Vidyith Board).

    Also another story about PSC, our very first class he said his initials stood for Protractor, Scale and Compass.

    How very apt!!!

    Also, MN, our tall reedy history teacher.

    God, looking back seems to make it all seem very sweet :-)

  332. Vijay says:

    @Srikanth: Sad to see all those old landmarks disappearing. We used to go to JRS’s house for Sanskrit tuition…more for the Idlies at the SLV near his house…Yelappa the Bhel vendor??? During our days there was a guy called Shetty…

  333. Srikanth says:

    Vijay,

    I used to see many students go to JRS’s house for tuitions… always when I was the coolie for my mom carrying veggies from the lalbagh shop next door to JRS’ ;

    And Yelappa it is, he has given me many a night of excruciating stomachache when I used to cry out his name in vengence and still docile in the morning eat a panipuri, tomato, sev and tikki… note its in that order :-)

    Yet another story: SQB is my mom’s childhood friend and classmate.

    Affly,
    Srikanth

  334. Zia says:

    The large geometry box replete with the oversized instruments was in PSCs possession back in the 70s also as I recollect. Although as many of you have reiterated, he never had a need for a compass to draw pristine circles. As I recollect he always used to wear sparkling white clothes

    I was in the 9th standard when LH returned from the US, so we had the full ‘previlege’ of his US stories. I think he did spark great interest personally for me to go to the US

  335. Madhu says:

    @Zia.. Your classmate Ramakrishna.. form Gandhi Bazar – was he kinda short guy and also went by the name Raja?..’cause I also lived in Gandhi Bazar and I had a good friend -couple of years my junior – he actually lived in the same compound as we did – and his official name was Ramakrishna , but we all called him Raja – and he also went to VHS..could we be talking of the same person?
    And, does anyone remember KT Mohan – he is my cousin – couple of years my junior ,also attended VHS – mid 70s.
    Madhu

  336. Zia says:

    Hi Madhu,
    Hi Madhu,
    Yes indeed – Ramakrishna was my classmate for all the three years and I remember exactly where he lived; we used to play Bddminton, cricket and table tennis together. There was a table tennis club in Krishnarao park. Are you in touch with him at all? Now the name KT Mohan sounds familiar. Which batch was he in?

  337. Madhu says:

    @Zia
    Did he live near the Taxi Stand – on Bugle Rock Road.?.if so ,thats him.
    And yes the Ramakrishna that I’m referring to was also a big Table Tennis fan and player- and so was I.!
    KT Mohan was about 3 years my junior – so I’m figuring he was at VHS maybe 73-76. He was a High Jumper – ( so was I, but I did’nt get anywhere besides winning at VHS – all 3 years ) however Mohan went to become state champion etc and did pretty well in the sport – probably the only High Jumper of any standing that VHS produced.
    Madhu

  338. Ananth Murthy says:

    Hello Folks,
    I don’t think anyone who was in my batch (82-84) would have trouble recognizing my name. Man, was I a handful ! But what a blog this is! FANTASTIC!
    No one has mentioned Mrs.MRV (Algebra). Her “So you see…..” still resonates in my ear. I was in F section, the captain of the TT team, in the athletics team, etc.
    Let’s see, just for fun, how many names I can recollect:
    First, my pals from E section: Sunil PC ( He got the first Rank!), Sanjay Ballal, Mamatha, Sumathi. Well, in my section, Javed Akhtar Ansari, Anil, Rajeev, K R Rajesh, Sudhakar, Arun, Meenakshi, Pratibha, Aarti, Savitha, Rahila Rabia, man I think I could go on & on & on. The mention of the teachers who have passed away is heartbreaking.
    Our Class Teacher was Mrs.SQB, and what a gentle soul.
    My sister, M B Ashwini got in 7 years later.

    • shobhakrishna says:

      Hey
      Ananth This is shobha krishna I was in ur batch do u remember anupam prabhu ,ishrat,anuradha

    • Partha G Rao says:

      Hi Ananth Murthy,
      Good to see your comment. Hi was in your section along with Rajesh, Madhusudan, Srinivas etc.. We all used to go to the park for lunch and occasionaly munch in the Vijaya bakery nearby.

  339. Girija says:

    :-) Oh !It felt very nice reading this..I was in Arun’s class..in D section..sorry man,I am not able to recollect anything about you though the name sounds very familiar..Pranathi,who would always be half turned towards my bench..Pallavi ,Rashmirekha,Nandini who went up to the board to demo cursive writing..ArathiBallal..and Simha..wasn’t there one Kotbagi in our class?Hmm..!!HI TO YOU AND ALL OTHERS OUT THERE!
    VHS TIMES AND TEACHERS WILL ALWAYS BE SPECIAL TO ME.l

    • sampreeth says:

      Hi Girija,

      I was in the same class ‘D’ section. I do remember the names you are mentioning , Pranathi, Rohini ( the class monitor) , Pallavi, Balchander, Arathi Ballal ( she was the one who got 593 out of 600 in 7th std I suppose).

      This is Sampreeth Rao. There were other stalwarts apart from Deepak ( Dippy) in our class KSC’s son K.C. Raghunandan, MNR’s son Kiran M N , our class was a very famous class with all teacher sons or daughters in one section.
      This blog really brings back the memories of Vijaya High School days.
      Thanks Vijay.
      Girija I still dont remember your face. I think same would be your situation trying to figure out who was this guy Sampreeth.
      regards
      sampreeth

      • Girija says:

        Hi Sampreeth,

        I am not sure if I have associated the right face to your name .. but I vaguely remember … were you a front bencher? Was there one Ajit or Ajay in our class .. a definite front bencher ? .. who knew exactly when to use tritiya vibhakti and panchami vibhakti at right places .. anybody remember? I am wondering if you sat somewhere near him ..

        G

    • hema malini says:

      Hello girija
      I remember you. I think u had penned Colurless gems, a poem and u were from SSVM, VV puram branch.

      • Girija says:

        Hey Hema Malini! :-) Are you the same person who would read Competition Success regularly? Oh my God .. your memory for detail – wow!

  340. ARUN says:

    @girija

    good, at least you remember the people of the batch, i was more into sports than the cultural things,if i vaguely remember are you the same one who was into english poetry during those days.

    • Girija says:

      hmm .. I was generally in to languages .. I had written a four line poem in Sanskrit about Gavaskar hitting a sixer .. was that a Reliance Cup that happened then? I was one of those ten or twenty odd people who did not bunk and witnessed HSS in rudravataara unleashing his fury about our class …

  341. Ananth Murthy says:

    Hello Arun, Girija,
    It may be my own vanity that I’d be remembered by everybody! Well, were you my batch mates? I passed in ’84. Vijaya High School was famous for getting ranks, and I’m sure that many here would recollect the keen interest with which
    we used to watch, when in sixth & seventh, the amount of ranks got by each school. Kumarans, National High School, Mysore’s Marimallapa’s all used to pretty well. But VHS once got 14 or so among the top 20! Man, were we happy!!!
    I wonder if the names Mamatha and Sumathi, of E section are familiar. These two angels were absolutely faboulous! Mamtha went on to be a national
    level volleyball player. I met her, after she was married, in Hyderabad, at her Husbands place.
    The name Rashmirekha sounds familiar.
    And does anybody remember our beautiful librarian ? Mrs. Noor, wasn’t that her name?
    I remember a girl called Noor Ayesha in our class. Also, Anuradha, who was a wonderful, wonderful singer. She used to come with bowed head, neatly plaited, oiled, and flowered, and never used to talk to any boy whotsover and was never, to the best of my knowledge, ever reprimanded, even though we had some of the
    best repriminders in the business on the staff. Does anyone remember the antics of Mr. CS, our civics teacher, who used to hold a randomly selected student near him and dexterously and distractingly used a piece of chalk on him, while simultaneously intoning something sonorous.

    • Aruna says:

      Hi Ananth,

      I remember you..tennis and full of life.:) Do you still play..I recall Venkatesh..and a few others..yes I recall Anuradha..sat with her ..beautiful voice..

      Best,

      • niranjan.s says:

        89batch my class 10th G created land mark in school by giving nick name to all teachers.my class teacher was mn. LIKE TO ARRANGE A PARTY FOR ALL OUR BATCHMETS.

  342. Girija says:

    Arun..! :-)Spot on !!
    nangoo eega vague aagi jnapka barthaidhe..you are one of those tall guys who would be on pally talking terms with MNR and MAG..naanu aagina dinagalalli sport programs follow maadthaaiddhe ashte..seriousaagi yaava sportnu aadlilla VHSnalli..
    I was the last bencher all the three years..extreemely quiet ,in 8th and 9th and a big chatterbox during the last year.Stanley used to be the monitor and he reported to SB that our bench made the max noise ! Pallavi aisle corner nalli,naanu,sumana,rashmirekha,mamatha namma benchnalli.And pranathi who was ever so ready to talk..TKP once called asaadhya kulli..!
    oh.. TKP was such a wonderful teacher .. I happened to attend KSC’s daughter’s wedding..she married a family friend of ours and reception nalli nodidre TKP was playing on the mridanga for his sister’s veena recital.I remember how he was back to work very soon after his own wedding..while we had assumed that he would be gone for a week atleast and I was so embarrassed for not carrying the books to his early morning geometry class that Saturday..!

    Hi , Ananth ..!
    Arun and I are the 1987 batch..14 ranks batch..!
    E section nalli nange jnapka iro kelavu hesarugalu ..hmm..veena,shubha..ashwin,shashikiran..ashte.
    I was so wary of the librarian somehow..innondh pada keldre sidukthaareno annothara ansthaitthu..my friends and I would go to CCL more frequently.
    we had PAK,VL and RP teaching us all portions ,all three years ..for a very brief time MN did..thats all..dunno who CS is.PAK would always tell me he has a sister , by my name and then land one loud ,playful thump on my back !He said the exact same thing when I met him several years later this time minus the thump !

    • Roopashree says:

      Dear Girija,

      I was in E section, if you remember, associated with the school music team. Maheshwar Shastry, Manjunath, Vallish used to play tabla, mridanga, venugopal use to play flute. Madhumathi used to play veena.

      I very vaguely remember your name, are you Girija S. Narayan, if i am not mistaken.

      DJS was our class teacher.

      • Girija says:

        Hi Roopashree,

        You are right about my name .. I am trying so hard to recollect your face .. but your name sounds very familiar to me ..

    • hema malini says:

      @ Arun
      Were u in Vijaya College as well for PUC Arun? If so I remmebr u and ur were playing foot ball.

  343. arun says:

    @girija
    dippy was djs’s son if i remember she took biology for us.and i dont remember him being the monitor i think rohini who took 5th rank was the moniter as i remember.and the guy who took the first rank was balachander.and the most famous raju ananthaswamy{sathya} was in f section. very nice to hear that you are still in touch with our teachers in some way.

  344. Subbu says:

    Hi – I am from 82 – 85 batch. It was great to read some of the postings on this unofficial VHS alumni website. I was in ‘B’ section and had so much fun sitting in the second bench even though some of my good friends were taller and could sit all the way in the back. Class Teacher was KNB, HSD (9th and 10th standard). MRV, HVR, PAK, DJS, KSS – were some of the teachers I remember – it was a lot of fun. MN’s classes were the best!

    Hope to catch up with some of my classmates (if they remember me -Subba as MRV used to call me) – in touch with Vicky and Venka and HL Ravi from our class. I would love to get in touch with other people as well.

  345. Jyotsna says:

    Hi Vijay,

    Unbelievable that I stumbled upon this website quite on a random search on VHS. And doubly pleased to read your blog. I believe we were classmates for sure!(there were three or four Vijays in our class) Your writing brought me right back to the chemistry class with HVR. Remember the time somebody had a transistor on during class listening to the cricket score? HVR went around class trying to catch the culprit red-handed, but the class was of course much quicker than him. The transistor was passed between the benches and while the entire class could hear the commentary, HVR was at a loss to figure out who had it. It was such a mean trick to play, but boy did we laugh!

    I would love to catch up with you all and get in touch with other batch mates. I recall seeing a Facebook group for VHS Batch of 76. Thanks again for your effort in capturing all those memories.

    Best,
    Jyotsna (Rajan)

  346. Srini Bangalore says:

    I stumbled on this site by accident, as I was looking up information about K.S. Chandrasekharaiah. It was nostalgic and fun skimming through some of the stories and comments. I’m very impressed at people’s ability to remember little details. I have good memories of school but much of the details escape me now.

    I was at VHS 1980-83 (E section, which I was told, stood for Excellent). It seems like a different era now, nearly 26 years after graduating tenth grade! I have not been to India in over 11 years but will definitely visit the School when I’m there next.

    If any one on here is from 1980-83, especially E section I’d love to get back in touch.

    Cheers,
    Srini

  347. Vijay says:

    Well, Is this the end of it? I’ve been looking for the rest of the chronicles for quite a few weeks actually, (checking back every day, to be frank). I look forward to the rest of the memories.

  348. Vijay says:

    @jyotsna: Its good to reconnect…some good memories of HVR eh?
    @srini: Thanks for visiting
    @Vijay: LOL…definitely not the end..I just havent had time to put in new posts :D .. thanks for checking in…

  349. Nasreen says:

    Hi Jyotsna,

    We had a similar incident with RP, perhaps Zia remembers, RP would get upset that the class was listening to cricket commentary and his eyes would bulge out, his face all angry, yet he didn’t make too much of an effort to turn it off…

    Nasreen

  350. Sanjay says:

    I am 87-89 batch and was in D section with sanskrit as my first language.

  351. nalini rao says:

    Nasreen, Zia and others :

    Had been to Bangalore and took my son to show VHS. The school is unrecognisable. While there I came to know from the present HM that KSC was at his chambers. Thought I would wish him. I haven’t been to VHS after 1975 and never met him or any others all these decades. But I was amazed and very touched when he instantly recognised me even before I said a word. Truly it is unbelievable – he’s 85 + and going strong. He cannot hear well and we need to write on a slip. I asked him if he still had that bunch of keys – and he promptly showed it with a wicked look !!! Vijay and Mukund: you already know this.

  352. nalini rao says:

    Vijay: Don’t u think its time for a new post?

    Can u give me the e-mail ids of Nasreen and Zia in case u have them?

    • R.S. Krishna says:

      Nalini:
      I was also in the same class as you, Ramji, Gurudutt, Jayashri, Bhagawati, etc. I stumbled upon this page by accident and am enjoying reading it. Brings back fond memories. The 3 years at VHS were some of the best! Do you remember our history teacher, TKS? She was one of my favorites.

      • nalini rao says:

        Hey, Krishna, Ofcourse I remember you !!! It is great ! Where are you now ? You were the fair one , right ? With a very sweet smile?! There was another one too.

        Yeah , I do remember TKS. She was very inspiring!

  353. Zia says:

    Hi Nalini and Nasreen,
    I just returned after a month’s stay in Bangalore – mostly work related but we were able to sneak in some vacation time. Yes I did drive past VHS and could barely recognize it – I miss the halla (deep pit), and it took me a while to be able to figure out our classroom for 10th standard (the penthouse!)
    Zia

  354. Edwin says:

    Hi Guys,

    As I was searching for a friend,like everybody else I bumped into this blog and amazed at the nostalagia which emerged reading thru’. I was student at The VHS during year 1975-78 and was in section – B with D.Ranganath Rao ( DNR) as our class teacher.He was our Chemistry teacher all thru’ with LH teaching Physics, DJS & a rolly polly teacher whose name I have forgotten was our biology teacher.I hope you all remeber KNB ( Bhallal), he use to teach us second langauge Kannada.He was like a fiend to us and we even used to ask him money to see a movie bunkimg classes on saturday second session. Well he never gave us but used to warn us not to do so.But in heart he knew we would not do anything to malign the name of the school.I was told he was the HM after KSC.

    VHS had a played ground in the middle and class rooms around with the new building right behind.The library was on top of the toilets and there was an escape route right next this building from where we all use to bunk classes.Saturdays were special as we didnot have to wear school uniform.We had this competetion as to whose bell bottom was bigger and I tell you it was fun.

    We had a very big group all thru’ our academics till we all finished our college and later scattered into working world without knowing that we were slowly losing touch with each other.

    K.B.Ashok( Chemical Engineer),H.S.Raghunandan( doctor),Johnny(Jayanth)( Businessman),K.Nanda Kumar (Businessman),,Indushekar (Engineer),H.D.Ramesh(Doctor),Gopi(Building Cntractor) ,Sanath Kumar( Businessman),Satish(Silk Merchant) etc..and I do remember a few in my class Jankiraman,Naveen,Christopher,Prassana,Sunitha,Surekha,Mangala,Vjyanathi,Indumathi,Bindu,….

    I cannot forget the chats,guavas,tomato puri,chilli smeared cucumber etc.. we used to eat at the gate during the break. The famous dosa from a restaurant in the corner on Shanti theater road during NCC…

    We had this opportunity of doing a play with the famous B.V. Karanth,though we had no part to play,it was fun to be part of it and a expereince to remember.Nobody were serious and just had joined to break away from the normal class and enjoy..The play was enacted at Ravindra Kalakeshtra for more than 3 days.I remember Raja from Section-D doing the lead roll.He joined commerce in Vijaya college and we lost touch of him after that…

    We used toparticipate in Dist.level sports like kho-kho,kabadi,altheltics from VHS.I was in 8th and I remember Mohan and Sreenivas my seniors in 10th running the long distance in the event and I so impressed with them that I just used to hung around with during those days.Savitha was their batch mate and I used walk home with her evry day.Eventually we became seniors I was the captain of Kho-Kho team and reached the semis in this event. Well in all thru’this I remember MNR and also NNR ( Hindi teacher) helping us.
    Once I remember going to Kanteerava stadium for the match and as it had rained the previous night they cancelled the match and instead of heading back home both the girls team and boys team gathered up to see a movie called Parichay ( Jeetendar,Jaya Bhaduri) at the near by theater called Pallavi ( right next to the stadium).Well it was the first time we all gathered courage to bunk and enjoyed the day…

    Can’t beleive its been 30years hence i just like to reminisence the good old days…I sure to hear from somebody from my batch soon.

