A quick replay

It’s been 10 years that I quit the premises. Though I visited the campus a few times in these 10 years, it was more of spending about 30 minutes in the ground or walking for about 15 minutes in the hallways and saying ‘Hi’ to a couple of people I know, and that’s it. It was different this time. It was a formal invite. Most of the teachers that taught me were present. We had celebrations. All the ex-students had a get together. It was a two day fiesta. Though I could attend only for one day, thanks to my friends who changed plans in the last minute, it was still fun. More than fun, it was an opportunity to look back at what I was about 10 years ago. Yes, the silver jubilee celebrations at ‘Little Flower High School’, Nagar Kurnool were another milestone for the school indeed.

When I was asked to share my thoughts on the event, the moment and the progress I made since then, I was blank! Years of corporate experience talking to thousands of clients, handling hundreds of training sessions/ meetings wouldn’t help. It’s a trance that took me back to the same ‘school kid’ stage. All the teachers that corrected me while I read out the text book lessons were right in the front row. I did manage to blurt out a few sentences. However, am not sure if they made any sense at all. I hardly remember what I conveyed, or wanted to convey there on the stage!

Only after the event when I got to meet my teachers in person did I know that they understood what I said. I could not miss the joy all of them had on their faces meeting lot of students they taught remembering them, honoring them and facilitating them. Clicked a few snaps with some of them. But am sure I have more memories than these photographs that will live with me forever. As and when possible, I will make time to pen down the ‘school diaries’ on the blog. You can access them under the tag (category) ‘A few pages from my diary‘ on the right.

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This is a picture with Arogyam teacher who taught me Telugu in Primary School. And if you are wondering who that guy in black shirt is – he is Kiran, Associate Director for ‘Happy Days’ movie. Oh, yeah – he did appear in the movie as ‘Pandu’, one of the hero’s friends. (Yep, the one who comes to college with his mom on the first day… Also writes pretty fast). We studied together for about half a dozen years.

View the complete album here.

My first computer application

That was way back in 1996. I was in 9th standard and we (classmates) were preparing to throw a farewell party for our seniors. We have to invite the Principal and other staff members too to the celebration. We bought a few chart papers and prepared something that looked like an invitation. Though everyone was happy with what we have, I wanted to something more. And there it started…

I remembered a floppy disk (yes, the 5 ¼ one) my computer teacher showed us a few weeks ago. We were there in the lab on a Sunday to say ‘hi’ to sir and as well play some games if given a chance. The disk had horoscopes for different years. Though I myself don’t believe in them unless there’s something positive, lol, I wanted to print a copy and include with the invitations that we prepared for the teachers for the farewell party we organized for seniors.

Our computer knowledge was very limited then. Though we started ‘learning’ computers from 7th standard, we hardly knew startup and shutdown by the time we were in the 9th. Of course, we had ‘by heart’ a series of commands that helped us open a few games; that didn’t need any learning, just by heart. The entire 7th standard, we understood the basics – input, CPU and the output. In 8th standard, we were happy to skip computer class (once every week – 45 minutes) to play games. And 9th standard gave us some opportunity to understand and practice LOGO and BASIC languages.

Few days before the event, we talked to all the teachers to collect their Date of Birth details. We gave some excuses as explanation as we wanted the horoscope thing to be a surprise. Even the computer teacher didn’t have a clue as to what was in store. Two days before the event, we were in the lab to accomplish the task and get the invitations with horoscope ready. We started around 2 in the afternoon and worked till 12 midnight to complete about 25-30 printouts! Yes, we spent about 10 hours to print those 30 pages!!

I was the computer operator for the project. Because only I knew how to open ‘WordStar’ application, open the horoscope file and issue the print command. We didn’t know how to print multiple copies. So, if we need horoscope for two teachers that share the same sign, we had to restart the process and print again. And the printer was obviously a dot-matrix one. It screamed all day as we printed copies and we could hear the same sound in our sleep that night!

And here is the main reason I remember the incident so well. I didn’t remember the command/ steps to close the horoscope file once opened. Or, did I know how to quit ‘WordStar’ and re-enter the application. So, after every print, I used to unplug the power cord, start the computer again to open ‘WordStar’ and print another file/ copy!! We couldn’t ask our computer teacher for assistance as that could spoil the surprise!

In spite of all the trouble, we did print necessary copies and everyone was delighted to accept the invitations with horoscopes; not to mention the surprised and very happy look on our computer teacher’s face. Hence, I conclude that I applied computer technology on that day for the first time. Hehehe…