Ubi is the one sitting second from left. I am the goalkeeper sitting on the ground.
I had a long and detailed email from him the other day. He and Meena Bhatt (née Lele) are planning the 50 year reunion of 56ers to be held in November 2006.
11 months away, but let me assure you, time just flies away and unless you start this early, you will never have a reunion worth its weight in gold.
According to Ubi, the 56er girls (ladies) are well organised, but the boys (gentlemen?) are not so closely knit. Ubi has sent me a list of class fellows that he remembers off-hand (apologising profusely for any ommissions), and would like any of you who knows any of these to ask them to get in touch with Ubi, or me, so that you can be included in the mailings about the programme.
So if any of these listed below happen to be your friend, brother, cousin, in-law, neighbour - please ask them to send me an email via this blog using the comments section.
1. Iqbal Chaiwalla
2. Zareer Adajania
3. Waseem Brelvi
4. Muku Hamied
6. Ravi Dandekar
7. Sohrab Kapadia
8. Isaac Hyam
9. Sudhir Grover
I have been assured by Ubi that someone will represent Kirti Dongersee, who tragically passed away the day the Senior Cambridge results were announced in 1957, when his scooter skidded at Nariman Point. All of us in the school were put in a state of shock as Kirti had been such a wonderful and lovable character, our school Cricket Captain and a great off-spin bowler.
I have also been assured that someone will represent the School Captain of 1956, another character extraordinary, the late Tara Malkani, who went to the Olympics to run in the 100 metres for India.
Staff members of that era are more than welcome to join in the fun and frolic.
Better halves will be well entertained watching this motley crew celebrate!
The proposed programme - subject to review, comment and changes, as thought appropriate, is:
1.The girls are all going to Pune for 4 days early November 2006.
2.Cocktails on 10th or 11th November 2006.
3.12th or 13th November 2006 - an outing to Alibag.
4.14th November 2006 morning church service at the St. Thomas' Cathedral, followed by tea
at school and a class photograph.
5.Dinner at a venue to be selected on evening of 14th November 2006.
I hope you will help Ubi and his crew organise a great reunion.