LUCKNOW: Looking for the mango tree under which they played merry-go-round, kissing the walls in gratitude and jumping like teenagers on reaching the basketball court, the former students of the Loreto Convent went down the memory lane during the alumni meet on Saturday.
A mix of all age groups, the ‘Open House Extraordinaire’ organized by Loreto Alumnae Association witnessed equal excitement from those in their late 60s and the ones in early 30s. Singing school song and cheering with enthusiasm when the name and colour of their school house were announced, the former students enjoyed every moment. Renowned neurologist Dr Devika Nag (84), said: “I feel blessed that I could witness 150 years of my school, an opportunity that many of my batchmates couldn’t get. We were a batch of 16 girls, three have passed away while a number of them are based abroad.”
“When I saw the sports ground, the fond memories of our Bharatnatyam practice flashed before my eyes. The campus has changed a lot but the warmth, love and care is the same. Assembly hall is one place that has not changed for me,” she added.
Dr Reshma Sindhi, school captain of the 1976 batch, led all girls like a team leader. Dr Sindhi, who came all the way from Dubai, said: “When I got to know that my school is turning 150, I immediately booked my flight to celebrate the special day.” A group of four friends from the 1973 batch – Nishi Mehrotra, Alka Bhargava, Ratna Watal and Anuradha Gupta (all in their 60s) – made sure they sat together and chatter as they did during their school days.
“My journey at Loreto started off with my father picking palash flowers for me from the sand outside the school after I appeared for the admission test. It has been a journey of excellence and achievements,” said Anujaya Srivastava, civil judge, Barabanki.

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