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Meeting my craft teacher! Who started the `house’ system at our school

By Pradeep Vijayakar (Class of 1961-66)

I said `Good morning teacher “in the unlikeliest of places on Saturday—in the visitors lounge of intensive care at Holy FamilyHospital in Bandra. Ex-Stanlislite crafts teacher Odette Noronha (1960-72) was another visitor. Her husband also a Stanisilite Edward Pereira was down with a heart problem. I was there for my mother-in-law.

Teacher and student spent the whole night chatting away without realizing about our relationship going back to forty years. I was student 1961-66. Frankly I couldn’t recollect who was the crafts teacher but my cousin Deepak (Godrej) would always recall the craft teacher and Poetry Teacher (one withy fuzzy hair). Teacher Odette told me she was the one who started the `house’ system in the school. Kostka house and all.

Whenever I meet people I don’t intrude, don’t right away ask their names, what they are, what they do my. I think that’s good manners. Actually, the other party gets worried why people don’t want to know about them, no one wants anonymity I suppose. But I do. I seldom go on proclaiming I am the Assistant Editor of the world’s biggest broadsheet, The Times of India. (Teacher still doesn’t know that unless the wife has let it out; she was keeping her company after I left).

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