May 2, 2018
Exactly 4 weeks ago, Padma and I visited Las Vegas! We always say, we don’t talk about what we do in Las Vegas! Heard more than once, the cliché ” Lost Wages”! But on this occasion, I would like to share my joy, in meeting my classmates (1963-64) and friends from my alma mater, L. D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, India for a reunion after 50+ years!
Thanks to Arvind and Pradip’s initiative, about dozen friends and spouses spent few days (April 3 – 6) and acquainted ourselves with our life stories after college and especially, how each one of us dealt the challenges of living, raising family and making a career. Amazingly, the variety of experiences shared by friends made me more appreciative of the education foundation LDCE had provided to us in tackling the life after college. Even traveling about 10,000 miles away from India, all of us were able to overcome the challenges of First Generation Immigrants!
What was heartening was that in addition to succeeding as Engineers, with the help of the equally able spouse, we settled well in dynamic society of US. Here are some of the moments of our meeting:
Nikhilesh shared few poems from his book “Whispered Beauty”, that he authored and published in 2016. He gave a copy to each one of us and I would like to share one of the poem:
She is a software girl with a deep passion
Moving little fingers in a piano fashion
Excelling in Word and powering projects
Accessing all in organizing dockets!
Creating poetic stanzas of joyful poetry
Perhaps shaping sculptor’s artistic geometry
May be formulating orbital path of rocketry
Possibly customizing reactions of chemistry!
Bringing children a wonderful world of animation
Creating a colorful universe in bright imagination
Galaxy pictures making heavenly creation
Turning dreams to reality with make-believe formation!
She is a software girl simple and graceful
But powerful to make this world beautiful!
So, Arvind (Manjula), Pradip (Barbara), Bharat, Kamlesh (Shreya), Nikhilesh (Bakula), Vinod (Bina), Nanu (Shobhana), Vikram (son Bijal), Harendra (Minaxi), Pravin and Ramesh: Padma and I were very happy to meet you after a long time! Hopefully we will meet again in 2020 at Ahmedabad, reconnect with many other friends and share our life experiences! Let us continue to live an interesting “Life”!