Six decades after she went, first to the Convent of Jesus and Mary, and then to Miranda House in Delhi University, a septuagenarian Sheila Dikshit today governs the national capital that has grown many times over what it was during her childhood.
When gently nudged by this reporter, Dikshit harked back to her schooldays.
"When I think about my student days, the first name that springs into my mind is that of Ms Dono from Jesus and Mary. She was disciplined and the moment we spotted her, we would run helter-skelter.
And if by chance we were caught roaming the school corridors, she would not spare the rod. There were nuns too and they were really strict. But we learnt to be disciplined only because of them."
She also talked about her college days. "There was little traffic and pollution. I loved to cycle to college," Dikshit added.