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BSS Founders Day 2011 and Mr Normans Visit


Bombay Scottish celebrated Founder's Day on 18th Feb. This year our former science teacher, Mr Norman, who has now retired to Bangalore was the guest of honour. Mr Naresh Nanda, spoke to the audience members. Please see below the speech and pictures from the event.


Speech by Mr Naresh Nanda, class of 1964

Principal, Respected Mr. Norman, Students of Bombay Scottish & Friends,

My memories go back to the 11 years I spent in this school & finally passed out in the year 1964. As you all know, Mr. Norman was our Physics & Chemistry teacher. He was particularly very encouraging & supportive of me and it is for this the reason I am here to say a few words. Infact, his involvement with the students of Bombay Scottish goes beyond mouthing dialogues.

The feelings that I have for Mr. Norman are plenty & varied as Physics was one of my favorite subjects and I used to interact with him from time to time beyond class hours. I am sure his charm, simple dignity and scientific bent of mind captured everyone€™s   heart.

I feel gratitude when I realize what a wonderful protector & provider he has been. Awe & admiration when I see him as a €œTeacher of the world€ needing to be loved and respected as much as we need to be loved and respected by you. Your selfless dedication & devotion shall forever remain cherished in our hearts.

Sir, you have truly justified that €œA hand that served your students is holier than the lips that pray€.

I owe my success and happiness today to this School and Mr. Norman. I have authored 12 Books on Advanced Marine Engineering Knowledge, Naval Architecture & Ship Construction which are widely used by Maritime students in India & abroad.  I am honored to present Sir, with 2 books, as a token of affection. Along with this, also is a €˜Momento€™ hand written by myself. It reads:      Generally people say everything

Is possible

But I say

One thing is Impossible

For centuries ahead



Will not be born.

Friends, let us give Mr. Norman a standing ovation & a big applause.


                                                                               Naresh Nanda  (Ex-Student, 1964)       

Gift of Bombay Trip

Gift of Bombay Trip - CD Norman, Feb 2011

This is a letter of appreciation from Mr CD Norman for the event honouring him on Founder's Day 2011.

Gift of Bombay Trip

My trip to Bombay in February 2011 was a gift offered to me and Subhashini by ex-students of Bombay Scottish School, particularly by the students of 1964 batch. It happened in a most unexpected way when I have been hoping for this trip for many years. After retirement from Bombay Scottish School in 1982, I settled in Bangalore from April 1989. I made a brief trip to Bombay in December the same year for two days. I cannot recall what the purpose of the trip was except to collect the refund cheque from Bombay Telephones, of the deposit amount with them. I had surrendered my phone before leaving Bombay.

Then there was a long wait eagerly hoping for a trip once again to Bombay. The chance came from an unexpected event, almost by an accidental mention of the name of Darius Pedder, an ex student of mine, in my article that appeared in the annual magazine of BSS: €œTartan 2010€ As luck would have it Monica Bose showed the article to Darius in one of the get-together of 64 batch. The matter then started moving fast. On reading through the article in the magazine, Darius wrote to me €œwith his eyes filled with tears€ to say, €œSir, of all your students of BSS, I am happy that you remembered me.€ That article which started with these words, €œDarius was his name. Darius Pedder.€ was to cost him good money, material and time as also a spate of e-mails which brought myself and Subhashini to Bombay for four memorable days, 17 to 20 February 2011.

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BSS Founders Day and Mr Normans Visit

BSS Founders Day and Mr Normans Visit

As many of you probably know  Bombay Scottish celebrates Founder's Day on 18th Feb. This year our former science teacher, Mr Norman, who has now retired to Bangalore is visiting school on that day. He is keen to meet his former students and I'm sure all of us are eager to see him again and catch up with old friends. The principal has asked him to address the gathering which begins with Assembly at 9am (like old times!!) and ends with lunch hosted by the Alumni Association.

All of you who will be in Bombay on that day, do try and make it - even if it  means dropping in for a short time to meet Mr Norman, who will be accompanied by his daughter Subha. Sir is 89 years old and I think it will be a privilege for us to be with him again.

I quote from his letters, with his permission:

''I shall be very happy to meet more of my old pupils who would attend the Founders€™ Day function.   I expect it  be a memorable day in my life....

I am a humble person and had, all through my life, lived a simple life.   But the greatest satisfaction I can claim for myself was my devotion to teaching you all boys and girls and the love shared as teacher and pupils...

Actually, this visit of mine  to the school after 20 years will be my €˜pilgrimage€™ to Bombay Scottish School and I would prefer to keep it a low-key €œhome coming€..

I would very much like to meet the families of those students who might ask me to..."

Since it is a on a Friday it may not be possible for everyone to make it to school but Mr Norman is coming to Bombay on the 17th and leaving on the 20th . His tentative plans during his stay are as follows:

17 Feb€¦€¦€¦€¦€¦morning (fore=noon)  arrival in Bombay
18 Feb€¦€¦€¦€¦€¦BSS Founders Day function
19 Feb €¦€¦€¦€¦ free day to move about, particularly to Fort area
20 Feb. €¦€¦€¦€¦morning church service at Byculla;  evening, flight back to Bangalore

Anyone or class group wishing to meet him during any other time during his stay other than at  Founder's Day may certainly do so. He will be staying at the NSCI club, Worli. Others who may not be able to meet him but want to contact him, can contact me for details.

Please pass this message on to your siblings/relatives and friends so Mr Norman's visit is truly a memorable one for him and all of us .
He is probably the last of that wonderful generation of teachers we were fortunate to have. Thanks to the internet we are all back in touch so lets make the most of it!

This note was sent to me by Usha Banerji

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Interestingly, Imran's mamu Aamir Khan [Images] studied in the same school for a few years.

After Std 4, Imran left Scottish, and moved to a boarding school in Ooty.

Srujay writes that Imran was a very nice child, who never misbehaved. He was a simple boy, who was a silent type, and always smiling.  

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2nd Std Boy Continues His Winning Spree in Abacus

Powai - 30 December 07 : The child genius of Raheja Vihar strikes back, creating a sort of records in Abacus contest. If you thought doing 85 complex sums of addition/subtraction in 5 minutes and 98 multiplication sums in 3 minutes was great, then think again.

Aditya a 2nd std student of Bombay Scottish School, Powai completed 92 sums in addition/ subtraction in 5 min and 125 sums of multiplication in 3 minutes in the 4th National SIP Abacus and Mental Arithmetic competition held in Mumbai on 23rd December. He stood 2nd in level 5 of the competition. Thus improving his own performance in recent International competition held in Srilanka on 2 Dec.

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Two open spaces to have underground parking

The civic administration€™s drive to improve the condition of traffic in the city by providing parking spaces now seems to come at a cost of Mumbai€™s open spaces.

The administration plans to construct car parks under two well-maintained gardens in the city. It will table a proposal before the civic improvements committee today for inclusion of these plots in the list of plots where construction of one or two-tier parking arrangement with facility for shopping is permissible.

The garden plots€”near Hinduja Hospital in Mahim and Nare Park in Parel€”are both in good shape. As per current reservations on the plots, erecting a parking facility under them is not allowed.

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