Holy Child School is an ICSE board convent school located in Ghaziabad. It is vastly known for its strict culture, rich education and discipline. A ‘Sisters of Charity’ product, the school is a name to reckon with and has a pool of esteemed teachers, staff and precious students.
Clad in knee length white skirt and shirt, a mandatory red hair band and a bag full of books, a Holy Child woman is someone loaded with substance, wisdom, simplicity and exceptional communication skills. But you realize all that when you complete the schooling and meet the real world. All my batch mates that I am in touch with are basking in the glory of successful careers and happy matrimony. I have penned some points that happen to you when you are from Holy Child School. Take a look:
- Ghaziabad’s official angrez – On that heading, didn’t you feel tickled just like any plastic bottle getting boiling water? I never knew, studying in Holy Child was this significant till I was officially addressed as an angrez in my vicinity. I joined my college and realized that entire empire of women was murmuring on why I opted for an average college but not something top shot university.
- Society’s charm – You attend a wedding and some forgettable uncle ji with a massive belly will approach you. He will introduce himself to you with the best of his ability in English. There is something with the school that suddenly the outside world expects you to be abreast every current affair in the world. Because you studied in Holy Child, you should know why there is no food to eat in Ethiopia?, the reforms Tipu Sultan couldn’t materialize, debate on US movements or any political massacre happening in the country.
- ‘Please guide my child’ aunties – Embrace yourself if there is a naked kid spinning around you for some tips for life, understand some aunty has send him. I have come across women who want me to guide their daughters and sons on what career they should choose and if they can become one Amartya Sen in just 2 days. “Jaao didi se pucho”, “Dekho didi ne bhi kitni padhai ki hai”, “Didi tooshan padhyengi abse”, blah blah! While the kid who has just grown some beard sits across with a certified poker face who doesn’t know what to do in life and wonders his life is an epic fail and that some random didi has become more successful.
- Chest thumping parents’ connoisseur to eyes – Parents over night turn into Hercules of pride at weddings, kitty parties, cards playing sessions, Diwali/Dusshera/Eid parties etc. They are mostly overheard like “Bitiya to Holy Child se padhi hai na”, “Bitiya English movies dekhti hai sirf”, “Aaj fine lag gaya, Hindi thora bol diya tha”, “Washington mam hain inki to” and much more.
- Probability of good marriage proposal – Exactly! If you manage to pass out from convent, your prospects for magnum opus marriage proposals increase by a large degree. I am not sure if it has happened with you but convent education is a strict parameter in bride hunting (this came as a piece of information me much later). Parents feel extra leveraged when they have to showcase me to some prospect and feel marriage is almost fixed.
- Dinosaurous career – I totally vouch for this in all honesty. Every batch mate I met is going through a roaring career worth boasting off. They are placed in some of the big companies and earning massive. Even though, at this stage many have invested themselves to household Karma, they haven’t deviated from doing anything worthwhile. They are doting daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers full of wisdom.
- Warm regards, love and a ton of attitude – A lot of people think girls passing out from Holy Child are arrogant. It is just a thought process people have developed. People create a judgmental opinion about girls and by any chance if you turn out to be a normal, day-to-day girl, they still judge you. You sound unique – it is a problem, you don’t – it is still a problem.
- Good lord! Grammar Nazi? How art thou? – Oh! You are from Holy Child, you must be speaking some gibberish in Shakespearean English. And if that is not enough then spelling errors make the worse. “How come you spelt ‘and’ as ‘nad’, oh aren’t you a Holy Child pass out?” “You must be knowing all words in the dictionary”? etc.
- Oh! Petite intellectual English you – People invariably presume that you have one intellectual streak in you. You are supposed to stand out of the crowd, sound and seem bright through communication and knowledge. Minimalistic jewelry, ‘no-nonsense’ fashion and some ‘foreign returned kind of blend’ define you. That is just an assumption but we all come from different cultural backgrounds, language and lineage and these parameters are also significant for one’s personality.
- Because it is Christmas – You could be an ardent worshipper of some Jahangir Baba outside the school but when it is Christmas it is Christmas. Even if you have completed schooling, the celebration bling is so well rooted in you that you do not stop visiting church, hum some carols, eat plum cake, make merry and reminisce celebrations during school days.
Over the years, the school has come a long way and being a very forgettable alumnus, I wish someday I make you proud. Whatever I am today, it is because of the school. I owe you huge gratitude and wish a lot of success and prosperity.
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