I was quite shocked to hear of Mahipal Singh's passing.
He was 3 years my junior in school and at least 3 years
younger than me.
You don't remember the “smallies.” But when he
introduced himself to me at the 2004 Platinum Jubilee, I
instantly recognized his name and the features of his
“smally” face in the adult man. He had come for the
festivities with his wife.
Then he was a competitor with me in the Ex-Students
200m race. You can see him packin' it in the photographs
(2004 - Platinum Jubilee - Sports Day - 200m-4), in the
middle of the whole group, and 200m-8, extreme left.
Seems like yesterday!!
Condolences to his wife, family and Class of '75.
It is with great sadness that I have learned of
Mahipal's passing. We were classmates and good friends
for many years through graduation in 1975. In early 1995
I had the pleasure of reconnecting with him in Jodhpur
during a trip through Rajasthan on my honeymoon. We met
in Jodhpur and drove to his village, stopping at Barmer
and some temple ruins (at Kiradu) on the way. He had
developed quite an interest in history by that time.
Twenty years had elapsed, but you never would have known
for all the catching up we did. My wife and I spent a
couple of days at his ancestral home where we had an
opportunity to meet his wife and family and brother
Amar. Mahipal had moved base to Jodhpur by that time,
but on his return to the village, all day he had members
of the community stop by to pay their respects. It was
quite an extraordinary experience witnessing the
tradition and seeing the very high regard he was held
in. To Mahipal's wife and family and brother, our very
— Wilbert Noronha (1975)