MGD Guild Dance Fest 2022

It is said that soulful dancing is the poetry by feet . There are many shortcuts to ultimate happiness, and dancing is one of those  beautiful ways .

Honouring our school motto " Our utmost for the highest ",  and following the  tradition , the  much - awaited yearly dance extravaganza " MGD  Guild  Dance Fest " was held on 15 th September, 2022.

Hundreds of lovely girls clad in colourful ethnic dresses performed mesmerising dances on foot tapping music and songs , creating thousands of rainbows on the ground.

A spectacular dance competition was held between 9 th , 10 th , 11 th and 12 th std . 12 th std(2022) was declared as the fair winner by the judges  Archana Mankotia ( Principal), Maya Sharma and Meenakshi Rathore.

The programme ended with mouth -watering culinary feast and millions of take home memories.

Dr. Vinita Patni
1983 batch

 

VINITA PATNI

Newsletter August 2022

GUILD TODAY.

AUGUST 2022

PENNY THOUGHTS.

MGD @ 80

August 12, 2022 we usher in the 80th year of the founding of our beloved alma mater. 

In these eight decades we have seen a path breaking idea transforming, evolving and flowering into a prestigious temple of learning. As the years rolled by we have witnessed the outcome of dedicated perseverance on a bedrock of fine traditions and abiding values. These fundamental guidelines have given MGD a distinctive ethos, unparalleled and unsurpassed!!

On this landmark occasion we bow in reverence to our founder, Late HH Rajmata Saheba Gayatri Devi ji,  our Board of Governors, our Principals, our dedicated Teachers, our Leaders, our Office Staff, our Support Staff, our Parents and all the generations of persons associated with the school. Today we rededicate ourselves towards transmitting this beautiful gift Bigger, Better and more Beautiful than it was transmitted to us… our sacred School Pledge that rings in our hearts always.

Guild Today  awakens to a new dawn after two and a half years of enforced hibernation. The ominous announcement on National Television on the 23rd March 2020 of a total Lockdown of the entire Nation swept us all into an unprecedented situation, a sledgehammer blow that knocked out all sanity and rational sense of the populace . It was bewildering and totally disorientating  as wave after wave hit the country, from metros to far flung villages, caught unprepared for the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and its lethal side effects. From the burning , smouldering ashes and tragedy the nation is rising phoenix like.  One of the many catastrophic fall out of the aftermath has been the loss of two whole years of school time for the young. The pressure of ON LINE” classes on children and their teachers has taken a heavy toll on growing children and robbed them of the joy of work and play with their peer groups. The uncertainty of date, format and results of entrance tests for professional courses have jeopardised many budding careers.

Let us rise above all these challenges and resolve to regroup, reconnect and revive our reunions.

Happy  Eightieth to MGD and all MGDians.

Chandralekha Mathur 

( nee  Sahai. Batch of 1954)

EDITOR.


Rani Vidya Devi ji

The MGD Girls Guild pays their humble and affectionate tribute to the memory of Rani Vidya Devi Ji on her first “Punya tithi” on 20th August 2022.

We are privileged to welcome Maharaj Jai Singh Ji as the Chairperson of the MGD Girls School.

______________________________________________________

BUSY BEES

JULY

1. INVESTITURE CEREMONY

Investiture Ceremony   July 7, 2022

 M.G.D GirlsSchool, Jaipur organized the Investiture Ceremony for the newly appointed Student Council for 2022-23 on 7th July 2022.

In an orientation session for the newly appointed Student Council, the Principal reiterated the five qualities that made one a true leader: Honesty, Vision, Teamwork, Growth and learning, and Transformational leadership.

JUNE

1. ORIENTATION SESSION FOR NEW ADMISSIONS CLASS XI

2. YOGA DAY  MGD Girlsschool, Jaipur celebrated International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2022. The programme was attended by His Highness Maharaj Jai Singh Ji, Members of the Board of Governors, Principal Mrs Archana S Mankotia, Administrative Officer Col SS Sangwan, Staff and students.

3. YOUNG IDEATOR'S CONCLAVE 2022

MGD GirlsSchool participated in the Jim Corbett-Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant- F.G. Pearce Memorial Young Ideators Conclave hosted by Birla Vidya Mandir, Nainital from 27th to 30th May 2022. 33 Schools from across the country participated in this online event.

4. DAINIK BHASKAR JUNIOR EDITOR 6

Junior Editor-6, a pan India Newspaper Designing competition organized by Dainik Bhaskar in which over 25000 students from across India enthusiastically participated. The participants got a chance to create their own newspaper through a pre-designed broadsheet layout and were required to pen their ideas on different topics such as book reviews, editorials, national and international news, sports, comic strip, start-up idea, advertisements, dream careers and much more.

We are proud to share that Falguni Gupta of class 10 E secured the Second Position (in the Category of classes 9 and 10) and Riddhima Gupta of class 6 F bagged the Third Position (in the category of classes 5 and 6). Both students received Fastrack Smart Watches and Certificates of Achievement.

The Award ceremony was graced by Deepa Malik, Rio Paralympic Silver Medallist, Padmashri, Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardee.

5. SOCIAL SERVICE CAMP

The Indian Women Blog in collaboration with Maharani Gayatri Devi GirlsSchool, organized a ten-day Social Service Summer camp Back To School, from 18th to 27th May 2022, comprising various activities like public speaking, creative writing, environmental craft classes, science activities and sports classes at Triveni Nagar and MGD GirlsSchool.

