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Vote of Thanks

Never in recent times has the OCA mounted such a large effort for a cause. What was most heartening was the spontaneity, the huge response with over a 120 OCs coming forward, and over a 150 of them eagerly waiting to jump in to help when needed, the earnest sense of belonging and for a cause that was close to our hearts. The OCs responding to our call were from a vast number of batches the from 1991 to 2006 and beyond, demonstrating the depth of commitment in the Association. Truly outstanding!

It was a last ditch effort to save one of our dearly loved teachers. A teacher means everything in our Guru/Shishya system. We view them with reverence and respect. They represent God’s image on earth as the dictum that drives so many of us in our affection for them. They taught us our first lessons and they instilled in us a value system that we carry with us till the end of our days. Thank you, Mrs Kamini Mustafi

The endeavour was not lacking in either commitment nor effort, financial or otherwise. The odds were stacked heavily against us. Nevertheless, we will never fail and if Mrs Mustafi is no longer with us her spiritual energy and her loving memory drives us to never forget that we will always overcome adversities when they stare us in the face.” To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield”

At a personal level, Kanav Monga and I express our gratitude to acknowledge all those from this fraternity of Old Cottonians and Teachers who responded to our call for help. We came together for the Mustafi Family to lend a helping hand and in our prayers. I am truly inspired and heartened by the solidarity of our fraternity.Given below is the list of names of boys who responded to our call.

We progressed through the month, praying and clinging to even the most fragile string of hope. Our hands were folded in prayer. We held our hands together with more hands joining in everyday, until the end. Those beautiful words just kept ringing in my ears……”As true as is a brother’s love, as close as ivy grows, we’ll stand foursquare throughout our lives to every wind that blows….”

There is always more to learn from a loss than there is in victory. Victory is but a fleeting moment, it is the losses that last and build us for whats to come next.

This effort reminded us what we knew, that we are there for each other. We must always continue to keep this torch alight for others to find us wherever they may need help.

Strength lies in numbers they say, and so,

I graciously acknowledge the support of the students from St Paul’s, Darjeeling. They have our thanks. and we found another family in the Paulites all united by the Mustafi Family. I say let it amount to something.

Ever onwards.

Thank you, again, individually and collectively.

Warmly

Chezard Bin Abid
Ibbetson

Formerly, Shahzad Hussain

(1987 – 1993 )

AND

Kanav Monga
Ibbetson

(1986 – 1998)

Sl.No Name Batch Amount Bank Status
1 Kanav Monga 1998 50000 SCB Paid
2 Anuj Sood – 1998 50000 SCB Paid
3 Arun Martin Chauhan 1998 20000 Paid
4 Vijay khurana 1963 20000 Paid
5 Narinder Yadav 25000 SCB Paid
6 Ashwani Singh Virk 15000 Axis Bank Paid
7 Navid Tariq 20000 SCB Paid
8
9 Ab Gaur 1993 100000 Paid
10 Amaninder Singh Walia 10000 SCB Paid
11 Vikrant Suri 1997 100000 Paid
12
13 Mehtab Wadala 1998 25000 Axis Bank Paid
14 Bharat Dua 1993 20000 Paid
15 Harman Bedi 1998 10000 SCB Paid
16 Gaurav Jindal 1998 20000 SCB Paid
17 Bikram Shapuri 1998 50000 SCB Paid
18 Bikram Grewal 10000 SCB Paid
19 Saurabh Khanna 1998 10000 SCB Paid
20
21 Ajaipal 1998 15000 SCBL Paid
22 Lakshman Anand 15000 Axis Bank Paid
23

Batch of 2001

74000 Paid
1. Abhay  Thakur
2. Abhishek sood
3. Aditya Rana
4. Akshay khanna
5. S Amandeep Singh Sidhu
6. Amit Mehta (c)
7. Ankit Singh
8. Ashish Jajodia
9. Bharat Bhushan
10. Bunkim Chadda
11. Christopher Sunny Kumar
12. Dhruv Nangia
13. Gursimran Brar
14. Himaka Serna
15. lnderpal Chatha
16. Jasdeep Goraya
17. Karan Ahuja
18. Karan Karol
19. Karanbir Singh Gulati
20. Ketan Mahajan
21. Kshitij Sharma
22. Laxman Anand
23. Mohnish Kapoor
24. Mohsin Sachdeva
25. Nishant Bansal
26. Nitin Chauhan
27. Piyush Mehta
28. Pulkit Dogar
29. Rohit Saharan
30. Sahil Bhasin
31. Saurabh Malohtra
32. Shahab Ahmed
33. Tirath Singh Garewal
34 . Varun Chauhan
35. Vibhor Gandotra
36.  Vinayak Singh
37.  Karanvir Singh Gill]
24 Amit Singhal 20000 Paid
25 Shubham Anand 1995 30000 SCB Paid
26 Dushyant Talwar 1998 10000 Axis Bank Paid
27 Akash seth 20000 SCB Paid
28 Royce Kukreja 25000 SCB Paid
29
30 Irfan Ansari 1995 100000 Axis Paid
31 Abhishek Kakar (Behl) 1998 20000 SCB Paid
32 Sindhwani’s 25000 SCB Paid
33
34
35
36
37 Jasbir singh rai 1998 20000 SCB Paid
38

