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Life: blunders and hopes

Author: 
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

Author: 
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 www.melven.in.

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

Author: 
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

Author: 
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

Author: 
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

Author: 
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

Author: 
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.

इमरजेंसी

Author: 
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.

The Proverbial Sword is always Hanging...

Author: 
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.

Invariably management draws a list of values and principles for the organisation. However, one wonders as to how many of them follow it strictly.

I was fortunate enough to be part of an organisation that strongly believed in them and also demonstrated their intent. One such incident happened in the early stages of the implementation of the project.

Finding a Job

Author: 
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.

By the middle of 1967, I had finished my Masters in Surgery (MS) and finding no prospects of a job at PGI Chandigarh, moved back home to Amritsar. I brought back my broken down Raleigh bicycle along with the old Busch radio. The bicycle had bought with the two hundred rupees I received as my scholarship for the premed distinction from the state. The radio had traveled with me to the medical college hostel rooms in Amritsar, then to Chandigarh, New Delhi house surgeon quarters of Irwin Hospital and back to PGI Chandigarh. First bought by my father for the family in 1951, I had emotional connection it. We had first heard of assassination of Pakistan’s prime minister Liaqat Ali Khan!

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