Vijay Kant Patel - Eastleigh Secondary School Alumni Students, Nairobi, Kenya
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Vijay Kant Patel (1965 - 1968)

I was born in Gilgil in 1952. I went to Juja Road Primary and joined ESS in January 1965. I left ESS in December 1968 and worked for a small local firm of accountants for a year. I joined Coopers & Lybrand as an articled clerk to study Certified Accountancy and qualified as an ACCA in December 1974. I then joined an American multinational in the capacity of Financial Controller and went on to become their General Manager. I immigrated to the UK with my family in 1986. I practised Accountancy for 12 years, and retired in 1997. I am married to Bharti and we have two children, Kamal & Jai both of whom are now qualified and about to enter matrimonial life.

My recollections of ESS are perhaps the happiest ones of my youth. I remember that I was one of the more vocal guys in class, which often landed me in trouble – like being physically “carried forward” to the headmaster Mr AN Sharma because I refused to go on my own! But I was well liked by my fellow students, who were always helpful. I was never a sportsman worthy of any acclaim, nevertheless I was proud to belong to Nile house, which was the Cock house in 1968. I made a lot of friends at school. Some of the names that come to mind are Trikam, Pramod, Anil, Praveen Kapila, Deepak Bedi, Harjinder Singh, etc.. I hope to see many of these faces at the get-together.

- As of May 2017

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