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Reminiscences at Random

Niti Paul Mehta

Niti Paul Mehta was born in 1932 in Bahawal Nagar (now in Pakistan) in pre-Independence India. As his father was in the Indian Railways, he had to change schools each time his father had a transfer. Thus, he was educated in various cities of Punjab and finally graduated from Government College, Rohtak in 1953. He did his Bachelors in Teaching from Vaish College, Rohtak and his Masters in English from Aligarh Muslim University. He retired as Vice Principal of a senior secondary school in Delhi in 1993 and continues to live in Delhi.

Editor's Note: Shri Mehta's articles, middles and short stories have appeared in almost all the major national dailies and magazines. Some of his articles have been included in anthologies as well. Many prominent writers have quoted his work in their books / articles. At, we are very privileged to publish four pieces by Shri Mehta here.

Private diary. The dead Phone. And thy Kingdom!

Of all the diaries you maintain that of your memory is the best — the most private, intimate, detailed and honest. It is the best recorded diary.

My experience with the Internet - good or bad?

Jatinder Sethi

Jatinder Sethi was born in Lyallpur, now Faisalabad, in pre-Independence India. He finished his M.A. (English) from Delhi University in 1956, and went off to London to study Advertising in 1958. He passed his Membership Exam of The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (M.I.P.A) in1965, and joined Rallis India in Bombay. Later, for over 20 years, he worked for the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Now retired, he helps his son in his ad agency in Delhi.

“Not quite the web we wanted,” says World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee.

I am Jatinder Sethi, 88 years, residing in Gurugram, India. Net Blogger!

One of the first comments on the internet to my first blog post about my birthplace, Lyallpur (now in Pakistan), that, surprisingly came just few days after it appeared on the web (2012.09.015), was from two young Indian girls studying for their PhD in Berkley USA. They sounded thrilled as my blog reminded them of their own grandfather and his life.

Life: blunders and hopes

Kavita Batheja

Kavita Batheja holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and has served as assistant professor of Chemistry in various private higher education institutions. She is passionate about teaching, writing and the environment, especially on issues related to groundwater — its contamination, scarcity and misuse. Presently on a break from her teaching career due to family responsibilities, she likes to write in her leisure time.

Father Mani – the doyen at Xavier’s Jaipur

Melven Castelino

Melven Castelino, a product of St Xavier’s Jaipur, is a multi-faceted personality. An English teacher by vocation at his Alma Mater, Melven is heavily into photography, calligraphy, sketching and making short documentaries. He enjoys posting YouTube videos. An approved All India Radio announcer, he enjoys anchoring radio shows and Rajasthan Tourism events.

Melven is also an avid blogger, besides being active on Instagram and Facebook. He is an inspirational leader for creative arts for his students. He is the writer and a composer of the school song for St. Xavier’s School, Nevta campus. And to top it all, he runs his own Rock Band fittingly named, COOL BOYZ. Melven can be reached at

For someone who has served at St. Xavier’s, Jaipur for over 16 years as Principal and as a teacher, the school certainly holds a close connect with Fr. N. V. Mani, S.J.

His first tenure at Xavier’s was from 1973 to 1983. He made a comeback to play his next innings from 1988 to 1994 and is at Xavier’s Jaipur at present as well for a third innings.

He has witnessed countless batches passing out during his three stints but has the uncanny ability to recollect the names of alumni even after several years.

Benefits of Lone Time

Piyali Kanabar

Piyali Kanabar is into several fields related to education. She is a teacher straight from the heart, having served Bhavan's Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir as a teacher for over two decades. She’s also a corporate trainer and presently runs an institute in Nagpur catering to soft skills training and personality grooming called 'So What? A Center For Counseling and Professional Perfection'.

Piyali serves as a Cambridge Council examiner of BEC and trains students, professionals and housewives in spoken English. She also trains students for examinations like the IELTS, GRE, GMAT, PTE, SAT, TOEFL and CAT.

Piyali undertakes behavioural counseling and guidance. She is a member of the Nagpur Toastmasters Club at the Gold level and a member of India Peace Centre. She is involved with Seva kitchen, serving free homemade food to caretakers of patients.

The importance of spending lone time is unparalleled. This is the greatest opportunity you can give yourself to grow into a matured being, understanding finer details of life and weeding off the unwanted and unnecessarily complicating it.

Since my childhood till I completed my teens I had been a compulsive talker a literally suffering from verbal diarrhoea which often would put me in unwarranted embarrassments or futile arguments or being obviously ignored. Most of my friends would not opt to stick along for long with me as I would fail to keep secrets and carry stories without any discrimination, though I never consciously wanted to be a gossip monger.

Yeh Dil Mange More with a Twist: Circa 1999

Rakshat Hooja

Rakshat Hooja lives in Jaipur. In his late thirties, he is still trying to figure out what to do in life. Currently, he is working on a project to set up a community college in Jaipur. He loves watching sports and reading and discussing about politics.

Investor Relations

Vinod Puri

Born in 1941, Vinod Puri was brought up and educated in Amritsar. He attended Government Medical College, and subsequently trained as a surgeon at PGI, Chandigarh. He left for USA in 1969, and retired in 2003 as Director of Critical Care Services at a teaching hospital in Michigan. Married with two grown sons, he continues to visit India at least once a year.

