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.
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.
We’ve been informed that J. N. KOHLI [Ibbetson 1957-1959] passed away sometime last week. We are saddened to hear this news and would like to convey our condolences to his family. We’d appreciate if any OC has the information to pass it on.
July 26th 2016
Parvesh Chahal, beloved wife of Napinder Singh Chahal, passed away peacefully on the 21st of July 2016.
Bhog ceremony in her memory will be held on Sunday 31st July from 1 to 2 PM at the Gurudwara, 23 No. Phatak, Model Town, Patiala.
We congratulate Umesh Pandey, a Cottonian of 1990 batch, for his recent appointment to take over as Editor of The Bangkok Post as of 1st Aug this year.
Way to go Cottonians.
We were informed that Ashok Goyal, Ibbetson batch 1972, passed away at Dehradun the morning of May 11th 2016.
We will add any further information if it becomes available to us.
The Old Cottonians Association mourns this untimely death of a fellow Cottonian.