    Thanks for blogging this up.

    Edwin Chandra Shekar.

  355. Vijay says:

    @Edwin: Welcome. Thanks a lot for sharing the good old days. Looks like you were a year senior to me.

    • Edwin says:

      Hi Vijay,

      It was a previlege to be part of VHS..though students during those days opted for National High school , St Josephs etc…but I’m proud to be part of VHS.
      I was in section B and probably you will recognise if I said in the same class as Gauri Lankesh..

      If you say you were in PM class then probably you were in section D with Usha Subramaniam…

      There are many memories which linger as I write this,will try to add this in future.

      Thanks for the blog once agian.

  356. Edwin says:

    Hi Vijay

    would please advise as to where to look for photos in this blog..
    I read about H S Raghvendra and I remember playing tennis ball cricket with him in Jayangar grounds, Red pitch,5th block National college grounds and later in YMCA.He used to live on 10th main 3rd block near Essentials Supplies and do you remember Ravindra who later shifted to Basaveswarnagar…I’m sure you will remember Srinivas who was a rank student in SSLC and lived opposite to Essentials supplies and had Cycle shop attached to his house…

  357. Edwin says:

    Vijay, Many thanks for the link sent. It was truly moving to see pictures of the teachers. Specifically my class teacher DNR…I went thru’ it and could recognise Meera in the picture and I still remember her leading the school prayers in the morning…she was part of the Ispetu Rajya team and she sang along with Ratna Mala Prakash, Mohan( famous Kokila Mohan as was known later) est. can see Sanjay Dutta in the chain above and he was in Section in the same years along with Sanjay Soni,Sudha,Hameed etc.. Sanskrit class in English.

    I was 8th,when 4 students from VHS were selected to represent Red Cross Meet in Gujarat from Karnataka. It was Nagendra(Chalte Chalte fame and he used to play mouth organ- one year senior to me), Nagaraj (section B same year as Nagendra), Harsha and myself along with PAK were asked to go. We travelled by train to Bombay and had to take a different train to Gujarat. Once we reached near Bombay some told us to get down at Dadar and take a local train to Central from where we would get our train to Gujarat. We had a reservation upto Bombay and had to buy a ticket from there. This was first trip to Bombay by all of us. We alighted in Dadar late evening and were catching the local train to Central. Myself and PAK got into the train and other 3 were left on the platform and train moved on…when in the train we found out that we had taken a wrong train which is going in the opposite direction to Central.. So PAK had two issues where are the other students, should we head back to Dadar or take the correct train to central and then find them .We got down from the train and headed back to find the others in Dadar and to our luck they were missing.. PAK made me sit on the platform in front of big film hoarding and listening to hindi songs played on the radio in the near by tea stall and started to search for other three on the other platform’s and to no avail. So he told me sit tight in the same spot with all the luggage and went searching for them in other stations travelling in the train.. up and down till 2 AM when the trains stopped.. We waited till 4AM, when the trains started back and he took me Central station and again made me wait on the platform alone and started his journey back and forth..he came back several times to ensure that I was OK…probably it was around 8.30 AM , I saw the other three running on the platform looking into the cabins in the train to find us..Eventually after much screaming of their names we all met at last…I told them not venture out any where till PAK comes back..and at around 10 AM ,PAK seen us all together and I could see him smile …I can imagine now the agony PAK must have gone thru’, the tension of taking students to Bombay and missing them …The anticlimax was that the other three had found out that PAK and me had taken a wrong train and they decided to take the correct train to Central and wait there .. when we searched for them at Central at 4 AM we did not find them …guess what they were sleeping behind a counter waiting for the sunrise to look for us.. I was sitting a few metres away in the same platform from 4 AM and only to find them at 8.30AM…we had wonderful trip after that came back after 10 days again thru’ Bombay but this time made sure we all got in and got out of the train together..Great Expereince…

  358. Nasreen says:

    Zia and Nalini great to hear that you went to visit/ see VHS- I plan to do that this summer.

    Edwin Chandra Shekhar- are you Margaret Geeta’s brother- Geeta was my close friend through PUC, especially thro’ NCC-gliding etc, we lost touch after that, I’d love to get back in touch with her (are you also Irene’s cousin?)

    Vijay thanks for keeping up!

  359. Edwin says:

    Hi Nasreen,Yes you’r bang on !! I’m M.Geeta’s Bro and Irene’s cousin..can’t recollect you.Geetha lives in Bangalore and is married to C.K. Chinnappa a well known motor rallyist and has a son- studying electornics engineering and a daughter studying BSc in Micro Biology. Give me your contact details,will definitely let her known when I speak to her next and will ask her to get in touch with you.

  360. Vijay says:

    @Edwin..will send you Nasreens contact info..

  361. mukund says:

    edwin
    u were one year junior to me , i was with B G srinivas in 10th c .I had friennds who were ur classmates -H D Ramesh-Mr Deve Gowda’s son, H G Raghunandan- now at west indies and M B Ashok .I remember the play Ispit Rajya

    vijay and Nalini

    It was nice meeting u both

    our classmates/section mates are again meeting at Bangalore

  362. mukund says:

    edwin

    the pictures u saw was 30th re union of our class ,meera rajaram and nagendra-chalte chalte were my section mates.Meera now has become Dr Meera Raja Ram ,PHD in music

  363. Edwin says:

    Vijay, Thanks received Nasreen’s contacts.

    Nasreen,My Mom remembers you quite well and she said you pursued with your pilot training and later Geetha lost touch with you.

    Mukund,Yes I was with these guys and hung around with them in J’nagar complex..stadium or 9th Main ie,..Nanda Kumar’s House..Suade Mandi House.Do you have contact details of any of these guys..Good to hear that Meera has achieved some much in Music the passion she always had.

  364. mukund says:

    Edwin

    yes i dont have contact details of them, i remember Nandi’s Saudae Mandi -opp to SBM.You can meet H D Ramesh at DG hospital Padmanabhnagar

  365. Nasreen says:

    Edwin, I am so excited that I can get back in touch with Geetha, thanks for giving me her info and please email me. I live in the US and will be coming to B’lore this Aug for a short visit. I am visiting my daughter who is currently at Oxford, England before coming to India.

    Please give your Mom my warm regards. Aunty has a great memory, I still fondly remember all the yummy food she made for Christmas lunches for us.

    Vijay, thanks again- all these old contacts are possible because of this platform. Thanks for giving Edwin my contact info, can I have his please.

    Zia, you probably remember Geetha, she hung around with Sunitha.

  366. Sudarshan Byrapatna says:

    I am from the 73-76 batch.

    Talking about KSC our HM, it was incredible how he managed to control the entire student population just by a few well placed glares and his trade mark growl “Eiiiyyyy” delivered in his deep voice.

    Here is my favorite KSC story.

    Once when were in 8th Std., the teacher who was supposed to teach our class did not show up for some reason – I guess he or she was on leave that day and somehow it had escaped the attention of KSC and no substitute teacher was sent to take the place of the absent teacher.

    After waiting for a few minutes we realized that we are getting a period off.

    The general scene in the class was more like what would happen if a bunch of monkeys locked up in an enclosure suddenly found that the gates were unlocked – pure pandemonium.

    The kids were jumping in and out of the class which was about 3 doors from KSC’s office, gathering in groups, talking, playing and in general having a ball. Of course all this created a racket so loud KSC heard it in his office.

    Then came the dreaded jingle of his ‘Keys’ and a loud “Eeiyyyy” as he stepped out of his office.

    Immediately everyone scampered back into the class and rushed to their seats and did their best to look innocent and busy by opening their text books. Of course this did not fool him.

    He stood in front of the class, made us all stand up and glared at everyone trying to place the faces with the mischief makers he had observed from far.

    He started to give a tongue lashing to everyone threating them with dire consequences when he stopped suddenly in mid-sentence and looked down and immediately left the classroom and went looking for the ‘ayah’.

    We at first didn’t realize what was happening and didn’t know what to do. We were still scared that he would come back. We didn’t dare to sit since he hadn’t told us to and just stood there whispering when the ‘ayah’ walked in with a mop (a big piece of cloth actually).

    That is when we realized one of our classmates in the first bench was so terrified when the HM came in, he had wet his pants and there was a puddle that had formed just around the spot where KSC was standing.

    Needless to say KSC didnt’ return that day, but he sent a substitute teacher for the rest of the period.

  367. Vijay says:

    @Sudarshan : lol great story… my son now attends Vijaya Composite College.. KSC is still there everyday..older but still as intense..

  368. Namaskara Sir,

    Its indeed amazing to find out that You have been a senior of an esteemed instituition that I also belonged to…. thought very much later… I was there at Vijaya High between 93-96…. probably in the history of the school ours was the only batch that saw three HMs in three years….I had a suggestion to make …. may be you pseudo expansions of the initials of the teachers… sounded atleast funny during those days…. like H.S.D stood for Hale Seeme yenne Dabba while it was in actual H.S.Dattatri Rao…. Indeed sir, I have fallen totally for an amazing idea of coming up with this Vijaya High Chronicles… Looking forward to read more of this….
    An Anecdote… Between 95-96 F section people loved the prayer on the fridays though most of them did not attend since it evaded them from the tortorous class of K.S.S…
    And another one… Please note the following sentence doesnt contain the word “THE” ” India has to abide many losses”. M.N. – A Social science teacher says it this way ” Thatithe India has to abide the many the losses”…Kudos Sir

    Regards
    Suresh

  369. Edwin says:

    Hi Vijay,Mukund & all ..During the end of the course 10th grade students would have their class socials and would invite all the other class representatives for the accassion.I remember attending one when I was in 8th and it was 10-D (75-76)..there was this guy can’t remember his name who performed a story telling act with mimicry..it was very hilarious as the story was about an ordinary man being dragged by the ISRO and sent to land on the moon..and by mistake the scientist make an error in the path of orbit and he lands in Yama’s kingdom.Being a human he begins to interfere in Yama’s functioning and even tells chitagupta that he should work 8 hrs a day and not continously.Eventually Yama gets fed up of this guy and puts him back in the space vehicle and throws him back towards the earth..guess what happens in the end…….guy gets panicky inside and starts shouting for help….only to be woken up by his wife telling him to shut up..waw he did this with sound effect and imitated Yama etc..very funny..
    Mukund was it you !! by any chance..BG Srinivas was he the athelete !! joined P&T later.

  370. Vijay says:

    @Edwin: Good memory..

  371. A few that I can remember , I am sure the readers will figure out how that were

    P.A.K – P.A. Kumar – Pakka African Koti (though he was the most brilliant teacher i’ve ever come across in my life)
    R.P – R . Pradeep – Road Poli
    T.K.P – T.k . prassanna – tale koriyo pandita
    h.s.d – h.s. dattatri rao – hale seemenne dabba
    V.L – Vijaya Laksmhi – Vakra Lakshmi(given to her appearence and her boring lectures a poetic attachment to her)Dentally forward, mentally backward and physicallay awkward
    M.N – m nagappa – moole naga
    S.B – susamma babu – steel body
    p.s.c – p.s. chandrashekar (guess) protractor scale compass
    and so on and so forth

  372. Ganesh says:

    @Suresh:: Is it R.Pradeep or R.Prahlad? Is this this geography-jackass who would just come to the class just to find someone to, kick butt?
    He once caught someone by the neck and smashed his head against the wall because he was talking or something. In another instance he beat the hell out of his own son Raghunandan who was in the same class as me. G section: circa 87-90
    Im sure RP (geography) enjoyed beating children!

    D.Narayana Rao- DNR was Dodda Nai Roga. What a complete loser!! He slapped the hell out of me for apparent insolence, arrogance because I asked him in 8th std Physics class some question which Im sure he didnt know the answer to.

    He was such a loser that a parent accused him of molesting his daughter and brought a rifle to school to threaten/warn him. It was pretty obvious to everyone that he couldnt keep his hands to himself with girls around (children, mind you).

    I am angry that this guy and guys like him dont see a day in jail in India.

    And if anyone has noticed HVR chemistry guy (2 H-atoms went to hotel with O-atom) would always catch hold of rich kids and just impose his tutions on them- “Dont worry, dont worry, I will teach you later…I will come to your house and meet your father…”

    PM was an unrefined beeatch- “yaake nim-maneli yaaro sat-hodora thara aLtha iddi?” (addressing some girl who was crying). Come-on lady!

    And ofcourse how can I forget that twit- KVB Karunakara Venkataramana Bhatta? Whenever any student said “talli saar” (to slow dodn his dictation) he would answer “stock illappa”. Maybe he went on to write movie-scripts for Jaggesh or Upendra.

    And to add to the nicknames list S.Geetha- SG was Sustu Gundamma; a decent lady who taught English and Music. I still remember some of the songs she taught. MAG, MNR and MN were few of the other refined, non-violent, non-criminal minority in VHS.

  373. mukund says:

    Edwin

    It was my senior batch ,i was in 74-77 ,perhaps it was Srinivas T S .B G is a big man at Infosys–European head – based at London

    Incidentally , last week some of our section mates both boys and girls met at Banjara -4th block and remembered u and ISPIT RAJYA

    Mukund

  374. Edwin says:

    Mukund,its pleasure knowing that you’re batchmates still remember me.Some names I still remember from your batch – Shyla(ja),Nirmal( lanky guy near M.park),Richard Hartman,Girish,the guy who did poojari’s role in ispit rajya(I still remember his face quite clearly),Harsha,Nagendra,..Just jolt me with the ur batchmates names so that I can remember them…too many years memory cells needs to be revitalised.Did you take pictures if so can send me a link to see the same.
    Edwin

  375. mukund says:

    Edwin

    I know all those who mentioned in uur mail, they were not my class mates but batch mates .u might have seen our 30th reunion meet -which vijay had posted

    I still remember how NNR is to come to Shanti and Nanda theater to catch students on the first day of ANNAVARU film

  376. Edwin says:

    Mukund, yes I did see that again and one person who I came contact is Meera S.Rao. Poojaris role was enacted by Gururaj.I it would nice if take you photos and send us the link to see of your get togethers.

    Well saturdays was the day when we use to bunk and go for morning shows…the favourite was Swagath or Poonam theatre.I still remember going for a morning show to swagath and the movie was Khel Khel Mein(re-release at that time) and many of VHS students were there.Just ganged up to watch…D.Ramesh Devegowda use to hire a cycle and travel to majestic or any theatre where he could see annavaru movie first day first show.I was told that many of these theatres donot exist.

  377. mukund says:

    Edwin

    Gururaj is a well known Dr in UK and Meera S Rao has started a recruitment firm

    H D Ramesh was my neighbour, now is the CEO of DG hospital, he used to go for first day and first show of Annavaru movies with my classmates by purchasing ticket in BLACK

  378. mukund says:

    Kannada Barutha??”

    Aaaah! I am sure most of us in Bangalore would have heard this, but what
    is “kannada barutha?” here it goes. Bangalore the IT capital of India , the
    silicon city and now a Metro city opened its gates to almost all kinds of
    people. Very evidently the recent poll census proved that there are only
    47% of original inhabitants in Bangalore/bengaluru.. The life style of the
    city has seen a gradual change with Pizza Corners replacing MTR’s, classy
    eat out’s replacing “Vidyarthi Bhavans” and flashy pub’s replacing all our
    “Mahalakshmi wine shops”.

    “Change is inevitable” from the days of BEML, HAL and BHEL to INFOSYS,
    WIPRO; Bangalore has a new look now on the world map. Gone are the days
    where a typical Sunday for any bangalorean was a nice romantic walk on the
    pavements of “LALBAGH…”, “rave idli and coffee..” at the nearest yet old
    looking MTR and a wonderful Annavra film either at Santosh or central
    ‘talkies’. Today’s Bangalore is deluged in traffic, stress and pressure,
    Saturday nights without beer is desolate and a Sunday without a visit to
    either a nearest spa or health clinic is schlocky!! The gandhibazar’s are
    now AC cooled super markets, majestic is now replaced by ultra modern and
    diversified Brigade road, sri cauvery coffee joint is now Coffee days..
    and “Bhagyalakshmi coffee adda.. is now barista. With
    globalisation and more retail market the city will definitely see more
    forceful changes.

    Have all these changed our language? Kannada the local language of
    Bangalore is supposed to be one of the most meaningful language, it also
    has an unique script as compared to its other counterparts; but how many
    percentage of people really use Kannada in Bangalore now? The figures are
    staggering, only 37% of people speak kannada in the state’s capital, for
    rest it is only “Kannada barutha?”

