It became quite a challenge to fill up your book and I do feel for the teachers who were chased by 30 to 40 pupils for their wise thoughts and signatures. The seeds of the paparazzi scramble were sown then. Secretly, I think the teachers felt quite honoured to be asked. And they would feel quite insecure if no pupil went up to them for 'contributions'.
Oh how I envied my sister for her TWO autograph books from 1953 to 1954. I've been leafing through those pages again and again . I knew almost all of her friends in her books. Her teachers were mine as well and of course we 'shared' the same relatives!
I am sure she would like to share her treasured collection with my readers. It is almost a historical document of the social life and relationships, of language and communication from 60 years ago. And mind you, children then could write complete sentences and spell exact words instead of LOL, gr8 and mwah mwah!!
There were messages of friendship like:
There's also a dose of good advice like
I especially love these cheeky recommendations.
And of course the ultimate dream and ambition for all young lasses!
And here's one of my favourite poems . It seemed that our teacher Mr Thakurta also liked it a lot.
This very mature advice came from the brightest girl in my sister's class. She became a dentist and she had the 'privilege' of tending to my teeth several times.
But these home-made poems are the real gems. Today it would be a difficult job to discover such innocent DIY pomes.
I shall end on my cousin Rohani's note. More treasures later.