Esse Quam Videri

Relax! That translates into ‘To Be Rather Than To Seem’ and that is the motto my alma mater studiorum ie. my school – St. Peter’s School🙂 This is the photograph of the chapel within my school. The only history i will reveal about my school is that it was founded by Cowley Fathers way back in 1874. (You can get a detailed one from the website)

I am fortunate to be living very close to my school, I pass by it atleast once a week, but rarely drop in. It is not easy. It’s like stepping into a time – machine. Afterall, I had spent 12 of my most cherished years here. Mind is still searching for those long lost friends when i step in. Many of them are probably married by now and who knows, their kids will be studying in St. Peter’s now:)

These photographs were made around four years back when i was still using Canon A400. It was for my personal collection, as i was moving to another city, thanks to my job back then. I wanted to keep some special photographs with me. I also uploaded them on Flickr and distributed the link in my school’s Orkut group (yeah back then there was no Facebook on my intellectual map:P) and forgot about it.

Today when i opened my school’s Facebook page, i was pleasantly surprised to see one of my photographs being used as the display pic of the group. I went through the photo album, and one of my seniors had uploaded photographs from the Flickr stream onto Facebook. Most of the photographs had large number of comments, some from seniors who were from batches even before i was born. And what’s more, these are the only school-related photographs found on any of my school’s groups across the web.

My happiness knew no bounds!! I mean it was just my personal collection of photographs, but i did not realise that many ex-students, who aren’t in the same city, state or have probably left the country or haven’t been to school in decades, got a chance to relive the golden days. I don’t know many of the commentators personally, but it feels wonderful to know that i touched them emotionally at some level.

I think i need to fix a photography date with my school again soon. Probably plan to cover the senior section as well this time around:)

Take Care


PS : This is the complete Flickr stream for those interested : St. Peter’s School

5 thoughts on “Esse Quam Videri

  1. Your camera caught the smallest detail of the school building interestingly. But only because you have such a discerning eye for it. That's what makes for good photographers and photographs.I frequent your blog just to go through your pictures old and new again and again. Your blog gives me such delight and pleasure with its wonderful and interesting gallery of photographs. Thank you for this privilege and pleasure.Blessings to you and your family.


  2. Hey Ellen,Its always a pleasure to hear from you and feel humbled by your appreciation of my work:) Will continue filling this space with more interesting photographstake careciao:)


  3. As you take some great photographs, you might be interested in a photo challenge each month on my blog.It's called “5 on the fifth” – you either take 5 random pictures of something that happens to you on the 5th of September (or the days leading up to it) or perhaps go for my suggested theme. This month, the theme is The Blues.A link to past months can be found here: add a comment on my blog on the 5th with your name, location and link where the pictures can be found. You can join the 5 on the fifth Facebook page too:


  4. I am Overwhelmed to see that you still remember to visit our school before leaving Mumbai …! and of course the photography is Fabulous!


  5. i am overwhelmed to see these pictures of our school chapel and i must say you are indeed a very good photographer! 🙂 god bless


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