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OC Vijay Stokes – “The Swadeshi Apple” article

It’s an enviable view that Vijay Stokes has from his family home, Harmony Hall. It crests his very own hill in Kotgarh, 3 hours north-east of Shimla, and on a clear day he can see snow-capped Himalayan peaks ring the horizon while the Sutlej river snakes through the valley below. Pickaxe in hand, and dressed in his customary Pahari kurta and waistcoat, the 78-year-old is reworking an experiment his grandfather, Samuel Stokes, had begun nearly a century before him. And it has to do with an apple which was as much [continue reading…]

OCA Northern Chapter / Meet up at Jalandhar

Jalandhar Meet – OCA India Northern Chapter Dinner

  • Date & Time: 3rd November 2017, Friday – 8:00pm
  • Venue: Hotel Regent Park Gujral Nagar, Near TV Station, Jalandhar City, Punjab. Tel: 0181-5040505
  • Contribution: Single – Rs.2000/-, Wives – Rs.1000/-
  • Dress Code: Formal/Semi-Formal

All those who wish to attend please send confirmations early to the below listed:

  • Dhiraj Berry L73-82 – 9814060426, dhirajberry@gmail.com
  • Pankaj Berry L73-82 – 9876255330, pankajberry@gmail.com
  • Vishal Dada C78-89 – 9878569111, vishal@dadaearthmovers.com
  • Anuj Dada C79-90 – 9814060213, dadaanuj@gmail.com
  • Dilbir S Sodhi L86-91 – 9814007378, dilbir@gmail.com

Happy Diwali!

HAPPY DIWALI
May your celebrations bring much joy & happiness!

Please pass on to Cottonians around the world for our Fellowship to continue in strength – spreading the Spirit of BCS
God bless dear Patina!
Cheers
Peter [Stringer] 

Message from Peter Stringer

Opening my computer in far off Whyteleafe to see the happy group of the batch of 1969 reunite after 48 years with family in Simla, will brighten my day. It gives me pleasure far beyond words to know the Spirit of BCS lives on.

Our daylight hours have started to shorten & hope the monsoon leaves the surrounds of Patina green & pleasant before we realise summer is nearly over

Meanwhile at home – routine follows the retired course mellowing with age & counting our blessings.

The leaves have started to fall & my garden slowly begins to look bare ……  I often feel sad when I see the colourful leaves falling and I’ve been told to learn to love the gentle decline into autumn, ignore the scruffiness of falling leaves – breathe in the soft chill air and feel virtuous!!    Well we shall try and stay warm as I have heard it is going to be a cold hard winter.

We have keenly followed the TV coverage marking the milestone 70 years after Imperil India gave Pakistan & India Independence.

Incredible to reflect back as I was young & cocooned in BCS Simla at the time & had no idea of the real gravity of partition, never understanding WHY & many of our chums sent home across the border.  

It was a hopelessly planned political strategy causing unnecessary upheaval, bloodshed & such bitterness that will take a long, long time to forgive and mend.

Still life must go on as we pray for peace

Please post this reply with cordial fraternal wishes to the Batch of 69 and Old Cottonians around the world 

Cheers

Peter Stringer (Lefroy 1943-47)

BCS Ghuntee