40 years later: medicos on a memory trail

Looking back: Sri Venkateswara Medical College alumni of 1968 batch at the reunion organised at the college premises in Tirupati on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: -Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

A.D. Rangarajan

Medicos of the 1968 batch of SVMC gather at their alma mater

48 out of the 100 students gather along with family members

Most of them succeeded in identifying their old friends

TIRUPATI: Some exchanged a warm cuddle, some burst into tears. Some exchanged pleasantries, while some tickled the funny bone of others.

To sum up, they went nostalgic the moment they stepped into their alma mater, Sri Venkateswara Medical College, after a yawning gap of forty years.

A group of medicos converged at the college premises under the banner of RUBY SVMCOS 1968 on Saturday. With their just-developing feathers, the fledglings had fluttered away in search of greener pastures forty years back, but were now back with a task: “Mission Reunion”. Forty eight of the 100 students of that batch gathered here along with their family members.

After going around the college, library and hospital buildings, they faintly recollected anecdotes and funny gossips about their classmates and started exchanging the same.

Not just ruminating the past, they actively took part in the fun and frolic activities that followed.

A group photograph taken in 1968 was kept beside a latest one that helped one gauge the effect of ageing.

Altaf Basha, a professor of Medicine at Gulf Medical University arrived here all the way from UAE for the meet. D. Ramakrishna Reddy, who retired as DM&HO of Chittoor and A. Bhaskar Naidu, a Tirupati-based ophthalmologist helped arrange the get-together by painstakingly collecting the postal and email addresses of their batch mates.

P. Devavaram, who retired as Territorial Commander in the Salvation Army appeared keyed-up before the get-together, but his tension vanished into thin air on seeing his old friends, when things started automatically falling in place.

Venkat Rao, a professor at Siddhartha Medical College (Vijayawada) and V. Srinath, retired Deputy DM&HO of Nellore were among those who rejoiced and made merry. M. Jayarami Reddy, an ENT consultant and P.J.N. Reddy, a paediatrician, both still practising in Chennai, were elated to see their old friends.

Most of them succeeded in identifying their old friends by looking beyond the grey locks or the receding hairline.

SVIMS Director G. Subramanyam, who was a special invitee at the event, was evidently thrilled at the reunion. He had just joined the college as a teacher of Medicine and was considered one of the favourite teachers by the 1968 batch.

With a “those-were-the-days” sigh, Dr. Subramanyam recalled the special regard and attachment the students had for the teachers and later released a souvenir containing old photographs. The members were given a memento that carried a picture of their alma mater.