Nothing is permanent except change…

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“Nothing is permanant except change”, said some long lost soul.
“Change is always for the better”, commented another. But do YOU agree?

This is what came to my mind when during a crisis in an assembly , School leader Aravind A. Menon asked me and Vineeth to speak about anything , but just speak, for we otherwise faced the shortest assembly in school history. And so it was that Vineeth and me penned down in ten minutes what we remember had changed during our thirteen year tenure in this place. Jotted down below are what i still remember from that speech. Thinking that long back i feel that the modern day Ruskin Bond will lament – “Nostalgia comes quick when one is seventeen” rather than
fourty. (I believe that my friend Vineeth has already wrote a bit about this on his diary, but i daresay that you will find this rather rich in details when compared.)

JUNIOR SCHOOL.

junior.jpg I think that our batch was the one which witnessed more changes in the school than any other. Perhaps the most noticeble change we had itnessed was there standing to the right of us as we faced the audience. Yes. The new junior school building. The old Baker model boomrang shaped building had been pulled down a couple of years ago. In its place now stands a three story giant,build not so Baker style, but to accomodate the increasing number of students as Loyola expanded into one more syllabus. I guess that is a point to explain.

CBSEYes, now we have CBSE too in the school. We have not expanded CBSE into the 11th and 12th yet. And if any of the REALLY old boys are reading this, in case you don’t know, we got HSC into 11th and 12th pretty long ago.

THE BUS’S
School bus When i joined the school we had 4 identical looking buses. Now we have ten of which the new six are each of a different make. A picture of one of the old buses is here:)

THE INDOOR STADIUM.
The Auditorium

Turning around you see the new auditorium which is set to take over from the Sutter Hall. The building should not be described by any other word than “COLLOSSAL”. The structure, which took up almost all the land which was once called the “forest”, costs an estimated fourty million and is expected to be finished in time for the next LA Fest(heck. it
was expected to be finished for the last one too.) They are supposed to be spending around sixty lakhs for just the acoustics. The hall will have a capacity of around six thousand and will be like the biggest ever in Kerala. At least thats what i heard. Inside you have a main BasketBall court and a practise court to the sides. (Hehe, if Jian and gang are reading this im sure they are raring to have a go). Last term i took a walk through the new building and could not find my exit. I mean i really got lost in the framework. From what i saw that day, the stage itself could seat the audience that the loft of the Sutter hall accomodates. There are also green rooms under the stage and a generater room.Yep, the hall has generators to fully power its own systems.sutter1SUTTERBut whatever the new hall promises, i- like most of my seniors and classmates- do think that this one will never truely be a replacement for the legend of the Frank Sutter memorial. I feel that no LA Fest audience will enjoy the same atmosphere as the one you get in the packed Sutter hall. As Deepa ma’am says every now and again- The Sutter hall has been a main reason for the success of the LA Fest’s.

parkBy the way, this used to be the old junior school play ground. And as y ou see now all there is , is a big hole. The earth there has been dug out for the construction work. This is what is left of the place where i had my first fight(Thanks to Akhil Andrews:D ). This is where i spent countless hours on the slide and the swings. Sigh:(. Anyway …the junior school park has been shifted to around the old Pandit house(You know- that old place was also called the DRACULA HOUSE 😀 ). You really need to see that place. Its fantabulous with a really big cement Noah’s ark and all. One more reason to re-visit the school, eh?

THE GROUNDS.
When i was in the 6th standard, we had three grounds each big enough to accomodate the school population by itself. But as time passed the population has grown a bit but the grounds have not. Well to be frank we are short of the place which has been used to construct what is supposed to be.. eerr the largest auditorium in Kerala. And if any of
you old Pele’s or Maradona’s of Loyola are out there, be aware that now you cannot play football in that ground with the same rules you used to play when you were here for the crowd chokes the life out of you. Now i think its time to introduce the pick-it-up-in-your-hand-and-run rule.
Ye, this is from the place where we had the GOALIE-CHANGE. And as i visited the school in this summer i took some pictures of the new concrete benches that have come up here and there in the campus, like in front of the canteen and near the mud basketball court.

