Memories of a 5th grader

Before you start reading this post, please scroll down and read the disclaimer (it’s in italics, grey) in the post right below this one πŸ˜€ (I’m sure you’ll have to read it for quite sometime from now on!)

My “online time” is lesser than the state’s monthly ration allowances! The maximum I get to do these days is open Gmail, open Orkut, open WP and then log out before I can do anything useful! I was succumbing to unknown mighty forces that are against me being online — and had almost become used to it…until yesterday!

A chat box opened up in my Gmail and asked “Remember me?” After initial moments of 😯 , I was thrilled! It was an old, old, ooooooold classmate. We shared a class, a bench and our friendship in 5th Std! And then we’d lost touch. A few years ago, when I’d started my Orkut account, I’d searched for her, but wasn’t lucky. And now, here she was.

We had a few long gaps amidst one liners…14 years is a long long time — and if you think there’d be lots of stuff to catch up on when you meet such an old friend, let me tell you, there’s none! πŸ˜€ We had no clue what to talk about…other than one-liner replies to “Where are you these days?” and “What you up to?” and the like. And well, if you think there’d be nothing to talk about after the first round of such awkwardness, let me tell you, you’re wrong! Hehe…we launched into a trail of “Do you remember whens” πŸ˜‰ . Oh God! It was the best catching-up I had had in a long time!

We discussed kho-kho games and falling-downs (I hated that game and would always end up bruised; so would she); we discussed about those irate teachers and our incessant chatting (apparently, once we both were asked to sit at two different seats, well away from each other because of our non-stop talking — and I started crying; being the true friend she was, she started off too! πŸ˜€ ); we discussed a few horrid male classmates with whom we’d always get into a quarrel — and I’d go marching to the staff room to complain, bring back a loud-voiced Sir and get them guys shouted at! πŸ˜‰

We literally laughed out loud discussing a classmate who never used to touch a girl, for fear of him getting pregnant! Ever if his finger brushed against a girl’s by mistake, he’d bring out his towel and rub “it” all off vehemently! (He’s with Infosys now, though I don’t know why I’ve mentioned it here πŸ˜€ ). Then there was this Anti-Love Association we’d started — 4 of us friends — against “love” (I still don’t think I was a voluntary member of that πŸ˜‰ )! Hehe…we used to snoop around, find all sorts of “couples” on campus — well, there was nothing much we fifth grades could do about it — bitch about them majorly! πŸ˜› There was also another secret society we were members of — but of what, we now got no clue! I only remember tiny visiting cards and a symbol on our thumbs (used to make it by dabbing ink onto the bottom of a sketch-pen and pressing it on out thumbs!)

Apparently, once those horrid male classmates pushed her off the bench and she landed “thud” on the floor, right with her bruise facing the floor. Well, we had our revenges too…we used to stone those guys during our every single badminton sessions! — psssttt…and get stoned by them too! 😦

The funniest of all was the recollection of her and myself on stage once — hair all done up and tied with colourful ribbons that matched our dresses — singing away to glory!! πŸ˜€

Anyway, it was a rather playful walk down memory lane…becoming a 5th grader again, even if for a few minutes, was awesome — and I enjoyed it so very thoroughly! πŸ™‚ Now, that once-upon-a-time little girl is a stunningly beautiful woman! I was shocked when I saw her picture — and gaped for quite a while! πŸ™‚

I’m so glad we’re back in touch. 14 years of fun we’d missed. Welcome back, Indu! πŸ™‚

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47 thoughts on “Memories of a 5th grader

  1. i can totally relate to this too πŸ™‚ cos it happened to me few months back – got in touch with a couple of school friends after decades and since then we meet once in a fortnight and talk hours together about all the silly and funny things we did at school from our crushes to the bashings we got πŸ˜› – gosh it was so much fun πŸ™‚

  2. That was such a sweet post ! Im happy for you.

    I hardly had friends in my childhood and Im in touch with just two of them now (consequences of a troubled childhood). but for me the best phase ever was my 7 years of college life. Like you guys, whenever we meet up, we start with, ” Hey do you remember” that ends always with,”…those were the days!” . Sigh !!