MAY

1. Design Thinking Course Session 2

2. CONGRATULATIONS - 

MGD is proud of our girls for their commendable achievements  -

 Aashita Singal ( class 10th ) has completed her first Mountaineer Trek to Everest Base Camp” 5364 Meters/ 17,600 feet on 10th May 2022. The journey to EBC started on 30th April 2022 and the trek started on 2nd May 2022 and she reached EBC on 10th May 2022.

AKSHITA TEJWANI ( class 10th D) secured  the First Position classwise and thus became the  National winner of AAROHAN 2022, BITS Pilani among 6000 students pan India going through two rounds of the event.

8. Virtual Exchange Program (MGDVEP)

‘City Through My Lens’

INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL EXCHANGE i-SMSC 2022

Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School has embarked on a yet another novel journey with its second Virtual Exchange Program (MGDVEP). The program is a manifestation of the Principal, Mrs Archana S Mankotia’s vision to help students develop themselves, thus contributing to society from an early age and promoting self-development through a life-changing experience. This program will not only broaden personal perspectives but also will let the students see the world, experience a new culture through an exploration of one’s City, its Architecture, Culture, Cuisine, Language and Tourism related USP.

A group of 30 students from MGD School are participating in this online exchange programme hosted by i-SMSC, SMJK SHING CHUNG, Malaysia under the guidance of the Cultural Coordinator Ms. Cherry Goyal, Senior Faculty Members, Ms. Dipti Mahajan and Ms. Sunita Rathore. Four schools, from Malaysia, Pakistan and India are a part of this programme, connecting via virtual platform, Google Meet. The objective of the project is to give an opportunity to students to communicate, exchange ideas and foster goodwill.

10. MGD Girls' School, Jaipur,  in association with Extramarks Counsellors ,conducted the 6 day One- on- One Counselling Sessions for students of class X  (2022-2023), from 25th- 30th April 2022. For the boarders, their parents were requested to join through the Zoom link.

 

11. Heartiest Congratulations to Yashasvi Katta for getting selected in India under 19 women's cricket camp.

Best wishes

☆APRIL

3. Boarders Talent Hunt-

On the eve of April 24th, 2022, MGD Girls' School, Jaipur hosted a Talent Hunt event for the New  Boarders of grades I to X, providing them with a platform to showcase their talent in any discipline. As is customary at MGD, the Talent Hunt event welcomed new students into the MGD family. The students not only demonstrated their ability, but they also found inspiration to come forward and demonstrate their latent potential. Students demonstrated various skills such as dance, singing, impersonation, instrument playing, painting exhibitions, and so on. The audience had a great time watching the newcomers execute incredible feats. The evening concluded with the Principal, Mrs. Archana S. Mankotia, congratulating each student on their tremendous courage in participating and warmly welcoming the new entrants to the MGD boarding family

 

4. The Puneet Sagar Abhiyan,

It Was conducted successfully under the joint aegis of Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls' School and NCC Cadets of Maharani College, Jaipur, on 25 April 2022.

The NCC cadets cleaned the area around Talkatora, performed a street play and encouraged the people present there to use paper, cloth or jute bags instead of plastic bags. They also requested the the people to plant a tree each in their home or in public places like parks and take care of those trees so that we could save our Earth from the impact of  Global Warming. They were guided in this endeavor by Lieutenant Deepika Chaudhary and Chief Officer Anjali Sharma.

5. MGD Girls' School, Jaipur , organised a Global University Fair on the 25th April 2022, in collaboration with ICAE, wherein  a few universities from India along with some  of the top  universities abroad visited  the school campus. Universities like

Ashoka university

O.P. Jindal Global university,

Plaksha university

Shivnadar university

Flame university, Europe, Switzerland, Australia, USA and many more countries came under one roof to meet 500 students of Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ SchoolThe fair gave students a good insight and was very helpful.

8. FUCHSIA 2022 a five day  event was organised in the school.

11. Parent Orientation programme: 2022-23

The school organised an orientation programme for the parents of the new students in Prep Section in April, 2022. The parents were welcomed and taken through a brief history of the institution. The vision of the Founder and the expectations of the school from the new MGDians were shared with the parents. The Royal Reformer, a film on HH Rajmata Gayatri Devi Ji Saheba of Jaipur, was shown to the parents. The Orientation was conducted by Ms Priyamvada Rawat.

The Principal, Ms Archana S Mankotia, addressed the parents and pointed out the difference between syllabus and curriculum. She motivated the parents to join the school in its efforts for effective implementation of the curriculum.

The Prep Coordinator, Ms Puri welcomed the parents and shared the experiential learning approach in class transactions. She briefed them about new activities like no bag days, project based assignments etc.

12. *Fare thee well class XII

    Farewell to the most amazing and special class ever.

AU REVOIR* .

You have proved your mettle in numerous ways. You rose to the occasion always.

The Farewell for the Batch of 2022 was held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 in the  Main building of the school which was beautifully decorated and lit up.

