was waiting for this photograph to come to write this post and it has just come in. This was taken on Friday the 13th when I had gone for a reunion with my old colleagues from more than a quarter century ago. This was the reason that I had posted my weekly Friday LBC post a day earlier.
All these worthies live in and around Mumbai or in Pune. Five more from my days with my employer than the six who had attended the lunch meeting about which I had written earlier had joined us and one who had attended the earlier meeting could not join us due to illness and another due to having been away at Kolkata. Two more could not attend as one was away in Dubai and the other in Ahmedabad.
You can see that the eleven characters here are anything but specimens who have frittered their lives away. Had the four who could not make it to the reunion attended, four more proofs would have been provided. My association with them starts from 1970. I had known some of them for forty plus years!
The reunion was at The Golden Swan Country Club in Thane which is located 165 Kms away from where I live. The very young looking gent at the rear row right extreme, is a member and had made the arrangements for us to meet and have lunch there.
I had picked up another resident from Pune where I live, and the two of us picked up another attendee closer to Thane on the way. While returning I had dropped both of them from where I had picked them up in the morning. It took us three and a half hours on the way to the venue and four on the way back.
We had a grand time reminiscing about the old days and also discussing matters of greater current import.
A grand time was had by all and the next meeting’s date fixed for late July during the monsoon.
Indian spiritual tradition teaches us four principles and the First Principle states:
“Whomsoever you encounter is the right one”
This means that no one comes into our life by chance. Everyone who is around us, anyone with whom we interact, represents something, whether to teach us something or to help us improve a current situation.