The much-awaited St John’s Old Boys Association (SJOBA) Winter Ball, held as part of the three-day SJOBA Winter Fest 2012, proved yet again why it’s the most talked about bash of City Beautiful. Held on the outskirts of Chandigarh at Chimney Heights, Zirakpur, on Monday night, the ball was everything that Johnites look forward to all year long.
Close to 1,400 stylishly dressed alumni turned up along with their companions for the alumni meet.
Unlike 2011’s bash at Rock Garden, where the alumni were given a ride on rickshaws, the entry this year was rather casual, where alumni were made to walk in a tunnel beaming with laser lights, and were greeted with welcome shots. Last year, SJOBA had to make a soundproof enclosure, due to the restrictions at Rock Garden. This year, Chimney Heights was chosen to steer clear of all such restrictions.
With all minute details in place and a venue where the party could go on till the wee hours of the morning, the reunion came full circle when the men proved that boys would always be boys, as their wives and girlfriends looked on in amusement.
While students of all batches, from 1974 to 2010, were present, a special ceremony was held to honour the batch of 1987, which completed 25 years of passing out. Two chief guests—Punjab CPS Prakash Chand Garg and ADGP (Welfare), Punjab, Rajinder Singh—distributed mufflers to all batch mates.
“It is our attempt to make pass outs of all batches, old and new, get acquainted with each other, so they can benefit from each other’s experience in different avenues,” said SJOBA president Sanjiv Kumar, who passed out of the school in 1974, and added, “It’s the attachment with our school and the bonding with our pals that keeps us going year after year.”