    Any normal guy starts with this sentence “Kannada barutha?” while talking
    to other person, people confirm before they speak the language. You want to
    ask an address in Bangalore ? Or reply to a question then English is the
    most preferred language other than Hindi.. It’s a famous fact that two
    kannidagas in an IT company always talk in a neutral language!! even the
    vendors and shop keepers are channeled with this new wave, the moment when
    you step in any shop in Bangalore , you are always asked “Kannada barutha?”
    or the entire conversation takes place in non kannada languages. People
    have lost the confidence of speaking in the local language and more over
    speaking Kannada on the streets of “M.G road “or “kormangala” is
    substandard.

    Shopping malls in the city have been completely banned from using Kannada,
    not a forced one but definitely an adapted one. One has to confirm that the
    other person knows the language before he starts using any language. “ondu
    glass beer” is a insult when it comes to any decorous pub in Bangalore .
    “Swalpa menu card kodthira..??” has been replaced by “Can I have the menu
    card please…?”

    Just to hit some facts, marathi is still the largest and common speaking
    language in mumbai even though mumbai has the highest no of inhabitants.
    Telugu is a practised ritual in yet another IT HUB Hyderabad . When it comes
    to tamil nadu, beware you can be alive either if you are a fan of
    rajnikanth or you know tamil. Malyalam runs in the blood of every mallu be
    it Kuwait , dubai or any hospital; but when it comes to kannada it is
    always “kannada barutha?” and next is “namaskara.”

    I am neither a Kannada activist nor do I run any Kannada supporting
    organization, I am just a plebeian who just love the language.
    Globalisation is the trend and modernisation is the mantra but at the cost
    the language? Sounds no logic.. Is speaking kannada down market? The answer
    has to be found within oneself. Next time when you hear “kannada barutha?”
    you just remember that “kannada runs in your blood

  379. Edwin says:

    Mukund,This issue is nothing new to most kannadigas right from the inscription of Karnataka.Tamil and Marati issues are on going…in Bangalore and Belgaum..This was prevalent even when we studied at VHS – between the students who studied kannada as a language and others.I live in Dubai and people crave to talk in kannada and are happy to hear or meet some one who is a kannadiga or can converse in kannada.Others states have always made the local language as a mandatory in all schools till 10th atleast but in Karnataka we always have option on this…even Vatal Nagaraj could not or cannot bring this thru’ his activism which he has spent a life time. In middle east laerning arabic as a language is a must in schools till 9th and the student has to pass the exams which is monitored by education board..,which is not true in Bangalore where you other options..let the medium of instruction be English or whtever but Learn Kannada along..learning a extra language is always an advantage..
    It would be interesting to do a survey at Infosys,WIPRO and other similar companies to understand the ratio of kannadigas to outsiders and that will tell us the reason for such a state of affairs for kannada language.
    I still cannot understand the installation of tamil poet statute in Bangalore !!!! can tamil state have statue Kuvempu,DVG,D.R.Bendre, Kanaka Dasa kannada poets..we bangaloreans were laid back and tolerant and are still to all these iisues .., till when.
    Others might have different opinion, lets take this in a positive note( promoting a language which is rich in heritage which dates back to 902 AD with Pampa and Ranna)and have your thoughts…

  380. mukund says:

    Edwin

    The idea is -when we go to Germany,Japan or even Tamil nadu we learn that language -on a positive side it is good but this does not apply to Bangalore ,what a said state .Even when i lived in Abu Dhabi we had high respect for Arabic and we tried to understand that language

  381. Zia says:

    My two cents’ worth:
    Loss of language in one generation can almost certainly lead to the entire language (and the associated deep culture that goes with it)to be lost forever
    I have lived outside India for the past 25 years and am deeply proud of the fact that my Kannada language (spoken and written) is still as good as it was when I was awarded a prize for obtaining the highest marks in Kannada in St.Joseph’s college in Bangalore….way back when
    Every time I visit Bangalore, the slow erosion of the language is clearly evident

  382. Madhu says:

    On a lighter note guys , Mukund’s lament reminds me of “Why cant the English learn to speak English” from the musical My Fair Lady !.
    I have to tell you that even back in the early 70s when I was at VHS,there was this joke that went something like this “Nodi sar e footpath male walk madi madi ,thighs ella bahala painu”! How much Kannada was he really talking ?!!.

  383. Edwin says:

    Havdu Doni, bendakalurina jana hage …yelawanu preethi inda appikoluthare…itharerige tondare agbardu antha english na misrana madi mathaduthare…idu paruthana swabava …munde niv heli.

  384. mukund says:

    Hello

    Hello

    I happen to meet our HM,K S Chandrasekariah,except hearing problem he is hale and healthy.
    Even today he goes to school exactky at 9 am by car (of course he is known for his PAPTENTED walking style with Keys in right hand).I understand that PU college is more popular than our high school

  385. Vijay says:

    My son goes to the PU college…apparently even today Chandrashekariah walks around and asks the kids why they are not in class :-)

  386. mukund says:

    vijay
    do u remember his favourite words

    CHOWDNA,aye u there

    and his algebra class-

    this is in the formula form of -(x+a)*( x+b)* (x+c)

  387. Arun P V says:

    Hi All,

    I studied in VHS from 1980 – 1983 too, in ‘E’ section. We were all Raja Reddy’s children.

    Shakeel Yaser, please get in touch with your hockey teammate at arun.pv@gmail.com. You will find that Srinivasa from our class has also seen this page and commented on it.

  388. Jannavi says:

    Hi there,
    I was at VHS, 80-83 batch, and was Arun’s classmate in RR’s class. Our class started the notorious game of fishpond, which I am told had a good following much after we left too!
    PAK taught us US history and his phenomenal teaching almost had me take History as my major in college! I still recall how he described the Boston Tea Party to the class (Kallabaddi makkalru, bournvita kudithbittidhru :))
    SG taught us music and we called her Singing Gube.
    MAG taught us PE, and he we called Mad After Girls!
    And so many more memories….

  389. mukund says:

    Some of us-(active in this group) were in mid and late 70s ,hence we may not be able to recognise teachers who joined later

    One thing is sure the best teachers were -TKS(TILL 1977),PSC and PAK

    Of course the best and only HM is/was KSC

  390. Nasreen says:

    Edwin,I got in touch with Geetha, thanks to you and it was great to travel down the memory lane with her, but since she was at rallies we could not meet this time. I spoke to your Mom as well. Hopefully I’ll get to see them next time.

    Zia, I am with you I have lived away from Bangalore for just as many years as you and my Kannada is as good as it was!

    Chandrika, how are you, are you still in Bangalore?

    Mukund, I agree that TKS, PSC and PAK were the best, and KSC was the perfect HM. I usually see TKS on my trips to Bangalore, she was away while I was visiting this time.

  391. Zia says:

    KSC is the gold standard for school leaders….period

  392. Ram says:

    great to read the vijaya chronicle – do any of you, by any chance, know of a similar stories shared by APS college of science & Arts (NRColony, B’lore) or BMS College of Engineering (b’gudi, b’lore)? :)

  393. mukund says:

    Nasreen

    Still i remember QED of PSC ,MESAPATOMIA of PAK and Indian Constitution taught by TKS .Even RP -inspite of eating in class was a good Geography teacher

    Meanwhile WISH U ALL A HAPPY DIWALI

    MUKUND

  394. Zia says:

    Hi,
    Anyone remember the Hindhi teacher MP (?). She was close to retirement when we were in the 8th standard, and folks would come up with innovative pranks in her class. One thing that comes to mind: someone would stand up (boldly) in class and ask her “Apollo elva Ms.?”, and she would answer “Howdappa, Neevu kuthkolli” !

  395. Kiran Kumar says:

    Vijay

    This is kiran from 1976-1979. Who else from our class in on this blog?

    Kiran

  396. Vijay says:

    Hey Kiran..there are a few..

  397. nalini says:

    Zia, I think it was MB ( Mubarak Begum , may be). God we would always be playing pranks on her. Her eyesight was also poor and wicked that we were , she would be the butt of all jokes

  398. Zia says:

    Hi Nalini,
    Yes you are correct about her name, and now I recollect the part about her poor eyesight. Subba Rao, Ramakrishna and I would come up with quite a few innovative scenarios during her class. Subbu and I were able to get away most of the time, but not Ramakrishna since his reputation tended to follow him!

  399. Jo says:

    @Kiran Kumar – this is Jyotsna from 76-79. Vijay and I are in touch. Would love to get in touch with you…

    @Edwin – you were our senior and I distinctly remember your name (unfortunately can’t come up with an image to match the name…) I was also part of the Ispeet Rajya (as one of the cards ;-) and remember our Ravindra Kalakshetra days.. I remember BG Srinivas (the NCC cadet) who lead our prayer sessions (I think). His brother BG Suresh was with us (76-79 D Section). Infact BG Suresh and I were classmates since 3rd grade. It would be quite something to catch up in person. Hoping one of these days soon.. However, thanks to Vijay’s efforts, we can at least meet online.

  400. Vijay says:

    @Kirana: Looks like Jyotsna is the other “hold over” in the USA…
    @Jo..you are right I remember B.G Suresh..
    On Edwin..like you I remember the name but cant put a face to it..maybe someday soon we can catch up..

  401. mukund says:

    Jo -B G srinivas was my classmate 74-77 ,currently is working in a very senior position at Infosys -London

  402. ranjani says:

    hieverybody,
    was scoutingfornational high school was from 1983-85 batch ‘b’ section, cane across vijaya high schoolblog went through it very great. keepit upincidentally,my husband arun studied for 1 year in standard eighth could be in 8th bor c i do not know in the yr 1980 any of u guys remember him .now he is a senior officer in armed forces
    ranjani

  403. Edwin says:

    @Nasreen – Good to hear you were able to reach them both atleast on phone..,better luck next time,,Did you tell your sister about this blog..,it would be great if she can be on it and add few of classmates if she is in touch..

    @Jo R – Same here..your name is familiar but cannot put a face against it…Ispeet Rajya is something which cannot be erased for life time..I still remember all the character(main) very well – Dutta playing the King,Gururaj-Poojari,Gauri-young damsel and Raja-young hero..and all of entourage of the play..what I still remember is the way stage was set with a white screen and lights behind to lightup as morning sunrise or evening sunset..and the sarangi played live by a muscisian who was an accomplise of Karanth..
    @Vijay – I glad atleast we have this medium thru’ which we can communicate with others and recognise them…face can be erased but not the memories we carry..Thanks to you once again,Yes next time I visit B’luru I will keep you posted..

  404. Edwin says:

    Hi All- Thought this info will be useful to all…

    Tulsi can help keep swine flu away: Ayurvedic experts

    Lucknow, May 27: Wonder herb Tulsi can not only keep the dreaded swine flu at bay but also help in fast recovery of an afflicted person, Ayurvedic practitioners claim.

    “The anti-flu property of Tulsi has been discovered by medical experts across the world quite recently. Tulsi improves the body’s overall defence mechanism including its ability to fight viral diseases. It was successfully used in combating Japanese Encephalitis and the same theory applies to swine flu,” Dr U K Tiwari, a herbal medicine practitioner says.

    Apart from acting as a preventive medicine in case of swine flu, Tulsi can help the patient recover faster.

    “Even when a person has already contracted swine flu, Tulsi can help in speeding up the recovery process and also help in strengthening the immune system of the body,” he claims.

    Dr Bhupesh Patel, a lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar is also of the view that Tulsi can play an important role in controlling swine flu.

    “Tulsi can control swine flu and it should be taken in fresh form. Juice or paste of at least 20-25 medium sized leaves should be consumed twice a day on an empty stomach.”

    This increases the resistance of the body and, thereby, reduces the chances of inviting swine flu,” believes Patel.

    Bureau Report

    Use “Nilgiri oil” drops on handkerchiefs and masks as one the preventive measures against swine flu…

    Also have lime juice and vitamin C capsules…
    (NIV – National Institute of Virology )

  405. Edwin says:

    Is Jayanagar Library(south end circle)as famous as it used to be once upon a time..place to hide from school and for old people place to relax with the news papers…

  406. Vijay says:

    Havent been inside in ages (actually since high school). I am sure its running…

  407. mukund says:

    just an update

    Yesterday, i happpen to meet our Head Master K S Chandrasekariah at a Music Concert organised by H S SUDHINDRA an old studennt of VHS and a noted Carnatic Mrudangist

    Inspite of his hearing problemm ,he was present till the end of the pgm talking to his old students and is very active

  408. vasu - 1986 batch says:

    hi, thanks for the wonderful blogs. I happen to get a slap from RP once. And I remember, DNR hitting some students in anger when they went for clarifications of marks. I think the most cool guy was TKP and PSC. never saw them shouting but commanded respect.

    It really took back to my times at VHS.

    Thanks for the wonderful posts.

    -vasudeva

  409. Sathya says:

    Hi,

    If you are part of LinkedIn networking,please join the VHS Alumni group.

    I remember PSC used to get irritated sometime. LH was also a very short tempered person for quite sometime. I remember him once getting really angry for an answer that was provided in my class. I don’t remember what was the comment from the student (Ravi), but he was made to sit as a chair for the whole class.

    Regards,
    Sathya

  410. Zia says:

    YVN (Engligh) was laid back for most of the time as well

  411. Bindu says:

    What a great blog…I passed out of Vijaya High in 1990. This has brought back great memories. I was in Section B and P.Manjula was our Class Teacher for 8th and 10th with SG for 9th. PM, PSC and MN are two of my fav teachers. Does any one remember Juliet Shashikala (DJS)? She was designated to teach Bio for 10th usually and was such a terror. PSC’s fav line in our class was “Jayanthi, nenanthi?” referring to my friend call Jayanthi…

    And a character i remember with dislike was MAG…our PE sir…we used to avoid this man big time…

    I look back at our antics and have a great laugh. Thanks for keeping this blog alive and our memories as well.

  412. Nasreen says:

    Mukund, I still remember the definition of ‘Renaissance’ in TKS’s words-”The totality of changes that took place during 14th, 15th and 16th century”. And thanks for KSC’s updates.

    Zia, Do you remember her Rockefellar stories? My critical thinking skills started at VHS- we had some wonderful teachers who were pioneers in making us think outside the box- don’t you agree??

    Edwin, I will give your message to my sister. Thanks for swine flu tips.

  413. Edwin says:

    It’s amazing to see such varied comments of like and dislike of teachers from students of different decades, though I presume all teachers were not biased to any and were correct in their approach to make us all a better person.
    Without any deliberation all will agree KSC was a popular teacher and instilling us with discipline and moral values of life. Though his interaction with the students was limited to his classroom, his time discipline, dressing impeccably, his speech, his presentation, approach to his colleagues and students etc…effected and influenced all students to adapt and follow his style.

    Mukund would agree that DJS was a very friendly person and was strict when it came to discipline. I remember an incident when we were in grade 8 and in those days’ comics; story books were a craze among students Richie Rich, Astrix, Tin Tin etc…These were brought into class by both boys and girls were being exchanged to read.DJS felt this annoying and in one of her class she collected all these and kept it with for weeks n gave back only after we agreed not to bring it to class. Well all this was done very cordially by DJS and none of students felt angry.

    DNR was our class teacher all thru’ and did command a lot of respect from his class. In my opinion he was an introvert compared to other teachers and as young students many felt he was not approachable. But I know how he used to stand up to his class till we finished 10th.His knowledge of chemistry was too good.

    RP was a comical teacher, I remember him sitting on the chair facing the students and writing on the blackboard without even looking at it. He always taught us geography.
    PAK was our history and Civics teacher who never belived in giving notes in the class and asked us to write points as he lectured. He was also responsible to run the thrifty store under the staircase in school.
    TKS taught us history only one year before she left VHS…the only thing I remember of her is her jokes on Thimma…
    SQB- English teacher was very quiet and soft spoken. She too was very friendly teacher and would help any student in need. She was in charge of library and also collected old text books to be recycled among students.
    MNR was popular during the sports events i.e.. Inter class kho-kho, cricket, khabbadi matches and althletics.He understood the boy’s mentality better and always would encourage students to do the right thing…and his sports room was never devoid of students.

    I remember the office boy, an elderly person with thick spectacles…cannot remember his name but his face is imprinted in my mind as he used to frequently run up and down doing his duty…

    Its overwhelming to write about our GURU’s who guided us during our learning days to be what we are today…My mom was a teacher herself for more than 35 years and I know how they feel (Guru’s) when they see thier students excel in this world in different fields and in the backdrop take pride of thier achievements as well..Salute to all teachers.

  414. Edwin says:

    @Mukund, do you remember D.K.Ravi from B section in your batch..I was SSVM student before VHS and a few students from this school were selected by noted childrens Drama Director Kishore to enact in a play called Alibaba 40 Kalarru.This was staged during Children dance drama festival at Childrens theatre at Cubbon Park.I met D.K.Ravi then and he was the young Alibaba..and our practise used to be at National College Jayanagar or Kishore home(terrace).I had some fun days with D.K and co.

  415. Zia says:

    The care that the teachers took at VHS was beyond imagination. Given the fact that my batch (72-75) was during the pre internet and TV days (pretty ancient!) we were still able to gain such widespread knowledge, thanks largely in part to the innovative approach that the teachers took
    One examples: the philately club that was started when I was in school got me real interested in letter writing and wanting to learn about different countries. This led on to an interest in short wave radio and really opened up the world to me, up to a point where I was involved very actively in DXing and had logged close to 140 radio stations around the world while in high school
    Looking back, I am glad that in a way we had to search harder for information at that time. I think this contributed to helping folks look at things from many different possibile angles

  416. Nasreen says:

    - VHS -

    The philatelic club, the school bank, the hours spent in the library,
    The band, badminton games, throw ball and volley ball matches.
    Annual gatherings, United Nations exams and debates,
    Morning classes on Saturdays in colorful outfits.

