• Driving up the hills once again
    Driving up the hills once again
  • Pakodas at Kolukhet
    Pakodas at Kolukhet
  • Time to take the right turn!
    Time to take the right turn!
  • Yes, the right turn!
    Yes, the right turn!
  • The road from Chunakhala to Jharipani
    The road from Chunakhala to Jharipani
  • Our glorious valley green
    Our glorious valley green
  • The old faithful pines
    The old faithful pines
  • Green, pristine, alive!
    Green, pristine, alive!
  • A closer look at the changing room
    A closer look at the changing room
  • Principal's residence
    Principal's residence
  • The newly made visitor's deck
    The newly made visitor's deck
  • Front pitch -- damp, drizzled out, nostalgic.
    Front pitch -- damp, drizzled out, nostalgic.
  • Front pitch wall -- still un-plastered
    Front pitch wall -- still un-plastered
  • A game of futta, anyone?
    A game of futta, anyone?
  • Who remembers this tree?
    Who remembers this tree?
  • Who remembers this path?
    Who remembers this path?
  • Who remembers Dal Chand?
    Who remembers Dal Chand?
  • Lower pitch, now a basketball court
    Lower pitch, now a basketball court
  • A walk back in time
    A walk back in time
  • Towards the Principal's Office
    Towards the Principal's Office
  • Way to Junior School
    Way to Junior School
  • Principal's office
    Principal's office
  • Down the rain-drenched path
    Down the rain-drenched path
  • Till we meet again!
    Till we meet again!

My first memories of OG are of a rainy, foggy, green day. July 24, 1984 was the day I drove up the cloud-laden road to Jharipani via Barlowganj. All I could see was verdure, all I could smell were the mountains soaked in rain. And then, there was Oak Grove – all green, grey and brown. Moss, lichens, droplets clinging to rails, stone walls sprouting with life – and that moist air to breathe and walk into.

It had been many a year since 1984. It was time to pay another visit to OG in the rains.

These photographs are from a trip to Oak Grove School in August 2014. These were posted by Puneet Monga (1991) on his Facebook page.

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