December 25th, 2013


Chaalis Saal Baad (CSB): Class Of Seventy Three, IIM-A (COSTIIMA) Ruby Jubilee Reunion, 12-151213

My arrival at Ahmedabad...sunrise on the 12th morning:


For many years, KM's class from


has been meeting every year in December, with families. I liked the group immensely, and started the egroup for the alum, too. Our families grew together, and we bonded even more than classes do in the usual way. So I felt very comfortable going for the reunion.

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COSTIIMA is now planning the next meet, for 2014….!

The flower of our friendship will never fade.....


batAO, dOstOn, kyA karE? /Tell me friends, what would you have done?

sAmnE manzil thI..
peechE thI AwAz uskI.

The destination was ahead.
Her voice, behind me.

ruktE thO safar chhoot jAtA.
chaltE thO ussE bichad jAthE.

If I stopped, my journey would break.
If I continued, I'd be parted from her.

manzil ki bhI hasrat thI
aur ussE mohabbat bhI.

I wished to reach my destination,
but I loved her, too.

Ey dil, yE bathA mujhkO...
uss waqt mein kahAn jAtha?

O, my hear, tell me,
Where could I have gone then?

muddat kA safar bhI thA...
aur barsOn kI chAhat bhI thI.

It was a long-pending journey...
And it was a long-standing love.

rukthE thO bikhar jAthE,
chaltE thO dil toot jAthE.

If I stopped, my concentration would be scattered.
If I went on, my heart would break.

yUn samajh lO, ki
lagI pyA gazab kI thI..
aur pAnI mein bhI zeher thA.

Take it that I had a raging thirst,
And the water was poisoned.

pIthE...thO mar jAthE.
aur na pIthE thO bhI mar jAthE....

If I drank, I'd die.
If I did not drink, I'd die...

Thanks to Santosh Oak for this gem.