School reunions can be boring affairs. A lot of people pretending to be what they are not, some old folks busy sharing their ‘success’ stories, a pinch of snootiness, a portion of make-believe, and long before it is over you wishing that you were someone else!
But that is never the case with Oak Grove reunions. OG never boasted to be the best in academics or education related success (although it has large luminous alumni who have made their mark on the world in every field imaginable). Oak Grove was always about the place and its culture, about the friends with whom we have shared some of the best years of our lives. It has vast expanses of woods overlooking green mountains and deep valleys. Every season here is different, and the dawns and dusks are more spectacular than one can imagine. It has secrets it keeps: from gushing waterfalls and streams to deodar-scented bugyals, from great playgrounds to secluded corners where even the most prosaic of souls can find poetic hearts.
But at the end a place must have people to match its spirit. Once again I was reminded why every year (or whenever possible) so many of us migrate from far-off places, countries, and continents, to meet again. In the outside world most actions have a commercial or selfish purpose; every act must have a planned outcome. Here, during the reunion I again reconnected with kindred souls who were happy to just be there, to have for a while the chance to spend in this loved, familiar place, among those we have counted as friends and siblings (sometimes lovers as well).
It was spectacularly organized. It made us relive our wonder years once again, even though for only a while.
Thank you OG. Thank you TOGA and the association folks. Thank you everyone who came, to those who remembered us, and those who were there to renew the life-long acquaintances once again. God bless you all. Thank you also to my batch-mates who made this especially memorable for me.
Here are some of the pictures from the reunion. This is not a documentary of the place or the event. It simply captures some sights and sounds of the lovely place and the lovelier people I met. These were some of the best returns I got from bunking office! Ever!
I have lots more which I shall send directly to you.
These photographs are from a trip to Oak Grove School in October 2017. These were posted by Diptesh Ghosh (1992) on Facebook on November 01, 2017.