 Students of class 11 welcomed the Jijas of the Batch of 2022.  A series of dance performances showcasing the fun of school life were put up by the students of class 11.There were different categories of awards for class 12  including awards like the Mithali Raj of the Batch, the one with a Million-dollar smile and indeed Miss Farewell, Tech- Wiz, Picasso, Life of the Party and so on. The Batch of 2022  also gave dance performances followed by the cake cutting ceremony where the Principal Mrs. Archana S. Mankotia did the honours. The Student Council members along with the teachers were also present for the same.

The air was tinged with emotion and nostalgia as students took photographs around the majestic school building where they had spent their childhood and grown up into well groomed girls.

13. JAIPUR DARSHAN -  DAY TOUR FOR BOARDERS

To commemorate the start of the 2022-23 academic year, a day excursion was organised for boarders that was both enjoyable and instructive. A total of 104 students and 5 staff members were present. The students left at 7:30 a.m. in luxury AC buses, with their first stop being Jaipur's iconic Amber Fort, followed by visits to City Palace and Jantar Mantar. They then enjoyed a sumptuous lunch at the well-known Masala Chownk, a one-stop shop for several delicacies. Following lunch, the students walked to another site, Albert Hall, where they marveled at the magnificent display.

As they drove passed Birla Mandir and WTP, the students were filled with awe for these iconic landmarks. Along with the travel organizers, there were three tour guides who assisted the students in understanding the history and significance of each location and monument they visited or passed. At 4:30 p.m., the students returned to their hostels with mementos and souvenirs.

A day well spent.....

16. Kaizen-Personality Development Module

Session-1

I, Me and Myself

Date-8th April 2022

MGD Girls’ School, Jaipur, in continuation to its extraordinary feat under the vision of its Principal, Mrs Archana S Mankotia, initiated Personality Development and Confidence Building Sessions for its students in the boarding house across classes II to XII.

The first session under this series for the Academic year 2022-23 was conducted on 8th April 2022 for all students who’ve joined the boarding this year. This session was conducted by Ms Cherry Goyal, Cultural Coordinator of the school, ELT Expert and Teacher Trainer. The title of the session was “I, Me and Myself”. This session was really interactive, fruitful and efficacious and all the students went back more confident and high-spirited, thanking the Principal, School and Ms Cherry.

17. A career Awareness program was organized for XII class students by NIIT University on the 8th of April, 2022. Nearly 148 girls from Science, Commerce and Humanities participated in it. Information about the different scholarships offered by  N U was highlighted . It was an enriching session by Dr. Neha Tiwari.

19. Paradise- A Date With ART !!

An Art Show was put up by the students of the Prep Section of MGD Girls' School. This exhibition was titled," Paradise -  is not a place, it is a state of mind." Each work of art by the students proved this adage true by giving the visitors a glimpse of Paradise through their artwork.

 The Principal Mrs Archana S Mankotia inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of the Admin Officer , the coordinators , the teachers ,the artists , and parents.  The show was curated by the Prep Coordinator Ms Benu Puri.

APARNA KHURANA

Batch of 1997

 

______________________________________________________

 

News from MGD GirlsGuild.

Hi Girls,

Greetings from the Guild Executive Committee.

Covid has given us respite now. Hopefully the situation will remain like this !

Being optimistic the Guild Executive Committee has emerged from hibernation and made plans for the coming year.

This year the only Guild Annual activity will be The Dandiya Nite for senior students of class 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th on 3rd Sept. 2022

Guild members who wish to join are welcome. For any queries contact the Guild office, Ms.Smita # +91 8905181885 during office hours  - 9 am to 1 oclock

        

We will be celebrating MGDs  80th (OAK) anniversary next year i.e.2023

  1. The mega reunion and of the following batches will take place on 16th& 17th Dec 2023
  2. 2020  -  Gold  -  1970  -  Ruby  -  1980  -  Silver  -  1995
  3. 2021  -  Gold  -  1971  -  Ruby  -  1981  -  Silver  -  1996
  4. 2022  -  Gold  -  1972  -  Ruby  -  1982  -  Silver  -  1997
  5. 2023  -  Gold  -  1973  -  Ruby  -  1983  -  Silver  -  1998

(The first 3 batches are covid casualty).

Following is the proposed plan for the event.

16th Saturday, Dec 2023  -  Venue -  School  - Post lunch  - Felicitation of the above batches, followed by Ghoomer by each batch and then dinner in the school.

17th Sunday, Dec 2023  - Morning  -  visit the school, go down memory lane with your friends  meet the Principal and the Teachers.

Afternoon  -  Polo and High Tea at Rambagh Polo Ground.

Evening  -  Social get together with spouse / escort - music, dance and dinner at Rambagh Palace.

There is a package deal for all the activities. Final details and cost will be intimated later.

The two days program is organized for all the Alumni.

The Guild Digital Directory  -  It will be great if all our Alumni are listed in the Directory,  by schools 80th anniversary.  (It is essential to be a Guild Member to be in the Directory) For any queries regarding the directory, contact person is

Ms. Sarandha (Batch 1983), Member Guild Executive Committee.

Cell # +91 9116048112 , Email : mgdgirlsguildjaipur@gmail.com

School souvenirs will be on sale on Sunday the 17th.

Look forward to celebrating the 80th anniversary of our school together.

Wish you all the best.

Jane H.Singh (Batch 1955), President, MGD GirlsGuild

______________________________________________________

 

75 Years of MGD and Golden Jubilee of our 1968 batch

Our batch of 1968 was highly excited to take part in the December 2018 celebrations of 75 years of MGD, which also marked our Golden Jubilee. Thus we prepared actively for the programmes,  so caringly  scheduled by the School and MGD GirlsGuild.

