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Sherwood, on the Night of India’s Independence

Sherwood College, Nainital

    Sherwood, On the night of India’s Independence in 1947 !
    I was in Sherwood (RH) from 1941 to 1947 . In those days we used
    to sit the Cambridge exams and I did my SC in 1946, and followed
    up with Inter Science in 1947.
    Prior to being in Sherwood, I was in Philander Smith College on
    Sherkadanda Hill , from 1939 to 1940 , when it closed down . I
    believe the buildings are now occupied by Birla School.
    You ask what we got up to …..Well , with Independence Day
    approaching, this brief escapade might be of interest.
    On the night of Independence in 1947 about 8 or 10 us sneaked
    out to town after lights out . We went down to Malli Tal and on
    our way acquired a very nice Tricolour . We then proceeded to
    Talli Tal and greeted any folk we met with a robust ‘Jai Hind’.
    I believe that the people were pleasantly surprised and pleased
    by our joining in on this very auspicious occasion.
    In Talli Tal we went to one of our favourite Indian Sweet shops
    and persuaded the owner to open up and serve us. The time was
    about 2 to 3 a.m. ! I don’t think we were charged very much for
    the sweets we consumed.
    We then headed up to Ramnee Convent and planted the Flag in
    their playing field . We had to make a hasty exit because we
    hadn’t been too quiet in this operation and people were
    beginning to stir.
    From there we went to the Teacher Training Block at All Saints.
    Some of us had girl friends in the TC block, so we threw gravel
    up at the windows of these particular girls. However, we awoke
    more than the ones we had intended, and again we had to vanish
    as fast as we could.
    We got back to the dorms undetected , for a brief sleep!
    I look back on this event and consider that we were very
    fortunate to have had the opportunity to celebrated India’s
    first day, hours, of Independence.
    – Paul Dickson (Sherwood College, Nainital, 1941 to 47)

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