This photograph of the under 14 cricket team of the St Josephs Indian Middle School was taken sometime in 1977.
The photograph was taken for the annual magazine. I was in the seventh standard at that time.
A lot of importance was given to sports in our school. During the lunch interval or physical education classes, cricket, football and hockey were played simultaneously.
The roads were mostly empty those days and I would sometimes cycle down to school or take the HMT company bus. It would take us exactly 30 minutes from Jalahalli to Kanteerava Stadium.
The smell of beer from the neighbouring United Breweries factory mixed with the aroma of the sweet bread from the Tiffanys nearby.
The space between our school and Bowring Institute on St Marks Road was almost vacant and we used to dash down during the short interval to pick up the delicious kulfis sold by Shreeraj, also known as Bowring Kulfis. The Nanking Hotel behind our school also used to be a landmark with a lot of Kannada movies being shot there.
All the principals of our school were very enthusiastic about sports. Our school was the winner in all sport tournaments.
Sports and studies went hand in hand. High …read more