A school named Vikaasa


If you've ever come across a Vikaasite (alumnus of the famous Vikaasa school), you would know why I took all the pains to scribble such a big note on my school.The school is truly one of its kind and deserves mention to every human being I meet in this world. I started my kindergarten there. Which school today has a toy train around the school, ample play hours, no writing work, no exams, sleeping hours, gardening time, a day dedicated to art,craft and music?? I can hear you say very few.. or can even be none.. A kindergarten is the time when a child gets moulded, when we entered school, our teachers were there at the entrance , welcoming us with open hands and would carry our lunch bags to our lockers. Then the classes would begin,yup in the garden. An hour of gardening in the early afternoon. So lovely to see the plants that we had sweated to plant and nurture bear flowers,fruits or vegetables! You know what, every plant that you have planted has a placard with its name and yours! Isnt that cute!!
Then come the music and dance hours when our teachers used to play the piano/guitar and sing and dance with us with the very famous nursery rhymes! I cant forget the "Incy Wincy Spider" and "Sing a song of sixpence", my teachers taught me with action. Trust me even today I remember all my nursery rhymes by heart (some even with the actions they taught ;-)
After having lunch seated at your "ma'am's lap" , all of us would sleep for a lovely hour. Get up, get ready after washing your face.And leave for home! Yup the school would last from 9 to 1 only everyday! And not to forget that our school was located on a hill called "Pasumalai" (that means cow+hill in Tamil). It was an old English building, while thoroughly, stone pillars and benches, cute swimming pool and a very very tidy lawn! If you want to know how my school looks like take a drive to Madurai and ask for Taj - Garden Retreat Hotel. Yes by all means our school qualified to be a star hotel and is now owned by the Taj group of Hotels!! More will follow to speak about the ever lasting school days!!!!!!!!

19 comments:

Uma Krishna said...

Wow, you have had a nice time in nursery. The same is followed here in UK in the nurseries. My son Tharun is nearing 3 and loves his nursery.

Deekshanya said...

thanks a lot Uma for your comments.I did have a fabulous time at school from nursery till I completed higher secondary.Regards to Tharun!

Dubukku said...

Will you beleive, when we return we are planning to put our daughter in this school. But in Ambasamudram.
Your post is valuable to us and will show this to my wife today.

Thanks very much.

Dubukku said...

and how abt the Ambas one?? is that equally good too? I know its good but want to ask your view as a insider

havefun31 said...

hey hi Deekshanya...

wel... I happen to be a Vikaasite too... I went to Vikaasa ambas...

Man... evry woed o' yorz is true.....

Vikaasa is simply PARADISE ON EARTH....

I can not o'ly understand but also feel every word you've written out there...

'coz.... I was one o' doz people who were blessed enough to be a part of the History of Vikaasa....

sudha de daredevil said...

hai
i am too a vikaasite (ambas)...
yeah! we people are relly lucky enough to be vikaasites....

Anonymous said...

Alright folks lets get down to reality, as long as the British Management was running the school it was the greatest. Now it's just another school on the block. Gone are the days where we had the best anglo teachers and best teachers n principals. When Madura Coats broke up and the management changed and coats viyela began it was the End. Textile Industry went down and so did the school run by it;s management. Now the school strength is about 150 odd and i bet the teachers cant speak one line of english properly. Speaks about its quality now doesnt it? Am from the 96 batch of vikaasa ambas. Hope y'all know vikaasa ambas was only upto 10th not 12th.

Deekshanya said...

Dear Anonymous,
Agreed. I was referring to the school when I joined in LKG (1982) and passed out tenth std in 1995. I have no clue abt how it is now. And this post completely is about the school at that period and not what it is now. I was in Ambas vikaasa too, was in the 1995 ICSE batch.
Thanks for visiting.
Regards
Deeksh

Ambas Anonymous 83' said...

Hey Anonymous 96' you are 100% right. I'm on ur side.

Singing, Acting, Sporting, Country Marothoning, Trekking the Western Ghats, Swimming, Mischief playing, etc... etc...

Those were the Days !!

Divi Alagappan said...

hai, Nice to read. I myself am a Vikaasite (Madurai). I can never express in words my love for the school or its serenity. i started in 1984 and graduated high school in 1998.
i was trying to locate some of my school classmates i had lost touch with when i found your blog. Keep writing and take care.

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Ambika said...

Hey, I go way before all of you, when the Vikasa school was started in '72 or 73. At that time the school was only open to the family of senior managers of Madura Coats. Mr. Martin Henry was the Managing Director. Both my girls (Brinda and Rajshree) went to school there for 3 to 4 years and then we relocated to the U.S. Rajshree did till her 5th grade while Brinda did till her 3rd grade. Mr. Iangar was the pricipal then, in fact he was the first principal. I am trying to locate some of the students who attended the school then, or their families.

Anonymous said...

wo-ow!THIS vikaasa sounds AMAZING!
i am a vikaasite now in the ponnagaram branch and it isnt a bit like this.i agree with anonymous.he is absoloutely right.some of the teachers cant speak one line of english right.but they let us enjoy our freedom to a greater extent than other schools.its still THE BEST school ive ever gone to.

madurai vikaasite said...

i agree with annonymous.
i'm a vikkasite now .
and this vikaasa sounds realy awesome!the teachers are realy not very well selected and there are new rules and we dont actually have the time of our lives.this vikaasa sounds great.
wish it were like this now........

sasa said...

i lo0ve this school!
it's terrific!

RAVISHANKAR.R said...

Me too! from the same school

Mithu said...

Its true Vikaasa is a Paradise on earth. I was there in my childhood studying with lots of fun and lots of knowledge which no other school would have given me.