    Eight, ninth and ten standards, those were the days,
    That shaped our tender minds, groomed us for the future.
    Made us decent and caring human beings of today,
    Strong and sturdy ideas were planted back then.

    Nostalgic recollections, refreshed memories,
    Take you back in a flash to a beautiful place.
    VHS we are grateful to you all that you gave,
    Most of all the great teachers and mentors.

    Connections made with many lost friends,
    Common threads woven with many new ones.
    Flashbacks in time, captured and recalled,
    In a timeless tapestry of good times.

    Nasreen

  417. Vijay says:

    @Nasreeen: Very well captured..Saturday mornings for me bring back memories of debates (ashu bhashana sparde), rubber dose at Triveni (tasted good because we were so hungry).

  418. Nasreen says:

    Thanks Vijay- I remember those chewy dosas too! Debates remind me of a good old friend Sridevi, we used to travel together to go to different venues.

  419. ranjani says:

    hi my husband b.v.arunkumar studied in vijaya high school in the year 1979-80 in 8th standard then he shifted to dharwad. anybody from that batch

  420. MUKUND says:

    Edwin
    DJS was our class teacher-she is in touch with us .She plans to start a school for slum children

    Nasreen

    TKS was the best/MOST POPULAR teacher of VHS -doesnt mean others were not good

    of course PAK PSC

  421. Nasreen says:

    Hey Mukund, I was most influenced by TKS. I also thought that LH, MNR, SQB, CNK, DJS, PAK, PSC, MRV, PM, DNR, TSM and most of all KSC were all awesome teachers :-).

  422. Madhu says:

    Dont know if anyone here remembers DHP ( Pushpalatha) ..she taught Biology ..absolutely no fooling around in her class and no easy grades either!
    Then there was GKL ( Krishnalatha ) ..was our class teacher 70-73 ..taught Chemistry..excellent teacher.I think I still remember the first day that SQB, PAK came as teachers to VHS..LH returning to VHS in ’71 after a year of teaching in the US..he was literally a celebrity and we always looked forward to the “US Stories’ during his Physics classes.
    Madhu

  423. Zia says:

    I too remember LH after he came back from the US. He sported long hair, which in those days (in India) was kind of uncommon. We were enthralled by his US stories, and thinking back this had an influence in my wanting to come to the US. I used to take tuitions from LH, and the ‘highlight’ of the sessions was when we managed to stray him to a US related topic!
    Zia

  424. Nasreen says:

    Madhu-I remember GKL- she left to go to the US.

    Zia- It didn’t take long to get LH to start talking about US- what was fascinating to us was that he had an accent as well!

  425. Zia says:

    Yes Nasreen – you are correct about LH’s accent. And he sported gold color rimmmed glasses and suede shoes as I recollect

    I also remember GK (Biology)

  426. Nasreen says:

    Zia: Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and Id! We had a traditional holiday with family and friends, except for my oldest son who could not come this year.

    LH’s clothes were also from US- I still remember his light green shirt that was stylish and you are absolutely right about the glasses and shoes.

  427. Zia says:

    Nasreen: Eid and Thanksgiving were fun, thank you. We are into December and folks are already looking at extended vacations for this month! I am stalling a work trip to Bangalore and want to be there early next year. BTW, can you please send me your e-mail address to: ziahaque14@yahoo.com

    Zia

  428. Vijay says:

    Zia, please do let me know when you are here in Bangalore…it would be good to meet albeit for a short while..

  429. Zia says:

    Hi Vijay,
    I would love to meet up. I will alert you a few weeks before my next trip. I was in Bangalore for over a month during August of this year!

  430. Vijayendra says:

    Hi All VHS alumni’s,

    I was just passing by on some search on a google when I came across this and it took me to my very own days at VHS – 1988 to 1990. Oh man!! as Bryan Adams put it, “those were the best days of my life” really fits those amazing three years and golden years of life.

    What fun and learning we had at the same time. Oh Jesus, what meritorious students and teachers who are qualified to teach us about life as well as text book things – what else would a man need in his life at this education level? I am lucky that I had a chance to study and be what I am today. Without VHS, I shudder to think what would have happened if I were just in any other school.

    My favorite teachers of all time was H.S.S. I really do not know if you can remember him. Great man, fantastic knowledge on literature (since he teached kannada). Divine Yoga guru. The very presence of him made us very motivated to achieve something in the life before we end. aah okay forget that high stuff. It was very good is all I can say “My high school days”.

    Thanks for all of your comments guys. Join you some other time. Anybody need me, can contact me on CONTACTVJ@rediffmail.com with heading as “VHS days” and I will surely reply to catch with you all guys and gals.

    Regards

    VJ

  431. Edwin says:

    Hi,Seasons best greetings to each one you and pray and trust that the coming year brings peace,prosperity,good health and happiness to all.Let Love and Harmony prevail,. Regards Edwin

  432. Vijay says:

    Edwin,
    Seasons Greetings to you and your family.

  433. Edwin says:

    Vijay thank you

  434. Edwin says:

    Hi All , Thought to share this article which was published in DH, very hilarious but thought provoking. Self belief and Self Realisation quinessentials to personal growth !! Please read and enjoy…

    The Christmas Eve Intruder!
    Kavitha Mandana

    It’s dreadful being in the middle. I mean, the middle child. And even worse when you’re sandwiched between 2 sisters…with the older one in college, and the younger one in Std 1.

    What it means is that the sister in college acts all grown-up and is never around when all of us celebrate something at home… she used to be such fun. And the kid sister is ALWAYS around when you don’t want her.

    So on the midnight of Christmas Eve, I get shaken up by this kid sis, ‘Bhaiya, quick! Come down with me…I think Santa’s in the house!” Now Christmas Eve is not the right time to educate kid sisters about the truth on Santa, so I try to snuggle deeper into my quilt and say I’m tired. But kid sis’s don’t give up easily.

    Groggily I follow her to the stairs and stop. Earlier, I had not wanted her to see Mama or Papa putting the presents under our tree…but suddenly, I was worried. The noises I could hear were not from the hall. And there were no lights on…Was this an intruder?
    Now, we have a Christmas tree because we celebrate every festival on the Indian calendar. Our friends next door are Christians, and since they’ve always made us a part of their celebrations, we enjoy it a lot. But Mama doesn’t exactly place fabulously expensive gifts under the tree like Aunty next door. Diwali is when Mama buys us whatever we want. So I thought, “If there’s a thief in the house, let him help himself to whatever is under the tree…he could very well be armed!” But then, you don’t know kid sisters. When I warned her about this, she got all the more excited and ran down the steps…in the dark! I had no choice but to follow.

    She tipped toed around the hall and the sitting room, but nobody was in sight. There were no presents under the tree either. In a whisper that could have been heard in Chennai, she said, “So Santa hasn’t visited us yet.”

    Then we heard this sound in the kitchen. We both froze. Somebody was there. I wanted to go back upstairs and wake up Papa, but my kid sis thought I was a total ninny. She picked up Mama’s lead crystal vase and swept into the kitchen…ready to knock whoever it was on the head. I ran after her.

    Inside the kitchen we both stopped. There before us in the light of a tiny candle was our big sister. She had the fridge door open. And on the table was the box full of Christmas cake that Aunty had sent us. Kid sis and I could instantly calculate that a lot had been eaten.

    Unable to hold back, kid sis gasped, “But Didi, I thought you were on a diet?”
    Well, Didi almost had a heart attack, being surprised like that! And that too with her mouth stuffed with Christmas cake…cake that she’d refused all day when we’d been pigging out! It’s not that our Didi even needs to diet. She’s got it into her head that for her New Year Party dress to look good on her, she needs to lose a few kilos. Silly Didi.
    Being wide awake, we too settled down to eat some cake. And kid sis started off about Didi’s dress. However much we tried to convince Didi that she looked nice in it, she’d frown (sadly help herself to one more piece of cake) and grumble, “No, Shweta told me I looked fat.”

    That got us MAD. Because if there’s anyone who needs to diet, it’s Didi’s horrid friend Shweta. It made me furious that someone like her had the power to ruin my Didi’s Christmas. Didi loved Aunty’s cake.

    Finally, kid sis ran upstairs and got Didi’s famous party dress down. In this bossy manner that only kid sisters have, she ordered Didi to go try it on again. Poor Didi agreed, soulfully shuffling to the bathroom. In minutes she was back, looking gorgeous, but in tears. She wailed, “I look so fat in this….look at my tummy…” Kid sis slapped her own head in disgust and I looked to the heavens for help, because neither of us could see this ‘tummy’.

    “You’ve got 2 choices,” Kid sis eventually barked. “Bhaiya and I could go and exchange the dress for the next bigger size, which would be sad since it fits you so perfectly…OR, you just don’t meet or talk to Shweta till the New Year party…she’s the only reason you are on diet.”

    Didi looked stunned. She stared at us for a moment and then burst out laughing. “Hey, kid sis…you’re right! How silly of me…to let one person make me FEEL ‘fat’!”
    She sat down to enjoy more cake. This time she didn’t look guilty about it. “No, I won’t exchange that dress AND I won’t diet.” But turning to me, she asked, “But if Shweta calls, will you tell her I’m not in…I need some time to build up my courage.”
    Kid sis and I jumped on her. It was the nicest little midnight feast we’d had in a long time

  435. mukund says:

    Hello

    wish u all a HAPPY 2010

    mukund

  436. Nasreen says:

    Best wishes for a New Year filled with fun times and good cheer!

  437. I like your weblog greatly. Will bookmark. Keep up to excellent info on it. Thank you

  438. mukund says:

    I was surprised that two westernn friends were pleased to read about VHS

  439. Vijay says:

    @Mukund – Its spam..I think

    • Prasad Sulikunte says:

      Hi Vijay,

      Is this blog still active? since I don’t see any body commenting on this blog anymore.

      I happened to stumble upon this blog by chance. My god I don’t know where I was all these years?? (Fred Flintstone!!)

      Many thanks to you, Vijay for this wonderful blog. It sure took me down the memory lane. It really made an interesting reading. I was a student of VHS (1973-76). I recognized lot of names mentioned in this blog. To name a few, Brinda Seetharam and her brother Mukund, K.T. Mohan, Rohini Vijay, Shaji Faroukh, Sirisha, Jaishekar – some were classmates and some were my batchmates. I was in ‘D’ Section. Couple of my friends have already commented on this blog.

      It was a shock to hear that Suresh Babu passed away. He was my Junior and I knew him very well, we lived in the same area.

      In your web album, you have a picture of Miss DJS. Isn’t she Miss. D. John Shashikala ( Not Juliet)? I may be wrong.

      I have been hit by the flying chalks from PSC and have also been slapped unsespectingly by PAK. I remember some of us used to stuff crumpled paper in YVN’s hand and he would just throw that away. RP was famous in pinning students between his chair and the wall, when the students used to pass him from behind his chair. MNR did not select me for NCC, which I badly wanted to join ( for the tokens..ha..ha..) since I did not meet the height criteria, which I think was purely his call. It was almost a daily routine that KSC would call someone from the prayer line to the stage, by yelling ” Eeiy, you..there at the end…double up”.

      Apart from the rubber dosas, I also remember eating the famous “apple cake ” from Vijaya bakery. Later I found out that, Vijaya bakery used to mix all the leftover cakes and would top it with frosting and called it “apple cake”.

      Some of my other batchmates were, V.P. Ramesh, Savitha Upavarsha, Somashekar ( heard he passed away in an auto accident), G. Ravi, Prem, B. S. Madhusudhan, R.P.Gururaj, Radha & Malathi ( I hope I’m right with their names from Prabhat Kalavidharu).

      It was great to rekindle the old memories. Thanks for the blog once again. – Prasad

      • Vijay says:

        Hi Prasad, it is active..I havent added any new material in a while but some of the comments relate their own stories…

        DJS was D Juliet Shashikala.. Mukund is a regular visitor and a friend as well..

        Its nice to hear your version of the rubber dose and of course the secrets behind the famous apple cake…

      • Venkatesha Prasad says:

        Just bumped in to this blog..Happy memories during my stay at Ramakrishna Students Home on Jain Temple road..Now I live Pin hildelphia(USA). Anyone know how is malathi, radha from Prabhath Kalavidhru doing ? Anyone in touch with them ?

      • Venkatesh Babu says:

        Can’t believe this!!! S R Prasad???? I was in in the 73-76 batch as well. Hey Prasad, had met you a long time back either at JFK or Newark Airport. BTW this is Venkatesh Babu….

        Couple of days back I was on FB and was trying really hard to get some names of my old friends from VHS as well as Vijaya College. Man… you guys made my day!! I was in Bangalore last November and took my daughter to see my school and college. I did take a look a the pictures posted and was saddened to hear that LH and a few of the other teachers are no longer with us. I would love to keep in touch with my old class mates and hope to hear back from at least a few!! I am in touch with K Narayana Rao who is in Bangalore. I was in touch with Ravindra Singh up until the time I was in Bangalore (he was in Shaji’s section).

        I had also met G Ravi in one of the functions at a distant relatives house many years back here in NJ. Seems like he has since returned back to Bangalore.

        Many thanks to ALL the contributors who have this blog up and running!!

        Keep it coming folks!! love to read…..

  440. Lakshmi .B.S. says:

    hiiiiii
    I was also a student of VHS of 1978-81 batch. incidentally i had an encounter with this site & my school days came to my rememberance. In 8th standard i was in D section & my class teacher was DNR, then in 9th & 10th I was in C section & my class teacher was MV.I still remember PSC’s QED & PAK’s “i will kick u out of the class left & right”. Is anyone of my batch or is in contact of 1978-81 batch? Please do inform me. presently I am staying in bhopal.

  441. Nasreen says:

    Prasad,

    I was one batch above you. I had a good laugh to read about the secret
    ‘apple cake’ recipe. To this day I have cravings for the famous apple cake!!! My kids groan when I mention the most described dessert in our house…

    Radha was a good friend of mine, she was an amazing dancer.

    Lakshmi, it is a lot fun going down the memory lane!

  442. Prasad Sulikunte says:

    Hello Nasreen,

    Wasn’t that delicious and it had a unique flavor. Not to forget the ‘Dilkush’ and ‘Dilpasand’.

    I vaguely remember your name…weren’t you in the NCC?

  443. Nasreen says:

    I can tell that you have a sweet tooth too…yes I do remember these and I always bring back the Dharwad Pedas from the Jayanagar Vijaya Bakery. I have also made Dharwad Pedas from scratch in Boston!!!

    Awesome memory Prasad! Yes I was in NCC-Air Wing and spent more time in every possible camp back in the day.

  444. Vijay says:

    @Nasreen,Prasad.. will go over to the Iyengar Bakery in 4th Block and have a cake/dilkush in your honor :-)

    • Prasad Sulikunte says:

      yenappa vijay,

      hotte uristhiya. hogli neenadru thindu channagiru, namaganthu labya illa.

      I’m planning to visit Bangalore this summer. We should meet. If I do, I’ll get your contact details.

      Nasreen, iga sweets thinnodu nillisbittidhini. anything spicy, I love it.

      Nasreen, My classmate Jaishekar’s brother was in the NCC. He was a neighbour of VHS. I don’t remember his name. I think he was also your batch mate.

  445. Nasreen says:

    Hey Vijay, Looks like you’ll have to go to Iyengar Bakery and have a sweet & savory feast on Prasad’s and my behalf. Talking about spicy- the Khara puff was something else too. Sometimes I honestly think I live to eat! ( & pay the price of going to the gym).

    Prasad – Nanu sweets tinnadu kadmay madidini. I can’t recall Jaishekar’s brother’s name either. Perhaps Zia remembers him.

    BTW where do live Prasad?

    • Vijay says:

      Nasreen…I will never say no to a good cause

    • Prasad Sulikunte says:

      Nasreen,

      Making Khara puff is very easy, I have tried it so many times, it comes out very good. roll the pastry sheet, stuff it with palya and bake it. My son and myself have the same motto,”live to eat” :-)

      In our house, whenever we talk about Bangalore, my son will start taking about Adiga’s and others and ‘bayalli jollu surusthane’.

      We live in New Jersey, in South Brunswick township. By any chance are you participating in ‘AKKA’ to be held in NJ during Sep 3rd-5th?

      Vijay, We sure will meet. It would be my pleasure. Please make sure you also eat some ‘Nippatu’ and some ‘Khara Biscuit’ when you visit the bakery(ofcourse on our behalf). The best ‘Congress’ and ‘Nippatu’ is available at ‘Srinivasa Brahmins Bakery’ on DVG road.

      Krishna avare, swalpa dayavittu tadkolli. enmadodhu, namma bayi, swalpa chapala jasti.

      Vijay – I see that Nalini, Mukund, Zia and others have stopped commenting…just curious.

      • Vijay says:

        Prasad..you are teaching your son the correct attitude :-) I have a willing accomplice in my 16 year old…
        Of course all I am eating is on other people’s behalf..well just today I had capsicum bajji from this super gaadi that sets up in front of our office after 7 PM…all the time remembering the scores of people out there in USA land…

  446. R.S. Krishna says:

    Hi Nalini,
    Sorry for dropping off after just one post, really bad of me! I have lived in the U.S. for more than 25 years now and am in the Chicago area. I have been going over some of the earlier posts and understand that you’re quite a traveler. Way to go!

