(Cross-posted on all my major personal and alma mater blogs. This is a tribute I received for concerned blogging.)
Monday, November 27, 2006
Dear Class of 56,
To quote from the editorial page of your Class Directory:
“To Jacob Matthan go immense thanks for the support of his blogsite and his indefatigable research.”
Thank you, Meena, for writing these words which will be remembered by my children and grandchildren for another 50 years at least, even though none of them had the opportunity to be Cathedralites.
I do hope that I have instilled some of the “education” that I received from my glorious alma mater to these two generations of my immediate family.
You 56ers have made today of my most wonderful days of my life.
Courier Post this evening brought me the Class Directory and two absolutely precious Tee-Shirts.
I offered one to my better half, but she said that they were for me.
Of course, she told me not to wear it as I usually do, as I am, at this tender age of 63, in the habit of spilling my tea all over the front onto my large paunchy area.
When Ubi forwarded me the Reunion Report, my eyes were moist with the tears of joy and sorrow that welled in me. I was especially moved by the news of how Muku, another one of my heroes, came to the reunion get-together. His CV in the Directory explained to me the character of a man I admired in school.
I especially remember when young Aditya Malkani read about his father on my Seventh Heaven website (April 2001), well before it was made into a blog.
From: "Aditya Malkani"
Subject: Re: Picture Champion House 1953
It was great to recieve your email.
I went to your very impressive web site and saw the picture from 53.
I almost had tears coming out of my eyes looking at pictures of my dad and reading about names that i had heard him mention so often.
I am currently a third year in Oberlin college and i will be graduating in may of 2002.
I have several school pictures from around 1956 that my father kept in good condition, if you like i can scan them and send them to you when i return to Bombay in July.
I wish in thirty years from now our graduating class of '98..manages to keep in touch, the way yours has.
Thank you ever so much for allowing me to learn more about my father's younger days.
When Doreen discovered me and entered into a beautiful relationship, I have enjoyed every moment learning about her life and her family.
And when Ubi entered into my life via the blog, I was so thrilled to be in touch again with someone so immensely dedicated to the school, that it was my greatest pleasure to fulfil his every desire towards making your reunion a success.
And from all the accounts that I have received, it was.
When I received the Directory and turned open the cover and found the mention of ME in the editorial, Annikki and i were so overjoyed that we have still not stopped talking about it.
I explained to her about so many of the personages contained therein, many of you whom i remember so vividly.
Ubi was my hero, but that does not detract from the enormous respect I hold for so many of you who used to be willing to give time to us kids to help us.
What I learnt from many of you is what i practice on my blog.
I do hope that as many of you will send me photographs and details to share with over 3000 Cathedralites from 1945 to 2006 who tune in to this blog faithfully to see what YOU have to say.
I hope that you will allow me to be part of your 60th Reunion!
Thank you 56ers.