Congratulations Anuradha Lohia

Congratulations Anuradha Lohia

If you see the group picture below, the girl in the extreme left is Anuradha Fatehpuria. We used to call her Fateh. I somehow was always comfortable calling her Anuradha. We were classmates studying the same subjects in the same college in Calcutta. She was a pleasant person with a spring in her gait. Later we knew that she was a dancer. We had witnessed the Arangetram her first public performance of Kuchipudi dance with her Guru at the YMCA auditorium in Chowringhee. She got married while studying in college and was renamed Anuradha Lohia. After graduating with flying colours she joined Science College to study her Master’s in Biochemistry. The last time I saw her was in the canteen of Science College almost 35 years ago.
She later became a Senior Professor of Biochemistry in Bose Institute. And today she has been selected as Vice Chancellor of Presidency University, our alma mater. That is why she said “ Whatever I learnt at Presidency College, I will return it for the best of Presidency University”. I am sure you will Anuradha. All the best to you. She sadly shut down her Facebook account and I will receive no more comments from her on my posts. I guess one has to pay the price for positions especially in academic institutions.

Bhaskar1973s

N.B. My face is in  the box

3 thoughts on “Congratulations Anuradha Lohia

  1. Yeah Bhaskar. So very true. It was definitely a thrilling news which was first conveyed to me by my journalist son and the next day I saw the “BREAKING NEWS” in the Times Of India’s Bengali publication “EI SHOMOY” where my son is employed. It took me some time to digest the good news. I immediately started surfing the possible channels that would beam her live to get doubly assured. Once I saw her LIVE interviews the entire thing started to sink in. I proudly shared the T.V. interviews with my wife and other family members. Phew. It gives me goose flesh to think that not only we shared the college pranks and the canteen, she visited my house with you fellows many a time after college for grand ‘addas.’, I am proud to be in the same frame with her. I do not think she will be able to repeat her visits or going to movies with us like “Victoria No. 203” or help me with my Chemistry but would always cherish the memories. I consider the above pic more valuable to me than the one with our late Chief Minister Shiddartha Shankar Ray and Mrs. Maya Ray during the ‘Past Vs. Present cricket match held at our reunion. Best Of Lucks to her..

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