Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Old School Yard

Seven years is a long time, but the memories of the school are still fresh. Everyday started with assembly which was obligatory as well as our duty to attend. As the years passed by the interest in attending the assembly went downward exponentially. But I miss the fun element of it though. 

We used to be happy when the rain drenched the assembly ground  and we would have to listen the blaring of Om... through the speakers. No matter how drenched we were, asatoma sath gamaya was a part of our school life. We would pledge our life to the nation in English, Hindi and Sanskrit on a day to day basis.

Our school also had a routine of thought for the day (thanks to that I know a few quotations and their meaning), news around the globe would be read (through which we would yawn away) and finally the special item where poems, interesting articles, book reviews (which were crammed in our brain) and the quiz session would buzz up the entire school. It was more of getting together of the entire school early in the morning. 

The PT (physical trainer) instructor would stroll around and ask us to correct our postures. Why were we asked to take the pledge on a regular basis? What was the whole point of singing the patriotic songs in various languages? I still remember the translation of our national anthem in English. But I had never bothered to learn its meaning. But I just wish I could go back in time like a time traveler and witness it all over again.

There was also a round of samooha gaan on some days, which were I remember  in various languages. The assamese song Aye maathi re...., the gujrathi song Aakash ganga surya chandra tara (would remind me of a tape recorder moving at a very creepy pace), the marathi song aata uthavu saare rann, the rarely sung tamil song oodi vilayadu pappa, the melodious telugu song pillalaara hmmm papallara (sung with the humming), the sanskrit patriotic song jaya jaya he bhagavathi and even the sindhi song muhinjo vatan. And without fail we definitely sang the malayalam song Janmakarini Bharatham on November 1st. There was a kannada song too which has been wiped out from my brain. 

There were also other hindi songs like Hind desh ke nivasi, the kendriya vidhyalaya anthem Bharath ka Swarnim gaurav, Honge kaamyaab and its english version we shall overcome, and I think even before 
A R Rehman made Vande Mataram famous we KVians are responsible for it to be well known.

The final saavdhan, vishraam and saavdhan again for the National Anthem would create happiness as they can finally move away from the heavy sun and the patriotism can be heard blaring out loud on the old school courtyard. 

I am proud to be a part of KV. I personally feel that it shapes up our overall personality not just in studies but sports, arts and music too. 

Reasons I like KV:

1. K V rules!!!

2. Get to use cool words like "jhakaas", "kamine" etc. Bole toh Tapori hindi.

3. For the fight between South Indians ("Poda patti") and North Indians (" Saala Madrasi").

4. K V teachers- the best educative entertainment.

5. School near a beach (people would pay for that now).