After You Sir by Capt Ramesh Babu After the movie, comes the book. The Golden Jubilee year has proved quite lucky for all of us, with the collection of school stories from our alma mater, compiled by Capt Ramesh Babu (Roll No 888) from the Class of 1978. After You Sir –  the book, has by now, become quite popular, not only with the Kazhak community, but with the general public as well. All the royalty accrued from its sales has been decided to be  donated back to the school to support economically disadvantaged students.

The media has also been heaping high praise on the selection of stories from the book. The Hindu notes, “The stories, mapping many facets of childhood at a boarding school, cobble together a collective autobiography of the school’s student life, the spirit of which remains largely unchanged till date. Based on actual events, the stories are punctuated with a range of teenage emotions and deeply felt experiences — from homesickness and volatile relationship with parents to surrogate-mothering by matron, boisterous and secretive teenage adventures and heart-breaking tragedies, as Captain G.R. Gopinath, who introduced low-cost flying in India, observes in his foreword to the book. (Captain Gopinath is an alumnus of Sainik School, Bijapur.)”

Capt Ramesh Babu, AuthorCapt Ramesh Babu, now retired from the Indian Navy and based in Mumbai, spent more than a year, travelling to many states, meeting former cadets, their parents, former teachers who helped in collecting long-forgotten anecdotes and renewing bonds of friendship. As Capt Ramesh Babu rightly sums it up, “The bonds that we make in Sainik School are for life. Even today, a Roll Number can mean a world of stories. That was our identity. Our only identity.”

Released by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee celebrations of the school, in 2011, the sales proceeds of the book amounting to Rs 1,00, 00 was handed over to the school authorities to set up a scholarship fund for the financially needy cadets.

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