‘We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they are called memories. Some take us forward, they are called dreams.’
The IGTC Alumni Meet was a beautiful mesh of dreams and memories. On a pleasant Friday evening, the current batch, along with Radhieka ma’m, welcomed the old-timers into a brand new IGTC. However, while a lot has changed, for them, the warmth of the time spent here was still the same. This was one of the things that went on to the board under ‘A lot has changed…but some things remain the same!’ along with the coffee dispenser and Stella ma’m’s indomitable spirit (the things that remain the same)!
The atmosphere was tempered with nostalgia. It was a pleasure to see people from the oldest batches trickling in and sharing in the laughter and easy conversation. For the graduating batch, it was an opportunity to gel with their predecessors, who had been there, done that, and had now moved on to newer horizons in their lives. It was no less a learning experience than attending a classroom session at IGTC, albeit informal. For the alumni, it was an evening of catching up with peers and reminiscing about old times.
The banter was followed by an hour or two of introductions and entertaining mimicry. It was heartening to see ex-‘IGTC’ians talk about classroom pranks. Stella ma’m was the centre of attention, this being her last Alumni Meet. This day will probably be amongst the loveliest moments in her diary. It definitely will come under my ‘most cherished moment at IGTC’.
The evening progressed smoothly, with the delicious hors d’oeuvres streaming in and the excellent German beer flowing freely. The day ended with everybody present boogying away and simply, having fun. The event was a resounding success, with Batch 2009-11 already ecstatic at the thought of attending a similar gathering in the near future, as alumni. While it is true that nothing in life is perfect, this evening came close to it and will remain memorable in the years to come.