Street urchins trailed after him, chanting ‘Lamboo hai!’ or ‘Americki uncle’. Assorted children from five to twelve would appear as if magically as soon as he stepped out on the street. They followed behind the tall figure in cheap flip-flops. They gleefully imitated each one of his gestures and movements as he went about his business.

His slightly stooped posture, thick glasses and a black brush-cut mustache did not inspire fear among the children playing rough games in the street. He often glared at the children as if a withering glance would stop the taunts.

Sometimes he would grab a bigger kid by the sleeve and demand, “Kyun saale?” But he never hit a child.

एक्जामिनेशन तीन : राजस्थान विश्वविद्यालय

सुमंत पंड्या

सुमंत पंड्या वर्ष 1970 में राजनीतशास्त्र विभाग , राजस्थान विश्वविद्यालय से शिक्षा प्राप्त करने के बाद , लगभग चार दशक बनस्थली विद्यापीठ में राजनीतिशास्त्र विषय के अध्यापन के बाद अपने आवास गुलमोहर मे जीवन संगिनी मंजु पंड्या के साथ जयपुर में रहते हैं. सभी नए पुराने दोस्तों और अपनी असंख्य छात्राओं से भी संपर्क बनाए हुए हैं. फेसबुक और ब्लॉग की दुनियां इसमें मददगार होगी यह आशा रखते हैं .

बात बहुत छोटी सी है . सोचा था ये बताई जानी चाहिए या नहीं फिर लगा बताए देता हूं . सप्रसंग बताता हूं.

मैंने सुना है और कुछ कुछ याद है कि मुझे गुस्सा बहुत आता था, कुछ बड़ा हुआ तो बात बात पर अब गुस्सा नहीं भी आता था , पर ये जो मामला बता रहा हूं ये थोड़ा गुस्सा जताने का ही है . लोकेशन मैंने शीर्षक में ही लिख दी है - एक्जामिनेशन सेक्शन तीन , राजस्थान विश्वविद्यालय ,जयपुर .

राजस्थान विश्वविद्यालय .

राजस्थान का सबसे बड़ा और ऐतिहासिक विश्वविद्यालय जिसका फैलाव पूरे राजस्थान तक हुआ करता था और इसके परीक्षा प्रभाग का बहुत बड़ा कारोबार हुआ करता था . ये तब की बात है जब बनस्थली में मैं भी इसी विश्वविद्यालय के एक एफिलिएटेड कॉलेज में काम करने लगा था पर इस विश्वविद्यालय के रजिस्ट्रार दफ्तर में व्यक्तिशः जाने का तब तक कोई काम नहीं पड़ा था हालांकि मैं इसी परिसर से पढकर गया था .

Where there is a Will there is a Way

Avinash Gaur

Avinash Gaur passed out from St. Xaviers, Jaipur in 1961. He graduated in Chemical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University in 1967 and completed his post graduation in the same subject from University of Washington, Seattle, USA in 1970. After 37 years of service in private industry, Avinash retired as Whole Time Director in 2004.

Accidents do happen in life. They affect us emotionally, physically, psychologically and financially. However, if handled with empathy by those around, such difficulties can be minimised or overcome.

There were a couple of incidents that occurred to employees around me.

The first one was early in my professional career. We used to travel to and fro to our workplace by the company bus.


सुमंत पंड्या

सुमंत पंड्या वर्ष 1970 में राजनीतशास्त्र विभाग , राजस्थान विश्वविद्यालय से शिक्षा प्राप्त करने के बाद , लगभग चार दशक बनस्थली विद्यापीठ में राजनीतिशास्त्र विषय के अध्यापन के बाद अपने आवास गुलमोहर मे जीवन संगिनी मंजु पंड्या के साथ जयपुर में रहते हैं. सभी नए पुराने दोस्तों और अपनी असंख्य छात्राओं से भी संपर्क बनाए हुए हैं. फेसबुक और ब्लॉग की दुनियां इसमें मददगार होगी यह आशा रखते हैं .

इमर्जेंस की बातें फिर याद आने लगी पिछले महीने. क्यों याद आने लगी उसे तो जाने दीजिए , आप बेहतर जानते हैं मुझे आज के हालात के बारे में अभी हाल कुछ नहीं कहना. मैं तो तब की थोड़ी सी बात याद आ गई और लगा कि इसे दर्ज भी कर दिया जाए तो कोई हर्ज नहीं , वही करने लगा हूं.

तब जब उन्नीस सौ पिचहत्तर - सतत्तर में इमरजेंसी का दौर था अखबार और रेडियो और बहुत कीजिए तो टेलीग्राम टेलीफोन ये ही तो संचार के साधन थे , इनका भी फैलाव आज जैसा कहां था. फिर भी बात फैलती तो थी.

एक बात मैं अवश्य रेखांकित करूंगा उस जमाने की कि लोग आकाशवाणी के समाचारों की बनिस्पत बी बी सी के समाचारों और रेडियो प्रसारणों पर ज्यादा भरोसा करने लगे थे. ये कोई अच्छी बात तो नहीं कही जा सकती लेकिन हालात ही कुछ ऐसे थे और उन्हें हमारे ही शासन ने उत्पन्न किया था.


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