THE HALLS.
The examination hall(If anyone of you don’t remmeber it, it was the long room on the second story to the left of the school day stage), has been bricked up into three sections and now surve as classes four five and six of the ISC section. The Berchman’s hall has fortunatly undergone less drastic a change. It also has been divided into three classrooms, but with steel barriers which can be pushed back to reveal the
old Berchman’s hall. Another of our large halls, the Library has mostly remained the same, excpet that it has already seen two new Librarians and also Lazar uncle has hired some muscle to help control the chaos.(I mean, we have another new uncle there helping him.)

THE COMPUTER LAB.
Multimedia

When i was in fourth standard i remember that(Pardon me if im wrong- It sure has been long) the COMPUTER LAB at that time was a room to the right of the office. It had like two or three abacus machines.. er i mean computer’s which mostly sat around watching each other. That room
is currently used as the retiring room which im sure that every students in my class has used at least once in pretense of being sick, as a means to escape some gruelsome chemistry classes. And as for the computer lab, now we have an air conditioned room with around fifty computers as
the main lab and a secondary one between it and the server room. The server room boasts the presence of an IBM server, three heavy duty UPS’s and of course the ever enlightening vision called Shijo sir and his deputy Saajan uncle(For those who don’t know this new character, he is the
son of our dear Varghese uncle who left school two years back, although there are general complaints that Saajan uncle does not show ANY of the qualities that made his father dear to many a Loyolite.) Loyola now also boasts of a fully air conditioned projector room fit to seat two hundered students. Most of the talks are held in that room. We met Fr C.P. Varkey in the same hall.(Picture shown above).

THE ASSEMBLY STEPS.
stepsThis is the only place in Trivandrum where students in a school actually sit for an assembly. I have heard of all those people who stand for hours at their school assemblies. We are truely blessed with these steps. And recently the steps have been renovated as in they have been covered with red and white tiles. The work finished 2 days before our farewell. (SIGH.)

THE CANTEEN

CanteenThis place is perhaps one of the most popular parts of the school. I’m sure all of you reading this is now thinking of the icecream soda. This is like the only place where you get to drink that concoction that Uncle Joseph and co brew up. I always wondered how they make it, but who cares- it tastes good.The canteen once ruled by Abdul uncle has now passed on to Lazar uncle and co. The benches you see there were installed one week before the date on this article.

MORE THAN JUST HUMANS…

When i joined Loyola back in ninty four, what fascinated me more than anything else in the campus, lived in a cage under the stairs, feeding on the mice that our dear Abdul uncle used to give it. Yes. KAA the python.(For those who are reading about Loyola the 1st time, HELL YEAH, WE HAD A PYTHON!!)The serpant once caught from the forest areas of the school at length of six feet grew upto around ten, but as of now, is no more. It’s place has been taken up by chirpy little birds and bunnies. The tank in front of the building has been renovated and plays host to a variety of aquatic life. The oval shaped lawn right in front of it has been covered up and converted into a sanctuary for birds and rabbits. And i realise now that as i do write about the python now; thirteen years hence, so shall the current UKG kids write about how they fed the rabbits living in those cages.

AND PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT- THE TEACHERS

Thinking about the staff, i think i will have to start from my kintergarten years. In UKG i had Ann ma’am as my class teacher. She left when i was in 2nd but now is back in school teaching 2nd standard kids. I guess im glad that shes back. when i met her, i told her how i remember her once telling me 13 years back that she will put a ribbon in my hair if i didn’t get it cut. Nancy Ma’am was my favourite teacher in the junior school. She also has left us to spend the remaining of her time with her family.Comming to some of the teachers you old blokes would remember, there was Thikkurishi sir and Sadashivan sir,(neither taught me) both of whom have retired long back to live in peace away from the little devils they taught. Rajamma ma’am, the oh so loved hindi teacher
moved away from school when i was in the fifth. Ponnnamma ma’am (another one who never taught me) also left the same year. Comming to the seventh, i witnessed one of the greatest mournings the school has seen as Geetha Lakshmi ma’am- arguably one of the most loved teachers of all times- left the school to join her family abroad. She got so many parting gifts from her students that she had to hire an auto to take them home.