    Do you happen to have Ramji’s e-mail or contact info? I got in touch with Gurudutt Shenoy via LinkedIn. My sister lives in Padmanabhanagar and she says she runs into Bhagavathi (of ‘Shivashankari’ fame) every now and then.

    Recent posts-nalli thindigala vichara odi hotte uri shuru aagide. Dilkush, dilpasand, khara puff, yee bakery foods nanna favorites. Also does anyone remember the southekayi gaadi outside VHS? What a treat it used to be!

    By the way, Vijay, thank you, thank you, thank you for a fantastic Chronicles site!

    • Vijay says:

      Welcome back Krishna…by the way remember the “pani puri” shetty? He used to also run a gaadi selling idlis in front of RV Teachers College. His son runs it now …

  447. Nalini Rao says:

    Hi Krishna, Prasad, Most of all Vijay and all,

    Yeah it has been ages since I wrote. Was caught up with various mundane kelasagalu that everything else took a back seat. Moreover its THAT time of the year, when one’s studying hard for exams. I just finished my grade 7 ! Oops, I meant my son!!! Vijay knows, right?!

    Krishna: I was wondering where u had disappeared. Thanks for writing. Give me your email id. I am in touch with Ramji. Infact we met last year when he was here in Delhi. I shall send you his personal email id. Yeah we love travelling and experiencing new places( I wouldn’t say just sight-seeing). But leave constraints have tied me down.

    Prasad: Neevu nanagintha ondu varsha junior, right? Am not able to place you.

    Vijay: Delhi ge barale illava? Do get in touch . We can meet . Shall be talking to Mukund sometime now.

    Prasad

  448. Prasad Sulikunte says:

    ನಳಿನಿ ಅವರೇ: ನೀವು ನಾವು ಭೇಟಿ ಆದಾಗ ಏನಾದರು ನೆನಪು ಬರಬಹುದೇನೋ.
    ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಇದ್ದಾಗ ಎಷ್ಟು Busy ಅಂತ ನನಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತು. ನಮಗೂ ಇಬ್ಬರು ಗಂಡು ಮಕ್ಕಳು. ಒಬ್ಬ 5 ನೆ ಕ್ಲಾಸು, ಇನ್ನೊಬ್ಬ 6 ನೆ ಕ್ಲಾಸು. ನಮ್ಮದು ಅಂತ life ಇಲ್ಲ.
    ವಿಜಯ್ ಅವರೇ: ಮೆಣಸಿನಕಾಯಿ ಬಜ್ಜಿ ಜ್ಞಾಪಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಾಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರೂರಿತು. Atleast ನಮ್ಮ ಪರವಾಗಿ ನೀವಾದ್ರು enjoy ಮಾಡಿ. ಆದ್ರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಹುಷಾರು …..enjoyment ನಿಮ್ಮದು ಮತ್ತೆ cholestrol ಲು ನಿಮ್ಮದು. :-)

  449. ramsblog says:

    Vijay – prasad oLLe tip kottidhaare – so jayanagara bakery, compound gaadi paani puri, moole aMgaDi menasinakaayi bajji – nanagaMthoo bayalli neeroorthidhe. *slurp* *slurp* – but prasad comment nOdidhmele nanaganisaththe, naanu no longer teen antha :) ‘m already on no sodium diet :)

  450. Nasreen says:

    Prasad, I actually make the khara puff with that recipe, believe it or not! Since we are going on a cruise this summer, I won’t be able to take time off from work. Also this summer guests from India are visiting and you know how that goes…In other words I won’t be able to go to ‘AKKA’.

    I am convinced that our famous bakery ‘tindis’ as well as ‘gadi’ foods cannot be compared!!! We all seem to have devoured those yummy snacks. Vijay, bless you for eating on our behalf.

    For all you folks residing in the US & others who have lived/visited-I’m sure you have been on this trip, read on…

    On those long, cold, snowy/rainy days coming home from work and thinking how wonderful it’d have been to have to just down the street to eat hot idli; dosa; sambar; chutney; vada (from gadi of course). But then you just pull frozen veggies from the freezer and put something together if not call out for pizza-and we are lucky if they can add some canned jalapenos. When the pizza is delivered, we always say that only Pizza hut can make the pizza desi style with it’s rich thick crust and extra jalapenos. (BTW I’m taking about certain days only, otherwise we do cook fresh veggies- but then again we talk about the taste of the veggies not even coming close to our ‘janma bhumi’- that’s another story!!!).

    • Vijay says:

      Nasreen..making the best of whats available and enoying it…
      I hope someday soon I can host all (or some) of you in B’lore and take you on a “gaadi” tour

      • nalini rao says:

        I just saw this post. Vijay: next time I am in B’lore, you are going to be our guide ( although Giri is horrified at the idea of roadside eats – I’ll make up and hog for the two of us) – to hell with sodium/potassium/barium/strontium! – Also need to initiate the son to all these sins !!

  451. Nasreen says:

    Vijay, I am sure you are!

    A “gaadi” tour sounds awesome!!! My American friends are fascinated by my stories from back home- can’t wait to tell them all about the “gaadi”! (thanks to Travel channel-at least they have an idea of what I try to tell them).

  452. mukund says:

    Wish u all a happy ugadi

    vijay-yest i met PAK .He is like HANNELE CHIGURIDAGA-ever green .He drives Santro and busy with tutions and text book writing .I told him about this blog. Dont be surprised if he writes in this blog

    Understand -PSC is bed ridden ,YVN is at Mysore and DJS is in Bangalore

  453. R.S. Krishna says:

    HAPPY UGADI to all!

    Nalini: My email is ksraichur@gmail.com. Thank you for sending me Ramji’s email info. Looking forward to it.

    Vijay: A ‘gaadi’ tour would be great! My sons had a small taste of gaadi food when they visited B’lore a couple summers ago. They still talk fondly about it!

    Prasad, Nasreen: Khara puff is a popular snack in our house too. The key is to have a good palya! Thankfully, my wife is a great cook and we enjoy it quite often. Where in the US do you live? We live in Chicago. Perhaps there is a chance to meet some time…

  454. Jayashree says:

    Hi there,
    I was in VHS from 83 to 85 in the E for excellent section. My initials then were VJ. I remember JRS,DNR,PKV,QSM, DJS,TSM and LH more than anyone else- must be getting old. I used to hang out with PM’s daughter Parimal and a girl named Neelam and sometimes with Bhanu Malali and Nanda I only remember the girls’ names. Have been in the US for a long time now and do visit Bangalore often.Anyone from that batch remember the long hair in two plats light eyes gils in the 2nd row? That was me. My favorite memories were the rocket club,science club etc., quite the geeky sort.
    Anyway, it would be nice to connect with old Alum again….

  455. Nasreen says:

    Hey Vijay, there was an internal error when I tried to access the ndtv to see the show…hopefully I’ll get to see it soon.

    Krishna, yes the palya has to have the right consistency! I live in Boston and Prasad lives in New Jersey. It will be nice to meet as we all seem to have so many things in common from our teenage years!

    Mukund, thanks for the updates.

    Welcome Jayashree.

    ‘Shubha Ugadi’

  456. Nalini Rao says:

    Vijay: What show is Nasreen talking about?

  457. Nasreen says:

    Hi Nalini,

    Vijay was talking regarding this (scrool up):

    Actually theres a great show called Highway on my Plate where these guys wander around the Highway sampling Dhaba food and such…
    http://goodtimes.ndtv.com/Ndtv-Show-Special.aspx?ID=262&?ShowID=7:

    Vijay, Mukund: I have an idea if it is feasable and if you can and are willing to do this, it would be wonderful- If you find out where PSC lives it’d be great to send a card, signed by us (I am more than willing to do so if you know his address and can send it to me. Vijay you could email me). We all hold him in such high regard and I think it would make him smile. When I was at VHS he lived in Hanumanthanagar, if memory serves me right.

  458. Nasreen says:

    (I meant Scroll, ofcourse!!!)

  459. mukund says:

    Nasreen

    i dont have his address .If i am able to get i will revert ,if not we can pray for speedy recovery of PSC

  460. Nasreen says:

    Thanks Mukund, it’ll be great if you do but we certainly can pray for his recovery.

  461. Suman Ramesh says:

    Hi everybody,
    believe it or not, i stumbled across this site today and i have been glued to it for the past ? many hours reliving one of the most wonderful periods of my life. The other being the time spent at prathibha bala mandira. I remember Jayashree. we were classmates. jayashree may not remember me as I was not as mercurial as she was. I was the girl glued to the seat between window and Bijli in the third row. Nethra used to sit next to bijli and next to nethra would be ranjini sastry. mala sharma used to sit behind me in the fourth row. jayashree if i am correct was very good in kannada debates. she used to be in the front middle row usually with parimala, neelam,savitha krishnamurthy et al.
    I used to play veena and also remember H S sudheendra, Balasubramanian, kalavathi, rohini,varsha (dancer of halli habba uldave dina naaka, anna baralilla yaako kariyaaka)and many others.
    reminds me of the good old days and the best teachers i ever had. what i am today is just a small percentage of what my teachers inspired me to be.
    Thanks to vijay and to all the seniors who have maintained this site for the past three years.
    I feel totally lost in past. even my family looks alien to me.

    • R.S. RAVI SHANKAR says:

      Hi Suman,
      This is Ravi Shankar(Nick Name:SHUNTI).I was in X F section,1985 batch.Was staying at N.R.Colony. NNR was our classteacher.
      Last week our classmates met at cafe coffeeday
      near Ashoka Pillar after 25 yrs.
      Do u know anyone from our section?
      Regards
      Ravi

  462. Suman Ramesh says:

    Hi all,

    What a wonderful memory our seniors have. They seem to remember every tiny detail about the teachers and their classmates. I spent a sleepless night trying to remember things in greater detail. But I could only remember the enid blytons, nancy drew, hardy boys, dostovesky, chekov, tolstoy, jane austin and many more authors. I remember very well that I became a voracious reader in VHS. maybe because CCL was just next door. i was in humanities club, science club, philatelic club, gandhi club etc. I remember the puppy (country one) i took from school premises in my school bag. It was my dearest pet. After its death, my craving to lift stray puppies off the street vanished. i remember the rabbits and deer which also looked tempting.
    Oldies are real Goldies. hats off to them.
    I just wish I can live my vhs days again. this time with less books though.

    • Vijay says:

      Suman, glad to take you down memory lane…maybe the older ones remember more things because there were fewer distractions..only Radio and Vividh Bharati…
      By the way..what years were you in VHS?

  463. Suman Ramesh says:

    I seem to remember almost all of my class mates from Prathibha Bala Mandira. But when it comes to VHS, memory fades out. At PBM life was pure innocence. I was very active participating in almost all extracurricular activities like sports, music, dance, drama, essay writing, debate etc. I was also a good kho kho player. Every Independence Day, Republic day and Children’s day I would be sure of collecting few prizes.

    At VHS initially everything was fine and I was very enthusiastic to participate in all activities. I was encouraged by friends and teachers esply. MNR in sports, SG in music (instrumental), PAK in humanities & so on.
    But by the end of 8th things changed, I started missing shots in ball badminton, ball seemed to land on my face or head very often in throw ball ( Very painful !), I missed catching opponents in kho-kho by inches, I used to be out of sync with others in dance and soon my grades also started falling. I was slowly being pushed to periphery as an extra or a standby. I felt very hurt. That’s when our Algebra teacher TKP also yelled at me. He humiliated me in front of whole class for being inattentive and for seeing more out of window than towards blackboard. I told him I couldn’t read from the blackboard but he got exasperated and shouted more. That was the first time a teacher had yelled at me and I wanted it to be the last time. I was taken to Prabha Eye Clinic and soon had thick specs on my nose.

    With specs, the whole world changed. I was no more a part of activities I loved most.
    Slowly I was driven to take refuge in books. CCL & IIWC became my favorite haunts. Reading books became an obsession. P G Wodehouse became a wonderful companion and gave company through all ups and downs.

    But I enjoyed all the gaadi and vijaya bakery delicacies !!! I loved the churmuri near Krishna rao park, masala puri.opp PBM at netakallappa, in addition to chepekaayi, maavinakaayi, southekaayi and ajji koodlu (sohanpapdi in bell jar) whenever and wherever available.

    I remember our art teacher B D Jagadish who was with us for a short time. He was worse than geometry teacher but a very good artist. After 9/11 he was interviewed by TV channels as he had done a painting of aeroplane hitting the towers long before it actually happened. Some of his paintings can be seen at Sagar hospital in Tilaknagar Bangalore.

    I also remember our senior K N S Shekhar who was a role model to us. Today he has achieved what most of us had only aspired or dreamt.
    It really feels wonderful to look back at our inspirations and innocuous aspirations

    • R.S. RAVI SHANKAR says:

      HI SUMAN,
      I STUDIED IN PBM SAME BATCH. OUR CLASSMATES ARE K.R.VEENA,KUSMA,RAVI SATYANNA,BR MOHAN,SREEKAR,GURURAJ,SHESHCHANDRA,SATISHCHANDRA,ARUN DESAI.VIJAYSIMHA,HARIPRASAD,SOMASHEKAR.
      CHANDRIKA,BIJILI,BINDUVASINI,ASHA KRISHNA ETC.
      REGARDS
      SHUNTI.

  464. padma says:

    When were you there? (my guess is much more recent than I was)

  465. padma says:

    OK, scanning comments I see that I am not all that old! :) I was from the 75-78 batch. I think my section was C. I am trying to remember names and two come to mind — there was a Suresh and Ramesh. I think they both went off to UVCE and I went to BMSCE after National College. I remember LH (Physics), MVR (Algebra), MNR (Sanskrit), PM, SQB, ..

  466. padma says:

    And Thank you for this blog! Great idea.

  467. Jayashree says:

    I do remember you, Suman. My story is also very similar to yours, we were probably are the same type of personalities :). It is very nice to go down the memory lane- to me after moving to the US in 92 and not having any Kannada speaking friends, that whole part of VHS life was pushed to the back burner.

    Thanks to all of you guys for sharing your memories. It is definitely making some synapse connections in my brain that I thought were just non-existant because i was getting older. I am an artist now, no thanks to BD Jagdish beacause he did not see my talent but did catch me way too often reading books that I borrowed and read incessantly in the back row.
    Suman- I did not participate in any Kannada debates but did argue a lot with the Kannada teachers/ I thought the lady teacher (KSS?) was way too radical in her approach.
    Ball badminton team, Gandhi club, Question of the week by LH were all my favorite memories. While the school largely was mediocre beacause of the sheer numbers, there were many things we taught each other that no book can give you. I am a teacher myself now and I know how hard it must have been for our teachers.
    I do remember Bijli and Savita- do you mean Mangala sharma?
    Other names that come to mind – Neelam engineer, Uma, Nandini, Roopa, Kanthi, Nandini, Bhanu…
    Thanks for sharing and do keep writing as your memories come back :)
    Jayashree

  468. Suman Ramesh says:

    Vijay,
    Thank you for your greetings. I was in 1983-85 batch. This site made me a bit senti and I have literally flooded it with my letters. Dont worry – as my memory is not as good as my seniors I am not going to drown you all anymore. But I do suspect that the gaadi fellows and vijaya bakery supplied better & nutritious delicacies to our seniors.

    Jayashree,
    Thank you for the reply. My memory is really bad – early signs of Alzheimer’s? Maybe, age is catching up with me too. Yes, it was Mangala Sharma in the fourth row behind me.
    Most of the time Bijli and myself used to be with Uma C, Chandrika G N and Umashree from ‘F’ section. We were the original PBM pals who stuck to each other till we left VHS.
    Do you remember the name of the girl who used to play volley ball and throw the ball very, very high – almost vertically towards sky. She used to live near Vijaya bakery and probably joined us in 9th std. Even MNR and MAG could not do it.
    Remember the first time Banu Malali entered our class in 8th std. She had such a well built personality that all of us became pindrop silent thinking that she was our class teacher! The whole class was in splits when she coolly walked in and sat in the last row.

    • Sreekar KV says:

      Dear Suman!

      This is Sreekar from PBM and then onto Vijaya High school F section 1983-1985 batch. My other class mates from PBM- Ravi Sathyanna, BR Mohan,Ravi shankar, Pm Mahesh, Scheshachandra( Dr. Prasad’s nephew), Purushottham, KR Veena, Bharati, KS Veena, Srilakshmi et al. Chandrika and Umashree i recollect verywell from PBM, The tall girl playing volley ball is Shalini V and the girl near Vijaya Bakery is Bindurani. Cheers!!
      Keep in touch!

  469. mukund says:

    Hello

    Myself and PAK are involved in a project to help poor students of class 10th of government schools in Jayanagar,initiated by Jayanagar MLA Mr Vijaya Kumar.PAK used to take coaching classes and he conducts with same emergy .During my interaction i mentioned about this blog and was happy to know that different batchmates exchange mails and remember our old memories

    I mentioned tnat he is the most rememberd teacher and was happy .His email id is pakumar.vhs@gmail.com

  470. Madhumita Ghosh says:

    Hi Guys, this is Madhumita Ghosh from the 83-86 Batch. Is there anybody out there from my batch. I was in F section and our Class Teacher was MRV. Kindly touch base

  471. padma says:

    I did a whole bunch of portraits (in pencil) of historical figures for PAK. He was ecstatic. I wonder if he remembers me.

