For me, IIT-B Hockey was synonymous with Appaji!
Mr Arun Firodia from the 1965 batch informed me that he was coached by Mr. R.S. Gentle who had scored the winning goal at Melbourne Olympics.
I of course immediately looked around:
Great to hear that Appaji is following a great tradition.
Remembering Mr Khatri
Your mail remind me of an regretful incident and I wish we were as sensitive in eighties and nineties!
It so happened that I had to go and collect my Degree Certificate from admin office after two decades from graduation. I showed myself , told my roll number and a new employee in her twenties produced my certificate in a jiffy. But she would not part with it till I showed her some identity .
I was an out of towner and had nothing on me . But the lady was bright and asked me if I could find someone on the campus who would know me personally! I imagine , with all your batch mates out of school , who would know you personally and remember after 20 years ? But I used all my memories and started taking names of a few people whom I thought would know me personally .
A lady from administration who used to give me my scholar ship , my two HODs , a PG student who helped me with my project , a Professor whose experimental IC Engine was burned by me [ surely by mistake !] – – I went on rattling names and she went on checking with her own memories and that of her seniors around . No clue – – most were retired or unknown.
Then I suddenly remembered Mr Khatri , my Gymnastics Coach whose team I had captained for three years . I almost shouted his name and the lady quietly took my signature , handed over the Certificate and with some faint comment [which I did not hear] , turned around and walked away.
I went straight to the Gym to find that our Dear Khatri Sabu had passed away a few years ago !
And although in my forties , I almost cried!
I found these photos on the net
Probably around 1987-8
The next hockey alumni get together and match is on Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 at IIT, Bombay.
Pre-match get-together: 3.30-4.30 pm, New Yoga Room, SAC, IIT-B, Powai
Match: 5 pm, Hockey Ground, IIT-B, Powai
Contact person: Mohammad Waqar Younus, Institute Hockey Secretary, IIT Bombay, Email: waqar(dot)younus192(at)gmail(dot)com; 9421053107
This site has been created on the occasion of Dr BB Appaji (Coach of the IIT-B hockey team) turning 60. All IIT-B alumni who have interacted with and learnt from Dr Appaji are requested to send in their messages, memories and old photographs to email@example.com for compilation on this blog.