jamsThat year also saw the parting of two of the most talked off teachers from the senior school gents staff. Jacob Mathew sir, i hear, is so proud of his nickname that his mail id reads jams@yahoo.com. The next year bid farewell to Titus sir, another one in the most loved list. He at present, is continuing his work as a principal in some school whose name alas i forgot.

varkeyThe same year bade farewell to Mrs Saraswati who had long been Mrs Maths in the school, and also to Mr C.T. Varkey, who had been our Physical educations in charge and whose comments have been widely quoted and misquoted to the amusement of many. Remember “I declare the 43rd annual chief guest open ?”.Hehe Just Classic. I will miss the classic dialogue he used to say every year at the march past practise when we got up from the ground. “BOYS. When you get up; Dont wipe your buttocks”. But the most ridiculous one i heard was from a rather OLD old boy(though he claims otherwise)-Mr G.Mahadevan. According to what he had heard, once
Varkey sir marched up to the officer in charge at the NCC camp along with the Flight sergant and requested “Sir, i want to exchange him for a pair of boots”.

VPPThough they wern’t here as long as the others, Prabhu sir and Anil sir(Who took over from Mr. C.T Varkey as PeT) also entered the list of the most loved teachers. Currently Prabhu sir works at Gurukul in Pune. And Anil sir has gone back to Delhi. We will miss them. Radha ma’am- who happens to be one of the most patient people i have ever met- inspite of being offered an extended term, choose to retire siting the need to take care of her health. Shubha ma’am who was rather strict with the students now stays at her home behind St. Micheals. Though they too never taught me i have faint memories of Sara ma’am,who according to senior Subin George was “as kind as ur mother”. I met her again at last years school day.

elikuttyElikutty ma’am left our school after one of the longest teaching careers ever. She is still very active in the field and i see her around ocassionally here and there. She too never taught me but is kind of well known to my family. The old librarian Susheela madam has gone on with her life too. After her came three more librarians. VC Jacob sir too is not part of the staff at present.

[I apologise if i failed to mention an important teacher in the list. I hope you understand that it was un-intentional]

[Interesting fact:- Our batch had three class teachers in 7th- like one left every term. The one who taught us in 8th left that year itself. The one in 9th also lasted one year. The classteacher in 10th was a bit better off because she stayed till we were in 11th. 11th standard too witnessed another class teacher leaving. and in 12th DP was our classteacher. The question does arise.. dont you think……Heh lets wait and see.]

THE NON TEACHING STAFF.

The loving uncles who always welcome you into the school bus, who you see comming with the attendance register every morning, who are always around the office waiting to mend you if you fall down and scrap your knee, they who play a really important part in making life at
Loyola really special are never to be forgotten in any writeup on the school. The ones who left include Varghese uncle- perhaps the most loved of them all- and Rajappan uncle. Varghese uncle has moved on to serve another set of children at Trivandrum International school.( MAN IM
JEALOUS OF THEM. HE WAS MY FAVOURITE.). Whereas i see Rajappan uncle around once in a while running around with his job as an LIC agent.

AND NOW LETS TURN THE LEAF OVER.

So, no that we have seen what has changed during the past decade, now let us see what has not. What is it that is still left of the Loyola that stood up and shone with the aura none could compete with?

Perhaps the most important of the lot are again the teachers. But before i mention them there are two figures who stand out from the rest of the staff. Fr Varghese Anikuzhy is about to complete his 6th continuous year at Loyola .

