Yesterday’s Times Of India’s front page had everyone at home shocked. I wouldn’t say it was totally because a suspected terrorist was found to be a Bangalorean [and a qualified doctor at that]. ToI does very thorough yellow journalism, and dug into this guy’s past [possibly to uncover some minor incident that might have made him lose faith in democracy, and make it a big feature with reader-inputs on how others have also felt the same, and with some celebrity soundbytes from Rubi Chakravarthy, Chippy Gangjee, Prasad, Judith, Adam and Aviva Bidapa, Sadiqa Peerbhoy,Actresses Ramya, Daisy Bopanna and Jennifer Kotwal, Yusuf Arakkal and his son, [and tons of other Bangalore Times-made celebrities] and with some luck, Sudha Murthy, apart from numerous students on the campuses of Christ College, St. Joseph’s Junior College, Bishop Cottons and Mallya Aditi, and denounce the government and the establishment in general, and say that if India was a freer society, like The Netherlands, and if the municipal authority in Bangalore allowed pubs to remain open beyond 11 PM, this would never have happened].
Anyway, they did dig into his past, and found which school he had been to.
Which was the same school I went to.
I thought at first it was a mistake [I mean, the last thing you’d want to have is something in common with a terrorist], but when I looked at this person’s Orkut profile [arbitNewsChannel reported that his scrapbook was beseiged with death threats], there was no doubt; he’d specified it clearly.
Well, not bad at all! In sixteen years of existence, along with innumerable rolling trophies at interschool fests, and as many national-level “Best Teacher” awards to its staff, NTSE scholars, All-India Merit award winners, the school counts among its alumni numerous IITians, NITians [yes, that is counted as an achievement], radio jockeys [yeah, that too], CAT toppers, IIM grads and Rhodes scholars, one more guy on the front page of newspapers doesn’t make that hard a difference.
Oh, and the guy who drove the car that almost blew up in Glasgow is reportedly from Sri Aurobindo Memorial School, a similar one with as many [or slightly fewer, as the “my school is bestest” spirit in me says] trophy alumni.
Ahh, the times when all UK was well-known for was its witty sitcoms and when school alumni were just boring overachievers, and the only sort of terrorism we knew was generating enough noise to ensure Chanchala ma’am’s voice was drowned in the sea of babble, and hoping she would give up trying to teach us and let us off, or cross-questioning the new teacher en-masse to ensure she left with a nervous breakdown.