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November 15, 2005

Another brick in the wall – Part II

Filed under: Misc — Teal @ 12:44 am

This is a précis of the last two years of my school life. This happened to be at a really, really orthodox school. It is one of the oldest schools in Chennai and is very well known in Mylapore. Yes, I am talking about L.S.G.H.S.S.

I’ll never forget the shock I got when I landed there. It was like a parallel universe! Most people I met in the first day barely spoke any other language other than Tamil. And I was greeted with surprise, [most people ultimately never realized I was tamilian too. They thought I was telugu or something]. All sentences sprinkled with a generous dosage of “Enna paa … sollu paa …”. Coming from an entirely different board was a huge setback for me, initially. From CBSE to good ol’ mug and puke, was not easy. I ultimately never understood why I was studying what in any subject other than my two personal favourites, computer science and English. I’ll never forget the immortal first words spoken by my computer science teacher. [“a gombuter iz a gomplex gombinasion of circuts…”.] Most teachers were astonished and wondered why I’d left A.D.V and come here. [for further details, refer previous post.] “Nee yen maa antha schoolaa uttu inga vandhaa ??”, they’d say.

But let me tell you this, while walking into the school premises, one would have the sure feel of walking into a time warp. It’ll feel like you are suddenly back 50 years in time… Starting from the old style buildings, to the amman statue kept on the podium, to the pictures of the ex-headmistresses hung on top of the walls. Everything about the people and the place would let, me say be distinctly Mylaporean. Everything about the school would be informal and laid back. Going by my experiences at the torture chambers earlier, this felt like a invigorating breath of fresh air…

What was most laudable about the institution was the way they let us study. They actually followed “Live and Let live”. [A.D.V could take a few leaves from their book.] So what if you got average marks in one test? You had scope for improving in the forthcoming test right? They never breathed down your neck, tortured your parents by barking orders at them as well. They never made you feel like you lost the world because you fared averagely in one damn test. And also, this school has a very homely appeal. I felt very awkward initially, but I gradually grew to like the institution a lot. Those two years have been very memorable. Most of us 63 students, ultimately ended up in good ol’ engineering colleges. [some in the crème de la crème, some in the usual self-financing]

Most of my friends in the other colleges are settled with jobs as well. Although quite a huge chunk of my friends from A.D.V ended up in super-cool colleges, I am happy where I am right now. No regrets.

Carpe Diem.



  1. I never know that u liked L.S.G.H.S.S… but compared to A.D.V. this 1 mit have been a haven 4 u…

    Comment by Hell's Angel — November 15, 2005 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  2. HA – Hey i dint like LSGHSS that much. Only thing is tht i dont hate it either.

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — November 16, 2005 @ 12:10 am | Reply

  3. Hey…first timer here! 🙂
    I have heard of L.S.G.H.S.S too…my cousin studied there and did lotsa complaining abt the Chemistry teacher…

    Comment by Ram — November 18, 2005 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  4. well ram,
    welcome to my blog. And i never had any problems with the chemistry teacher, only the physics teacher. [:)] bru might furnish the details.

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — November 24, 2005 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

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