VP
The other person without doubt is the most popular person on campus and yes it is of course father Joseph Edassery. He still heads the LOBA and still serves as the bank for LA Fest(Although the author seriously doubts the credibility of this statement after he made quite a story by putting the Fest in debt- He owes VP a sum of 12,000 Rs;) )

murray
The Teachers who remain from the old days are few. They are namely Mrs Grace Kuriacose teaching the 1st standard, the ever cheerful Merl Murray ma’am (whose handwritting most Loyolites copy down for life) is still teaching running hand in the 2nd, Mythri ma’am, Mrs Elien Job, Mrs Ranjini and OH MY GOD.. HOW DID I FORGET .. THE EVER VIBRANT FR M.M. THOMAS. frthomas.jpg

He has been here in Loyola as far as many old boys’ memories go back. I don’t think i’ve met a Loyolite who does not know father Thomas. Even at this ripe age, going into the eighties, you can see him going for a walk around the school if you stay around a bit after 2nd trip. Memories of his pinches still make me go OWWW.

joyskooty
In the senior school staff we can still see Joy Sir, Philipose sir, the unforgettable Thomaskutty sir and perhaps the most memorable of them all – Jerry sir, ruling the gents staffroom with his witty remarks. In the ladies staff i think only DP has been here since a decade ago and perhaps Ann ma’am. Alas, it has not been the same since the rest left.

jose
As my good friend and junior Peter Gautam remarked about him, he is the unsung hero of Loyola, he is perhaps the most in-demand person in the campus, if you ask the students. No tribute to Loyola would be complete without a special place to mark his name. Yes, the man that everyone runs to as soon as the lunch break bell rings. JOSE UNCLE!!!. He has been the keeper of keys and games at Loyola for aeons. Surly its tough to manage this many students mobbing him to open the sports room. I don’t think anyone can easily take on that job if he left, for we often see many of the other staff really struggling to control the situation if Jose uncle takes one day off. This paragraph i dedicate as a testimonial for that
man.

joseph
The man who from sheer experience,has a solution to perhaps every problem on the planet is still here in our little heaven. Yep you guessed it from that simple sentence and now i can assume that you are reminded of the smell of parottas and beef/peas/chicken whichever you prefer. Joseph uncle still is the seniormost of the nonteaching staff. No activity in this school can be predicted to really go off well without this iron hand behind the scenes.Talking of him reminds us of something else that you people would remember. Joseph uncle , it has been claimed, has been selling the SAME parattas for the past thirty years. (THERE IS NOT MISTAKE IN THE PREVIOUS SENTENCE.
THE AUTHOR SPEAKS FROM EXPERIENCE)

abdul
Oh by the way, the oh-so-droolable icecream soda left the canteen when i was in 2nd standard and now is back with more water, less carbon dioxide and more strain on your pockets.And now realising the collossal length of this writing, i think i will wind it up for i have no intention to challenge the new auditorium in size.The Facts are before you. Has Loyola changed ? Is it something you like about it? Is it something you don’t ? Is it for good or is it for the wort? Do reply and let me know. Cheer Loyola sons.

Oh and, Respected father principal, father vice
principal, respected teachers and my dear friends……………..THIS..
IS..STILL HERE.

That was how we winded up that speech 😉

Acknowledgements:

The author would like to express his heartfelt gratitute towards his senior Subin George for helping to obtain some of the pictures put up here and also for reading through the post and suggesting some tips. The author is also grateful to Prasanth P, again his senior, for helping with the pictures and providing him with tips on editing them. Thank you.

[THE AUTHOR HOPES TO PUT UP A FULL REPORT ON THE RETIRED TEACHING AND NON TEACHING STAFF, THEIR CURRENT WHEREABOUTS AND CONTACT DETAILS AS SOON AS HE CAN GET HOLD OF THEIR PICTURES AND THE SAID DETAILS. IF ANYONE CAN HELP WITH THAT PLEASE MAIL THOSE TO GETMESYAM@GMAIL.COM THANK YOU ]

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30 Responses to Nothing is permanent except change…

  1. Nitheesh S says:

    Just gr8.Syam has summed up life in loyola in probably the best manner,fantastic.It’s just unbelievable that he is put so much of time and effort into it,hats off to him.

    NB:”nostalgia comes easy at 17 “is a creation of nitheesh s isc 2007….

  2. Jeffrey says:

    hmm…..tht was a really needed info for me…lyk usually i run out of words when to talk to some ex-…..syam gr8 work…simply STUPENDOUS….really, loyola in a nutshell, do keep writing….cheers!