    Btw, atleast ee Indu aalu ippo single aano?? πŸ˜‰

  3. So cute! πŸ™‚ ….I guess all of us will cherish our childhood memories for a long, long time πŸ™‚

    Oh btw, do tell me the name of that guy in Infy….if I do join there (and there’s a good chance that I’ll still end up in Infosys! πŸ˜€ ) , I’ll remind him of his story πŸ˜› …hehe

  4. oh what a nostalgic post! πŸ˜€
    it made me remember my days as a 5th grader …..life was so carefree and one was so unaware of the worldly deeds..everyone was friend and the class was actually one big united family πŸ™‚
    and poor guy thought that touching a girl would make him getting pregnant lolz πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    nice post!

  5. yeah……when there was my fathers college friends get together aftr 20 years!oh ! it was tooo good to even see it..girls as usual grabbed the seats n started their ‘kathi’ n boys( i mean fathers) started commenting on gals’ πŸ˜€

    Well even i do miss friends who left just before 6 months πŸ˜€

  6. πŸ™‚

    Sweet old memories…last week I got in touch with 2 old friends of mine. Though we are frenz but they weren’t popular amongst my frenz. So after speaking to these 2 females I called my other fren and what a bitching session we had πŸ˜€ it was like old times and I felt so so good and refreshed πŸ™‚

    Sweet post πŸ™‚

  7. Social networking sites are one of the best finds in recent years. It has brought a lot of old friends close to one another.

    And did you do all that when you were at the 5th grade? You girls were way ahead of time πŸ˜€

    And BTW is Indu single!! πŸ˜‰

  8. @Praddy
    Welcome to AlphabetWorld! πŸ™‚
    Glad to know you are back in touch with them… It’s a really special feeling πŸ˜‰

    @Reema
    Awww…call them up! Now! Go! Go! πŸ˜€

    @Vimal
    Thank you! πŸ™‚
    Yea…it is…the things we do as kids!!
    And yes…she’s very single…and her parents are looking πŸ˜‰ (Apparently, she’s still president of the Anti-Love Associaition — was so even in college!) Still, interested? πŸ˜›

    @Nick
    Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚ Yeah, true!
    Ummmmm…get into Infy and then let me kno πŸ˜‰

    @Arpit
    Thanks…
    Yes, he actually used to believe so πŸ˜€

    @Vinayak
    πŸ˜€ Yeah…i reapeat…i really don’t think I was a voluntary member πŸ˜‰

    @Rekha
    Haha…that’s funny!

    @Smita
    How typically feminine πŸ˜›
    Yeah…every gal does that…bitching is so harmless, ainnit? πŸ˜‰

    @AV
    it was great indeeed.
    ROFL about the pregnant infy guy! πŸ˜†

    @Indu
    LOL…yea! Poory guy. Avan ithu arinjaal, i’ll be dead!

    @Varun
    Yea..true. But such sites are also a pain mostly πŸ˜€ esp for girls πŸ˜‰
    Yes…we were way ahead of time…and we still are! πŸ˜›
    Indu is very very single (refer my reply to Vimal for details πŸ˜€ )
    And NO! I really wanna live for some more years! Please! πŸ™‚

  9. “a classmate who never used to touch a girl, for fear of him getting pregnant!”
    dat was awesome !!! πŸ˜€

    we too had a lotta fun in school days, but not in 5th grade.. it was in the 8th,9th n 10th grades.. wen i was prefect n monitor.. we would tell our teachers – Miss so-n-so has called us for some work , and all go to the loo and while away time πŸ˜€

  10. oh tat shudnt bother vimal tat much… now wud it vimal? πŸ˜‰ i can actually hear him singing out to her, “i dont care who u are, where u r from, what u did, as long as u love me” πŸ˜›
    n yeah- don forget to charge him for giving him an intro to her.. we’ll share it.. wat say? πŸ˜€

