Monthly Archives: October 2010

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
4, Southlands, 40, Queens Road, Weybridge KT13 0AR, Surrey. UK
Tel: + 44 (0)1932 841614 / Mobile: + 44 (0)7887 983333

Mr Gursant Singh Sandhu
86 Cranbrook Rise, Ilford  London IG1 3QH, UK
Tel: + 44 (0)7956 186648

Mr Puneet Singh
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

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

Obituary – Meera Batra


We regret to announce the sad passing away of Mrs. Meera Batra, W/o Late Vice Admiral R N Batra (C 1920 -37) on 15 October 2010. One of our First Lady, most Charming, gracious and courageous.  She will be missed at all our functions.

Col. R Dewan
OCA India


Centennial Celebration – special memorabilia


Dear OCs,

On the occasion of the Centennial Celebration of the Old Cottonians Association, some special memorabilia are being prepared: such as Watches, T-Shirts, Jackets and Ties.

As a special initiative of the OCA (India) Northern Chapter, the contribution of Rs. 1000.00 per OC to participate in the Centennial Drive would include lunch at the Taj Hotel Chandigarh along with a special OCA Centennial Celebration Watch.

Please send in your confirmations via the link below. Payment / participation details were already posted HERE.

Ajay Thiara
Member Executive
OCA (India), Northern Chapter
Phone: 0172-5071931, 4009932.

James [Jimmy] Gideon – passed away

Jimmy Gideon – BCS 1954-1964 Rivaz house, School Captain in 1964:  

Passed away on the 8th Oct 2010 at Hyderabad India.

We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.

The family is holding a memorial service for Jimmy on 16th Oct 2010 at 5 pm at:

The Sacred Heart Cathedral,
Gole Dakhana Post Office
New Delhi

Messages from Sarah Gideon [Jimmy’s daughter] as posted on FaceBook:

This is a message to all of Jimmy Gideon’s friends and relatives. On the 6th of this month , dad complained of a severe neck pain, and as time passed by he said he couldnt feel any kind of sensation in his legs, he said it felt as if they were “detached”. His condition had worsened by 3.30pm in the afternoon when he was losing his speech, and so by now he was just whispering. Within 20mins and before we could call the ambulance he had become unconcious.
Dad was admitted in the apollo hospital at 4.35 PM. A CT Scan explained to us by the doctors proved that it was a massive hemorrahage in the brain that occured in the respiratory area, therefore this made the situation a bad one because he had to be on the ventilator as he wasnt breathing on his own. A surgery wasnt recommended as he was in deep coma by then. The next day , ie; 7th, the doctors performed some clinical tests to check his sensorymotor responses, which he failed. But what gave us hope is that he had made the effort to breathe on his own for a whie.
Throughout the doctors couldnt give us any hope, they said the chances were even less than a percent. As a family we wanted to think and believe otherwise. Friends and family were supportive, the church stepped in for prayers.

On the 8th early morning at 5 am we were called to the hospital. Dad had passed away. At 4.45 am that morning, he had a cardiac arrest while he was in coma. He passed away peacefully.

We as a family ask you all to keep us in your prayers in this grieving time on the loss of our beloved.