The Hostel was more than just a “place to stay”. It was a society, an environment that shaped characters, and produced high caliber scholars and sportsmen, and confident young men. While the GBSS was the instructional environment for all boys, the Hostel was the life learning environment for all Hostel Boys. The education offered by the School and Hostel was somewhat different.
The Hostel educated us, inter alia, in living and studying together, in discipline and responsibility, and in camaraderie, and gave us a rallying point for a fighting spirit in sports and academics.
“So many of us came to the Hostel as brash, crude, ‘ignorant’, unhewn base metals, and left as polished gems”.
(My view is that)…Study is serious work, and must be approached with a plan and a purpose. There is little fun in study per se or class work. The real fun comes from discovering and learning something new – a new twist, and new angle or a new solution. So, I advise my grandchildren and youngsters to learn something new every day.
Our greatest lesson and legacy from the Hostel may be the true meaning of friendship. This must be so since our friendships have lasted with vigor over 50 years, even though we all have gone our separate ways. We had a different view of ‘love’ when we were boys, but after all, is this not what love is – an enduring friendship coming from the heart?
About Dr. Winston J. Phillips