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Published: 5 years ago

Before it all went downhill – the high school days

This is actually an introduction-kind-of post about series of upcoming posts on my college life. My college life, specifically the PU period was “not the best”, to say the list.

Actually, it was “Dark Age”. Time was bad, nothing went as expected, series of troubles, so on & so forth. But as I now retrospect it, everything happened for good only. In this series I am going to tell you:

  • Epic failures
  • “What the Hell” moments
  • Stupid acts
  • Misfortunes
  • Misunderstandings
  • Small achievements
  • And some fun too, here and there

In my college life.

And, throughout the series, there will be lot of “patting own back”, rants, troll etc. There will be too many times I will use “I” word. See, it is MY story, I can’t help it. Many times I am going to tell, “If I did so, it would be __________”. But I understand the world of Ifs and buts never realize. And now, I am happy about the path I am walking on.

But before I start that, let me introduce my Golden Period.

Vishwadarshana Highschool Idagundi.

Highschool boys

Yes, as you might have guessed, that is where I studied 8th to 10th. That was when the life was full of joy. I used to read for hours, and really enjoyed reading. I finished 2 libraries, Idagundi Govt. Library, and another library in Komadi. Unfortunately it has been 5 years since then, and I don’t remember most of it. Still, I can recall the writers who appealed to me the most:

  • Ravi Belagere (No, I was not a reader of Hi Bangalore or O Manase).
  • Sudha Moorthi
  • Beechi
  • Kuvempu
  • Poornachandra Tejaswi
  • Yendamuri Veerendranath

The books I read were normally on the following topics

  • Social
  • Travel
  • Science
  • Fun – fiction
  • Suspense
  • Personality Development
  • Biographies
  • Modern History

I used to participate in speech competition, quiz competitions. And I used to win them, too. I still remember I talked better than English medium students from Sneha Sagara Residential School, and won English speech competition. I was the Highest scoring guy. Not believing me? Check my SSLC marks card. I did score 95.2% in SSLC. If I am not wrong, no one has scored more than that in that school yet. I still have that “Amul Trophy” with me. How proud, energetic, and enthusiastic was I… 🙁

Krishna Prasad, Shreevatsha, Gopi, Ganesh, Ravi, Manjunath square, Ganapati, Vinayak, Santosh, Ganesh Mahale, Sandeep, Rahul… I remember you boys… 🙂

Parvathi, Anuradha, Veda, Shubhalaxmi… I remember you too. I hope Veda remembers “Tu hi Meri Shab Hai, Subah hai” song… And ya, you guessed it right – I sang it 🙂

Our high school classes were taken in an old society godown (Now it has own building, and I don’t feel it’s my high school anymore). But I had the best teachers. Head sir (Prasanna Sir), he was THE MATHS TEACHER. I don’t think there is anyone in this whole Uttara Kannada, who could teach maths so well. Maths was my forte, back then. He also provided me some books. I remember 2 books, one was about Godse (who killed Mahatma Gandhi) and another was about Chandrashekhar Azad. His views were aligned to “Right Wing”, and so does mine most of the times.

Then Raghu Sir became head sir, he was also a good teacher. He used to teach Social Science, and it included history. I still remember how involved I was, when he was teaching The First War of Indian Independence. Given a chance, at that moment, I wanted to kill all those Englishmen, who were ruling India. I was really disappointed when he described how we lost that war. Not that I did not know this history before, but the point is I was so involved.

Science sir or Sadanand sir was our science teacher – as you guessed it. He used to encourage us a lot about science, to ask questions, to try to find answers, and to read. I always had respect and interest towards science (though my performance was…. well… horrible in science stream later on) and he really boosted that up.

I wanted to be a scientist.

Specifically, I wanted to research on genetics.

VK Sir was our Kannada & PE teacher. Most of what I told about Prasanna sir applies to him also. He was a really good reader. And encouraged us to read things out of our syllabus.

You become what you read.

Naveena Teacher was our English teacher. She was the friendliest of all. Women are like that, by nature I guess. And yes she used to tell the below line often:

Highschool days are your golden days. Now you may think these aren’t special. But you will remember these days. College can never equal your high school.

Yes madam, today I agree completely. You were right. THOSE WERE THE GOLDEN DAYS.

There was one field where I did nothing. That was Sports. I did not play in high school, except that “Ball badminton” that too not seriously. Playing without rules. I hated PE periods.

As I introspect while retrospecting, I can now understand I was quite arrogant for requests from others for help in studies. I remember Parvathi asking me “Helkodo, please… ” (please teach me), and I was like “Ashtoo gottaagodilva”? (can’t you understand even that thing?) It took me an year more in college to understand how exactly that feels.

I should have asked her sorry for that. Anyway, better late than never.

I am sorry Parvathi, and all those classmates who asked me for help, whom I didn’t.

I passed with 95.2% in certificate, dreams in mind, happiness in heart, and full of enthusiasm, aiming to become a scientist.

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