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MEETING OF FATHER GENERAL WITH JAAI

Meeting of Fr General, Very Rev Fr Adolfo Nicolas with the JAAI Governing Council and Delhi Alumni at St Xavier’s, Delhi on February 21, 2008.

 

At the meeting of representatives of JAAI and Alumni of Delhi, the JAAI secretary introduced the participants after which Conrad Gonsalves made a short presentation giving an overview of JAAI, its inception and growth. Ronnie D’Costa spoke about activities in the Central zone with emphasis on the national project of Water. He also described the matching finance scheme for small projects. Siddharth Dudhoria spoke the Alumni Exchange programme. The President of JAAI, Dr Santosh Rollands invited Fr General to share his long term vision for alumni. This is an abridged version of Fr General’s spontaneous response. The Secretary of Doxa raised the Vote of Thanks.

 

Address of Fr General 

 

It is becoming  clear to us, even in Rome, that as the world becomes more intercommunicative and we become aware of the problems outside our own regions, we realize how limited our own initiatives are.  We Jesuits are growing more conscious that many of the things we would like to do, can be done only If we work with a larger community and we realize that the Alumni of our institutes are a natural extension.  Alumni  strengths are their high motivation, professional expertise and the fact of their being widely spread across different countries.

 

How time flies.

When I say how time flies,  I mean that literally. Yet it is as if just yesterday was the day that my mother left me holding that cake as she bid me goodbye in 1950. As if the cake would compensate for her absence. It did not and I promptly became a very sick boy more by fretting. But it did not take me long to become a tough boarder and a very seasoned one. If you don't believe me, ask some really old timers like Father Barjao, or Father Freddie Pimenta.

By the time I hit the teens, they hoped I would finally leave. Not I of the old hard core. If rebellious had to be personified, it found me. I rebelled against everything. Never wore a uniform, never attended class. So they failed me. I cared little for their opinion of me, and they could have thrown me out, but didn't. Why? I guess it was God's hand that stayed their wrath. My mother (RIP) came and appealed to Father Barjao to give me one last chance, just as she appealed to me. I did, and finally passed the SSC. The boarding had become part of me and at the end of it all, it was like someone asking me to leave home.

As I admitted in a previous blog, it broke my heart but then I had to leave that part of my childhood behind forever. Now at the funny old age of 64 it seems a long time ago, yet the memories hang on stubbornly. History, yes I am part of that oral history of boarding life in St Stanislaus and bear witness to  more than a decade. There are some things I will tell and some that I will not.

Bonding bands of Stanislites !

How thrilled and proud I was to see Bond of Boys happening !  The excitement and genuine sentiments were there for all to see.
As a past Principal I was thrilled to just 'see' the boys grown up... and seemingly ready to ' face the world in all walks of life."

Thanks to the team of the Ex Students assoc who made this event so good and memorable.
Its success can only be measured in as much the bond is strengthened through the noteworthy projects already initiated... and may be to conjure up new ones.

With grateful heart I say 'thanks' for Bond of Boys....!!  May we bond and reach out to those who will need a helping hand in this time of recession and crisis in our country and the world over !

God Bless!

Fr Lawrie

Shaan at Bond of Boys 2009 - St. Stanislaus Reunion

Shaan being honored for his fantastic achievements in the Entertainment Industry

Shaan as he popularly known, needs no introduction, Shaan, a youth icon is an accomplished singer in the Hindi Film Industry [please don’t call it Bollywood]. Since his early days in the industry Shaan has supported new talent, by hosting popular talent shows on mainstream television.

 

The humble and modest Shaan has also has also been a winner of the MTV Asia Music Award and 5 Filmfare Awards.

 

From an aspiring desktop publisher to a pop singer, Shaan surely has come a long way.

 

Back in School, Shaan was the captain of the Kostka house and was even then known for his 360 watt smile.

First Look at the Bond of Boys - Reunion 2009 held on 17th Jan


Bond of Boys 2009 - L to R: Mr & Mrs Nasir Zakaria, Master Hiremath, Master Tamhane, Tr. Ulka, Shaan and his wife and Parvez Aga

BATCH OF 1998 : 10 Years Later

The Batch of 1998 will always be remembered as the 10th standard batch that celebrated 50 years of Independence. On the 4th of Jan, 09, the boys decided to re-ignite old memories and re-live precious moments while in school, at Trafalgar Chowk, Bandra. A great response from those residing in India and the ones overseas who made it a point to make this night an unforgettable one. The highlight of the evening being the school Anthem which was sung loud and clear which shook the place.

