The school lunch box --food, fun and much moreI had studied in a pucca English medium school in a township environment when over 98% of my classmates had fathers and sometimes mothers employed in the same BHEL at Tiruchirapalli. It was a close-knit society, but the coeducation school made a huge difference.
We were a very naughty bunch and the first-ever batch who had studied right from the LKG class. Every single teacher was given a nickname and this was a secret. Sometimes, the teachers would know the nicknames as well. However, none of them reprimanded us. They would complain about our pranks only if the situation went out of control ( this was very rare though). We would use the lunchboxes to exchange notes within the class. These would relate to some jokes about some teacher or her hairstyle or her mannerism on that day or whatever. We had a perfect understanding amongst ourselves and none would spill the beansThat is after the lunch was eaten and the boxes thoroughly washed as well. In those days, we did not even have the STD phones. Hence, everything was handwritten. A single joke would do the rounds and the teacher would be confused why many people are smiling. We had a few minutes between each period when the concerned teacher would come a bit late. The entire class will share the joke!!
Today, when we bump into each other, we still remember all the jokes. We had jokes about our classmates and even township gossip. Everything was just fun and we had the habit of using the lunchboxes to have fun every single day. Today, a few of us have grandchildren. Those who are five years old or older have all the fun when we tell the jokes to our grandchildren. We are in constant touch with each other and have a what's up group as well. Yes, the food was also shared every day and we would converge on someone's house to demand the particular aunty to get us the special dish prepared for at least ten of us.
Those golden days of food, fun, and caring and sharing cannot even be imagined now.
This is my entry for the school box contest.