St. Xaviers College (Calcutta) Alumni Association
(West Zone Chapter)

sanjay-goelI have always looked forward to meet some one from Kolkata and missed a connection with Alma matter, specially when I saw a reunion function of any other institute,
I sorely felt a need for a link with St. Xavier’s Calcutta, my college.

In January 2006, when I visited Kolkata and met Rev. Father Mathew, Imran Bhai, Manoj Jain and other member of our Alumni Association and placed the idea before them, there was immediate support but with skepticism that are there enough xaverians in Mumbai? Frankly speaking I have never met any other but deep within there was a belief that I can not be the only one..

After moving away from Calcutta, all of us have always felt something missing in us. Be it “Addas” or “Bhalo Basa” from friends or simple warmth of every one around us. I would say destiny took us out of Calcutta but could never take Calcutta out of us.

In January 2006, when I visited Kolkata and met Rev. Father Mathew, Imran Bhai, Manoj Jain and other member of our Alumni Association and placed the idea before them, there was immediate support but with skepticism that are there enough xaverians in Mumbai? Frankly speaking I have never met any other but deep within there was a belief that I can not be the only one. Father Mathew gave a go ahead and told every one to co-operate and give, whatever information and support they can give. Trust me every one welcomed me with open arms and yes this was the warmth I always missed in Amchi Mumbai.

I came back with a CD in hand giving a list of life member of alumni association who are in Mumbai and a hope that with blessings of God I will find few names. First three weeks went without any success as many had moved on and it was like a blind tunnel. Then in middle of February as I was dipping in despair a light came in the form of Chetan Majithia from Chennai who instantly said that he shares this dream as it is his dream too.

Chetan sitting in Chennai contacted few persons and gave me a team to work with. The team which had Vishal Singhal, Vineet Maloo, and Naveen Jain, all having the same dream and me now knowing fully well that yes there are xaverians in Mumbai, I am not alone.
The spirit of Nihil Ultra and the fire in the belly took us forward and despite family and career pressures, not to forget year end pangs, we all went ahead in full force, to reach here achieving the mega dream of having our own chapter in Mumbai to link all xaverians spread in the western part of the country.

This would have been achieve without whole hearted co-ordination by Jitu Rampuria from Culcutta who did everything possible to get as many massages and details and pictures enabling us print and present this Souvenir in time. Last but not the least is the support from you all who have come here to make this whole event a Grand Success and that includes every one from Kolkata and other places who took this challenge to show the world that xaverians don’t rest on laurels and no height is enough for them.

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