This morning, The Times of India carried an article on the decision of Agrawal Classes to shut shop. Agrawal Classes have been synonymous with science students and especially aspiring engineers during our times. I remember in 1983, I used to get there, dreary eyed at 7 am and God only knows what I would learn in the first lecture of Physics by Prof. Vale. Maths (Prof. Variyam Singh who incidentally was my Dad’s teacher too in Khalsa College) has always been my favourite and so used to enjoy that. Chemistry was OK OK for me. In the 12th (the most crucial year at that point in time) I joined the vacation batch and was slogging it out from April itself. I used to go to Prof. Karkhanis of Agrawal Classes for private tuitions too. Prof. Mohinder Singh used to be there for Physics and Prof. Dholakia for Chemistry. Fun times we had there (enjoying snacks at D Damodar) on the ground floor. Gone will be those days soon and only memories will remain.
Then they had the annual event at Churchgate in which toppers are felicitated. I had been there after the 12th results for 99 in Maths.
I remember a few years ago, they celebrated their Golden Jubilee at the Parsi Gymkhana at 5 gardens and they had given each of their students some 2 or 5 gms of Gold. I met so many people there and surprised to see some Uncles / Aunties who I never knew were from Agrawal Classes.
We can only remember the good times now as they close shop from the next academic year. As Institution called Agrawal Classes comes to an end…..