The following message is from Jerry Godinho, President of OCA Canada-
“17 OC’s along with their spouses and friends from Greater Toronto Area and Michigan met on Sunday, June 3rd at Bombay Palace.
John McLauglin who is 85 drove 6 hrs from Flint Michigan, dressed in full regalia and drove back after lunch. It was good to see John’s picture in Ruskin Bond’s book.
Pratap Grewal shared about his life and how paralysis impacted him. He shared how he has overcome so many physical challenges in life. John and Pratap represent the true BCS spirit.
It was good to see Tom, Satinder and Ravdeep after a decade.
Akshay Bansal is the newest member as he is completing his MBA at York.
Later on in the summer we will be heading to Stratford to watch a play and another event at a Mexican restaurant is planned in September.
This is the list of the OC’s that attended the event-
- Angad Singh- 2007
- Satinder Singh- 1956
- Akshay Bansal- 2008
- Saranjit Singh- 1967
- Tom Mehra- 1979
- Shanker Basu- 1970
- Gurpreet Bhogal-
- Gautam Salwan- 1989
- Sanjay Chadha- 1988
- Tanvir Sodhi- 2004
- Sameer Sodhi- 2007
- John McLaughlin- 1948
- Jerry Godinho- 1983
- Jasraj Singh- 2009
- Jiwan Goyal
- Ravdeep Ahuja- 1989
- Partap Grewal – Curzon 1963″
Thanks and kind regards,
Felicitation given by my school Bishop Cotton School, Shimla during the concert day at the Irwin Hall by the Headmaster Mr Roy Robinson. Special award of appreciation by enrolling my name in the prestigious Spartan Club (Highest award given in the school).
Extremely emotional moment to cherish.
CAPT SANDEEP MANSUKHANI SUMMITED MT EVEREST (8848m/29029ft)And YES he did it!!!!!!!21/6 day 5 @ 0757 hrsWith His grace and countless prayers of all you lovely people, the holy Mt Everest allowed Capt Sandeep Mansukhani to reach its summit. He is blessed by Guru to be surrounded by such amazing and caring people.He is a first Sindhi, first commercial pilot and first Old Cottonian to reach the top of the world making us all proud.Nothing more for now…Just keep praying as the descent of Everest becomes very very critical with body losing all focus after doing non stop climb of 24 hrs in thinnest of air and barely eating anything. Will update u later in the day when he reaches lower camps.Regards and loves…..Harsimran mansukhani
Update from Harsimran Mansukhani :
CAPT SANDEEP MANSUKHANI HAS LEFT FOR THE FINAL PUSH
20/5 @ 0830 hrs
Finally the hour has come. All geared up….layers of inners under the downsuits….head torches flickering in the cold scary darkness as Capt Sandeep Mansukhani started climbing the steep and dark wall towards summit. No talks at all….just the sound of his own breaths.
Unimaginably freezing cold increases the chances of frostbite and cerebral edema. I can imagine him kicking his crampons and taking one step ahead toward his dream summit.
And what makes me so positive today is the messages I am receiving from so many loving people out there who are visiting temples, gurdwaras, doing prayers in their own ways for the safe accomplishment of Capt Mansukhani’s mission Mt Everest. I am so so thankful and grateful to you all.
Next update I might receive after 12am when they will rest a while to change their oxygen bottles if required. Will keep you posted….regards….Harsimran Mansukhani