  3. Subin George says:

    Hey…I am really happy to have helped Syam in this venture…You have done a gr8 job, Syam…This article will bring memories of Loyola to any old boy reading this …

    Loyola is really lucky to have dedicated staff…I went back to Loyola after 6 years for “Back to school” conducted by LOBA…I met Joseph uncle at Sreekaryam Jn…He recogonized me inspite of the 6 yr gap…we walked together till the school…he told me that the TVM International school had offered him a job along with Varghese uncle and all..but he got an extention at Loyola…just bcoz it is his place…Maybe it is the relationship between staff and students that make Loyola a special place…

    And Syam has brought out the facilities that Loyola has to offer thru the photos…

    Overall, a great job…Congrats again…

    And whatever changes occur to the buildings or surroundings of the campus, one thing will never change…the spirit of Loyola…

    Sabse aage Loyola, hamesha…

    Subin George

  4. gopinadhan k g says:

    Its was a damn good walk down the memory lane. The days at the place which could best be desribed as our second home. Anyway hats off to the good work of Syam n also to Subin for helpin him out. Keep d good work going. looking fwd to such alluring comments n blogs from you all.

    Loyola – its our kinda place.

    Gopi

  5. Dr.Mohan Shenoy says:

    GR8 stuff man…congrats..Just loved reading it and re-living the school days…

    Dr.Mohan Shenoy (1998-2000 ISC)

  6. Arun Sudheendran says:

    Syam…thanks a million to you….in 20 minutes you made me live all my 8yrs in school all over again….every inch of loyola that i loved…every inch that i’d always keep loving…all those teachers, uncles and aunties who have made me whatever little person i am…Simply put….thanx for giving me the best days of my life back again…

  7. The Quibbler says:

    @ Nitheesh
    Thank you again brother, for another well written comment . Once again i convey my appreciation.
    @Jeffry
    Dear Jeff, so now you know why you should have joined in UKG instead of 11th eh ? 😀 hehe people just love this place :D. Thanks for reading da.
    @Subin
    I trust i don’t have to reply to you here as i have already said what i have to tell you on yahoo. 🙂 And your right. Sabseeaage Hamesha..
    @Gopi
    Hai chetta. Don’t really remember you but i trust you are one of our beloved seniors too. Thanks to you too for taking the time to read. by the way i think it was your blog i read about cricket. Subin sent me the link hehe
    Cheers
    @Mohan
    Dear bro,
    I’m running out of replies to comments. So…Thanks for reading 🙂
    @Arun
    Your commetns and scraps were really cool. I loved your response. Im just pasting them here so that they wont get lost in the pile of scraps i get everyday. They are indeed special. Thank you.
    “Arun Sudheendran:
    maaaaaaaaaan…when i saw yur scrap…and saw the link…honestly i thought…another one of those blogs…..incomprehensible language….unseen words from the thesaurus…god lemme take my dictionary and go….and afta the 20 minutes i spent savouring every word of it…i reallly cant explain to yu how i feel…perhaps yu would understand a few yrs down the lan
    Arun Sudheendran:
    awesome article…specially the fotos and the simple writing style….i really cant appreciate the writing style right now…coz of the content….so damn nostalgic man…can yu do me a favour….do let every loyolite and old boy read this…just send the link to everyone possible…theyd thank u a million times for this…and hey abt that article u are planning to write…with all the details of all our teachers and their contact numbers….please do it daa….a lot of us will be grateful to yu for that….so go on with this…till we meet again….giving our best till the game is won….
    Arun Sudheendran:
    hey by the way itd be nice if yu just mentioned abt our aunties in loyola…sumathi aunty and co…they are never anywhere….but just think of everything theyve done and are doin without being ecognised anywhere”””
    Thanks For that time Arun chetta
    -Syam

  8. Achuth Vasudevan says:

    Great post.
    You have summed up most characteristics of Loyola in a short(?) post. Every student who hasn’t been to Loyola will get an idea of what they are missing..
    And to the increasing number of boys who are leaving Loyola each year to join other schools, I say, READ THIS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU WILL MISS!!!

