Natus Ad Majora

When I (SSC, 1976) studied in St. Stanislaus, our school motto was "Natus Ad Majora". Nobody knew what this meant. Some time after we passed out from school, the English translation, "Born For Greater Things" was adopted. Wow! A truly inspirational motto!!

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caning in school

i can never forget the one and only time when i was caned in school. I was in class VI-C in the year 1976-77. Nargis ladhani was the class teacher. India was playing England at the Wankhede stadium. The President of India Shri Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed died in harness.
A 3day national mourning was declared and hence there was no radio commentary or live telecast. At the end of the 1st days play India's score stood at 228/4.
Even then i was very passionate about cricket. I pleaded with my dad to arrange for tickets and skipped school the next day. When it came to writing the leave note my dad made it clear that he would not lie and wrote that i had missed school as i had gone to watch the cricket match.
On seeing the leave note nargis teacher flared up. I was sent to Fr. Henry and received two cane shots.
Moral of the story?

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Natuis ad majora

No Devdas I am from the class of 1970 and the meaning was made clear to all of us not once but many times!! The motto was a matter of pride for us especially when we compared it with what other schools had, it really stood out.

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RE: Comment for Blog entry: Natus Ad Majora

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Pradeep Vijayakar is the Assistant Editor of The Times of India which he has served since 1974.


He is a graduate in Economics from St Xavier's College 1966-70 and studied upto MA in Politics 1970-72 under teachers like Dr Usha Mehta, Aloo Dastur and Swaminathan. He represented the Bombay University's post graduate department of politics at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Course at Nagpur in 1972. He is a Times of India gold medallist from the Rajendra Prasad Institute of Mass Communications, 1970-71. He also won the Alpha Silver medal.


He is a rare journalist who has covered a wide range of sports from cricket (5 World Cups) to kabaddi, from bridge to rugby and table tennis, archery, motor sports and cue sports.

He played in the same St Xavier's cricket team as his classmate Sunil Gavaskar whose TV serial SUNIL GAVASKAR PRESENTS in 1986 he wrote the script for later and with whom he co-edited the Times World Cup book 1999.

He has been secretary and is current vice-president of the Sports Journalists Federation of India and is the present President of Mumbai Press Club.

He won the Mumbai Sahitya Sangh's award for sports writing in 2006.

He has been an active cricketer, table tennis player and swimmer.

He is a founder of Indian Squash Professionals, a organisation for the development of the markers of squash.

He has presented Sportcenter programme on ESPN.

He has done cricket, squash, cue sports, table tennis commentary for Doordarshan and is among the top five radio commentators in India.


He first worked as assistant editor of a youth paper, HI YOUNG PEOPLE'S NEWSPAPER. Then he was apprentice with Free Press Journal and served Sportsweek weekly from 1972-74 when he founded World of Cricket monthly and Sportsweek Annual. He was English Films critic for Inquilab Urdu newspaper

He joined Times in 1974 as Trainee Journalist and has been with the sportsdesk since 1974. He has been a versatile sports journalist covering practically every sport from kabaddi to cricket, karate to squash and billiards, snooker pool, archery, motor sports, karate, rugby and bridge.


In the matter of sports organisation, Pradeep has been secretary and then vice-president of the Sports Journalists Association of Maharashtra, joint secretary and current vice-president of the Sports Journalists Federation of India, chairman of the Mumbai Press Club and current President. He represented India at the World Sports Journalists Congress in Istanbul,Turkey in 1985. He was invited by the Pakistan President Zia to cover the first Asian Squash Championship in Karachi in 1981, invited by ASEA Ltd. to accompany the Indian squash team to Singapore and Malaysia in 1985 and in 1998 tourd Seychelles along with the East Bengal football team as technical delegate. He is vice-president of the Suburban Mumbai District Table Tennis Association.


He has even done the job of cricket scorer for the All India Radio commentary team on India -England Test series in 1979.


He has covered five World Cups in cricket (1979,1987,, 1996, 1999, 2003), two Asians in snooker in Singapore and Sri Lanka, three Asians in squash one in Pakistan and one World Team Squash in 2007, three World billiards and one Asian championships, one World u-21 snooker (2007). He covered World Cup Kabaddi in 2006 and Asian Rugby Series 2007 in Philippines


He has played cricket for Khar Gymkhana, St Xavier's College, Shivaji Park Youngsters, Garware Clubhouse, Aarey Cricket Club, The Times of India Sports Club (captain). He toured East Africa with the P.J. Hindu Gymkhana team in 1983.

He has captained the Sports Journalists cricket team to two titles in the J.K.Bose all-India sports journalists cricket tournament which he has played for over 20 years.


He did research for Sunil Gavaskar's SUNNY DAYS and

again in 1999 for his Times Book of World Cup Cricket, of which he was the consulting editor.

In association with Marine Sports Pradeep has edited three tour books on the India-South Africa series, and one on World Cup 1992. Presently he is the chairman of the Cricket Commission of the Sports and President of Mumbai Press Club. He has written India's first cricket play, Shaporjee/Sokaji.


As broadcaster, Pradeep rose to the top three position as radio commentator for cricket for Akashwani. He is the only one in India who was a TV cricket commentator first and then went over to radio. He did TV commentary for Doordarshan in 1985-87 for the India-England and India-West Indies series. He switched to radio in the Reliance World Cup in 1987 when commentators had to choose one medium.

Pradeep has been most sought after by TV for the difficult sports. Thus when Pakistan world champion squash player Jahangir Khan came to India it was Pradeep who was called to do live TV commentary. He also did commentary in boxing, for radio at the World Cup in Mumbai and TV commentary for a More benefit tournament at Shivaji Park. And also covered a Mumbai-Pune cycle race and did commentary for Dirt Track motor racing in Pune.

He has done sports magazine programmes in Marathi and English for AIR and DD.

In one week he did commentary in three different languages. He did a Duleep trophy cricket final. Then he did TV commentary in Hindi when Leander Paes won his first major title, the Satellite Masters and then at Cooperage later in the week, he made history when being part of the radio commentary team for the first-ever live Marathi football commentary, on the Rovers Cup final between East Bengal and Mahindras. This must be a record of sorts.


He has taught news media management at the UPG Institute of Communcations and sports journalism at KC's Bombay College of Journalism. He is course owner of Writing and Communication courses of The Times School of Journalism.


He is a Level I cricket coach from the World Cricket Academy whose adjudic ators were Hanumant Singh and Vasu Paranjpe. Also a Level Introductory coach in squash from the Asian Squash Federation under a prgoramme conducted by SRFI's Maj Maniam.

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I remember the assemblies of our school. During the monsoon, they would be held in the area which had the canteen and during winter and summers, they would be on that huge ground. The assembly would be conducted from the first floor (where the labs were) and there would be the huge figure of Fr. Aleu, overlooking the assembly.

Once, after the assembly, when the National Anthem was being played, a friend of mine and myself were not at attention and were making some shapes in the mud with our shoes.. oblivious of the fact that Fr. Aleu was watching every bit of it. After the anthem, he announced "All the boys.. except the two there..." and we froze. He kept us standing in the sun for about 30 mins after everyone else had left and.. left us after 2 canes on the butt.

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