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A little high school reunion February 26, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in America, CMU, image, india, littlerockers, reminisces-1990s.

The past weekend produced one of the more memorable occasions ( and good pictures) in a long time. (The same period produced no blog posts.) Here is one.


[ Clockwise from top : Aneesh, Prakash, Sharath, PC, Joyas, Ashith ; Supreeth behind the camera]

That 3 of them have worked or are still working for the company that these guys founded might explain some similarity with the photograph.

Here is another set of pictures – one shot on Feb 24th, 2007 and another on March 30th, 1999. How many subjects are common to these pictures is left as an exercise to the reader. πŸ™‚


One of those is in my lab at CMU ( shot thanks to my (hardworking) colleague Sanjika who was in the lab during a weekend ) and another is in Manipal, on the sets of the Bollywood movie – “Hum Tum Pe Marte Hai” ( roughly translated “I am head over heels in love with you” and literally translated as “I die upon you” ). ( That is as close as anyone would ever get to actress Urmila Matondkar’s residence πŸ˜€ ) The story of one boy’s patently unsuccessful struggle (in the latter picture) to control his laughter deserves telling. But another day.

Modern electronic technology has meant that :

– There was no need to carry around a second camera with a black and white role to shoot the first of the 3 pictures. It was shot with Supreeth’s digital SLR – a Canon EOS-Rebel TX.

– We are not stuck with a color image if that is how it was shot ( second image). It takes 2 clicks in an image processing software to grayscale what was originally a color image and mistakenly so.

– We are not stuck with a paper version of an image merely because it was shot with a film camera ( Last image shot with Ashith’s 1983 model Canon AE-1 ).

– And finally, India’s IT prowess, American graduate schools and a little luck somewhere has meant that I have been able to shoot pictures with almost 8% of my high school class in my graduate school lab 10 years later, 15000 kms away πŸ™‚ .



1. ravi - February 27, 2007

Cool stuff! Good going comrades! One thng missing, a revolution to begin, perhaps that also must have been of you guys minds!! Thought Joyas was 800kms far away, didn’t know he reached 15,000 πŸ˜›

2. raosharath - February 27, 2007

Oops..me mentioned that in the recent grp mail that he is coming over..infact he is kinda the reason we met…else the peak of winter is the worst time to get together like that….he is returning march 5th…..

3. Prakash Rao - February 27, 2007

Not made many trips in my life , this one will always be there at the top thgh …what a memorable time I had…just goes to show you dont need to visit many tourist spots or venues to have a memorable trip ..you can just have one sitting in a room or a house for that matter…

4. raosharath - February 27, 2007

I agree man…this was really good ..in a way good we met during winter πŸ˜‰ ….

I really prefer this indoor thing ….its somewhat like how we meet in india – casual meetings ..like going to rajaram’s house from manipal to udupi ..spending the mostly indoor …doing nothing ‘eventworthy’…..

5. Aswin - February 28, 2007

Hey. . nice to know Joyas and Aneesh are in the US too … Nice big batch of you guys here in the US !

6. raosharath - February 28, 2007

Yeah….we are 14 in all from our batch in the US/Canada…..about 30-33 outside india …others mostly in the gulf …

Joyas is here on a short visit – Dec 31st-March 5th….aneesh been here since june/july …

7. Dr. (Ms) Viswa P Rath - March 5, 2007

Lovely pic.

No matter who we are or where we are; moments spent with friends are always memorable and stir a feel good factor while recollecting them.

You all look so stuffed; knowledge overloaded!!??

8. raosharath - March 5, 2007

Yeah I agree….of the people in the pic, the least I have known someone is 14 years…so, there, thats something πŸ™‚

stuffed yeah ….all the winter wear ( and tear ) and huge dinners later ….

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