Category: Class of 1980-1990

Post from Rakesh Pundir

The 1991 silver medal is still a prized possession as we beat a much superior IIT Mardi.  All pleasant memories are flooding the mind…….I not only played 4 yrs during B.Tech 1989-93 but came back in 1996 for Master of Management with the added incentive to play hockey again…….

Will be fun to meet again on 12th.

Post from Vijay Gupta

Most of you on this thread are very young and may not know me.  I was at IIT Bombay H7 from 1980-1985, in the last 5-year batch, played hockey all 5 years, and served as captain and secretary as well.  I have very fond memories of Appaji and I wondered if something through Skype could be arranged in case there is a party for him.

I was from Delhi and was from the last 5 years batch but could not get into IIT Delhi first time around so came to IIT Bombay.  Next year IIT changed to 4-year program and I gave JEE again and could have got anything at IIT Delhi.  I remember Appaji sending then our Hockey Golie Satish Rahi also from Delhi to my IIT Delhi counseling and making sure that I did not fill out any choices as he did not want me to leave the IIT Bombay hockey team.  It is amazing that against everyone’s wishes, including my parents (as my home was literally 5 minutes waking distance from IIT Delhi), this actually happened in that I had to turn in a blank ranking form!  Rest is history.  This was probably the best decision I have made in life thanks to Appaji.  Living in a place where I did not anybody and with no cell phones and internet connect those days made my personality evolve in a fairly significant way.  I think that aspect has carried through more than any technical IIT education in my life.  He taught us discipline and value of being a complete human.

There are way too many stories from our IIT meets some of which I can tell you will be hard to beat, including one, where the night before our first game at the IIT Kharagpur meet, half of the team went to Calcutta.  Missing the last local train and then hitch-hiking an express train by sitting in the guard compartment after generously bribing him to arrive at the Kharagpur station at 3 AM and literally giving Appaji a heart attack was something that cannot go out of my system.  Most amazing was how Appaji handled all of us in a calm and gentle way knowing we had a game in few hours.  This taught a very valuable life lesson but displayed the enormity of Appaji’s personality.

Anyway I can go on and on.  All I can say is that you all look very sharp in the photos.

All the best,

Vijay Gupta

Post from Ajay Phatak

I remember the toning  up sessions on the hillslope behind Hostel 1.  Appaji used to get the team their and we used sprint up and walk Down this patch of road until all of us could no longer walk…..

Was good experience in the MINIMUM level of training that is a must.

Ajay Phatak
H3 • Batch of 1984

My best Wishes to Appaji on his 60th.  I know he would still be looking like he is in his 30’s

Photos from Amber Dubey

The 87 team.  won gold in 87 (BOM) and 88 (MAD) and bronze in 89 (KNP).  Feels like yesterday.  Cheers, Amber


Inter IIT Gold in 1987 (at Bombay)

Inter IIT Hockey Gold_Dec 1987


Hockey team in Dec 1987

IIT-B Hockey Team_Dec 1987


Photos from the net

I found these photos on the net

Probably around 1987-8

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