  11. @Anu
    Lol…That guy actually did exist (still does!) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    And…while away time in the loo?? loo ?? seriously?? Lol…

    @Sakhi
    Thanks πŸ™‚
    Yeah…I read that…yu were a “sambhavam” alright (now please, I can’t translate that and give the same effact as well! It’s a compliment, so be happy! πŸ˜‰

    @AV
    Hehe…she sings well too. Probably once he’s done, she’ll start off with “That don’t impress meeee much!” πŸ˜‰ But well, Vimal, that shouldn’t stop you from singing “Please forgive me…I know not what I do…” and “Let’s start all over again, baby…” (I’ve no clue if there is a song like this πŸ˜‰ )
    Oh yea…I’ll charge him alright. 50-50. Deal?

  12. @ Priya :

    Well, my folks have been looking out for me too and guess what, Im even ready to join that club of yours!!!What say now ?? πŸ˜€ We could be best buddies !!!!

    @ AV :

    Thanks. Now that you mentioned, Im actually singing, and that too a wide variety of songs πŸ˜‰ . What do you guys want in return for an intro??? Name it, you get it!!!

  13. @ priya: 50-50 deal is perfect babe! πŸ˜€

    @ vimal: well… let me calculate wat u owe us after seeing how the intro n all goes fwd.. depending on where it leads will be r charge.. πŸ™‚ but its definitely not gonna be nill.. so u better keep ur bank bal high. πŸ˜›

  14. @Vimal
    I thought we were ‘best buddies’ already! hmmmph!
    And damn! I sing too πŸ˜› Cche πŸ˜€
    We’ll calculate and let you know…and for you, no advance payment – but no discounts either! πŸ˜›

    @AV
    πŸ˜€

  15. Does Indu know about all these deals you, AV and Vimal are cooking up?! Nice post…kinda relate to it; cos there were a few friends who disappeared and came back just recently and we went on and on and on….ignoring even our kids πŸ˜‰
    Seriously …bitching on couples, Anti-love assoc in 5th std.?? I was blissfully ignorant of everything even in 12th! I maintained strongly that a couple were just great friends then!! πŸ˜€

  16. I feign ignorance when any old classmate pings me or scraps me! it’s more harm than fun, in my case. They knew me when I was a crazy immature idiot. Oh wait, I’m still that! πŸ˜€
    Anyway, old memories are always good conversation material, over a beer… πŸ˜€

  17. @ Priya :

    aaah, you didnt get it ! We are already best buddies, but this way, we could be BESSSST Buddies. Adaaayadu, x(ur old best buddy)* y (ur new best buddy)= xy (conglomerated best buddies). Phew!

    and I thought we went through that ‘che’ session already πŸ˜€

  18. hiiii priya,

    i don think you know me.. i am happy that you have written such nice things about a person whos s very close 2 mee… Actually she s my BEST FRIEND…..we met almost 7 yrs back….& after dat der ws noo luking bac…..she mentioned abt u.. sum days bac..i am very happy dat u ppl met after soo many years. i think she s most underestimated person….evry1 thiks she s moody or introvert etc…… but i knw,she s d most wonderful person i have ever met… she even undrstds my feeling even without words….& viceversaaa… i am vry luckyy dat i got a frd like dis…..

  19. @Apar
    Hehe…yea…she’s aware πŸ˜‰
    Thanks…and well, 5th grade apparently was fun πŸ˜‰
    We were against couples bcoz our teachers kept telling us it was someting “criminal and wrong” πŸ˜€ we were just being obedient students πŸ˜›

    @Nikhil
    LOL…if yu ar still that, guess if we meet after 10 years, yu’d feign the same ignorance πŸ˜›

    @Sharad
    Thanks πŸ™‚
    Yea…those are real good memories!
    Yes, they did! And I’m super glad!

