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After a brush with a near disaster in the final phase of my career while working in the Bangalore Branch I said goodbye to the branch and reported to the Regional Office located in the same campus for my fourth and final posting. Coincidently it was my final innings in the Bank too. I was attached to the Office Manager’s department which suited me as there was very little work to do. For the next six months I worked there and on a few occasions I officiated as the Office Manager as well. During this period I was once invited to deliver a lecture to a batch of young cash officers on Gold Loans basing on my experiences as a Branch Manager in a few branches as well as the recent stint in the Bangalore Branch as Manager of Cash. The lecture came out well and I also answered a few questions from the audience. I had by now completed 35 years in the Bank and was also approaching my 60th birthday. I was also retiring at the same building where I started my banking career in Bangalore. I was now ready for retirement. On 31st January, 1991 I formally retired from the Bank a contented person. There was a party in the main hall of the Regional Office (formerly the Bangalore Branch where I started my career in Bangalore) to formally give me a send-off. Gifts in cash and kind were given to me and a number of speeches were made. I replied suitably which probably would be the last time I was making a speech to my colleagues.

This then was my LAST day in the Bank, the mighty State Bank of India. My honey moon with the Bank started on the 28th June, 1955 and after many trials and tribulations ended today, the 31st January, 1991 thirty five and a half years later.Tears rolled down from my eyes but I was happy in the knowledge that my association with the Bank will continue as a pensioner till my last breath.

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