Event The ex students of St. Francis College for Women, Begumpet, gathered for an alumnae reunion. Sohini Chakravorty relives the moments

O n a Saturday evening, St Francis College for Women, Begumpet campus was echoing with a lot of delighted shrieks, loud and ecstatic greetings and casual camaraderie as the ex-students of the college gathered for an alumnae reunion. Old and new, students from batches 1962 to 2011 were back to relive their college days and renew their ties with some of their favourite lecturers. The auditorium was the epicentre for all the excitement as each announcement was greeted with loud excited hoots and for once the college authorities let down their guard and mingled with the happy crowd.

“It is a wonderful experience to be back in the college premises. I am soaking in the ambience,” says Asha Kumar, Secretary of the St. Francis Alumni. Recalling her college days, she is full of gratitude. “The students of this college are known for their dedication and smartness and I have to give credit to my success to this college. This college made me who I am today,” she says who is also the Sales Manager, AP Sri Lankan Airlines.

The evening started with a prayer and inaugural ceremony, followed by a pageant. Referring to an alumni member who was also a part of the faculty, Anju Thomas says, “Anita ma'am was quite a strict lecturer when I was in college. It is a pleasant surprise to see her shake a leg and be in such a jovial and careless mood.”

Apart from the scheduled events, most of the Francisians were excited to meet their friends and get nostalgic about their college life. “From bunking classes to jumping off the railway track to escape the classes, we have enjoyed every moment of my college life. Today, I got a chance to meet my friends after a long time and as of now I just cant think of the outside world but enjoy my moment back in college,” says a visibly ecstatic Kavya Bagaria of the 2005 batch. While Subha Vishwanathan of the 99 batch exclaims, “It's a wrong assumption that science students never had fun. We have had our share of naughty experiences.”

However, some things don't change. Ruchi Soni of the 2006 batch climbed out of the auditorium window to escape the event and spend more time around the college campus. “We never attended any of the functions and I was warned by all lecturers of my free spirited ways and I just could not resist doing it again when I am back in college,” she laughs.