Twenty eight of use from different places  including nine from abroad, got together  on Thursday  20th December 2018 itself .  Abanti , Nonika and Suman  came from Delhi, Pam, Ritu and Neelima Mehra from Mumbai, Madhuri and Krishna from Kolkata , Deepika from Lucknow,  Sunita Lal from Dehradun, Sudha from Udaipur, Mridula and Rupa from Pune. Bharati and Renuka from UK, Jyoti, Shahana, Sunita Chadha, Baljinder and Chitra  from the US, Neelima Sapru and Arti from  Canada.  All except us Jaipurites -  Anita, Aruna, Namita, Mickey, Purnima and Meenakshi,   checked in at Giri Sadan, a warm and cozy place run by Giri Jija of 1967 batch. All the efforts made for arrangements of travel, lodging showed on our cheerful faces as we came in by flights and road. The greetings were expectedly hyper as many of us were meeting after fifty years.

The evening was a special get-together of our batch at Shikar Bagh of Narayan  Niwas, especially taken care of by Namita Kachhawah, with drinks and dinner and all round smiles and chatter in the glittering environment. Inside and outside the building,  we had a relaxed time getting to know the latest updates about each other

The next day, 21st Friday  was a relaxed morning and some of us went to the Bazaar organised by the Guild  at Diggi Palace. For a very tasty, snacky lunch organised by Neelima Mehra,  we all got together at the Golf  club, laughed and joked and planned out our evening and next two days.

Then we walked over to the Polo  ground, met the other MGDians, teachers and watched the well played out Polo  match and enjoyed tea and snacks. More hectic activity and excitement lay ahead of us as we headed to DiggiPalace for the evening of Ghoomar Dances done by 7 groups to represent 7 decades. Well, watching our batch girls dance, it did not feel that they were 65 plus and their performance was a show stealer.

The next day 22nd December 2022  Saturday, began in a solemn  way with a gathering at the Quiet corner to pay our respects to Miss Lutter our founder Principal to whom we all owe so much. This was followed by the  Special Assembly programme  in which all of us , as the Golden Jubilee batch dressed in golden hue sarees, went on stage. We  were introduced by Abanti, our batch Vice  president of  School Council after an address by Neelima Sapru, our Head Girl.  Vote of thanks by Poornima Patni, Deputy Head Girl of our batch followed.  Compering was done by yours truly, Meenakshi Mathur. 

We presented a Souvenir book of our batch prepared with a lot of effort put in by Namita , Mickey , Anita , Purnima and,  and received momentos from Rani Vidya ji and Jane Jija. It was an ennobling moment.  We also gave  cheques of a total Rs 1.24 lacs for the School development which was a collection from each of the 28 of us making a donation. An  Annual running trophy for the Best all rounder of class X was gifted to our  dear Alma mater and small trophies with citation to  Miss Brijpal and Miss Nanda, our beloved teachers who were present on the occasion .

Thereafter followed the  lunch in the lawns with cake cutting and chatting and an evening of gala dance and dinner at Rambagh. As we were the Golden batch, we  decided to have our own dinner at Giri Sadan, which went late into the night with more  sharing of experiences.  

23 rd December 2022, Sunday was the day for goodbyes and farewells as we set out to catch our flights and take our taxis, packing our suitcases and hearts with the most fond and enjoyable memories.

We are grateful to the School and the Guild, especially Jane Jija for her energetic support and making this get-together truly memorable for us as we continue to meet on whatsapp, web meetings and whenever possible in small groups.

Three Cheers for MGD!!!

Meenakshi Mathur Hooja

1968 batch

Tele 94133795

______________________________________________________

 

FROM GOLDEN GIRLS OF 2022

SMORIES- Stories & memories shared after 3 decades, on the grounds that groomed me.

I took a walk down the memory lane of my life as I stepped on to the stage-

The same stage where I faced the audience first ever, decades ago

It felt so different:

The stride was steady

The butterflies at rest in the belly

The pulse beat at it's own pace

The mic held like the pencil then

With the comfort of the eraser in my pockets

It felt like home, and each one like family

Welcoming opens arms, to hold tight and tap my back

The words spilled from my heart and touched those around

The childhood hostel pranks

The craving for food

The yearning for love

The first crush

The tomboy transitioned into lady, with her own constants

Getting back to square one

Half a century down the life lane, feels like I just began the walk. Once again, child like I took a walk down the memory lane of my life.

Anupama Agarwal Bajaj

Batch of 1989

Reminiscing School days with a smile

2022 is the Golden Anniversary year for the girls who passed out of our Alma Mater in 1972. Yes, we are the Golden Girls.

Is it really 50 years?????? We have grown from giggling school girls to doting grandmothers, but the heart easily transforms into the heart of a school girl when we reflect on our school days with a smile.

Sam Bellow, the famous writer, has rightly said,” No school without spectacular eccentrics and crazy hearts is worth attending.” And we did enjoy every moment, each one of us with a particular eccentricity and craziness.

What we remember the most are the memories we created with everyone associated with the school, be it friends, teachers, and many others. So many memories, sweet, bitte  embarrassing. Yet the best are those that bring a smile to your face.

