Following report was prepared by Dr Vikram Mhasker.
The Australian chapter of the alumni association had their annual meet at Adelaide this year. The Adelaide team lead by Dr Vasant Rao Kadam(1982) worked very hard to make it a memorable one. Over 32 members(with families) from all over Australia took time off to relive the old times. Dr Vasant and Dr Jyotsna were gracious in hosting a dinner for the out stationed johnites on 24th evening at their lovely home.
The whole evening was spent reminiscing the past and laughing away to glory,making us realise that it is just years that separate us, but we johnites are just the same. The 25th was spent visiting the lovely barossa valley wineries.Wine tasting of authentic Jacob creek and seppetsfild wineries an Lunch at Tanunda was very relaxing. Dr Jacob (1998) was very kind to organise the transport and drive us all over (Jacob we all owe you one). We then met for dinner in the evening at an Indian restaurant(Samarat indain Cusisne) which was attended by johnites and honorary johnites (parents,partners,spouses,kids and friends).
The evening was wonderful with Dr Vasant sharing his experiences on the outreach programme he conducted at adilabad in andhra pradesh. The very creative Dr Jyotsna created a lovely piece of art with everybody's hand print in blue and gold(St Johns emblem colors). Dr Santosh Olakkengil (1987) was instrumental in arranging the place as well as giving us a taste of our beloved old monk. The evening saw one and all bond beautifully and share their experiences of being a johnite.
The meet left a lasting impression on us and we wish this weekend never ended. This would have never been possible without the untiring efforts of Dr Vasant(1982), Dr Jyotsna, Dr Santosh (1987), Dr Jacob Abraham (1998), Dr Dinesh (PG1999), Dr Vinu Xavier (MLT1999) and the whole Adelaide team. Three cheers to the johnite spirit !!!!!
Melwyn dmello (1978) and Sandra
Clara (1984), Lancy and Nitish
Sam Calvin (1999) and Vrithi
Vikram Mhaskar (2002) and Parul
Santosh Olakkengil (1987), Mary Kate, Kayle
Jacob Abraham (1998) Lisa. Ethan, Deeya
Dinesh(PG 1999), Kavitha and Pranav
Smitha Jose(1994) Felix,Penamma,Joseph
Vinu Xavier (MLT1999), Merin and Judy
Raj Goud (Staff at Johns)
Lekha (Flinders Medical Student)
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