  9. Akhil says:

    Because this bugger of an author kept pestering me to do so, i planned on giving this post of his a cursory glance and leaving a random comment, to prove that i’d been here. Once i started reading, however, i ended up finishing it. Couldn’t help it. And I for one, do think that if what is going on in school right now, which some call a “commercialization of loyola”, does not stop, and if a certain few more teachers leave, Loyola will no longer be Loyola. From one stream to three. Gone are the days when every student and teacher were on a first name basis. I hardly know half the people on the loyola payroll. And if anyone reading this is offended by what i said about loyola not being loyola anymore, kindly dismiss this post as the mindless ravings of a turtle-brained idiot. Thank you.

  10. bibinhio says:

    good one da….
    me also short…very much so on pics…

  11. Thomas Sebstian says:

    Awesome stuff syam. Relived my whole school days thro this piece. As u said change is inevitable and loyola is indeed changin a lot in appearance these days, but the content is still the same. Keep writing man , u r doin a gud job.

  12. The Quibbler says:

    @Achuth
    Thank you Achuth. Thanks for reading.

    @Akhil…
    Don’t wanna thank you AGAIN dude.. Its kinda understood between us rite ?

    @bibinhio
    Same goes for you beebs

    @Thomas
    Thank you chetta.
    and you blog is a nice one too
    And ye i plan to keep writing though the next post aint expected in a month heh
    -Syam

  13. when it comes to the “Loyola” experience no post will be humungous..

    i’ll come back to this page.. yr after yr.. jus to live those 13 yrs.. again and again

    Cheer Loyola Sons

  14. Sarath says:

    touching.Your memory is quite commendable too..
    I wish we had a python:((

    Good work man, with excellent attention to details..keep it up:)

  15. ranjit panicker says:

    hi syam,
    i’m an old boy who left the year you joined, and this piece really filled in the gaps. thanks a ton! i see all these people i work with having hardly any attachment or memories of their schools, and i am reminded of how special Loyola was.. seeing your article i see that it retains that indefinable something, which makes it so special and makes us want to go back to those wonderful (and carefree) days.

    write on..
    ranjit

  16. Sriram says:

    Very nice, bro

  17. Sony(1998 SSLC batch) says:

    Hi syam,

    Thanks a million for taking the time! It was wonderful to live through those memories. When I joined Loyola in 87, there was a forest at the place where the current indoor stadium stands and our teacher, Vimala ma’m, used to take us there to tell stories. The new building(with the LOYOLA SCHOOL inscription on it, in case you are wondering which one.. there are so many construction works going on!!) stands where the old UKG playground was.

    Lots of people i have talked to are jealous of the bonding we have with each other in Loyola. They hardly knew the names of the non-teaching staff members of their schools. We cant imagine a life in Loyola without Joseph uncle, Varghese uncle, Lazar uncle, Rajappan uncle, Madhu uncle and others.

    You should have mentioned Fr Pulickal and Fr Mani Manimala too. I guess you joined after Fr. Philip Thayil retired. Anyways, enjoyed every word. Keep it up!!

  18. The Quibbler says:

    @sreejith
    Thanks chetta. Spread the word 😀

    @Ranjith
    Ah yes it does still retain that indefinable special something. 😀
    And your welcome.. il try to keep posting….do leave tips.. im wondering what topic i should write about next heh.
    @Sriram.
    Thanks 😀

    @sony
    Ah i joined way after you left. in 1994 . But then too the forests were there. It was cleared only about 3-4 years back.
    Oh yes and i’ve also come across people who are jealous of that special bonding i see in our place. And by the way Rajappan uncle and Varghese uncle left.

    Fr pulikkal never taught me. He used to give us sweets in UKG i remember… u know.. wed go fo them and hed have this jar of sweets in his room….hed give that.. and wed go a 2nd time and hed take his cane out 😀
    hehe.. think he left when i was in 2nd or 3rd though.

    And ya Never knew Fr Philip Thayil although my cousin sitting here seems to remember.

