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20th Entry Reunion 2019, Gatlingburg TN, Sep 27-29, 2019

Video by: Lutf-ur-Rahman AW / 20th entry

The 20th Entry (class of 1978) held a reunion celebrating 41 years since leaving CCH and 46 years of friendship.

Fifteen entry mates came, one from as far as UAE and rest from US. We arrived on Friday afternoon and stayed at a couple of lovely Hunting Lodges / condos near Gatlingburg Tennessee. They were  large brand new wooden and rustic condos with three floors. The main floor had a large porch for the sootabaz to hang out and stunning views of the smoky mountains. It also had a large living room where we stayed up till very late both nights.

For what little sleep we had, I stayed in the basement floor in a room with two bunk beds and 3 roommates. It was a warm reminder of our dorms in CCH. Only now after Lights Off we continued to talk till the wee hours. And once we were asleep there was a wing competition to see who could snore the loudest.

The event host Lutf-ur-Rahman (AW) with abundant support from his family made meticulous logistical preparations. We had really terrific Pakistani food that Lutf brought all the way from Nashville the nearest big city. He and his family also made some Flan and other delicacies to die for.

On Saturday morning, we woke up late around noon. We had a delicious Pakistani breakfast of Halwapuri, naan, Paye, Omelette etc. We then drove into Gatlingburg which was a charming, honky-tonk tourist town with lots of kitch. We walked around a bit and then took an aerial tram to a nearby peak. The views from the tram were stunning. We had some snacks there and then took a chairlift to an even higher peak. There we enjoyed a delightful country music performance. After that we went on bobsleds on wheels down the lovely forest covered mountain slopes. It was like being a kid again!

Upon our return to the condo we enjoyed another fabulous Pakistani dinner and hung out again till very late. Dr. Imran-ul-Haq (AW), aka Mulla entertained us with his photographic memory of events in Hasanabdal and his endless jokes and stories. 

The next morning we had breakfast and there was a lot of hugging again as we said good bye. Atif Sohail Elahi generously gifted everyone a reunion sweatshirt that we all wore for our final photos together.

Everyone was deeply grateful to our gracious host Lutf-ur-Rahman and his family for arranging all the details and making this another very successful reunion.

 

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