On Behalf of the Alumni Association, let me say we are absolutely chuffed with the response that we received @ Ground 0 in Kochi. The creation of our South India Chapter would not have been possible if it were not for a host of people who toiled hard for weeks & had a vision!!
Thank you to the Joy twins' as I call them..Jino Joy & Binu Joy for all the hard work & networking they put in. Anoop Sebastian deserves special mention for his work, efforts & hospitality on the day; Jeena Deepu & Deepu George Thank you for hosting the 4 of us for the night & the wonderful food & putting up with all our antics till 2 am the night before & having to juggle your 3 lil kids along with 4 big ones the next morning!! Thank you to Fr Mathew for making all the arrangements for us at the Ashir Bhavan hall & for celebrating the mass...you truly are a Johnite (Jino please convey to the good padre our gratitude!).
Thanks to Dr Anil Abraham & Dr Sanjiv Lewin for arranging their own travel to join us in the academic exercise for the bonders that was extremely well received. We had 33 bonders' on record excluding the rural sr docs who were not bonders..in fact for the academic exercise/refresher course in the morning, we registered around 72 Johnites! Thanks to Dr Tom Jose our Orthopaedic Johnite for the didactic talk & the 'hands-on' demonstration that was a novel idea & went down well with the bonders (2003 PG batch if am correct...Jino will know best...again he does not seem to be on here...please convey our greets...he was on call & put things on hold just to do his session on orthopaedics & leave!) Thanks to Binu Joy too who delivered the session on 'Radiology' needless to say to an audience paying rapt attention.Thanks to all the other bonders & friends' of the gr8 Jino who did a lot of the odds-n-ends work & were indispensable...please do tag them all on this thread Jino even if I forget names. Thanks to Dasari Prudhvi for the photography along with Binu Joy.
Thanks to all who came along for the 'boat-ride' after the sessions were over & made it a special occasion.
A Big Thank you to Deepu George for taking over the reins of the newly formed South India Chapter along with his team...Dr Sr Annie Sheela, Dr Babu Francis (Big Bobs), Dr Alex Chakiath & the demure but dependent Dimple George. The TN representatives proposed were Uday George Zachariah & Rony George & are yet to confirm their acceptance as they were not present but we hope they will accept. Last but not the least by any means, a HUGE THANK YOU to ALL the JOHNITES in KERALA (many of whom postponed prior commitments to be there with us & some who could not come & expressed their inability but were there in 'spirit'!)...take a Bow ladies & gentlemen...as Meenakshi Ramoo Bharath has said, there were senior johnites from the first batch to the junior-most bonders' & thanks to all who voiced their opinions including the Sr Docs & our jfbg heart-throb Kuriakose Skaria @ the GBM we held where it was truly wonderful that we got to hear each one's name & batch & what they do nowadays.....that was the highlight of the day for me! We had a few good laughs...quite a few..one that I remember was when Sanjiv informed us that batch of '81 had beaten batch of '82(who were all asked to raise their hands & duly did so,,,bakras ) 27-0 on the hockey pitch!! Irwin Lasrado mate you hold an un-enviable record...am sure ????? ?????? will find time to rub it in. Thank you all...request the Joy brothers' to please tag all the guys who worked behind the scenes in Kochi...this is a tribute to them all!!
A Grand total of 120 Johnites attended & their data was duly collected by our hard working com sec!!
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