Images/Video footage all available on our Facebook Community -
 http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17810915711 

Would definetly urge any Batch of 97/98 members reading this post to join us on facebook and stay updated and ofcourse in touch.

Wishing one and all an awesome 2009 ahead.

Warm Regards,
Brian D'Souza
(Batch of 1998)

Reunion 2009

I've never been to a reunion. Just imagine after over 40 years meeting classmates who one may not even recognize. And so much water has passed under the bridge, people have changed. But we will have one thing in common and that is the fact that we were all once upon a time students of St. Stanislaus High School, some of us boarders, some day scholars. We will have shared may memories, like classes, teachers, events, and the school itself. This school was once more than my family and on my last day there, I did feel a deep sense of loss.

Then again in over 40 years, the school has changed too and has kept up with the times.Though like many of us who have aged yet have kept up with the changing times, so too the school probably has the same character but has moved forward. We have the Jesuits to thank. All this achievement is great but it is the force behind that must be recognized. So lest we forget, lets give due credit to the Jesuits for the great work they have done and are doing. As we grew up and married and had kids of our own, we began to recall all the yarns of the good old days. My kids would laugh at my antics and ask many questions which I answered as honestly as I could.

So at this reunion if I do make it, lets hope we see many of the Jesuits who were there during that era. Those I would like to see are Fr. Casale, Fr. Barjao, Brother Toth, Brother Fonseca, Fr. Fabregad, Fr. Freddie Pimenta, Fr. Rebello, Fr. Bulchand, Brother Pinerio among others.

Back to the UK

Just to let everyone know that I have returned back to UK after my brief spell working for Reliance Industries Limited in Mumbai.

Regards

Devendra (Duboo) Agrawal

I left the school in 1958 when I was in class VI, I think so I must be in the Class 1961 Group. If any one remembers me then please send me an e-mail.

Christmas

December for us in the boarding was a month to look forward to, and in my case (including a few of our gang) volunteering to assist Master Gregory and his son with the crib was at the top of our agenda. After it was all set up and ready to be admired we felt a sense of pride in our role. And more than that, Master Gregory rewarded us. What I loved were the statues which I guess were made in Spain. All this was to inspire me later in my choices about what my future would be like. Like all the statues that St. Peters Church had in its possession they inspired awe.

Of course my other agenda included the short Christmas break with our families. My mother's favorite was using old clean socks which she filled with all sorts of things that she could afford, but it never failed to excite my sister and myself. Then there was the making of sweets like cul culs, puffs, and my mothers hard toffee which required really strong teeth (she called the toffee, jawbreakers). In addition to that was the midnight mass and the inevitable visits to family and friends. Don't forget the Christmas Tree organised by our parish in Ahmedabad.

As time passed and passed it gradually dawned on me (a bit late though) that in all the excitement, we forgot the birthday boy. Sure like most of us, it was a merry X'mas rather than a happy Christmas. Merriment played a big part during this season and am guilty as charged. I also realized that as India and its Christians imitated the British colonizers in their culture and customs we tend to forget whose birthday we are celebrating and what Christmas is really all about. Now I know and its not too late either. So let me wish all the christian alumni, a very joyful Christmas and may this Christmas bring new hope in your lives.

The Squirrel

Its been so long ago that I left the boarding that some names just do not retain in my memory. No, No, its not the age thing, its just that its ages ago OK. so there is this young boarder with a love for animals and happens that when a real tiny messy lump of flesh opened its eyes it saw him and cried Daddy. So he had this squirrel peeping out of his pocket and crawling over him at whim. It really freaked me out. He acted like a daddy, feeding it and even made a small nest for it to snuggle in. Then one day the squirrel died. Man he was totally crestfallen. We had a burial in a small box and buried it near the big banyan tree near bhaiyawadi. But lo and behold the next day when he went to pay homage, he found that the grave had been dug up  and the coffin was absent.  Meanwhile I was elsewhere and ventured into the refectory and was surprised to see a small  group around a dining table. As I went near and peered over other I saw my first taxidermist. He was skinning the squirrel which had been so ceremoniously buried. I was aghast. But you know the rules. Hold your tongue. I of course sympathized with the owner who was grieving. At the same time I have always wondered about the taxidermist. What is a boarding but a group of young (some very young) boys, living together not by choice, without father or mother, many living by their wits. But many lessons are early learnt.


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