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With deep regret we wish to inform the sad demise of Inderjit Singh Walia (Kreature to his close friends), early morning of 21st.May 2021 in Chennai.He was suffering from Pulmonary  issues for some time.

A very fine sportsman, especially Cricket & Swimming where he brought great  laurels to the school.

Belonged to the famous Pioneer Sports Family most of whom were  Aluminis of the school.

Photographs posted are from his childhood friend & classmate Mr.ND.Mehra.
He was my chacha (Late Fathers Real Brother).

May His Soul Rest In Peace.

Chetan Singh
Ibbetson 1971.

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Inderjeet Singh Ahluwalia (Creature) (I 1951-1958)

Shock and dismay hits you when a long admired and flamboyant idol of your school days is announced in the obituaries. No, he did not fall to the savage Covid. That was not the way he would ever want to go away. His exit would always be on his terms and on his “feet” as it were. I cannot for a moment imagine Inderjeet Singh Ahluwalia (Ibbetson1951-58, Roll no 370 and surname shortened to Walia, post School) leave this world with a Covid as a cause for his departure from this life. 

He was much too proud, courageous and with so much exuberance in his existence that this virus was simply below his dignity. He left when he had exhausted all that this world had to offer him no longer mattered or simply that the attractions to continue with this life stood exhausted andwhen he had had his fill. No he did not leave this world as a disappointed man but one who had lived it to its fullest, as a consumer to whom that promise had been fulfilled.  

I S Walia was fondly known by all who knew him as Creature. Never figured out the origin of that description but he was a phenomenal creature alright. He was, as I recall, from the distance of being  his very junior Cottonian,  a handsome, dashing, flamboyant, carefree man, who possessed a devil-may-care attitude to life. His exceptionally handsome looks were not put to use in the business world where they would have mattered like, for example, on the silver screen or advertising. He was drafted into the large family business of sporting goods. Pioneer Sports, Ludhiana was the source of their wealth and it was compatible with his personality as well. He was a hugely sporting individual when BCS was invested with great athletic talent that was known throughout the Simla Hills and further afar.  

One memorable and indelible image of him remains in my mind and for all those who remember was his presence on  the cricket field. While friends remind me what a trusty and reliable pair of hands he had fielding in the slips it was his batting ability that mattered.  

Creature would enter the batting pitch, one down. After that the display from his bat was scintillating. Virtually every ball within those 15 to 20 minutes he was at the crease would find the boundary. The game came alive and that sparkling display had us enthralled. When he had concluded his innings he would run up to meet the pavilion steps and I can vividly recall what a dashing man he was. His bat was hauled in the air in front of him, as though holding a sword, as he ran up those steps, with that silk cricket scarf in those lively school colours tied like a belt around his waist. It felt like watching a knight in splendid armour having just exited the battle ground. He was dashing. He was an exhibition of vigour and he was what you wanted to be at that moment!!

It was a delight to watch him swim. Every movement in the pool saw him glide past the others with utmost comfort and no resistance visible in those movements in the water.Superb swimmer. Creature, playing soccer, was a midfielder. He was always the most dominant man on the football ground and easily identifiable. As the most visible and prime mover on the ground he strategized the play with utmost ease displaying an intelligence that he never exhibited, unfortunately, in the classroom. That was not his fault because BCS was never a teaching workshop during those times but an institution designed to give you a well rounded personality and an ability to handle life outside its boundaries.

He was bright and sparkling but his love for sports excelled any other interest except when his desire for fun overtook him. It got him sufficiently often in trouble with Mr Freddie Brown, who was also the man who loved this Creature like no other boy during those days. Creature was the kind of boy that Mr Brown probably had been in his youth, mischievous, full of life and loved by all including a large bunch of admirers from St Bede’s

Creature soon joined the family business and selling sporting goods came to him naturally. He was designated by the family to look after their business in Madras which may have just been the right choice for the outgoing personality that needed to be deployed in conservative Tamil Nadu. It took him little, given his ability to adapt, to make an exceptional business for Pioneer Sports in that metropolis.

His large hearted hospitality resulted in any one visiting that city naturally gravitating to his home where the drinks, the meal and the conversation were always great fun. NK and ND Mehra with their connections to Buckingham & Carnatic Mills, popularly called Binny, were regulars at his home in Madras. Their lifelong friendship endured.

I have little updates about this fascinating personality except seen from the days when I was a teenager. The impressions last with you forever and I never got to see him again. News about him would be often shared by friends. His wife passed away as a result of Big C in around 2009 and Creature was cared for by a loving daughter.