Mr. Rendall, our Physics teacher in ISC, soft-spoken & gentle, a retired professor from BITS Pilani, how difficult it must have been for him to teach a group of girls certainly not interested in the subject. We had managed to remove the R from his nameplate outside the Physics Lab and it read Mr endall (end-all). He coaxed and cajoled, treated us to tea/coffee and biscuits probably with the hope that it would draw us to the class, but that was not to be. Playing truant in his class we considered our birthright. Many of us left our exam copies completely blank. I can never forget his telling us with exasperation,“ Girls, sprinkle a few drops of ink on your copies but dont leave them blank.”Dear Sir, we may have forgotten Physics, but you will always be remembered with fondness. For those who might not know, his daughter is the wife of the famousVishwa Mohan Bhatt, the legendary Hindustani classical music instrumentalist who plays the Mohan Veena.

Which Science student does not remember the Chemistry teacher Ms. H. Gupta aka Mercury because of her initials Hg, the chemical symbol of the element? Another sweet and gentle teacher. Once a day scholar brought fresh cucumbers from her farm for the class. I remember the lab assistant, Mr. Ram Lal, saying, “ Kuchh Sodium Chloride (the chemical name for salt) laoon? A true Chemistry class with Hg and NaCl.

The memories will never end.

Kiran Bist

Batch of 1972

                               I count myself lucky

I count myself lucky and fortunate to have studied in the prestigious M.G.D ... a school steeped in tradition and good values.The Principal Miss Lutter's advise for women " to never be without a needle and thread", would hardly go down well perhaps with the present generation of girls , but has  served masny of us well.

School life was comfortable ,stable yet exciting with good friends and dedicated teachers.... my favourite being Ms Nanda and Ms Mehta. But my most memorable year (1977 to 1978) was when I came back toMGD to teach grade 4  (P2) . I even got to direct a play which won 1st prize !.

I went around showing off to everyone as to how I was so swiftly hired by Miss Lutter and was offered a monthly salary of Rs 500 /.

My mother ran a printing business so I got to wear a new cotton saree every second day except that the whole school stared at my chunky sandals, as I often walked to school from my home which was quite a distance away!

All in all I can say that this was an immensely satisfying time in my life till the wedding bells rang and I had to leave Jaipur. 50 years have gone by  since the batch of 1972 graduated.Time flies but MGD lives on and stands rock solid with wonderful traditions and adoring students

Kumkum Sen nee Singha (Batch of 1972)

'Shakti'- a short poem written to honor my Alma mater.

 M.G.D made us realize how to find our true self and follow our dreams. 'OUR UTMOST FOR THE HIGHEST 'Image

                                A Good tiding

In  the  newspapers

      in  the  whatsapp

      messages telephone

       or on emails

      invariably  there is

       a good tiding  

       that  makes  my day

 

Checking  in an encyclopedia

        dictionary , or  doing a

         simple  Google search ,

         also  brings  joy for

          information  and knowledge

          are   empowering

           as  they often say

 

Watching a song or scene

        on You tube or

        other websites brings out

         creativity and innovation ,

          and achievements of others

          not surprisingly  

           add to my own !

Meenakshi Hooja (Nee mathur1968 batch)

_________________________________________________________

CONGRATULATIONS

Saroj Kumari (Cookie) batch of 1958 and her husband Lt Gen DP Singh who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on 8 th February 2022.

Their daughter Dipti kumari is from batch 1990 .

Sadia Moyeen batch of 86 who is blessed with a grand child on 9th February 2022

Sarandha Singh Batch of 1983 on becoming a grandmother on 11th February 2022

Surekha Mimani nee Kotari batch of 1986 on becoming a grandmother in January 2022. 

Sharmila  Galundia batch of 1986 on her daughter's marriage on 18th February 2022.

Sonakshi Mittal  batch of 2013 on her marriage to Priyansh Chordia  son of Supriya Poonglia Chordia batch of 1981 on 18th February 2022. 

Anupama Agarwal Bajaj batch of 1989 for her daughter Chaitali getting married to Keshav on 21st February 2022.

Shabnam Kumari batch of 1986 on the marriage of her daughter on 21st February 2022.

Panchami Manoo Ukil batch of 1983On receiving the FICCI flo Award in the field of Environment & Conservation from Hon'ble Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal ji at the 2nd Flo Odisha Women's Awards on 7th March 2022

_________________________________________________________

CONDOLENCES

Vandana Mehta batch of 1986 on the sad demise of her father Shri Mahendra Singh Mehta on 10th February 2022. May the departed soul attain sadgati

Heartfelt Condolences on  passing away of

Mrs Sumedha Durlabhji on 16th February 2022 to
Daughter- Manisha Bafna (1988)
Sister in law-
Nirmala Durlabhji  (1973)
Sister in law -
Asha Mehta (1959)
Sister in law- Anita Surana (1968)

May God give strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss and may the soul attain sadgati. ॐशान्ति

Heartfelt Condolences to Vidyut Sukhadia Sheth batch of 1990 on the demise of her father in law on 24th  February 2022. May God give strength to the family and may the departed soul attain sadgati. ॐशान्ति

Heartfelt Condolences to Sunita Bainsla batch of 1982 on the passing away of her fatherCol. Kirodi Singh Bainsla on 31st March 2022. May the departed soul attain sadgati. ॐशान्ति

Heartfelt Condolences to Sujata Behani Baheti batch of 1983 who lost her father Shri Jagdish Prasad Behani on 18th March 2022. May the departed soul attain sadgati. ॐशान्ति

Heartfelt condolences toPranati  (Golecha) Lunia batch of 1972 and family on the passing away of her son Kartikeya Lunia on 2nd May 2022.May God give strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss and grant  sadgati to the departed soul .ॐशान्ति

Heartfelt Condolences to

Tara Datta batch of 1970

Kumkum Datta batch of 1972

Neena Datta batch of 1977

On the passing away of their mother

Mrs Nanni Datta on 14th May 2022.May God give strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss.  May the departed soul attain sadgati.

