Tag Archives: Jerry [Gerald] Godinho

Respect, for OC Girish Minocha

Jerry Godinho interviewed Girish Minocha [Old Cottonian] and has blogged about his story of success:

I have a deep respect for Girish Minocha. He is humble, down to earth, spiritual, aware of his surroundings and believes in giving back to society.

He started his business, knocking door to door to build clients. He graduated from one of the best engineering schools.

He follows his passion and has converted it into one of the most successful businesses.

He believes in corporate social responsibility, sustainable farming, respect for nature and he hires convicts. Yes, at any given time a couple of convicts serving a life sentence are working at his enterprise….[read the full article here]

Gerald [Jerry] Godinho interviews Old Cottonian ROHAN CHARANJI

Gerald Godinho [also an Old Cottonian] interviewed Rohan Charanji. Here is an excerpt [see below for link to full interview].
THE FUTURE OF HOSPITALITY: ROHAN CHARANJI.

Rohan, welcome to my series on Millennials. Tell my audience something important about you?

I was born in India, educated at Bishop Cotton and studied in Switzerland and London.

I have worked in China, US, London, Thailand, Wales and currently in the UAE for the last 4 years.

With my Swiss education, I felt a stupid sense of entitlement. I was asked to mop floors, clean plates and I realized without hard work you can never achieve anything.

– Rohan Charanji.

[…read the full interview here]

Blog by Jerry Godinho

OLD COTTONIAN Jerry Godinho :

I graduated from Bishop Cotton School, did my undergrad from Hotel Management School, Les Roches in Bluche, Switzerland and have an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

My goal and motivation with this
blog are to help people live a balanced life in the 21st century. I believe that Faith, Family, Finance and Food are the columns of a balanced life.

Here is blog about BCS:

BISHOP COTTON SCHOOL

OC Dinner [ONTARIO] Saturday 8th April ’17

All OC’s and their significant other are invited for dinner at

Bombay Palace
200 Advance Blvd
Brampton Ontario 
L6T 4V4
8th April 2017 at 6:30 PM
Buffett Dinner   $21.99 plus tax and tips
Cash bar
Dress code  blazer and OC tie
I look forward to seeing you there.
Jerry Godinho
1-437-996-7268 whatsapp
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Ode to Bishop Cotton School – Gerald Godinho

From Gerald Godinho’s blog :

Ode to Bishop Cotton School

1.2..3…4….5…..6.7..8…9….10…done.

No. I am not learning to count. It is the number of lashes with a cane that I am getting from the headmaster for heading into town without permission.

This was the very Spartan but strict disciplined environment that produced General Dyer, Ratan Tata, the head of RAW, Benjamin Gilani, Fali Nariman, Ruskin Bond, the King of Bhutan and various ambassadors and Generals and two present members of the federal cabinet.

Ok … I do have rights…ha. The only rule is that the headmaster rules. There is a pecking order here. You see the war memorial and the fountain. Only seniors can enter.

Jerry I think it is time for you to spend some time in a boys boarding school so said my mom. Mom come on I want to go to university. I want to go to that big city…Bombay. I have some friends in Breach Candy, Malabar Hill. It is time for me to party. Well we know who won.

What was I doing in a British boarding school, ensconced by this testosterone, machismo and bravado? What was a 15-year-old Catholic boy doing in a 125-year-old protestant institution? Do I have to go to church on Sundays? Yes, all Christian boys have to. However, you people take the bread in your hand. The Pope is not your boss….

Ok so where are the chicks. I mean girls. We do have socials with CJM and Auckland House.

Therefore, you will be in Lefroy House and this will be your number. It has been the number one house for the last couple of years, in sports and academics. I am sure they see something in me.

I meet my fellow classmates, Ash, Ajoy, Tan, Skinny, and Girish. A total of 11. We are the first batch of grade 11 students. It was the beginning of a life long friendship.

The bell rang too early for me. The bed and cupboard check up was always a scare.

Different ties for different occasions. Different sports throughout the year. The focus was just not on education but making you into a well-rounded person. I do have a round face. I will fit in perfectly.

It has been more than a quarter century since I left BCS. Nevertheless, the truth is that it never left me. It was here that the seeds of multiculturalism were sowed inside me. This coming Sunday, I will be reading at my local church. I learned that at school. It was here that I was taught about Bernard Shaw and read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead”. The right wing thinking and capitalism was tattooed on my conscience. I had never written before. However, here I was challenged to write for the high school yearbook.

I am what BCS made me. A love for God, respect for authority, laws, loyalty to one another. Spiritual, mental, physical and financial discipline was de rigueur.

Debbie is always amazed how I can be friends with Shiv Narang who is half my age and John Mclaughlin who is twice my age. Why does John drive 7 hours from Michigan to have a meal with us? Why do we bond so easily? It was the Cottonian experience.

In two weeks, Cottonians from all over the world will be descending at my alma mater to celebrate 150 years. A stamp is being issued. Dignitaries will be coming. I will be drinking a glass to you people.

I had a tryst with destiny. It was ephemeral. But it changed me.

Did the caning hurt. Yes, especially the person giving it was 6’2’’ and all 200 pounds. I never broke a rule or a law in my life again. I had learned my lesson.

Gerald Godinho
Lefroy 81 83

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