Our condolences go out to Deepak Ahluwalia, his younger brother who now lives in Solan, His cousins and nephews, Surinder AhluwaliaH S Mamik, who brother R S Mamik passed away recently, and Chetan Singh, Pioneer Sports in Delhi

“All things bright and beautiful,

All things great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

It was God that made them all” 

He made this one special for me to remember him in so many vivid images.

– Vijay Khurana

Video by the talented Badal Singh [Inderjit Singh Badal / Lefroy 1951-63]

Badal Singh circulates his very special collection of photos in a very special way. Here is one, which we are sure many many OCs will enjoy very much!

It would be great to have as many old photos from your BCS days as well as any new photos of yourselves / family / old school friends and captioned with the dates and people who appear in these.

Memories are made of the good days and good times spent with friends and loved ones so lets share the love!

My Song Book – Long play A & B [N.P. Pawa / 1960 Rivaz]

Dear Vijay,

I hope you will not mind me sharing my song books – therein with songs of love, heartbreaks, songs of interdependency and redemption. I hope in these dark days the pages will serve to provide some light.

Song Book Long Play – A

Song Book Long Play – B

Thank you so much..

My dear NP,

Thank you for your mail.and the accompanying pieces of music.

Your modesty and your humility are unfailing hallmarks of your character. That is the way I remember you as do, I am sure, the others from those days at BCS. I can see those signs by the way you have fashioned your message. None of us will ever mind sharing your works!! Thank you.

What was a hobby has turned into a wonderful passion and that is obvious. The absence of professional equipment to support your endeavours is no loss for the manner you have brought out each piece. All the music, including your favourite, Elvis’s tunes, are compositions that are soft, soulful, intense and take you away from the turbulent world that surrounds us today. The range of offerings, and I mention this for the benefit of those who will listen to these compositions, include not only the more familiar ones like Eric Claption, Bee Gees but not often remembered names like Frankie Laine, Leonard Cohen, Richard Marx, EO Excell & John Newton. NP has dug deep into the music world to compile and render these songs.

Finally, it would not be quite the same thing listening to the original which is an obvious thought. That would mean physically fetching and searching for each piece. A bit of a fag but no great discomfort some would say. More importantly sung by a voice and a person we know so well gives the whole effort a soul, an enthusiasm that is a personification that is intimate and familiar. That is something you simply cannot replicate because you are one of a kind, NP. Thank you, again.

Do please stay in touch and it is a pleasure to hear from you.

Without your permission, which I take for granted, I am circulating this to a whole bunch of OCs and some music lovers who know and certainly remember you.

With my warmest regards


Vijay .

During School NP had a great voice -from the Choir and also some of the songs on stage at Irvin Hall

He has still got the same voice but more mellow and matured



sudhir kashyap

We grew up with many of these songs in the 1950s. I remember NP as an awesome singer with his base voice — just fantastic.
Joe Joshi 1

Well Done NP , you were great then and still great now ….. your music with the accompanying Rivas house band was a big hit in those days …. it gave us all a great sense of freedom and entertainment …..
Jagtiani was another wiz kid  , he could take a mug a tin can. A bucket and make them talk like drums
Great percussion wizard
You guys produced magic
Sheer talent ….. remember it’s now or never ….. I still picture the relay batons
That were used to produce the opening lines
And the come September beat we all learned to hammer out on glasses, table tops , tin cans almost everything was used …..
Very talented and very entertaining fuckers …..
Thank you for the music 🎶 🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶

Badal Singh

Hi Badal,

I am very happy to hear from you. It is comforting to know that you appreciated the songs and thank you for remembering ‘It’s now or never’. I still do this number sometimes when I visit the assisted living centers to entertain. Due to COVID it has been quite a while since I last did but replaced the personal appearance with videos instead. The hobby has become useful to bring some joy to the residence there especially when noticing the tapping along even of those who are living in diminished memories.

Thanks also to the never never forgotten Sudhir and Joe Joshi. Thank you for the cheering and your encouragement.
At home my brothers Vinod and Pawan are lovingly propelling to keep me going.

Greatly appreciated.

Dear Vijay,

I am so overwhelmed with so much of your kindness and compassion. Your comments are meaning the world to me and raise literally my being. I am so happy that you have taken me into your confidence. Yes I would like to keep in touch and share music that are still coming my way. You are truly inspiring and we are so fortunate to have you navigate our lives and steps in the right directions. What a stepping stone – what a blessing.