 ॐशान्ति

Heartfelt condolences to

Alpana Yadav batch 1986

on the passing away of her husband

Shri Vikas yadav on  11th July 2022. May God give strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss. May the departed soul attain sadgati. ॐशान्ति

Heartfelt condolences to

Maji Saheba Gulab Kumari Rohet (Dundlod) on the sad demise of her son Thakur Ranvijai Singh Rohet on 18th June 2022. May God give strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss. May the departed soul attain sadgati. ॐशान्ति

______________________________________________________

EDITORIAL COMMITTEE

 

Chandralekha Mathur (Sahai, 1954) Editor

Meenakshi Hooja (Mathur, 1968)

Pranati Lunia (Golecha, 1972)

Aparna Khurana (1997)

______________________________________________________

MGD Girls Guild,

MGD Girls School,

Sawai Ram Singh Road,

Jaipur 302001

Tel: 9116652651
M: 8905181885

Email: mgdgirlsguildjaipur@gmail.com 

Website:  mgdgirlsguild.org

 

CHANDRALEKHA MATHUR

Ruby reunion 2021 -- Batch of 1981 -- Sharmila Barua Roychowdhury

Sharmila Barua, Head Girl Batch of 1981, and Captain of the school hockey team, did her graduation in Law but spent the initial years of her adult life as an Air Force wife, married to a fighter pilot, and mother of a daughter. During this time she experimented with the social development sector. Her life took an unfortunate turn when, in 1997, she lost her husband in an aircraft accident.

Having received this blow from life she got down to the task of sorting out life for herself and her fast growing child. She established an IPR law firm and a Knowledge Process Out sourcing Company in Delhi.

She shifted gears once again and today she is busy holding multi faceted portfolios, including Independent Directorship of a Public Ltd Company, consulting director of a charitable trust engaged in health care and medical education, as also Trustee on several other trusts engaged in vocational training and skill development. Besides this she finds time for running her home in Goa.

SHARMILA ROY CHOUDHARY

Know Your Alumni - 1971 batch

Aparna BhargavaBorn in November 1956, I was the youngest member of MGD’s 1971 batch—and to everyone’s surprise, especially my own, the topper that year, not only at MGD but in the state of Rajasthan. This outcome gave me the confidence to pursue my passion for literature in college, leading to an MA in English at Delhi University (1977). In 1976 I married Vinay Dharwadker (1971 batch, St. Xavier’s, Jaipur), and after teaching for four years at Hindu College, left for the US in 1981 for a PhD in English. Having taught at various US universities since 1987, I am currently Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with British, postcolonial, and modern Indian theatre as my main areas of specialization. I have two children—Aneesha, an architect based in Chicago, and Sachin, a filmmaker based in Los Angeles—and two adorable grandsons, Kabir and Kieran O’Shea, the loves of my life!

APARNA BHARGAVA

Know Your Alumni - 1980 Batch

Archana Singh
Archana Singh (Candy) joined MGD in 1968 in Introductory, and passed out in in 1980 (Sarojini Naidu - Orange House). Daughter of late Th. Bhim Singhji Mandawa. Youngest of four sisters (all ex-MGDians). Masters in English Literature (University of Rajasthan, 1984). Married to an Indian Army officer Brig. Karan Singh Rathore (17 Poona Horse, Armoured Corps). In the span of the last 30 years, have been involved in various welfare and organizational activities of the Indian Army alongwith running our farmhouse Sri Niwas Countryhouse as a BNB for international visitors. Have also worked with an events company as a Destination Wedding Planner and organizing theatre and plays in Jaipur. Currently overseeing the production of my daughter’s brand TOKREE based at Jaipur. Also pursuing my passion of revival of old leheriya and bandhani designs of yester years.

ARCHANA SINGH

Reunion Speech - Batch of 94 -- Mradima Sinh

Mrs Mankotia, Jane Jija, Members of the guild, Col Sangwan, Teachers,
MGD’ians and our dear Jijas of the Golden and Ruby batches.

Jijas, I hope we can be as young at heart as you all when we come back for
our Golden and Ruby reunion.

It’s an extremely emotional moment to be back in school and  for us to see
our teachers who have taken out time to be here for this assembly. Thank you
so much, it means a lot to us. Your teaching, guidance and advice was
instrumental in making us the women we are today.

It makes our silver jubilee celebration even more special as it coincides with
the birth centenary of our dear founder Rajmata Saheba Gayatri Devi. We
were fortunate to have had the opportunity to interact very closely with her
during the school’s golden jubilee celebration in our final year.

