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Acres and acres of gently rolling hills dotted with tall firs and eucalyptuses meet your eyes in all directions when you enter the sprawling Lawrence School campus at Lovedale.

Paul’s, Mulungushi, a boarding school in the middle of nowhere run by Marist Brothers.

A sixteen-mile stretch of gravelled country road provided a lifeline to the nearest town of Kabwe in Zambia. These days, only when all other means fail would we venture even to drive long distances, and that at a sedate pace.

How can one forget the frenetic preparations for the Founder’s Celebrations every year and, through it all, the reassuring presence of K. Thomas, the headmaster, he of the measured stride and studied detachment, alas no longer with us! A word in passing about Kovoor Iype Thomas will not be out of place here. There was the time when a prince from somewhere in the North East -Manipur I believe it was- was enrolled in the school.

I say ‘had to’ because the faculty to a man had been insistent that the prefects were made an example of.

When many a headmaster would wink at the system of corporal punishment, he detested the very idea of it for he believed that it was a way of taking the line of least resistance.

Rarely, if ever, does corporal punishment deter the others from wrongdoing or, for that matter, rehabilitate the wrongdoer, he would say.

They are the ones who need to be told where to get off or be taken down a peg or two. He was always willing to listen to other people’s views and defer to them if he was convinced of it, for he knew that long-held opinions were not necessarily self-evident truths.