Memories of RU

Many members are active. They share their memories (photos, real life / love stories, academic life, extracurricular activities, long lost classmates and friends, gatherings …). A few had also published their writings (kabyars, novels …).

Life inside the Campus

Some — children of sayas — had lived inside the campus.

  • Dr. Oak Soe Kha wrote about his parents Saya Dr. Maung Maung Kha, who had the longest tenure among the Rectors of RU and successors, and Sayama Daw Ruby, who won the National Tennis Championship for Mixed Doubles with Saya Joe Ba Maung.
  • Pansy Thin wrote about her beloved father Saya U Ba Toke, who is a Phwa Bet Taw of “Rangoon University” and the “First RU Students’ Strike” in December 2020.
    Saya will celebrate his 100th birthday on December 26, 2020.
    Saya has eight children (two are GBNF).
    Saya’s life and achievement can be read in the book by Saya Dr. Khin Maung Swe (Maung Thin Char, GBNF).
  • Debbie Thaingi, youngest child of Saya U Ba Toke, posted a photo of Saya and the RU Soccer Team.
    Saya was a star soccer player in his younger days.
    Later, as Saya, he was active as Vice President of the RU Sports Council and as Organizer for Inter-Institute Soccer a Tournament.
    Saya led the Burma Olympic Team to the 1964 Summer Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Dr. Thwe Oo wrote about her fear during the U Thant Ah Yay Ah Khin.
    Her father Saya U Khin Maung Nyunt (Assistant Registrar) was assigned to accompany students and/or protesters.
    Her mother Dr. Mya Mya Nu is a member of the “Lay” sisters — Tin Lay, Mya Lay, May Lay and Than Lay.

Ah Yay Ah Khin

  • Several lives / careers were derailed by the Ah Yay Ah Khin.
  • Ko Htein Win was able to take photos from a saya’s house.
    He managed to send some photos overseas.
    He learned that many of the photos he had given to friends in Myanmar “were lost” (out of fear for persecution).
    It took two decades (or so) before the “archived photos from overseas” were safely returned to Myanmar.
    He was able to publish the book along with articles (including the three Student Representatives who dissented in the voting for “Cantonment as a final resting place for UNSG U Thant”).

RU Centennial Group

  • In September 2019, I was invited to join the Group by Saya Dr. Soe Win (SPHS58, First in Burma, Doctorate in Chemistry from Imperial College / London University, Retired Rector of YUFL).
  • His father Saya U Sein was our Burmese Saya at SPHS. He was also a saya of our seniors including U Thet Lwin (Maung Ngwe Hlinne, Composer of Mya Kyun Nyo Nyo, Retired Rector of DHE).
  • His uncle Saya U Kyaw Sein taught us as a Relieving Saya.
  • The Group was founded by Dr. Nyi Thet Lwin (Admin) and U Aung Mon (then Moderator, current Admin) — sons of Saya Dr. Soe Win and Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin (MEHS57, Retired Professor of Chemistry).
  • I wrote several “Overview” posts and contributed Photo Albums — with captions.
  • Nyi Nyi offered me to be a Moderator.
    As a Life Long Learner and as a freelance writer / editor / translator / interpreter, I gladly accepted.

November 2019

In November 2019, I attended the 5th Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay. I was invited to be a member of two panels : one on Education and another on Poetry.

Saya Dr. Soe Win and Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin invited me to two events : (1) a dinner gathering hosted by Daw Hazel Kyaw Zaw (who posted the Autograph of her mother from the early days of RU) and
(2) the 49th Anniversary Lunch at Shwe Bei hosted by Saya and Sayama.

Both events were also attended by U Aung Mon and his spouse Dr. Lay May Yin.

On November 7, 2020 Saya and Sayama celebrated their Golden Anniversary with wholesome deeds (e.g dana offering to the groups preventing and/or treating Covid).

I had lengthy conversations with Sayama and learned about the six degrees (or less) of separation. Sayama spoke about several notable elders (that I had only read or seen briefly).

Volunteer for five decades

I had a small role at the RU Golden Jubilee in 1970 as a member of “Zay Nay Yar Cha Htar Yay Ah Phwe”.

I was fortunate to be a Core Organizer of the RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwes.

I am blessed to be a volunteer for more than five decades.

I am privileged to be a member of HMEE-2012 Project. U Ohn Khine (M70) and I compiled the CD Supplement for the Book.

As part of paying back the Metta and Cetana of my mentors — Thin Saya, Myin Saya and Kyar Saya — I have completed 90+ discussions / short videos on selected topics.

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