15 Oct

National High School was always the yardstick by which we used to measure our school. How many ranks did NHS get? How good is their TT team?(it was always muchhhhh better). Personally the one thing that always rankled me was… LET OFFS…

National High School always had more “Let Offs”… for those of you who do not know what it is… its where a teacher (or teachers) decide not to teach a session at the end of the day resulting in the school getting over early. All my friends a NHS used to rub this in… at VHS we NEVER had let offs (damn !!!!).

This affected me in many ways:

1. The guys would start playing earlier. By the time I got home the game of cricket was usually underway and I was made to wait a while before I got in.

2. Table Tennis at MNK Park… the NHS guys would come in and hog all the tables.. by the time we got there there was a huge queue of guys who had already “reserved” their place…to explain a bit.. there were two tables at MNK. The “A” table (for the really good guys) and the “B” table for grunts like me. When you entered the hall, you mark your place by uttering the words “I saw you”.. to the guys who were currently playing. Your turn would be just before their “next” turn.. then you would join the end of the line (literally) by plunking yourself on a bench.. this bench was like an assembly machine.. people moved closer and closer to the table until it was their turn… My life’s ambition was to turn up earlier than the NHS guys.. could NEVER manage it…

So to get even, one day I bunked an entire afternoon of school to get there early…only to find the bloody place closed for repairs 😦

So much for keeping up with the “Joneses”


13 Responses to “VHS vs. NHS”

  1. destinationsrik October 16, 2007 at 7:17 am #

    NHS always rocks…. Hehehehe 🙂

  2. Chitra October 16, 2007 at 12:32 pm #

    Boy, I feel your pain. 🙂 Nice narration.

  3. Veena October 16, 2007 at 1:24 pm #


    I remember these let offs.. specially when the teacher who was supposed to take the last period is on leave. I really wished that no other teacher would come forward to take the class instead (sometimes this was also an arrangement)…

    During those days, the play time after school was major fun…. and though it was
    30-45 minutes this would energise for our studies too..

  4. BPSK October 16, 2007 at 9:31 pm #

    I had never even heard of the term ‘let-offs’; in our school, we would always get a substitute who would not teach anything, but still keep us in class.

    As far as being bad as TT goes, have you ever being beaten by an opponent who is talking to someone else during the whole match, playing with half his attention, and still crushes you? 😦

  5. Vijay October 17, 2007 at 5:01 am #

    @Srik: blahhhhh !!!!

    @Chita: Thanks !

    @Veena: Let offs were great weren’t they? Unfortunately at VHS we’d have the same thing as BPSK mentioned above.. we’d have a substitute teacher…

    @BPSK: Yes I have been beaten by such an opponent 😦

  6. TSSM October 24, 2007 at 5:50 am #

    Nice post on VHS and NHS squabble.
    I am from the NHS but I donot remember much about let offs. We didnot have that many let offs during our times.
    Btw, can you suggest any link to the NHS old boys network?
    with best wishes

  7. Vijay October 24, 2007 at 5:58 am #

    @TSSM: Will let you know if there is one…

  8. P Naik November 8, 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    What a find finally? Something about NHS. Thanks Mr. Vijay. Back in the 70s, I was a class monitor (2nd) at NHS and would arbitrarily declare a “LETOFF” for the friends – mostly in exchange for a bun-jam at Jyotiprakash Stores on VV/DVG Road. Usually, the Sanskrit and the Dramatics classes were victims of my letoff mania or I’d just announce “Film Show Saar” and the whole class would just run down to the AV room.

    Ah! the Joys of an all-boys school

    TSSM: Neevu Yaava Batchu?

  9. Vijay November 9, 2007 at 2:14 am #

    @Naik: Aha !!! … I dont think the entire crowd ended up in the AV room as well…

  10. Vishwa February 14, 2008 at 2:32 am #

    Yes, I studied at NHS and it was loads of fun having those “Let Offs”. Sometimes we used to have more than one a day and the best was a let-off with the last period before lunch (total of 1.5 hours lunch!) and then again the last period of the day.

    Man, those were the good old days!

    Thanks for bringing back those memories

  11. Srikanth August 22, 2008 at 8:51 am #

    Hello Guys,

    Another NHS grad from 77 batch. It is good to know that you guys still remember those days. Who can forget SAB’s(May his soul rest in peace) “Tegiyo Ippattu”, or those earslaps from Md. Aslam. And those chikas of MSS, do u remeber the greatest storyteller of them all Mr. P. Raju?

    Anyway my older bro went to VHS, 75 batch. Some of the VHS 77 batch were my classmates in NC, Jayanagar.


  12. Vijay August 22, 2008 at 9:30 am #

    @Srinkanth: I went to VHS and NCB… I still remember the lecturers in National College used to refer to incoming NHS fellows as “kapi-galu”…

  13. Srikanth August 23, 2008 at 9:22 pm #

    Well, they were not too far off the mark! Being in an all boys school, we could get away with a lot more. The flip-side was that, we were mostly dyslexic when it came to girls.

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