  472. Dayanand says:

    Hi Everybody, This is Dayanand Raju from 83-85 batch from F Section. Any one from our batch and section. To remind u all, i was laways in the 1st bench along with twins arun and kiran and also deepak. I rememebr lot of guys from my sec. Rajiv, Sudhakar, Ravi (Shunti), Vijayasimha, Shalini, R.M.Kumar, B.R. Mohan, Mamatha, Prathiba Burli, Uma, Bindu (cricket),, Ramakrishna, Shahshikumar and lots and lots. Class teacher was NNR (the bell bottom)

  473. Dayanand says:

    I remember, in 10th a new section was formed “G” and we were shifted to this section from “F”

    • Sreekar KV says:

      Hey Dayanand!!
      Hope you recollect me… I dint see your name in the list of people which you have mentioned!! ;-( …… nevertheless.. I am in touch with lost fo them from our batch and we will be too happy to see you too……We just a had a reunion of sorts last week… some of our classs mates., including some of the ones you mentioned… mail me your contact details and I shall get in touch with you. Cheers till then!!!

      • Dayanand says:

        Hi Sreekar,
        Of course I remember you. I could not recollect your name but i remember your face….also i very well recall that you were the one who used to create havoc in KSS class and KSS used to always scold you.

        How are everybody doing Viji, Ravi, Shashi…. Do you still meet at NR Colony circle…My number is +91 9840232626..am in chicago right now from past 2 years on project.

        I am returning to India (Chennai) this weekend.

        Daya

  474. ranjani says:

    hi,
    this blog literally transports me to the 80s and to my school days. what a golden time in our lives! though i donot belong to your school it is really nostalgic to read the blog. i studied at nhs. moreover, i recollect some names mentioned, neelam engineer studied with me at ssvm, banu malali was my classmate at national college. incidentally my husband arun studied for a year in 79-80 in vhs. he remembers srinivas jayanth as one of his classmates.

    • Vijay says:

      Thanks Ranjani for stopping by..NHS and VHS to me are like 2 sides of the same coin…

    • Dayanand says:

      Hi Ranjani, If i remember you, you were in BMSCE right!!

      Also i understand from your reply that you are from SSVM…in fact i was your class mate in SSVM along with Banu, Shashi Rekha

      My contact number is +91 9840232626..and am in chicago right now.. I will be returning to Ind this weekend. If you can send your contact, i can call you.

      Daya

  475. Sridevi says:

    Hello Vijay,
    Nice to read about your blog. I am from the class of 76-79 too. I am not sure if you remember me. When I am reading your msgs here it brings back the nice memories. We had atleast 3 vijay’s. I am not sure which one you are, but it is nice to read. Please keep up writing whenever you can. I accidentaly stumbled upon this site when I was searching for the school info.

    • Vijay says:

      Your name is familiar..you are also correct that we had 3 Vijays (I was referred to as M.R. Vijay)..

      If you go through this comment, there are several people from class who came across this blog like you did.. Jyotsna, Shashi Kiran and Kiran Kumar…

  476. Madhu says:

    Not to worry Padma ( from April 8th 2010 ) I think I’m still the senior-most citizen here ..’70-’73 batch!..some of my batch mates ,if any one in my vintage can recall…Santanam, Balakrishnan, Ramakrishnan, Premkumar , Jyotsna G Rao, Hemamalini….
    Madhu

  477. Sridevi says:

    Hello Vijay,
    I saw ur pics posted here. Now I know which Vijay it is………:) Can you share the email addresses of yours,Jyotsna and others? You can email me when you can. I am in touch with one other classmates of ours from High school. Will email you the address if you are compiling everyones from our class. Thanks

  478. padma says:

    Madhu says:
    May 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Hello Madhu!! I don’t think I see any from my batch. Vijay I think, is one year my junior but I don’t recognize his picture (sorry to say).

  479. D Srinivasan says:

    Hi Everyone,

    Nice to get a link from Website.

    I am 1980 Passed out batch and joined from SSVM- Madhavan park in 1977.

    Was in 8th C ,9th C and 10th C. Any one from this class.. I remember JRS, Protractor scale compass and the good short and sweet KVB . Hope to recieve some one from this batch responding to me

  480. mukund says:

    Dear friends

    I understand getting admission to vijaya pre university -estension of VHS is difficult .The unfortunatne part is the school does not have a website

  481. Bindu/Nandan says:

    Hi Vijay,

    It toook me few hours to go thro’ It has great feeling. I was from 78-80 batch. I played cricket. I do meet Madan and Vasu in the past.

    i did talk to DJS last year and she stays near IIM-B.

    Anyone from D section, i could not relate to anyone in this post.

  482. srihari says:

    very nosatlgic days ……was in 78-81 batch…
    long walk fromhome to school & back was one adventure happening daily .classes were those days boring ..but the cahnge from child to adolescence was the Magic in everyone… so fast time has gone…& remembering those days is like something that happened yesterday… pravee65@hotmail.com

  483. Prasad Sulikunte says:

    Hi Vijay,

    can you e-mail me your contact info. I’ll be in Bangalore next week and will try to contact you. thanks Vijay
    Nasreen, Nalini, Rams, Krishna: I will enjoy all the snacks on behalf of you guys. Can you all send me your contact info, My e-mail id is psulikunte@gmail.com.
    Nasreen: how was your cruise vacation?
    Venkatesh Prasad: Yenu guruve, How are you? long time since we met. please send me your phone/e-mail info.
    Take care guys

  484. Nasreen says:

    Thanks for remebering all the foodies, Prasad! Cruise was awesome…I need another vacation from work!!!

    Have a great time in Bangalore!

    Hope everyone is doing well!

  485. Venkatesha Prasad says:

    Hi Nasreen,

    In your previous notes, you said Radha and Malathi(from Prabhath Kalavidharu) were your close friends. Are you in touch with them ? How are they and where are they now ?

  486. Nasreen says:

    Hi Venkatesha,

    I wish I was, but I am not in touch with them since high school.

    Hope some one on this blog can help out :-)

  487. Zia says:

    Nasreen et al from the 72-75 batch (and others as well),
    Do you have contact information for Subba Rao, Achar and Gautam from our batch?
    I was out of circulation for a while and am just getting back here – had to go to India and Switzerland on work for a while

    • Muni Mohan says:

      Hey Zia,

      I accidentally ran into this blog.

      After spending an hour going through all the posts – I realized that the following are active.

      1. Nalini Rao ( my classmate in Holy-Christ (65-72) and Vijaya High (72-75)

      2. Nasreen
      3. Sreedhar Keerthy – who enquired about me in one of the earlier posts.
      Just recently got in touch with Sreedhar.
      What a great nostalgic thrill – you know.

      I finished my schooling, college and worked in SCL Chandigarh – till 89.
      Moved to Singapore, Italy and now in US for the last 18 years

      Still miss all the teachers from VHS.
      KSC, PAK, CNK, LH, RP,NNR, MNR,YVN, GKL, TKS, SQB, DJS etc.

      Would like to get in touch with other class mates.

      So Zia – is there a website for all the 72-75 batch??

  488. Dear All,

    I came in touch with Mr. P. A. Kumar from VHS. He replied back to an email written by me to him an year back with his contact number and his home address…

    I dont know how many of you all know PAK. He is one of most impressive teachers i have come across in my life

    Suresh

  489. Nasreen says:

    Zia, good to hear from you. I’m sure you had a great time in India and Switzerland! (even if this was work related).

    I don’t have any info on them but remember them very well- the smarter and popular ones in class!

    I do wish we had class reunions like the ones they have out here. (The newer generations are catching up, I’m sure).

    • Muni Mohan says:

      Hi Nasreen

      You must be Nasreen Kauser – who used to sit in the last benches with VijayaLakshmi et all..

      Agree with you – that we need to have some form of get-together, just to recount life experiences.

      Atleast all the folks from our 72-75 batch now resident in the US, could get together for a day..

      Good thought. How do the others react??

  490. Edwin says:

    Hi Vijay,Mukund, Nasreen

    Back from a long break from the blog but managed to read every new mails. Padma is from our batch though cant remember much.Ramesh was awarded the best boy in our batch.

    Nasreen- the newer generation has the inclination and modern day kits to help them keep in touch with thier school mates. We all lost it whilst we chose to our career paths in different parts of the world and had no inclination to reach out though devoid of technology.Im still looking out for my friends hoping to find few on the internet. But better late than never we can use the tech now and what better can it be than start with Vijays Blog.

    • Vijay says:

      Edwin nice to hear from you again..it has indeed been a long time… Well I guess we should do the best we can then :-) Actually as I am typing this mail, I am also getting ready to leave to meet up with some of my classmates from VHS…about 5-6 of them at Cosmopolitan Club in Jayanagar. I guess its difficult when you are outside the country…

  491. gauri lankesh says:

    dear vijay and edwin,

    thanks to you both . vijay, for starting this blog, and edwin for sending me the link.

    i was with edwin at vijaya high school from 1975-78. it was not my favourite school (since i loved `home school’ better! schooling at `home school from kindergarten upto seventh standard) but i have many fond memories of my time in vhs.

    thanks for bringing back those memories.

    and in case any of our batchmates are planning a reunion, please do let me know. would love to catch up with friends from the past!

    gauri lankesh

  492. Nasreen says:

    Edwin,
    Thanks to this blog we have enjoyed all the similar high school memories.

    Vijay,
    Lucky you meeting up VHS classmates!

    Gauri,
    I remember how I and my friends were in awe that you were the famous
    Mr. Lankesh’s daughter.

  493. gauri lankesh says:

    dear nasreen,

    were you in by batch? i had a friend in class whose name was nasreen and whose house was right behind vijaya college, the area which is referred to as mohammaden block. by any chance is it you?
    do let me know,

    gauri

  494. Edwin says:

    D Srinivasan- I studied too at SSVM-Madhavan Park but senior to you. You must have been in the same batch as my sister- Nancy.
    Vijay- Trust you must have had a good time with ur friends from VHS @ cosmopolitian club.

  495. Nasreen says:

    Gauri,

    I was two batches above you, I think. So no I was not in your batch. I grew up in Jayanagar. I also remember that TKS said good things about you…

    Edwin,

    By the way I studied at SSVM-Madhavan Park for a few years as well, I still remember Ms. Mary and Ms. Begum. Hope Geetha and Nancy are doing well, give them my regards.

    • Vijay says:

      The one thing I remember about SSVM those days was the school used to start at 12.30..those of us who had early school starts used to be extremely jealous…of course we came back earlier :-)

      Sent from my Mobile Device

  496. Edwin says:

    Nasreen- Mrs. Yashodha Rao was HM thru out n she is Meera Rao`s mother, Mukund will know.

  497. Nasreen says:

    Thanks Edwin, I remember her.

  498. nparry says:

    This is about National High School teachers. So I hope you VHS brothers and sisters will forgive this intrusion. Reading about your teachers is forcing me to share some of the funny names we gave to teachers’ abbreviated names (or initialsu): Here are some: GKN (Guttahalli Kantri Nayi); HLR (Haley Lorry Repairi); SKM (Switzerland Kothi Mari); SAB (Special Adige Bhatta); SK (Sakkare Kalla); GRS (Guluru Ganesha); HKG (Hindi Kaliso Gundamma)… etc. More later.. Naik (1971-74 batch)

    • Vijay says:

      Hello Naik. NHS always welcome.. I used to go to SAB for sanskrit tuition…my favorite statement of his is when he said ‘is ‘u waas ‘u ella same kanro sumne barkoli’… Thanks for stopping by.. VHS and NHS share a lot of traditions..

      Sent from my Mobile Device

  499. mukund says:

    Edwin

    Yes ,Meera Rao was my classmate-1974 to 77 -still in touch

    Naik

    Though i was in vhs ,i had good friends at nhs

    what about KTS- Koli thinno – and other one – - Sastry

    Hope u will remember the blanks

  500. Edwin says:

    We had a classmate named Satish(shetty) who lived in 2nd block and had a brand new cycle during those days n I remember we all borrowing his cycle for every other reason.. trying to cycle down the slope from main gate alongside the steps, well both were of stone n…the fall if we couldnot reach the ground..some of the stunts we tried.Those cycle days!!
    Gauri ..had cycle a too and she always parked it in the library compound.

  501. padma says:

    Edwin says:
    August 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    ——————

    yay! finally a guy from my batch though I can’t say I remember you (but then again I was the shy, introvert sort). Ramesh was my rival from grade school (Adarsha Vidyalaya — we got two district level ranks for that school in the 7th std, 2nd and 5th (me)) and was easy to remember. I remember Gauri too (though we’re in different sections). In fact my mom used to tell us a story about her parents renting a house on our street (10A Main, Jayanagar) and how her mom used to carry little Gauri ‘stylishly precariously’ on the two-wheeler. :)

  502. padma says:

    Does anybody remember Sara Lakshmi Narayan from the 75-78 batch? She was in my section. Wonder where she is now.

  503. Edwin says:

    Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to all – May the lord ganesha bring health,wealth,happiness and peace and may the lord grant all your prayers.

  504. arathi Ghatikar says:

    hi there
    nice write up guys:) enjoyd reading every bit of it!!
    i was in 1981 – 84 batch D section . any of my class mates out there?? savitha, poornima, hema malini to name a few.happy ganesha chathurthi to all my vhs school mates, ( i can add today , happy visarjane day lol:)

  505. veena k.s. says:

    Hi everyone. I am from batch 77-80. (D, section and DJS was the class teacher). It is more remembered as Nandini Nagaraj’s class I guess.
    I came across this site only yesterday and have been glued to it. I have the best memories of VHS.
    Bindu, you have someone from ur class now. Cannot forget our reunion afterwards for which you are responsible! Have seen some of our classmates past few years.

    • BANU says:

      HI, THIS IS BANU. VEENA, HOPE U REMEMBER ME. WHERE R U? I AM IN NOIDA. HOW IS VAIDEHI?

      • veenaks says:

        Hi Banu,

        I remember you. I thought this blog was not active anymore. Good to hear from you.
        I leave in US. Meet Geetha and Ramadevi whenever I am in bangalore. Have met Anil and Sunil (twins). Sunil is married to my cousin’s daughter. Have met Vidyashankar, satish and Umanand , A.Sudha and K.Sudha thro’ our PU get together. Atleast 10 of the girls have settled in US. No one knows about Vaidehi.
        Good to hear from you.

  506. Edwin says:

    Happy Diwali to all

  507. Rajendra Kumar says:

    Hello 77-79 batch. Vijay great job getting this site up and running. Great great memories and flash-backs. I can recollect a few of my class mates.. Madan, Mubi, InduShekar, Sashidhar, Jayanth, Deepak Arya, Nazar, Imitaz, Ardrina. I remember one class union we had next to Sanjay Theater sometime in 85-86. I will follow this site in future and go back memory lanes.

  508. Edwin says:

    Happy New year to all- May this bring more riches, health and prosperity along with peace and happiness. This wish goes to you and your family. Tks Edwin

  509. R.S. RAVI SHANKAR says:

    Dear VHS mates,
    Wishing all a very happy new year 2011.
    A Student OF 83-85 Batch, ‘F’ Section. NNR was our class teacher.Enjoyed every moment in our School.
    Thanks to all the teachers & supporting staff.

  510. SURESH says:

    Happy new year to all.
    I was a student from 79 to 82 batch. My class teacher was HVR. PAK was my class teacher in my 10th std.
    Regards,

    Suresh

  511. Girish Narayan says:

    Hey Vijay,
    Good Job man. I was always thinking to have a reunion of vijaya 76-79 D sec. batch. I came to know from Madan that you guys met with Jhyotsna Rajan & fly. In fact i just browsed thro to find any contacts of our batch for a reunion. I was really excited to know you have started this blog long back.
    Girish

  512. Girish Narayan says:

    Hi Sridevi,
    I had last talk to you when i was in Akron. At that time u were in texas. thnx 2 viji for starting this blog. let us know when u will be in india 2 bring our old memories and have some good time.

    • Sridevi says:

      Hello Girish,
      I did not get to check your msg until now. I apologize for late reply. I am still in TX. Will let you all know when I visit Blore. I am on fb and chat with Vijay sometimes.
      How are you doing and where are you now?
      KIT,
      Sridevi

  513. Pramodh says:

    Not sure if anyone from my batch other than Sreekar is here, I am from the 1985 tenth batch and was in E section. Man, the fun in Vijaya High School was just too gr8. My class teacher was MN and just today I was talking to a friend from the same batch and kind of said, I should go this saturday and visit the school, just for old times sake. Heard that SG (S Geetha) is the headmistress now. Would love to meet any of the old teachers who might be around. I will come back and post if I catch up with any of them.

    Vijay, this is a fantastic post and should forward to folks I know from the same school.

    Cheers,

  514. Hi, I too studied in VHS but in 1998. We have done the same things too!
    This write up is simply superb, I have enjoyed each and every line written here. I could visualize every sentence.
    The best, was about the way we would go absconding in the patalamma temple grounds. We were about a group of 6 to 7 people and we had done that too, we were spotted by KSC himself and we got so nervous that we simply ran to the main road where you have the City central library!
    We had just kept our fingers crossed so that he does no remember any of our faces and then call us to his office!
    The next day, in the morning prayers KSC came on the stage and we thought we would face it here now. But, he came there and said “Kelu makklu bunk maadi aache hogtare, navu avranna nodidre bhaya patkondu odi hogtare. Hagella od hogbedi, main road nalli vehicles barta irate.” (meaning some children get scared when I spot them outside when they have bunked classes and they start running, please do not do that there is lot of traffic in the main road)

    Myself and my friends had a hearty laugh that day!