MGD gave us great teachers and mentors. It also gave us a home, a place
where we were happy and comfortable, a place that did its best to point us in
the right direction on our journey to adulthood. The varied skills we learnt
here, through less-than-traditional means,  have held us in good stead
throughout our lives. Brushing, bathing, and looking somewhat presentable,
in the two minutes between waking up and the bell ringing, taught us to
multitask; finishing prep in one hour and still doing well in our exams, taught
us time management; the delicate task of negotiating between seniors and
friends was a lesson in diplomacy and handling cheeky juniors, was where
most of our corporate bosses, got their first training in delegating work!

Just being here, brings back so many memories.. the crazy times we had, the
fun, the laughter, tears.. the more than occasional fights and making up. This
is a time for us to  relive old memories, revive old friendships and
acknowledge afresh, how MGD lives on in each of us as we go on about our
lives. This reunion has been a wonderful opportunity for us to reconnect with
the girls who have shaped our world and held  a special place in our hearts
,despite the distance of 25 years and many, many miles.

To mark this homecoming, we’d like to present a little something, as a sign
of our gratitude. We have contributed 5 lacs towards construction of
washrooms for the girls. We hope to continue being involved in the welfare
of the school, that we have received so much from.

I say it with great pride that my batchmates have been successful in a wide
range of careers from being in the corporate field in finance, HR, IT, media ..
to artists, designers, entrepreneurs; from published authors to making their
mark at the UN and world bank; from successful homemakers to teachers,
doctors, CA, lawyers .. they are bringing glory to the MGD name, in their
own unique way.

PRAFULLA (JANE) KUMARI

Head girl Golden batch 1969 Vandhana S Nadgar

REUNION ASSEMBLY - HEAD GIRL 1969

Good morning Rani Sahiba , Our Principal Mrs Mankotia , Jane jija
and my fellow MGDians.

The graduating batches of 50 th , 40 th and 25 th have assembled here today
to celebrate our shared history of this great institute and the birth
Centenary of our founder Maharani Gayatri Devi’s.

We the class of ‘69,remember with nostalgia our days spent here as we
roamed the corridors and hallways of this beloved school and learnt to
love it as our own.
Fifty years ago , we bid good bye to our classmates to venture out into
this world to find our destinies after receiving the most amazing
education from caring and qualified teachers led by a world class
founding principal. MGD molded us to who we are today. These
strengths have stayed with us and we have cherished them where ever
life has taken us .The fact that we are gathered here today to celebrate
for our reunions is a testimony to our love and gratitude for MGD.

Great institutes not only impart sound quality education they also build
character so that we go out into this world as responsible and good
human beings. Miss Lutter our founding principal used to say
“Ambassadors of our school and country ‘’

As we look back to our years since we finished from MGD we foundly
remember the days spent learning , singing, dancing and playing sports.

All of these envisaged in the dream of our beloved founder Maharani
Gayatri Devi to help meet the challenges life.

Some of us started our education here in 1 st or 2 nd Grades. This was the
only place we knew and it was our second home.

Between dormitories, classes, the Dining Hall and sports fields, we
learnt to absorb whatever came our way and we also made lifelong
friends.

Somewhere in between marching into assembly on Colonel Bogey
march , early morning PT and reciting our school prayers we grew up to
become M.G.Dians in the true sense of the word.

Many a times we remember the mischief we got into and the
punishments we were given. It was like the end of the world to us then,
but now it brings a smile to our lips and warmth in our hearts.

Today some of us has reached the peak of our careers as Doctors ,
Bureaucrats, Scientists, Teachers, Social Workers and successful
Entrepreneurs and of course the most important tasks of being
Mothers. MGD gave us direction and tools to meet our goals with
humility and grace.

You, the coming generation will face many challenges.
For our young MGDians,

As soldies of the climate crisis, you will lead your peers in bringing
much needed changes in attitude and life styles that will impact this
world at large. You will find innovative ways to solve this your
generation’s greatest challenges.

I conclude by wishing you all Good luck in whatever path you peruse
and to my dear class of 1969 I wish you all a wonderful and memorable
reunion.

A word about Purna who will be doing the honors of introducing our
class.

Purna , was one of the earliest hosteliers from our class. One could say
she is a total product of MGD in talent and sprit.

Dr.Purna Sharma is a well acclaimed Radiologist at an Atlanta Georgia
hospital specializing in breast imaging and intervention.

Very humble and down to earth she always had a sense of purpose
from the time we have known her . Her elephant memory and ability to
recall details are simply amazing. Would you believe it, she is able to
remember Kathak dance “bols’ sung by Mrs Aneja from the 1960s !
 

VANDANA SINGH NADGAR

MGD Girls Guild AGM 2019

Saturday 31st August 2019
We had our Guild's AGM on 31st Aug 19.Our President Jane .H.SIngh Jija welcomed all the Mgdians and guests present and informed everyone about the guild activities which is going on and the forthcoming events.
The guilds directory is ready and is now visible on our website to only those who are the members of the guild and have logged in.
After Jane Jija ,our Principal Ms Archana S Mankotia also gave a short speech and informed about the excellent results of 10th and 12th classes.She also informed about lot of exciting and new extra caricullar activities introduced in the school.
Our Chief Guest was an Ex Mgdian AGM Dr Aruna Sharma( batch 1996).She is a junior scientific officer-Raj Pollution Control Board .She made us aware of the situation that might arise for the future generations if the pollution of gases ,plastics,household garbage etc is not controlled in time.She also gave us information on sustainable living with a presentation.
This informative meeting came to an end with  the sumptuous MGD High Tea.Everyone parted to meet soon on 5th Oct 19 on Dandiya Night.
Hope to see you all too!!!!!!!
 

