"You will win in 2015". This was how Myanmar's pro-democracy icon and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was welcomed today by one of "my girls" at her alma mater Lady Sriram College, almost 50 years after she graduated from the prestigious educational institution in the Capital.
The general elections in Myanmar, scheduled in 2015, will determine whether the country's coterie of generals that has run the country for five decades will peacefully hand over power.
The advance wish for an electoral victory in a placard was not the only surprise for the Suu Kyi, whose resolve could not be crushed by the military junta by jailing her for years, when she returned to the college where she used to regale her college mates enacting roles from plays 50 years ago.
She also had a word of advice for youngsters, asking them not to compromise on their "principles" and termed "unprincipled politics" as one of the most dangerous things in the world.
A former student Anurupa Roy came out with a puppetry show based on a story Birds in the Woods by Suu Kyi in her college days.
"In Cupped Hands" was another dance performance -- an interpretation of Suu Kyi's fight -- by noted danseuse Geetha Chandran, an LSR alumni along with the college's students.
67-year-old Suu Kyi stepped into LSR--as the college is popularly known-- from where she graduated in 1964 to a rapturous welcome from her teachers, old friends and present students, who were overwhelmed by her presence.
"It was a spiritually uplifting experience to have her here, to share the love. She met every single kid. She kissed the students, she embraced them, there was none of that formal protocol.
"She personifies the warmth, the strength, the resilience of womanhood. This is a life changing moment for the girls, of all the moments of their lives this is going to be a life changing moment," Dr Meenakshi Gopinath, Principal of Lady Sri Ram College, said.
Students at LSR were visibly excited by the visiting VIP dignitary with white roses in her hair, who hugged and kissed them as she walked through the red building.
Former LSR teachers remembered Suu Kyi as a quiet young girl, who was dignified and had sparkling eyes.
An emotional Kusum Talwar Mehra, who used to teach her mathematics said, "I could not sleep for the past three days since I got to know she was coming here, she remembered me immediately as I reminded her. She hugged and kissed me."
Suu Kyi was smiling all through the day, catching up with some old friends and teachers, exchanging some pleasantries and giving some words of encouragement to young students, some of them dressed in the traditional Burmese longyi or long skirt.