It is time to come out of my summer stupoour and draw attention to one of the fast approaching Reunions. Here is the most recent message that I have received.
It's about a year or so ago since I wrote to you about our intent to have the 50th Annivesary Reunion of the Class of 56. Much has transpired towards this endeavour, and November is almost upon us.
Happily, we have had a great response from our classmates, locally, in India and from abroad.
I give below the revised programme, as of date, for the reunion and the list of those who have agreed to attend.
I shall deeply appreciate your indulgence, once again, in making this known to your readers for their information and in the event any of our classmates, who are not attending, on reading this, will change their minds!
CLASS OF 1956
CATHEDRAL & JOHN CONNON SCHOOL
50 YEAR REUNION PROGRAMME
Tuesday 7th November
Dinner at the Willingdon Club, "Cabbage Patch"
Hosts Dina Daver, Muku Hamied, Rima Kashyap and Khadija Sarela.
Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10 November
Ladies visit to Pune
Return to Mumbai on the aftenoon of 10 November.
Thursday 9th November
Dinner at Iqbal Chaiwalla's residence for the boys and girls who do not go to Pune.
Host Iqbal Chaiwalla.
Saturday 11th November
High Tea at Chitrakoot
Host Chitra Ashok Kumar.
Sunday 12th November Day
Long picnic to Alibag.
Host Rajni Anand.
Monday 13th November
Dinner at the Yacht Club.
Hosts Ranjit Matthan, Sohrab Kapadia and H.S.Uberoi.
Tuesday 14th November
Founders' Day church service 0845 hrs in St. Thomas's Cathedral.
Followed by tea at the Middle School
Group photograph of the Class of 56.
Lunch at the Bombay Gymkhana (contributory)
Dinner hosted by Patsy Mistry at her residence Sterling Bay, Walkeshwar
THOSE COMMITTED TO ATTEND ---------------------------
- Adajania, Zareer
- Anand, Pradeep
- Anand, Rajni
- Ashok Kumar, Chitra
- Badhniwala, Naval
- Bhagwagar, Ruby
- Bhatt, Meena
- Bigg, Jane
- Brelvi, Waseem
- Captain, Silloo
- Chainani, Shyam
- Chaiwalla, Iqbal
- Dandekar, Ravi
- Daver, Dina
- Densham, Joan
- Dongrey, Asha
- Duriaud, Alaknanda
- Gill, Yvonne
- Grover, Razia
- Hamied, Muku
- Harte, Paulette
- Haskell, Ernest
- Heimlich, Doreen (née Feibusch)
- Jaffer, Amin
- Jain, Koshu
- Kapadia, Sohrab
- Kasyap, Rima
- Kotwal, Sherna
- Masand, Aneeta
- Matthan, Ranjit
- Miranda, Habiba
- Mistry, Patsy
- Nagarvala, Sarosh
- Pal, Ruma
- Ramanathan, Suguna
- Saraf, Thrity
- Sarela, Khadija
- Singh, Amar K.
- Sundaram, Nirmala
- Talyarkhan, Rishad
- Uberoi, H.S
We expect a large number of spouses to attend the reunion. Thank you for having helped our case through your Blogsite.
I must also add a line that I received from one of my regular Seventh Heaven readers, 56er Doreen Hemlich (née Feibusch) from the US:
Meena Bhatt, who has done a fantastic job coordinating the Class of 56
Reunion, communicates with the classmates by way of:
Unfortunately, I've had to re-register with this group, because of my change of ISP. Hopefully, it's gone through now, but I eagerly read your Seventh Heaven Blog, and appreciate your posting this event, as and when you get the information.
As a help to the reunion crew I have set up a page of thumbnails wth links to full size photographs of the CBS Staff of 1956.
If someone had sent me the group picture of the Girl's School Staff, I could have done the same for them.
Also, I do hope that you do not make the same mistake as many other reunion groups. After the initial enthusiasm and trading of stories, there is a great vacuum. Many people feel a sense of anti-climax after all the build-up.
There are several ways around this and I hope you will dream up a new one and let me know what you do as a piece of advice to others.
Also, I wish Meena and Ubi had sent me photographs of all those 56ers that were available for a "then and now" page to be created.
There is still time for this - so let's get to work!
For instance, how many of you can guess who this is:
Yes, he is a 56er!