Post : October 2019
Update : February 2020
It is important to preserve and share old photos. Before the advent of digital cameras and smart phones, it was not simple and cheap to take photos (let alone process them).
In my younger days, I had a Box Camera, and later Yashica Mat. Unlike my uncle and a cousin brother who are experts in developing films (in a dark room), I had to pay 25 to 50 pyas per print at a Studio (e.g. Ahuja). Later, there emerged professional photographers (e.g. Maung Maung Nhyat and his brothers) and freelance photographers (e.g. Dat Pone San Aung, Dhatu Kyaw Lynn, Maung Maung Soe).
Only those who won contracts had permission to take official photos at the Convocations. It was not compulsory to take and pay for the photos. Some, who did not order the photos, found their photos being displayed as examples of “Do not walk like this” and similar light-hearted messages.
In the posts, there are few individual photos, but several group photos (e.g. fresher welcome, farewell, graduation, newspaper clippings). Some have captions and dates. It is sad to note that some in the photos are GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten).
In the early days, Color photos had to be sent abroad for processing. Some precious photos became faded over time. With the new technology, even small children can take reasonably good photos.
Dr. Thwe Oo
She has shared her memories of growing up (until she matriculated) in the Main Campus.
She recently described the harrowing experience of the “U Thant Ah Yay Ah Khin” (especially the fear for her father’s safety).
Her father Saya U Khin Maung Nyunt (History, Assistant Registrar under Rector Saya Dr. Maung Maung Kha and Registrar Sayama Daw Sein Sein) was Warden of Sagaing Hall at the time. Per Sayagyi’s request, he and his Hall Tutors tried to persuade the throng of student protesters — some holding sharp objects — marching on to the Convocation Hall, but to no avail. They had to go along with the crowd and try to minimize the crowd inflicting damage on the Campus property.
She fondly remembers her father play tennis with his close friend Joe Ba Maung (Burma Tennis Champion in Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles).
She also had good rapport with the Swimming Instructors and friends at the University Swimming Pool.
Her mother is Sayama Daw Mya Mya Nu (Zoology, fondly known as Mya Lay of the “Lay Sisters”).
Dr. Nyan Taw
He matriculated in 1963 from St. Paul’s High School. He is RUBC Gold.
He joined the Zoology Department and did his graduate studies in Tasmania, Australia.
He worked for Pearl and Fisheries, and later worked overseas mainly on UN assignments.
He is happy to see posts about the simple but heroic act iin 1941 (before he was born) of his mother Daw Marie Hla Taw help Bogyoke Aung San escape the “net of the Police Commissioner who had placed Five Rupee / Kyat reward on Bogyoke”. An actress has been selected to portray his mother in the forthcoming movie about Bogyoke.