Meenakshi Rathore

Back to school @75 --- Ritu gupta.1980

 The fun part of the reunion was going to the rose garden climbing on the slide....on the merry go around and of course my favorite swings back to being the carefree kids tat we were .....missed it all for so long.....
 
For those few moments we forgot that we were mother and grandmothers we were children once again.....

The other favorite part was going for the polo   match... Reliving our childhood trips to the polo ground and remembering all the rules and cheering for MGD... 

PRAFULLA (JANE) KUMARI

Head Girl Silver batch

Our 25th Reunion

There was a sense of elation as I walked in my coral Leheriya saree through the path to the Quiet Corner. It had been a long journey to get there.

The excitement started building up a year before our 25th year reunion in MGD. It was going to be the 75th year at MGD, even more special! What will we wear for our felicitation assembly, where will we stay, what will we do when we meet? Hundreds of questions were asked and answered over Whatsapp groups across time zones and cities. Committees were formed, Excel sheets pored over, details discussed over months, as the days to the reunion drew near.

I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach for weeks, as I realised I might not be able to make it. A month before it had seemed even more unlikely because of work commitments. How can you not come? I was asked repeatedly. And I agreed. How could I not be there? Fast forward to a week before. Everyone from Delhi had booked their flight tickets. I was still on the fence. Four days before the D-day, I finally booked my ticket, although on a separate flight. I would wing it somehow, I decided.

At the security gate while boarding the flight to Jaipur, I noticed a group of smart ladies chatting excitedly. Of course they were MGDians! As I introduced myself and chatted with the Jijas, I felt better. I was feeling a bit miffed at being all alone, away from my batch mates. They were sending all these pictures on Whatsapp at the other airport, while I was going through a bout of FOMO. As we took our seats on the aircraft, I saw some more familiar faces and said hello. The MGDians had taken over! I didn’t feel alone anymore. The countdown to the reunion had truly begun.

I checked into the hotel where we were staying and walked to the floor where most of our rooms were. The corridor was reminiscent of the sounds of our hostel. Whoops of joy and excited chattering greeted me as I tried hard to talk to everyone all at once!

Our reunion kicked off with our very own Batch party that night. Some of us were meeting after 25 years but it seemed like only yesterday when we left school teary eyed with promises to be in touch forever. We laughed, sang along to favourite songs and danced the night away.

The next few days were like a rollercoaster as the events of the 75th celebration started. The Polo match brought back memories of the time when we attended Polo as schoolgirls when Prince Charles and Princess Diana had visited. We were in our traditional best at the Sundowner as we watched the graceful Ghoomar performance of the decades and danced to the tunes of the DJ.

We were a sea of coral and pink at our felicitation assembly in school. I was amazed at our batch turnout. Everywhere I looked I saw coral that day. The Golden girls (as we called them), the 50 year batch jijas, were the very picture of elegance in their gold and maroon outfits. It was wonderful to meet with our beloved teachers and catch up with them after the assembly.

The Gala dinner was the grand end to a memorable few days. For most of us it was bittersweet as we were leaving the next morning. We had revisited our childhood together and now we would be going back into the real world. After the dinner, we didn’t want it to end – chatting away till the early hours of the morning in one of the hotel rooms.

As all good things come to an end, so did the  MGD 75th celebration. I brought back with me some wonderful memories- old stories that I had forgotten about, reconnected with old but never forgotten friends. What stood out for me, was the indomitable spirit and zest of the Jijas and my batch mates. Age is definitely just a number as far as Mgdians are concerned!

Guild has talent -- Shivangi Tewari 2013

In the fateful year of 2001, I stepped on a stage for the first time and I was very nervous. I feared that I might stop in the middle or go blank etc. But the opposite happened- and that was the magic of the MGD stage.

Years passed, and I was on the stage almost every alternate day. But, after I passed out of school in 2013, I missed that feeling of being on that stage.

I was doing theatre, dance what not. But, somewhere the touch of that stage remained. I waited and hoped that someday soon I will be back with a bang.

And it happened this year -at the Guilds'Got Talent. I recited two hindustani poems back to back with the same confidence, enthusiasm, courage and boldness.

I could feel an Mgdian turned poetess saying aloud in her heart ' Our utmost for the highest'.

Thank you MGD Guild for making this possible. You have no idea how much this means to all of us. Standing and singing the school song once again, was literally 'Shout till the rafters ring...'.

I am honoured and blessed to have been a part of such a memorable evening. I look forward to many more jijas'.

PRAFULLA (JANE) KUMARI

Our artist.@75 DIARY --- Ghazal Qadri


The best part of it was the obsession for the diaries from alumni as well as the MGDians currently enrolled. I would receive personal messages expressing therein the love for Jija and me for designing and expressing our experiences in MGD in the form of a package!

Kudos to Jija's initiative and visions! Thanks to her for providing me an opportunity to assist her and be a part of her noble mission!

PRAFULLA (JANE) KUMARI

Join Girls' Guild

img

Newsletter