Came across this poem…. Thought I’d share it..
The heartthrob of the school,
is a man grim and sombre.
That lanky little girl,
is now a weightlifter.
The topper of the class,
is a happy homemaker.
Back bencher of the lot,
is an entrepreneur.
The flamboyant fashionista,
became a dreaded lawyer.
Oft ignored average Joe,
turned a well-known writer.
The one who failed math paper,
is a fashion designer,
And one who often got to stand outside the class, is a respected army officer.
The reunion taught me how,
people came with many layers,
and tell me why should we never,
judge a book by its cover.
Comment: We have seen our fair share of such situations.
Bittu Sahgal become an authority on animal conservation, especially the tiger, though he first started by selling Milton buckets and then entered the printing business!
R S Sodhi became a judge after he could no longer fly planes for the IAF !!
Brandy Gill a corporate honcho who brought Gillette to India (an interesting story there). Tennis, his BCS back ground and his qualifications as a chartered accountant got him there with the aid of a few good women!!
B M Singh, Chairman of the Central Board of Taxes, and his ability to handle people and situations – brilliantly !!
Rajive Sawhney, an ace lawyer he was determined to be. He wanted nothing else and he tore his heart out debating whenever he could. It began early.
CM Kohli, a real estate magnate and smoked every one else out of business !
SM Singh, a brilliant entrepreneur who otherwise was the quietest guy around
N K Akers, a hospitality expert and that affable temperament that fit perfectly. He resides in Cairo and has been there for over 30 years now.
Vinod Pawa, a university professor. Actually that capability would have fit anywhere and done exceptionally well.
Param Inder Singh, vastly successful inventor and entrepreneur in the field medical devices business while he first set out to become an aeronautical engineer
Guljit Kochhar, an expert in the plastic moulding business expanded into plastic products. He currently employs 700 people !! He got into the game only because a programme coordinator suggest he take a trip to see some other parts of the US during a college break !!
Mohit Goyal, became an IT entrepreneur when he flipped a job advertisement page that his father sent him and was attracted to what IBM had to offer on the other side of the sheet !!
Also remember those with warmth and feeling who never really entered life or reached their full potential. Shiv Raj Singh, who died of an anaphylactic shock from an injection straight after school or Ashok Dina Nath in a tragic road accident. May they rest in peace. In a lot of other cases Fate just did not carry them to the destiny that may have awaited them !!
There are so many more. The names listed above are suggestive based on a spontaneous listing and certainly not exhaustive.
Vijay [Khurana], BCS class of 1962.
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On a wonderful spring day, 14 OC’s got together for a sumptuous, swank, Indian Khana. Sumit Arora planned the event, with all the young bucks half my age.
- Akshay Bansal
- Kapil Khurana
- Sandeep Botta
- Jasraj Singh
- Sumit Arora
- Garv Sodhi
- Vishal Rana
- Aman Sood
- Rishi Sood
- Gerald Godinho
- Saranjit Singh
- Gautam Salwan
- Gurpreet Bhogal
- Iqbal Singh