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SCHOOL TIMES

BY: Manavendra Singh Sial

What is school? Good question, varied answers. At age 12, it is the pain of getting up early in the morning. At age 15, school’s cool. At 17, its Board exams. Now it’s a whole lot of things you could have done right. Above all, it’s the time you can never forget.

I joined DPS Mathura Road in Class VII (the year – 1987) and the very first day, we were taken for a movie. I told myself, Wow! This is a fun place and this is the place where I want to be.

Among the many things about school and the zillons of incidents, I remember this one very distinctly.

This was in Class XII (the last year of school). We thought that we were the cream of the school. We decided to mass bunk a class (I think it was a Maths class). The plan was almost successfully executed. When I say almost, in our meticulously laid out plan, there was one hitch – Mr. Rawat. He caught us and we were made to kneel down in front of our class (incidentally Mr. Rawat’s son was in our class). One would expect that there would be crying and shifting of blame. None of this happened. Instead, there was a sense of camaraderie and togetherness on everyone’s faces. An expression, which I will never forget.

This camaraderie and feeling of togetherness is what DPS is all about. Win or lose, we stick together.

I am a Chartered Accountant and am currently working as a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen, New Delhi. But till date, school is the place where I want to be.

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