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Mr Sasim DasGupta / BCS Memorabilia – Centenary Dinner Menu Card 1959

Mr. Sasim DasGupta was the Art Teacher at BCS. Here is an email from him which should bring back many fond memories for many OCs and BCS Teachers; and hopefully will be of interest to those who were at BCS in the later years as well!

Here is a copy of the menu card of the Centenary dinner which took place at BCS on June 7th, 1959.

I was delighted to design the card but I was terribly disappointed when I saw the printed result.

Neither the colour nor the resolution was anything like the original.  What added more to my annoyance was when I found out that the original design was also lost, either in transit or in the printing press.   However,  it was too late for any action….by then, the dinner was almost on the table and so was the menu card.

[click the image for a full view of the card and signatures]

Fond memories,

Sasim DasGupta

Greetings Old Cottonians World Wide:

Greetings Old Cottonians World Wide: As you know I especially make it a point to visit India in February and coincide this visit with the OCA (India) luncheon. The 13th of Feb 2011 was a special occasion due to the fact the OCA (India) was celebrating 100 years and we all eagerly await the launch of the BCS souvenir/coffee-table book compiled by many OCs with KC  Anand orchestrating the full and final version.

The grounds of the Anand Corporate Office were pristine as always and the decor for the OCA lunch was tastefully done.   The Quality and Print of the Menu was of the highest standards that could be matched with the Dorchester or the Waldorf Astoria.    The food was exceptional and sumptuous and although I try to look after my delicate figure, I indulged in two helpings.

However the overall ambience was of a rather sombre note and for some reason ( that I unfortunately cannot not point out), the mood was low. I also believe the turnout expected was well below the minimum. Many Regular Old Cottonians residing in Delhi did not bother to attend. A few of the younger OCs did show up but as I repeat the air of joyful celebration of the OCA and our Alma Mater was definitely lacking. Possibly it could have been a low information flow locally, though the webmaster did post the same on the website a few weeks in advance.

Col Wendy Dewan was out of Station. From the Board of Governors only Anil (Dimpy Mehra) and BM Singh were in attendance.  Raja Vir Bhadra Singh did grace his presence and so did General Batra. I do not believe any other Board of Governor attended nor did the Head Master.

To celebrate the centenary of the OCA (India), this special day was of great significance.  For me to come to India and be present for the OCA lunch has always been a special occasion for me every year for many years. I love my School and so do all my Brother Cottonians.

Capt. Vivek Bhasin
Lefroy 1961-1970
Chairman OCA  UK Chapter

OCA CENTENARY LUNCH – NEW DELHI INDIA

OCA (INDIA)
1, Sri Aurobindo Marg
New Delhi – 110 016 India
Tel: +91-11-4209 2302
E Mail:
OCA INDIA

CENTENARY LUNCH – OCA (INDIA) NEW DELHI on Sunday 13th Feb 2011 at 12.30 pm

We are the oldest alumni association in the country and happily we are celebrating our Centenary.

The HM, the School, OCA Chapters and all OCs are to be congratulated for an outstanding Sesquicentennial Celebration from 1 – 6 October 2009. Over 1,300 OCs attended.

The OCA Annual Lunch will be held at 1, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110 016 on Sunday 13th February 2011 at 12.30 pm
i) Donation for Lunch:
(a) Above 70 yrs & all OC’s wives    Guests.
(b) OCs       Rs.700/-
(c) College Students     Rs.350/-
(d) 1300 hrs to 1400 hrs “Happy Hour!”   All drinks on the House!
ii) Dress: Blazer with Tie/ Lounge Suit/ Combination Suit
iii) The Inter -House Inni Bawa Golf Tournament will be held in March 2011 date and venue will be announced by Chetan Singh, contact no. 98110 20062
iv) All Chapters are requested to assist in OCA Centenary celebration and programming of events. Please forward your suggestion by 15 January 2011.

Happy Days are here again!

Col. R. Dewan
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR ATTENDING OCA AGM AND LUNCH

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Years in School from …………….to………………Batch year …………………….……. Address……………………………………………………………………………………..
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RSVP:  Ms. Gopa Seal
Tel: +91-11-42092302

OCA India – admin office?

Dear Fellow Cottonians,
 
All of you must be aware that our OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION  has already completed 100 years this year. No mean achievement.

Our OCA is even older than some famous public schools,who recently managed to hog media limelight.
We all had a very successful 150 year celebrations of our school founders. As the 150 years were celebrated with such spirit and gusto, lets now work out an agenda for the future of OCA.

We have such exceptionally bright old boys, who are well connected and doing extremely well in life who can contribute  their ideas, to make the OCA an self sufficient and independent body.
Its been a hundred years, and we still do not have our own regular office/place where we can meet and call our own.

We are indeed very grateful and indebted to Mr.D.C. Anand, who for all these years has been providing us his hospitality, generosity and facilities at his office complex  at 1 Aurobindo Marg.

Is it not time that our Association plans to have a regular office complex ? We saw how old boys displayed their love and generosity to donate such large sums for the school’s 150 year celebrations. I think its time again to show your love for the OCA and come out to give your thoughts  to make a better and bigger OCA. I  am sure with our old boys being so well connected we manage to get some land allotted in the Institutional Areas in the NCR region.
From there on, we can build brick by brick, so at least the next generation of OC’s can have a place to call their own – THE OCA HOUSE.

THESE THOUGHTS ARE OF MANY LIKE MINDED OC’s, but we would like many more of you to give your ideas and suggestions.

Cheers
Vijay Singh (Kuttu)

OCA Centenary Celebrations – message from OCA UK

The Old Cottonians Association (United Kingdom)  conveys All Good Wishes for the Centenary Celebrations of our august association that kicked-off  in Chandigarh, India.T he love and the sense of belonging we have for our Great and Wonderful School will always remain throughout our lives.

The Old Cottonians Associations spread over all continents of the world are harbours to which arrive the younger generations of Cottonians; a congregation, a mecca where the Association must instill a feeling of security and comfort for these youngsters. With our Founding Father Bishop Cotton always in our midst the Associations encompass the spirit of brotherhood and every Cottonian is a Life Member. Arriving in a new place can be worrying, stressful and for some of us the need to have contact with someone who has come from the same background, shared the same classroom, the dormitory, the dining hall, cheered in unison for his house and for BCS.  The OCA hovers over the entire country where it has been associated; all it takes is an emanating signal from a young Cottonian who needs some help, some advice or just wishing to trace another Cottonian who may have drifted away in the mists of time.
Let the World know: The OCA is a Force of Power; its is there for Cottonians to Remember…Never Forget.

The OCA (United Kingdom)
Captain Vivek C.Bhasin
Chairman
4, Southlands, 40, Queens Road, Weybridge KT13 0AR, Surrey. UK
Tel: + 44 (0)1932 841614 / Mobile: + 44 (0)7887 983333
E: vivek.bhasin@dole.com

Mr Gursant Singh Sandhu
Secretary
86 Cranbrook Rise, Ilford  London IG1 3QH, UK
Tel: + 44 (0)7956 186648
E: Gursant@yahoo.com

Mr Puneet Singh
Treasurer
34 Pursewardens Close, Ealing , London W13 9PN, UK
Tel: + 44 (0)7841 590990

Mr Vinod Nanda
37, Melbury Avenue, Norwood Green, Southall, Middlesex UB2 4HS, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7235 8282
E: vinod@tata.com

Mr Raj Lamba
12 Western Court, Huntley Drive, London N3 1NX
Tel: + 44-(0)20 8349 1041