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
Peter Stringer (Lefroy 1943-47)
Old Cottonians Association India- DELHI CHAPTER, Annual Dinner 2017 (Contributory)
DATE: 20th September 2017
TIME : 7.30 P.M. onwards
VENUE : The Party Cottage, Delhi Gymkhana Club, 2- Safdarjung Road, New Delhi
DRESS : Formal Wear
CONTRIBUTION : Couple – Rs.2500/- , Single – Rs.2000, OC Wives – Rs.500/-,
All OC’s attending are requested to confirm attendance, so arrangements can be made.
K Vijay Singh
Secretary – Delhi Chapter
9811056361, 7982775761 firstname.lastname@example.org
The batch of 67 is holding it’s reunion in school between September 23-25. From a total strength of 36 we have 18 on board and are trying to contact others. Any one having contact details of our batch do inbox the same. Thanks guys.
13 OC’s along with their spouses and guests met at Bombay Palace Brampton Ontario. The food was sumptuous, the energy exhilarating, the atmosphere kinetic as every one was eager to catch up and rekindle old relationships.
The local channel blessed the event by showing Tamasha, starring Ranbir Kapoor the same day which shows BCS for more than 20 minutes.
John McLaughlin drove more than 6 hrs to share his stories and reminisce about his time and exploits at BCS. Jal Boga, healthy and hearty full decked in OC regalia talked about his time at school.
In the 17 years that I have been organizing our events, it is interesting to see boys just graduating from university and now becoming movers and shakers in the corporate world, getting married and becoming parents.
After dinner, the young at heart, headed to clubs to dance, some headed home. As usual Gurpreet invited us to a classic Punjabi chai and Provender, Gurpreet’s dad who was born in Simla, shared some amazing stories.
Two female guests remarked to me that how come all the guys are so cheerful. I told them it is the water we drink, the common ethos we live by of overcome evil with good.
I am happy to report another successful gathering of our small, new and growing chapter of OCA Nepal. 22 Old Cottonians, few with their spouses, and our chief guest Mr. Mike King dined together at Le Trio Restaurant in Kathmandu on 14 November 2016.
We had discussions on how to advance our association and our Khukuri merchandise, one of which was presented to Mr. King.
Mike King, son Charles King who was Captain of Bishop Cotton School from 1927-1928, was in Nepal for social work, particularly, for consignment of British donations to the less fortunate living in shelters in the mountains.
We look forward to have more Nepalese Old Cottonians join our association and would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Sukhinder Singh, President, OCA India, and Mr. Ajay Thiara, Secretary, OCA India for their support to OCA Nepal, especially with the sale of Khukuris during OC Week.