    I remember HVR, he used to always keep chewing the pan or some supari stuff while conducting the class and he would always have 1 or 2 favourite girls in his class and would always talk very sweetly to them ONLY!!! :P
    He would even sleep in the class, if he finished the syllabus before time. We had great fun that time.

  515. PAK was a superb teacher, it was only because of him I enjoyed History classes.Otherwise that was the most boring subject for me.

  516. Srinivas says:

    Hello Guys & Gals:

    I passed out from Vijaya High School in 1974 when K S Chandrashekariah was the HM. Other teachers during the time were LH (L.Hanumantaiah-Physics), TKS (T.K.Sundarlakshmi – SS), GKL (G.Krishnlatha-Chemistry), YVN ( Y V Narayan Rao – English). I was in section “B” (class teacher RP – R.Prahalad Rao). I live in San Francisco and am interested in the where-abouts of all my class mates particularly S K Radha krishna (last I know of he was with BEL in Blore), Satish (last I know of he was owning an automtive spares store in blr), G A Murali (I know he went to Srinaga, Kashmir for his BE), Usha R (her dad was Dr.Ramachandra, Mom Dr.Renuka, owner of Bangalore Clinic in 5th block, Jayanagar), Shylaja (she lived near Jayanagar 4th block Post Office), Usha SN (they lived near Banashankari BTS bus stop) . I would appreciate any info about these people. You may send me an email at “Srinivas_831@yahoo.com”.
    Thanks a ton.
    Warmest Regards,
    Srinivas

    • Vijay says:

      @Srinivas : Welcome. I think you are the “seniormost” VHS alumni to comment here. There are others here who are one or two years junior to you.. If anyone knows where your classmates are it would have to be Mukund. He is a veritable directory…

  517. M. S. Shashidhar says:

    Dear VHS Alumni,
    Although I passed out of 10th in 1974, I just can’t remeber Srinivas. I know a few other VHS guys. In particular, I did enquire about SN Usha, since I know one SN Usha who used to live near Banasankari bus stop. The SN Usha I know turned out to be an alumni of Maharashtra Mahila Vidyalaya. But she said one of her friends knew the SN Usha of VHS, but unfortunately, has lost contact with them now. So there were actually two SN Ushas living near Banasankari bus stop!
    I stubled onto this website unintentionally, a few days ago. I will a write about my days in VHS and other VHS guys with whom I have contact, in the near future. I have too many things to attend to now. However, I will list the names of VHS guys I know / remeber so others may be able to recognize common friends (or me?).
    J. V. Mohan, Shylaja, Nanada Kumari (now in Delware), Ravi, Shivram (we used to call him Newton), Nagaraj, Janardhana, Gana (Ganesha – the guy who had a speech problem)- these were all my seniors; Raaghu (Raaghavendra Rao), Jayant (used to live in the bunglow next to VHS), Madhurnath, Sachhidananda, Ravi vasisht (now in Washington DC), Lokesh, Siddalinga Kumar, Bharat Raju, Satish (who used to play cricket and I think continued to play cricket after he left VHS), Samuel (I am not too sure about this name)-these were my classmates -’C’ section (except Satish who was in ‘B’ section (Sanskrit section).
    I have been in Pune since 1992; I used to live in Eugene, Oregon, between 1987 and 1992.
    M. S. Shashidhar – most people used to call me ‘shashi’ and I know several used to refer to me as ‘lodde shashi’- since I was and still am a left hander.

    • Vijay says:

      Shashidhar..welcome…look forward to hearing more about your experiences…..

      • M V Lakshmi says:

        M V Lakshmi

        I was in VHS X C Section and I passed out in 1979. Very nice reading the history of Vijaya Hig School. Nice to remember the good old days teachers friends Thanks for taking an initiative (especially to Vijay but I dont remember you) to gather all our school mates I still remember Our section got ix rank from Harsha H M who was in our section and there was always a competition against D Section

    • Jayanth says:

      Hi shashi:

      this is jayanth from the neighboring house. Al tough i cant remember too many names and faces, i enjoyed this blog and does bring back fond memories. I moved to US in 1981 and been here since then. I still visit HOME every year and meet up with the HM and its wonderful to have a chat with him and other at the school.

      anyway keep it going guys…it certainly makes a good LOOK BACK.

      • Muni Mohan says:

        Hey Jayanth,

        Nice to hear from you – after such a long pause.
        You are JayaShekar’s elder brother. Right?

        How is Jayashekar doing?? Is he in the US too??

        I used to be his class-mate in college and am now based in USA.

        Regards,

        Muni Mohan ( 1972 to 1975 @ VHS )

  518. shobhakrishna says:

    Hi
    I am from the batch 81-84 was in X F Sqb was my class teacher

    • Partha G Rao says:

      Hi,

      I was in the same batch, with Ananthmurthy, Rajesh, Madhusudan, Javed Akhtar Ansari etc..

    • AnanthaMurthy says:

      Hello Shobha, I’m sure you remember me. Nabu’s sister, Madhumita called me up today with the shocking news. Man, I’m depressed.
      I believe you are in touch with several of our batch mates. Could you send me a list and contacts? I’ll hunt up some old photo’s and try and post them.
      Are you in touch with Savitha, Rahila, and Noor Aiysha?
      What are you doing, nowaydays? Do get in touch, I’m in Bangalore, 9343476060, or mbambience@gmail.com.

      • sureshwara says:

        Hey Ananthmurthy, nice to see your message . Hope you rmember me .Sureshwara Raju , my e-mail ID is sureshwara @hotmail.com

  519. Sunitha says:

    Padma, I am from the 75-78 batch from section “C”. Are you Padmavathi? I remember Sudha K.N., Mala, Srimathi and Harini.
    Jayaseetha is in the U.S. I bumped into Suresh during one of my morning jogs long ago. I have no idea where Saira lakshmi Narayan is. She went to St.Josephs after VHS.

  520. Sunitha says:

    Hi,
    I am from 75-78 batch “C” section. Surprisingly I remember most of my classmates and some of their initials too! I found only a couple of my batchmates in the blog.
    I remember RP very well b’cos he used to call me “Cake”. Everyday he would ask what we had brought for lunch and knowing very well, he would have a go at it before I did, I would always say “mosaru anna” He would never touch it but would get irritated. Finally, he told me one day that since he has never had the pleasure of eating from my lunch box, I should bring him a cake. I told him I would not and this went on for 3 years. He told me that he would never call me by my real name until I got him the cake he coveted for and the name “cake” stuck. A few years ago I went to RV college to cast my vote and RP was one of the officers in the voting booth. I tried to avoid eye contact with him thinking he would not recognise me after all these years, but guess what? He said “Hello cake!” Wow! what memory!Even the nicknames he gave his students were food based. He used to call a Srinivas in our class “Bonda” because he had an oval face and it reminded him of Bonda.
    When my kids do the US map, I remember RP. For Pennsilvania he would say, “Pencil ilveniah?” Nicaragua was always “Nikkar aguva”.

    By the way, where can I find the Reunion pictures?

  521. Sunitha says:

    Thanks once again, Vijay. Just looking at all the black & white pictures reminded me that I belong to the vintage era! I had a good laugh when I saw Bhagayalaxmi’s “Ringing the wicket” certificate. That was my writing. Vandana Bapat & I used to do all the certificates those days. We would take them home too with the list given by the teachers. There used to be tons of certificates for – sports, dramatics, achievement, clubs etc. YVN, our 8th grade class teacher would even ask us to enter the report cards. We would sit and enter marks on 80 report cards, end of every term. Looking back, I wonder when I found the time to study

  522. Ram says:

    @Vijay thanks for the picasaweb link above. i found the prayer slide that closely matched with what we had in Jnana Mitra High School those days.

    Any of you on this page know anyone from Jnana Mitra High School? :)

  523. Nandini N says:

    Hi All,

    I found this site very refreshing and helped me to go back to my school virtually back in time.. I belong to the 92-94 batch..

    My favourite was PAK sir.. He really was the best teacher I have come across in my life.. I am also a Faculty by profession..Not even a day goes without remembering PAK…

    His way of teaching geography was superb!! He sai…”The Earth was thundified into many pieces…Out of which formed all the grahas”..

    I remember HSD..his beautiful handwriting…The black board would be filled with numbers in his beautiful writing…

    Time has really fledby…Life has gone a full circle…I remeber how I used to shiver when it was TKP sir’s class..But today I am very proud that his son, Bharath is my Student!!!

    I love the songs which S.G used to teach us…My favourite..Sukh ke sab saathi..dukh mein na koi…

    Lots of memories…
    Any one from the batch of 92-94??

    Nandini

    • Ramesh N says:

      I remember HSD well – He beat me many times for talking in class – He rarely ever smiled – and frankly I cld never understood what he taught – LCM/GCF… I really was terrified of HSD. I visited VHS in december last year – and I saw HSD – Cldnt muster enuf courage to talk to him.He stood with HSS and they were smiling happily. Memorable man – simple ,nice and task oriented.

  524. Madhu says:

    Hey Srinivas(February 28, 2011) and Vijay March 1, 2011 …I’m afraid I still hold the ‘senior-most’ citizen- of-the-blog title..although I think you may well be the runner up..so far…I used to go by the name KT Madhavan ..70-73 batch, was active in the school Band, besides that I think I stayed below the radar most of the time! ..I can recall the first years of PAK and SQB!..I was also in B section ( Class teacher was GKL )..DHP, MB(Mehatab Begum..someone back up there, said Mubarak Begum..I think it was Mehethab),TKS,MNR, RP, PSC,SQB,PAK.and of course ‘Head-paw’ ( the english version of headdappa!.. KSC).were our beloved teachers.
    Other classmates of mine…Santanam, Balakrishnan,Ramakrishnan,Ramnarayan,Premkumar Jyothsna , Tabbasum, Latha PS, Hemamalini…..

    • Vijay says:

      Madhu, I can’t compete there :-) , I was 76-79..there are several on this thread that are senior to me..

    • Shivaram says:

      KT – I think your name rings a bell. I am one year senior to you (’69-72 batch). My brother Jayaram – one year junior to me (Shivaram) – must have been with you guys. Great to see this blog and connect with all the stuff there ! Maybe I am the senior most citizen now !?

    • Shivaram says:

      Ran into GKL at the New York airport – around 1986. TKS still lives in Bangalore – as far as I know. Visited her and had dinner together with Vijayendra -in 2007 or so – Shivaram

    • Bellave Jayaram says:

      Hey KT,

      Thanks for the memories. I would love to connect with other VHS classmates you mention. I wasn’t the athletic type nor the gregarious type and stayed pretty much under the radar so most people may not remember me but it sure was fun hanging out with so many colorful personalities. Growing old makes it hard to remember things on one’s own but when one sees some mention of a familiar name or place, it all comes back so vividly.

      I was in touch with Premkumar (when he was in Penna) until about 1983 and then we parted our ways. We lived in Michigan from 1991 to 1996 and would meet Kitty (R. Krishnamurthy who used to live on Surveyor street) often there. I don’t think I have met any other VHS alumni since.

      Ramnarayan, myself and Balakrishnan (we called him Balu) were best buddies. I knew you were in the US but never had contact details. If I remember right, you became Srinidhi’s BIL. Anyway, you can try me on LinkedIn or FB under Bellave Jayaram.

      Cheers,
      Jayaram

  525. veda says:

    Hi I saw this accidentally, I was also student of vijaya. I was in 78-81 batch. PM’s daughter Radha & our HM’s daughter Shylaja were our seniors

  526. Bindu says:

    Hi VeenaKS (78-80 batch)…….I was also from D section. Visiting this after sometime. I happen to say folks stating VHS was not good at sports/cricket. As Vijay said, we have reached semis, twice in the 3 years I was there.

    I go to school for inspiration even now!

    Any other folks from this batch?

    Planning to meet DJS…….soon

    • RAVI KUMAR B R says:

      Hai Bindu, Are you the same fellow of Prabhat Kalaavidaru. If so, How are you da. Long time we met. Contact me dear. You can reach me on my e-mail ravikumar.br@kennametal.com. You can also leave a note on face book. Look forward to your reply

  527. BANU says:

    HI, THIS IS BANU,I WAS IN 78-80 BATCH.I WAS ALSO FROM D SECTION..I AM IN NOIDA NOW.
    VERY HAPPY TO COME ACROSS U IN THIS SITE.

    • AS Aravind says:

      Hi
      I am Aravind from E section from 78-80 batch. I came across this site accidentally & how timely so!!!
      We are meeting all available batchmates from D & E section on 26 Aug 2011 at Cosmopolitan Club, Jayanagar at 6 PM. Anyone whosoever is available, please come.

      Great to be a Vijaya schoolite.

      Aravind

  528. club penguin says:

    nice blog! thanks for the help.

  529. Prashanth says:

    Myself BS I belonged to the 1988 pass outs , I was called basa , guys anyone in touch

  530. Girish Narayan says:

    Hi Sridevi,
    I returned to India long back. I am staying in Bangalore.Are you in touch with any of our classmates there. During good old days i was in contact with Jyotsna, Prafulla & also that christian girl (forgot her name). Of course it is more than a decade now back to bangalore.
    I am also on FB in the name of Girish Narayan

    • Sridevi says:

      Nice to hear from you again. I am in touch with Poornima, Prafulla and Jyotsna. I tried reaching Andriany but unable to speak with her. Last time spoke with her maybe 2yrs ago.

  531. Padma says:

    Sunitha says:
    April 19, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Padma, I am from the 75-78 batch from section “C”. Are you Padmavathi? I remember Sudha K.N., Mala, Srimathi and Harini.
    Jayaseetha is in the U.S. I bumped into Suresh during one of my morning jogs long ago. I have no idea where Saira lakshmi Narayan is. She went to St.Josephs after VHS.
    ———————————–

    wow, FINALLY someone from my batch!! Yes, my long name is Padmavathi. I didn’t think anyone would know or remember that. Are you Sunitha Rao? How can you remember Sudha’s initials? I couldn’t :) Yeah, I usually was in their group, sitting in the last bench.
    Send me email at mundurp at yahoo dot com when you see this message or maybe Vijaya can pass it on to you if he has your email.

    RP had a nick name for me too. I just remembered it. I think it was ‘mini’ because he thought my name was Padmini.

  532. Robert says:

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    considering that I observed it 3 months earlier. Also busy

    with work I guess. Anyways I

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  533. padmaja says:

    Hi! I am Padmaja from 1975-78 batch. Is there anyone from my batch who knows me. I was in D section and our class teacher was SQB?

  534. Ramesh N says:

    Hi All,

    I am ramesh n from vijaya high school, 10th G section . 1986-89 batch.
    Anyone out here from this class ?
    PAK was our class teacher – easily the best.
    I remember his “janatha points” whenever he had to tell us the achivements of some xyz kings …
    I remember following from my class: manu r salhe,naveen,subash chandra agarwal,brijesh agarwal,suman G,preethi krishna,padma priya,sunitha shetty,kutheja rayon,mahesh (now an IIM C grad) ,ravindra R, Anil,ravichandra kelkar (doctor now),ravi keerthi, etc ….
    Do get in touch : rameshnagaraju@gmail.com

    • Ramesh N says:

      Hi All,

      I am ramesh n from vijaya high school, 10th G section . 1986-89 batch.

      My second post – to share the news that I visited Vijaya High School in december 2011 – first week.

      Some function was going on with kids performing dances..saw K Chandrashekariah.
      Also I saw HSS ,HSD .
      and SG mam is now Head master.
      I had my son with me and it was really nice feeling to be going to the school……………

      • Ramesh N says:

        Other update – i happened to track ravichandra khelkar – he is now orthopedic surgeon in a famous hospital.

        Hoping for 10th g guys to ping me.

        Also,I am in touch with Deepak R sOGI – He was in 10th C section I believe. 86-89 batch.

    • anju khanna says:

      Hi,

      I too am from 10th G, 1986-89 batch. I was sitting in next bench where Sunitha Shetty and Padma Priya was sitting. I am anju khanna I remember Brijesh, Subhash Agarwal, Manu R Salhe, Naveen, Shilpa, Roopa, Preeti Krishna, Suman.

      In fact I met Shilpa once. Sunitha Shetty and Padma Priya are doctor now. High school session of 3 years was very part of my life.
      I have heard Ramesh name. But dont remember exactly.

      anju

      • Ramesh N says:

        Hi Anju ,

        Nice to hear from you !
        How are you n where are you !
        Its nice that u met up some ppl ! are you in touch with them ?
        To help you remember me,I was the class president in 10th std.
        I was very silent person and never spoke much.

        I remember shilpa ! its been amazing to recollect old memories :)

        Here is the list of few others i cld recollect:

        Ayub khan – Very good athlete

        Shiva kumar (guddu)
        santosh
        Raja – very techie if i remember right
        srinivas
        ns mahesh

        nikil
        santosh

        Sunil – chief mischief
        chandra nandini – who can ever forget her bunch of keys !

        chandra shekar –

        krishna swamy – from HAL quarters
        lakshmi narayan – from HAL quarters
        Mohd Waseem – from HAL quarters
        Harsha – from HAL quarters
        Attaualla Baig –

        Nagesh – from mavalli
        Anil kumar Reddy – i played TT with him
        ravindra r – lost touch very recently.

