Handball - the 'Corny' Game
Jai Loyola, 1949
The originator of Handball at Loyola is one whom all of us know: Father Keogh. When the American Fathers came to Loyola (I mean the first group), Fr. Keogh, the unforgettable Fr. Bakewell and Fr. Enright, handball was not as much as a twinkle in the eyes of the small group of Loyoleans.
Our new sports organiser was Fr. Keogh who introduced us to an entirely new game called Handball. We gazed open-mouthed at seeing a human hand take such a lot of punishment. But despite this, Fr. Keogh taught us this game and how to play it. Oddly enough, we took such a liking to it that soon the front walls of Loyola were under heavy punishment from the two handball courts which were set up. Some of us liked it so much that we deprived ourselves of breakfast in order to be early enough to have a game of handball before classes began.
Handball has now been played here for the last two years. By now it has become as common to us veterans as drinking water. Still it lingers, and still the handball spirit is kept alive by occasional tournaments.
The Entertainment Club began in 1976. It was the brainchild, of Manoj Prasad, a Loyolean who is now creating waves in the noble profession of medicine. Mrs. Dhun Gocal, Mrs. Kusum Kapoor and I became the Club’s moderators, till I solely took over the responsibility, seventeen years ago. Its regular feature, the Annual Talent Contest brings out the inherent talents of the students. For those having a knack for playing the guitar, Mr. Richard Wills helps to cultivate it to perfection through his guitar classes. He is also the co-moderator of the Club.
Ample opportunities are provided to talented students to participate in competitions outside the school. The club is still very active and vibrant. It presents a variety of cultural programmes throughout the year.
(Mid Fifties — Late Seventies)
Among the other leading aspects at Loyola, Saturday was a day each Loyolean, Std. 4-11, looked forward to.
Each Saturday there were two film shows. The 1st show was between 8.00 am and 10.00 am and the 2nd show from 10.15 to 12.15 pm. This was preceded by the Faculty and Fathers viewing the movie on Friday. The movie was censored and if necessary, called off.
Jug, a brain child of Mr. Rao (our late beloved Registrar), was something all Loyoleans dreaded. The Jug would mean ‘missing 30-45 minutes of the movie, and without exaggerating, most movies were well- selected and enjoyable.
Jug was the idea of corrective punishment for Loyoleans who dared to escape Fr. Hess’ Daily Drill and march past on Saturday, or a Loyolean who was indisciplined or evaded his class work and studies in general.
This unique feature at Loyola about movies and jug helped most Loyoleans to become more disciplined. Don’t you agree?