    @Indu
    Anytime, dear! πŸ™‚
    Of course! No ways am I gonna let you go into hiding again πŸ˜‰

    @Vimal
    Grrrrr…no math, please! Yea yea…I got it!
    Oh yes, we did…I was just “feigning ignorance” πŸ˜€

    @Kanagu
    Yes! True πŸ™‚

    @Rakesh
    I know everything about you πŸ˜‰
    We had a loooong chat…and all that is left is ‘seeing’ you — which again has been partly done through orkut πŸ˜€
    Yea, I agree with everything yu’v said about Indu! πŸ™‚ She’s a gem πŸ™‚

    @Smallstar
    Back after a loooong time! πŸ™‚
    Thanks a lot!
    I hope you are feeling better now.
    Hugs to you too πŸ™‚

    @Niyaz
    Yup…it was!
    Thanks!

    @Kartz
    πŸ˜€ Thanks!

  20. Hmmm…this has never happened with me. I have lost touch with many old school friends. Sometimes, I wonder if they would even recognize me if we cross each other in a street. I have changed so much…
    And I totally agree with you. There is always an initial awkward moment when you don’t know what to talk about.

  21. That should have been total fun. Reminds me off a time when I found a 4th grade classmate of mine.We shared the same names so it was easier to find him out. He was my next roll number and sat right ebhind me durign exams,was a wonderful artist. So he used to draw all my dagrams during science exams and I used to write the theory part.Never realized wat we were doing is wrong/illegal etc :). There wer so many things which we did[including of eve teasing,ragging,harassment :P]which if we try now will put us behind the bars :-).

  22. school days ….. golden memories indeed ….. i still remember few of my mates whom I really wish to meet again …. but am unable to find any link ….:(

    excellent post ….. blog rolled you …. πŸ˜€

  23. haha ! that was funny.
    the catching up thing is real great. couple of my friends would do the chain mail thing while at work and discuss all the funny stuff. and my colleagues wonder why I laugh out aloud in my silent world called the cubicle.

  24. @Amit
    Am sure if any of your classmates read this, they can safely ‘not recognise’ you henceforth πŸ˜‰

    @Manasa
    Thanks
    Hehe…well, he’s got his biology and anatomy and biological truths straight now πŸ˜€
    Am blogrolling you, btw!

    @Su
    The disclaimer was in the previous post πŸ˜€
    And yea, if some guy hunts you down, wrings your neck and scream abuses at you (reg. her pic n the link n the bribe), please take full responsibility πŸ˜‰ He’s reading this too, am sure πŸ˜€

    @Smallstar
    Great to have you back!

    @Arvind
    I swear!

    @Nautankey
    Welcome to AlphabetWorld!
    Hehe…you seem to have been quite a naughty fella!
    Am sure yur reunion was quite hilarious!

    @Mystiquedew
    Thanks
    Hehe…I have the same prob…since I don’t seem to have changed, people recognise me πŸ˜€
    I had a habit of saying “Of course I do…” when people, especially elders, who are foreign to me ask “Remember me?”. I ditched that habit wen once, in response to my affirmative, that man said “Ok, then explain!”. I made the biggest fool of myself πŸ˜€

    @Krrisshhnnaa
    Welcome to AlphabetWorld!
    Thanks a lot

    @Harsh
    Welcome to AlphabetWorld!
    Yes…it is! I hope you get the links asap! It’s quite a nice time you’ll have then!
    Thanks Am blogrolling you too!

    @Apar
    Oh! Guess I need tags now to keep my blog alive 😦 I hardly get time to ‘write’ anything new!
    Thanks…shall do it asap!

    @Xylene
    Hehe…now, that is an idea. Should start it soon πŸ˜€

  25. hahaha
    this is a good one
    when i was young i also thought that if a male hugs a female she will get pregnant. lol
    came to that conclusion because normally in movies in the song they show the hero and heroine dancing and hugging and having fun. and after the song the movie turns into a serious one because the heroine gets pregnant after hugging in the song. hahaha

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