        Suman,preeti,roopa,vandna,shilpa

        Do add to this list if possible !

        Herez my contact :

        rameshnagaraju@gmail.com ,
        98801 41158

      • Ramesh N says:

        Helloo… Hope to get more replies from my VHS mates :) .
        Anju ,u disappeared ?!!

      • Hi Anju

        You might not recall me, this is madhu.

        You & Khuteja were sitting together right!!.

        How you been, are u i India

    • Hi Ramesh (Lambu Right??)

      How could you miss my name da!!!!. Grrrrrrr. This is madhu!!! Remember Hosur Road post office. You & Kelkar used to come down & we three used to pedal to school. Awesome to catch your chain of names. going back in times.

      • Ramesh N says:

        Hey Madhu, How are you man ??? ofcourse I remember you very well !!!
        wow ..where are you now ? I remember our cycle double ride !!!!
        Tell what are you doing off late ?

      • Wow!!. Ramesha Nostalgia is the best high anyone can get . Glad you replied. Am with a company called TD Power Systems based in Bangalore. we put up thermal power plants upto 300MW on tunkey basis. I was in the row behind the last bench girls. Preeti, priyadarshini, Chandra nandini, Suman, obscured by their height & away from the glare. I recall once we met in Vijay college during the 2nd PU. I studied in Christ.

        Manu R Saale briefly I heard about him, he studied in Malnad engg college & had a few common freinds.

        N. venkatesh Am in touch with him, recently established contact thru FB

        Subhash Agarwal! Was in touch for some time after school but then lost touch. You are the first guy that I have gotten in touch with da after school.

        Ravindra WOW! He actually sponsored our cricket team for the BTR. Actually was supposed to be a loan to be collected from other guys, but none paid. Ravi if U see this pls send me your account No. lol;). Do you remeber my answer for the Snell’s law.

        Anil reddy – Lambu again, we used to play TT with Ravindra, always beat me.

        NS Mahesh! About 5-6 years back I had to get my vehicle serviced near Jayanagar & since I had time went to this house to be told he is in the US of A. Left a message & he called me back. At that time he was quitting Mindtree & getting into IIM. Briefly had contact over telephone but then lost touch again.

        S Raja – Chess whiz techie – No contact TPKs fav student. No contact

        Nikhil – Very sorry, I head he passed away in an accident,

        S Santosh (Bari Santosh) no touch
        Guddu – No touch

        Nice to Know Padma Priya & S Shetty (deadly Monitor) are Docs now & so is Kelkar

        Chandra Nandini – She was into creative field, saw her in couple of serials & photo serial in Magazine, no news.

        Sn roopashree, Sona & Bharati were my class mates prior to Vijaya also, but no news. Remember Srivalli? PAK’s fav. PAK’s pats on the back were amazing.

        Super place this. thanks to the people who started this.

      • anju khanna says:

        Dear Madhusudhan,

        You are right. I sat near Kuteja. Dont know where is she. I think you were in Manu R Salhe’s group.

        I saw Roopashree (now working in Infosys) on facebook. Saw Sona also on Facebook. I used to be very quiet in School. Infact very talkative now (learned to talk) while growing as a professional. Well I am MD Secretary now in Bangalore. Cant leave Bangalore.

  535. psulikunte@gmail.com says:

    Hello Venkatesh Babu,

    Of course I remember you. I’m still in NJ. Keep in touch my e-mail ID is psulikunte@gmail.com. Looking forward to hear from you.

    • Madhusudhan says:

      Hi Anju

      Ya, but not so much with Manu (he was the brainy types I was no brain types). Used to Hang around with Santosh, NS Mahesh, Ramesh, SM Naveen (Not that these guys were not brainy thou !!!). Roopashree no idea, in fact Roopa & Sona were my classmates from 1st to 7th at Indira Children School. Ya you were very silent those days, its a welcome change now.

      • Ramesh N says:

        Hey any news on R Ravindra ? The last I heard of him,he was in canada as part of Igate. ..(2003 maybe ) .

  536. vedbabu says:

    Nice blog I just remembered PSM very much. He always used to make PUN of us Veda yenidu Ninna Vadha. Panduranga aayithe ninange manabanga, Anitha Ninna pakkadalliruva vanithalannu ebbisu…… many. I remember many of my classmates(I was in C section joined in 1978)Famouns Mridanga player Ananth(we used to call him as Bonda) was our senior,Nirmala,Nandini Nagaraj, Lakshmi ( all our seniors) Shubendra(sitar player) was also in our batch D section. Raghu(v good harmonium Player during those days), Sandhya Rao, Nalini, Mamatha… so many. Savi savi nenapu savira nenapu …

  537. Shivaram says:

    This is Shivaram from the 1972 batch. There are a number of comments on this blog about YVN – all in good humor. But I wish to add something a little more serious. I remember YVN – he always took out his wallet and counted his change during class. This of course was an amusement for all of us as kids. But images never fade and come back in life to force you make notes. My uncle moved to a rented a house somewhere near NR colony when we were in VHS. YVN it turned out lived opposite to them and on many visits to my uncle’s place I could not help noticing how poor they (YVN) were. I do not think I ever connected the two as a kid – but with age and maturity I can now. When you are that poor and worried about your next meal – how can anyone teach ? The teachers in our high school must have been horribly paid. The fact that YVN just sat down often and did nothing during class makes perfect sense. (Disclosure:I am in the teaching profession too now).

    The corollary to this is also incredible – what about those like PSC, TKS etc. who did teach and do their job – and supremely so – despite the same salary.

    • Vijay says:

      Shivaram, thanks for bringing out the reality..I guess when you connect the dots now (like Steve Jobs did), lots of things get clearer…
      ..and thanks for the disclosure… I am sure Chandrashekariah would be beside himself with joy with your choice of profession… his house is right behind my office and we run into him in the evenings when we walk to a nearby place for coffee..he still makes it a point to greet us. His powers of observation is still very acute..theres usually 5-6 of us who walk to the coffee place..one day there were only two of us and he asked me “yelappa army is missing?”

  538. Shivaram says:

    Some “odd’ VHS memories – from Shivaram, batch of 1972.

    The liberation of Bangladesh occcured during my tenure at VHS. During the morning assembly, I was a reader of the day’s news headlines – on a regular basis even during non war times. Therefore during the war of 1971 I was given I guess the special assignment of maintaining a “chart board” in front of KSC’s office. The chart had categories – land, air and navy. Under each category, on an hourly basis I would update the numbers as the news came in each of the 14 or so days – the casulaties on both sides, India as well as Pakistan, number of planes downed, vessles hit etc. Naturally, everybody was thrilled whenever the Pak numbers were much higher than the Indian numbers. But in the beginning it was scary – the numbers varied a lot.
    Removed, both in time and distance (living in US now, however, I am still an Indian citizen) it all seems a little odd – that we were rejoicing in someone else’s losses – and had the school official permission to do so ! All is fair in love and war, I guess….

    • Shivaram says:

      I am going to “reply” to my own message. What KSC and all the teachers did was simply facilitate the posting of the “true facts” during a time of crisis – as far as kids under their charge are concerned. This is always the right thing to do….

      BTW – it is notable that everything else in the school went on as normal. There was a war going on !!

      • Vijay says:

        Shivaram, I remember being in primary school at that time…and news was read out here as well..still remember the black outs and we had to put brown paper over the car headlights…other than that life went on…maybe it was because there was no TV to sensationalize the whole thing…

  539. Shivaram says:

    More “odd” memoirs – from Shivaram
    This may be a good place for me to publicly acknowledge the following. I took to science very early on and VHS had a lot to do with it. I was encouraged very early on, in 9th grade, to try for the NCERT science exam. I had good science and math teachers – this is not to imply anything on them. However, the person who encourgaed me to pursue science and the NCERT exam was TKS, not a science teacher ! She taught social studies and english. Good mentors can come from anywhere – you do not have to be an expert.

  540. Shivaram says:

    Poor salary of teachers and more “odd” VHS memories

    Vijay – sorry to use the nice medium you have created for this but I have to get this off my chest.

    MNR was the PE teacher. He would openly discuss with students how poorly he was paid. He would even argue with us that as a PE teacher – he deserved to be paid more – since the soles of his shoes – while he is teaching PE – wear out faster than that of his “academic” colleagues !!!

  541. Shivaram says:

    Vijay:
    I found another missing word in the list of Kannada slang I sent. What you did with the chemistry teacher (The Marks – Part I) is termed “dubba haakodu” ( same as while keeping the score during a cricket match).

  542. Shivaram says:

    I guess I am on a roll here. Several of you have commented on PSC perfect circles during geometry. He was pretty good at free hand. But he would also bring in to class sometimes a large wooden box – slightly larger than a briefcase but smaller than a suitcase. The box contained a giant size compass, a giant right angled triangle and other gadgets needed to demonstrate all those theorems and lemmas. It is just wonderful to learn that way – when it happens in real time right in front of you. I teach physics now – and sometimes there is geometry involved – we use powerpoint animations for that – but it is not the same thing !

  543. Shivaram says:

    Some more posts and I will be done.
    PSC’s resourcefulness:
    It must have been my 9th grade school day. PSC was the director and it was an english play(title I forget). I had a minor role as the “ghost” in the play – I had to prepare my own costume. I remember nagging my mom and getting a bedsheet out and so the costume was indeed prepared. But I was running late and got to the school day performance forgetting my costume at home ! The “green room” was next to the staff room (or maybe even a part of it) and PSC brought out a pair of scirrors, dragged one of the table cloths in the staff room, cut two holes in it and wrapped it around my head – I was a ghost in less than a minute !
    There was also a “joker” in the play. His costume was similar to that of the “spider man” – it clung to him everywhere. It was so tight so much so that his “thing” stuck out. He was immensely thrilled with that and went around showing off !

  544. Shivaram says:

    Open spaces, Science Labs etc.
    During my entire three years the entire area in front of KSC’s office was open playfield. We would be shooting basketballs well after school hours and KSC would be the last to lock up and leave the school. On the way out would be the unfailing admonition – “hogarappa hoge manege hogi odukolle..” Much of that open space has been built up with the zeal for “expansion” and today’s generation lacks the space. That is a sad part.

    During my first year I think there were no separate science labs. A new building came up behind and the labs started. I think it was mostly LH’s brain washing – we were led to believe that in the US everything was so perfect and the labs were all so up to date etc. Far from it – science and math education in the US is pathetic – at least here in Virginia.

  545. Shivaram says:

    Final Year Class social:
    There was something unique we did for the class social that is worth putting down here. Three of us, Naresh, Vijay and myself (Shivaram) decided to build a dinosaur (T-rex) an idea and design we got out of a book and in fact did it. Nowadays you have these mascots you can buy off the shelf I guess. Vijay became the mascot and eventually got into the T-rex.
    The skeleton of the dinosaur was made from bamboo and I remember all three (or maybe just two) of us going to city market and getting the bamboo – it was fairly long and had to be tied to our cycle bar and if I am right I think we walked to Jayanagar all the way – because the bike became unrideable. The bamboo was slit in Naresh’s house (his father was a very practical person and had all the tools needed) into thin long pieces so that it could be bent into circles. Many many circles were made to define the shape of the dinosaur all the way from the neck to the tail. The skin of the dinosaur was newspaper with glue, painted over with black paint. The tail was made rigid by stuffing with balled up newspaper. The head of the dinosaur was made from paper mache. We made the paper mache again in Naresh’s house – both his parents were phenomenal in their talents. Since the dinosaur head was large (about two feet) the wet paper mache kept was too weak to be molded in the shape of the head by hand – so Naresh’s parents came with an excellent idea – we made a mound out of mud in their backyard and patted it down into the shape of the head. This served as the template for the head and the paper mache stayed in place until it dried and hardened. There were two holes for the eyes and bulbs were inserted and Vijay could control the battery switch from inside the dinosaur body to make the eyes glow.
    I went into some detail here – because I think this sort of hands on experiences are sadly missing these days. Necessity is the mother of invention – everything is available these days – there is no need to invent them. I am proud of the dinosaur we built literally from scratch. And kudos to Naresh’s parents !
    Apart from the names here, others in my class I remember are: Satish Mewundi, Thirumal Kadkol, Sridhar Prasad and his cousin ( an excellent mock cricket commentator). Contacts/conversations with the opposite sex were sparse or non-existent in those days – at least for me. So sorry I do not remember any of the girls – except for one – A Kalpana – she always wanted to be a doctor and I think she did. There were also a few muslim boys in class – almost my first contacts with someone from that background – since I grew up in predominantly “brahmin” neighborhoods. Two of them almost never showed up in class. I think it must have been in 9th std or so before I said a word to any of them ! Talk about seclusion ! I am a “minority” now and you do wonder how that affects the performance and growth of your kids.

  546. RAVI KUMAR B R says:

    Hi This is Ravi here. A very nice piece of article on VHS. I passed out in 1979. Studied in B section. I am a mridandam player. Was participating at all school competitions and functions playing bongos tabla etc. HEY any body who is of the same batch…………Please let me know. You can mail me at ravikumar.br@kennametal.com.

    One Thing is sure guys. KSC even today looks almost same. Only his age has increased. By the by, nobody has indicated on PSC writing techniques, wherein he used to draw lines circles etc., on the board and it used to appear with dots and not lines. Can anybody remember this. what about DJS, LH, CNK, JS, not to forget RP was a very good ball badmintom player. Hey guys let us start our contact once again. REACH ME FAST………………….

    • Ram Cherala says:

      Ravi Kumar, Great memory about PSC. I clearly remember him drawing geometrically accurate circles while not even looking at the board and yes, they used to appear with dots and not lines. I have so many fond memories of my years at Vijaya High School – I was in the 1975-78 batch in the B section and our class teacher was DNR – remember him? I do fondly remember SQB, PM, CNK, LH, TKS, MNR, RP, YVN, MNB and others. Of course who can forget KSC, his booming voice and how he used to ensure everyone was in class during the school hours. I would love to connect with anyone from my batch or others to relive the good old memories. My full name is Janakiram and I was known as Janaki though now I am called Ram – go figure.

      • Ram Cherala says:

        Forgot to mention my email address just in case someone from my batch or section or anyone else decides to get in touch with me. You can reach me at ram.cherala@gmail.com – I also blog at http://ramcherala.com.

        I also forgot to thank the author for starting these chronicles. I was just reading a section and laughing my head off and my wife came in wondering what happened!! Thanks a lot for helping me relive some very old and fond memories.

      • Vijay says:

        Thanks !!! Looks like you were one year ahead of me..

  547. Madhu Madhavan says:

    Hello Shivaram
    I guess you’ve dethroned me as the senior( most) citizen of this blog.
    I had a classmate Jayaram, and he had a older brother Shivaram who also studied at VHS ; I’m wondering if that s you.
    I was at VHS ’70-73 – I can relate to all the teachers of that era , TKS, LH, GKL, MNR , RP, PSC ( and his outsize geometry box ) PAK, MB, SQB,YVN,DHP,JRS, MNB….and of course the one and only Heddappa!

    • Prasanna says:

      Hello!

      I have been going through the interesting posts for some time now…it surely makes a lot of nostalgia.

      I graduated from / was in Class of X “E”, 1981-82. Our batch was the first to occupy one of the “gallery” rooms that were built in the year 1980-81. I have an interesting anecdote to quote:

      It was one of KSC’s classes…just as he started writing on the board, my bench-mate Sunil Bolar kept prodding me by saying, “Hey, heDDayyanna noDo” (meaning look at the Head Master) and I started laughing uncontrollably. As most VHS students would know, it was very difficult to make out where he would be looking at behind his spectacles. That day, I was caught. He thundered, “Hey boy, stand up on the bench. Kothi thaanu keDodaldhe vananoo keDasthanthe (which translates to a monkey that not only goes astray spoils the entire forest too).” It was for the first time that I was caught like this in my entire school life and I was very embarassed. As I did not mount the bench, he called me near the board and tried to hit me with the duster which I dodged out of reflex. He said in his usual / typical style, “Get out of the “claaa”, you-fool-of-an-ass”. Don’t come back till the next session starts”. The entire corridor was empty…I wanted to avoid being seen by other teachers as they would naturally question me as to why I was loitering around and I kept on going round in circles making numerous trips to the tap and the loo to while away time.

      Can we forget -

      1. PAK’s “moog hiDkonDu mooru bottle sambar haaka”?
      2. JRS’ “yenrayya galaTe?”
      3. PSC’s geometry class when he drew triangles with sides having names A, B & R with which he used to form a “meaningful” word with a twinkle in his eyes?
      4. HVR perpetually shouldering his arms trying to free his palms from the “overflowing” shirt sleeve getting in the way while writing on the board?
      5. KNB’s double entendres?
      6. LH’s “you know, in California…”?

      Those were the days…!

  548. Ramesh N says:

    cool Madhu , where are you now ? I mean where in Blr ?

  549. M.S.Vas says:

    WoW!
    Too too good to go through these stories( all your personal experiences). Very interested to meet you super super super………………………………….super seniors.
    Wish it becomes possible for a visual interaction with you all.
    Regards
    M.S.Vas

  550. Ravi says:

    Madhu,

    What happened and we love to read your reviews/comments.

  551. Caitlin says:

    I would definitely not recommend these as ways to
    break the ice however. Unfortunately Nora Ephron recently passed away, but she left
    us with some of our most endearing romantic comedies
    of all time — from “When Harry Met Sally” to “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve got Mail. If it feels weird coming out of your mouth, fake it.

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