    And yes i know i missed a lot of points. Some i forgot. Some are intentional. For if i do write about EVERYTHING- then 50 mb that wordpress offers wud not be enough to store them all. you know.. SO MUCH to write about.. you wont even finish reading.
    This post is humongous already.
    Thanks for the comments

    -Syam

  19. Hari says:

    decent acct – but man there a tons of errors. DP wept!

  20. brijil philip mathew says:

    man tis piece of write up had tears springing to my eyes as i read on.as aptly said tis describes well d life of an average loyolit in a nutshell. well presented blog man uve touched all d vital nerves. really do appreciate ur well placed pics. keep up d good work man. i was in thomas sebastian but left d skool in ’98.. thx once agn 4 d nostalgia trip

  21. Krishnadev says:

    Hmmm…. Quite something you’ve got here Syam… Liked the way you got all the photos of the various things that changed in school. I mean i especially liked that pic of the board pointing to the CBSE school.. Somehow, ever since it was placed, I got this feeling that it was a symbol of all that was going wrong with Loyola… a symbol of the fact that we were splitting up into ISC HSC and CBSE.. I guess there are a lot of changes that have made the school better like the indoor stadium (if it will get completed some time in the near future) and the computer lab… And again, there are some that pains me… Like the construction of the new CBSE section in place of our great Junior school.. That place was quite something… A place where, God alone knows, how many illustrious Loyolites have taken shape. And now, that building is just a page in the history books of Loyola. And the saddest part is we don’t even have any pics of it… I was searchin for any pics of the junior school I may have for my blog and found that I had none with me.. Which left me quite sad…
    Anyway, good job you’ve done here Syam… Kudos

  22. Vijay Venugopal says:

    Great work syam… Having left school almost a decade ago, It was really a walk down the memory lane reading this articles.. thoughts and images flying by.. Sad to know that lot of stuff we loved is not there any more.. Nice to know that the spirit of Loyola is still preserved.

  23. Reuben Sylvester says:

    An awesome experience…..

  24. Anoop Sankar says:

    Excellent man.. especially those photos.. well written.. and as Reuben said.. An awesome experience indeed! thumbs up! 🙂

  25. anish says:

    hey bro,
    this is kinda fifth time i amgoing through the same article by you on loyola.and each and evry time i have been thru the pics and the writings it took me back,rigght back to the nevr forgettable school days……Now i understand why our malayalam teacher in the fifth or sixth stressed us to memorise the lines of a poem which goes by.”oru vattam kodiya,pazhay vidyala thurmuttathu ethuvan moham”..trust me man…Loyola was is and will remain the best….Cherrs and thanks a lot mate.It is really something like this that is a real solace for people like me who cant afford the luxury of going back to school evry month……iKepp it coming da…

  26. vishnu sharma says:

    legend

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    ubat kuat…

    waktu pertama kali make tuh modem dan providernya banyak kendala di mulai dari nggak bisa konek karena nggak dapat IP dari operatornya dan nggak konek pdhal IP dari operatornya udah ada……

  28. Sherry(1996 SSLC) says:

    A very nice writeup! Thanks a ton for the photos!
    keep writing! i miss my school!!:((

  29. Arun Dutt Pullat (2004 ISC) says:

    Thanks for forwarding the link to me Brijil. I must say a very close to the heart blog, rendered briliantly. Whenever i hear loyola, the first picture that comes to my mind is Elykutty mam. Talk about the sound that comes to my mind first, and it will be “ARUN DUTTEY, YOU CYAAAN MONE YOU CYAAAAN!!! the voice of Elikutty madam, the voice of loyola” I definitely understand that i CAN now and i will love her for pestering me throughout my 10th Std. :-). I still dont miss my college, but honestly i do miss, my school. The steps reminded me of the Speeches that we did in front of the school, the canteen reminded me of all the (Thadi)that i have now, prabhu sir reminds me of CaCO3(kakothree. and that stomach reminds me of edasserry achan 🙂

  30. FANTASTIC But please change the old photos and put new ones!

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