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OCA India annual lunch 2017 / a few pictures

OCA INDIA ANNUAL LUNCH held on the 12th of February 2017 at New Delhi was attended by a large number of OCs. A few pictures are attached!

Bombay OCs Reunion, Tote on the Turf, Noon onwards on 4th Feb 17

Dear All,

The Mumbai, Pune & Nashik Region OCs Reunion is being held on February 4, 2017, Saturday at 12 noon at : 

Tote on the Turf, External Section
Gate No. 5 & 6, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai 400 034
Tel.: +91 – 22 – 6157 7777
(There is a “Tote on the Turf” pin on Google maps too)

Contribution  (payable upfront into account below or at the venue):
OCs – Rs. 4,000
Students  Rs. 1,000
Spouses and girl friends are guest invitees – encouraged to attend and there are no charges for the same.

Dress :
Smart Casuals

Look forward to everyone’s presence.

As its a newly constituted Chapter, request each OC  in the Region to also contribute in addition (at least Rs. 5,000) to the Chapter Fund at :

Bank Account number is HDFC 50100055857431
Name of account OLD COTTONIANS ASSO INDIA MUMBAI CHAPT (Please note the exact name including the truncation to Asso & Chapt)
IFSC Code of the branch where account is held HDFC0000666
Branch Area : ANDHERI WEST – SEVEN BUNGALOWS, MUMBAI

Its best that the remittance is sent electronically to the above account via NEFT/RTGS/IMPS through online banking. Handling cheques would be tedious. People can of course deposit cheques at a HDFC Bank nearest to them. Do ask to be looped back into the remittance/cheque – so the contribution can be tracked to respective people.

Regards

Suneel Bandhu (Ibbetson 1980)
92-233-49090 / suneel_bandhu@hotmail.com

OCA Nepal Gathering

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.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Ayush Rajbhandari

1966 Batch 50th anniversary / 2016 at Simla

1966 batch 50th anniversary 2016
The class of 1966,had their reunion celebrating 50 yrs of passing out from this great institution called Bishop Cotton..
It was record gathering of 18 of us, from all corners of the globe. We had Seereeram come from Trinidad, JMS Aulakh from New Zealand, Mahi form England and Arun Bumitra from USA.
The four days we spend together were the best in a life time.. It was as if none of ever left school. It was the same bonhomie and gossip.

Photos.
1.Seated.L2R
A Katakam. OmPrakash. Ved Seereeram. AK Malhotra. SK Bhalaik. K Vijay Singh.
Standing. R2L
Andy Mahi. Rajpal Singh. K Uday Singh. JMS Aulakh. Ranbir Brar. Arun Bhumitra.
2.At the NGO Udaan, whereby our class started a project to help speciall abled children
3. Ved Seereeram with wife Carrie, who came from Trinidad.
4.Uday’s house for dinner.
L2R
Japvir. Rajpal. Bhalaik. Kuttu. AK. Uday. DM. Brar. Katzi. Arun. Ompi. Terry. Mahi.
Sitting. Trini. Sherry.
5.Standing in school.
Rajpal. Katzi. Kuttu. Emma. Mahi. Uday.

Vijay Singh

Click for large view of each photo.

OCs of BCS 1965 batch get together at Villa Kalighat (Robin Gupta’s)

Though the day of the renowned Indian public school,modeled on the classic English public schools,Eton and Harrow,is now said to be over;even scoffed at by some;yet something of the fire of youth;some fine principles of loyalty,gentlemanly behaviour;someththing about the art of living with refined and artistic reflexes that we internalised at B.C.S, on Simla’s tree topped hill,still remain in our minds and hearts,and it was time to recall and remember,this afternoon when six gentlemen,belonging to the class of 1965, gathered in the hall at Villa Kalighat to raise a toast to our friend from Western India on a visit to Chandigarh,a B grade city that continues with its refrain about being ‘city beautiful’ with classical French styled buildings and things of that sort.

Robin Gupta IAS (C) Sarabjit Singh (R) Lt General HM Singh VSM (L) GS Gill IPS (R) Om Prakash (C) Ravi Inder Singh (I)[Robin Gupta IAS, (C) Sarabjit Singh (R) Lt General HM Singh VSM (L)
GS Gill IPS (R) Om Prakash (C) Ravi Inder Singh (I) – you can click the picture for a larger version].

Good old gin and lime, soon let loose a flood of memories spanning fifty one years. In spite of modern trends and predictions about the ‘good’ schools of today—run by Birla, Goenka, Sriram, Krishnamurty, Lovely Sweet House and the like–the Cottonians who foregathered today with no transactional purpose; no reason except to re-kindle memory were, in their order of seating at the high table — Ompi, known artist in avant garde circles in Paris who sat next to Lt General H.M Singh, a decorated soldier, Mr Sarabjit Singh, head of Dunlop India stirred ice cubes for Ravi Inder, an aviator of great skill and standing while I sat and exchanged notes with G.S Gill who rose to be D.G.P of Himachal Pradesh.

What astonishes me, each time I meet a class mate from over half a century ago, is the effortless ease with which we continue life’s journey; as if we left each other, at the doorstep of sunset, just yesterday.

Robin Gupta. Villa Kalighat, Panchkula. 8th October 2016.