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Mount Carmel’s 1966 batch to meet after 50 years

A few members of the 1966 batch of Mount Carmel College.— PHOTO: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

A few members of the 1966 batch of Mount Carmel College.— PHOTO: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT  

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Year: 1966. A batch of young women graduates from an all-woman’s college in Bengaluru and sets out on their respective career paths. Cut to 2016 and one of them says, “Many of us are grandmothers now.”

A full 50 years after they graduated, the 1966 batch of Mount Carmel College (MCC) is returning to their alma mater from February 10 to 12. Some of them will be seeing each other after half a century. And they are visibly excited.

“Some of us were in touch, meeting each other once in a while. It is a varied group of people; some are journalists, some teachers. Even classmates based in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom are coming,” said author Gita Aravamudan, who is from the 1966 batch.

In fact, she describes the friends she made in college as her ‘biggest takeaway’ from her days in MCC. And what is the most glaring change on campus?

“There is space for car parking now. In our days, most of us used to cycle to college. There was a cycle stand near Fatima Block,” she recalled.

Most of the 25 people who have so far confirmed their participation are from the class that studied literature.

A few from the economics class too have shown interest.

While the MCC’s Alumni Association has organised four such meets for the 25{+t}{+h}year of reunion, the 1962 batch had their 50{+t}{+h}year reunion in 2012.

“Bringing people together after a gap of half a century is not easy,” said Jyoti Makhija, who worked with the British Council for 32 years.

“About 15 were on social media. There were others who are old Bengalureans but settled abroad. We connected with them. We even managed to contact someone in Cyprus,” she said.




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