Batch of 2002

390000 SCB Paid
1. A bhinav Aggarwal
2. Ajay Bodh
3. Amaninder Singh Walia
4. Anupam Verma
5. Arjun Sodhi
6. Ashish Mahajan
7. Atul Goyal
8. Chemit Yurgal
9. Gurusagar Nagai
10. Harpreet Singh
11. Ishaan Bhatia
12. Jaideep Sandhu
13. Karan Singh  Pandher
14. Karan Thakur
15. Krystan De’cuna
16. Kunal Modgil
17. Murtuza Hyder Ali Khan
18. Narayan Krishan
19. Nitin Singh Thakur
20. Piyush Narani
21. Puneet Banga
22. Puneet Pal Sachdeva
23. Rahul Kalia
24. Rajat Gupta
25. Rajeshwar Singh Mangat
26. Rishi Mahajan
27. Rohit Chauhan
28. Sahil Chopra
29. Saurabh Shukla
30. Shobit Sareen
31. Siddharth Chauhan
32. Siddharth Kumar
33. Sidharth Jaitwani
34. Sunil Tiwari
35. Vikram Singh  Negi
36. Vivek Sharma
39 Samar Arora ( daffodil) 10000 Paid
40 Suneet Goyal 15000 Paid
41
42
43
44
45 Sachin Mahajan 1995 50000 Paid
46
47 25000
48 25000
49
50 Manpreet Manhas 1998 25000 SCB Paid
51 Dhiraj Berry 10000 SCB Paid
52 Manish Aggarwal 1992 50000 SCB Paid
53 Ramandeep Anand 1992 50000 SCB Paid
54 Zailinder Singh Shoor 2004 10000 SCB Paid
55 Rachit Aggarwal 2004 25000 SCB Paid
56 Gaurav Gombar 1993 20000 SCB Paid
57
58
59 Rohit Berry 1995 10000 SCB Paid
60
61 John Khiangte 1998 10000 SCB Paid
62

Batch of 2006

75,234 SCB Paid
      1.Tsewang Topgyal
      2. Suraj Tayal
      3. Vishal Menon
      4. Siddhant Singh Bedi
      5. Anuraj Singh Mangat
      6. Rajat Prabhakar
      7. Prashant Dogra
      8. Manvir Singh Nahal
      9. Prithviraj Thakur
    10. Hitesh Chauhan
    11. Toito Sema
    12. Karan Malhotra
    13. Sagat Singh Sandhu
    14. Navraj Singh Dhillon
    15. Shaninder Singh Sandhu
63 Prannoy Dey 2005 10000 SCB Paid

EDITOR:
That is a total of INR 17,39,234 [Seventeen Lakhs Thirty Nine Thousand Two Hundred Thirty Four [or US$24,000].

Saddened to inform: Mrs Kamini Mustafi passed away

It is with deepest sorrow I inform you that Mrs Kamini Mustafi passed away this morning at 8:48 am after having fought for a month.

Above is the message as received from Mr. Kabir Mustafi.
[10:23 AM, 6/4/2021] Vijay Khurana: Deepest sympathies and our condolences. We felt and had all hopes that we would win this battle. I am sorry we lost but you did not give up without a sterling and committed effort.
Our hearts go out to you, Adhiraj, Ishita and the members of your family. We share your loss and the pain is hard when life fades away from the ones you hold most precious.
Good bye, Kamini, you memories will live in our hearts. We thank you for touching so many lives and guiding so many of us. You left a mark and were an example to so many of your students. They were all your children. Thank you.
May He hold Kamini in His arms and may He give you courage to bear this loss.
Warmly
Cherzad, Kanav & Vijay

SAD DEMISE OF I. S. WALIA IBBETSON HOUSE CLASS OF 1956

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.


Regards
Chetan Singh
Ibbetson 1971.


[click for larger pictures]

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

R.S. Mamik [Bholu] – RIP

We just heard that R.S. Mamik passed on last week.

Condolences to his family and loved ones.

Here are a few messages that were passed on to us [as apparently] posted on some whatsapp groups:

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you all of the demise of R S Mamik whom we lost today our heart felt condolences to the family and HS Mamik God grant peace to the departed soul🙏🙏🙏


We pray for his eternal peace and May God give strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.


Condolences to the Bereved Family. KC Anand


My deepest condolences to the bereaved family. Rest in peace dear OC…🙏
 Really sad to hear. My condolences to the bereaved family. Sharing his pic from Facebook.


One of the finest guys to know. Gentle, clean hearted and the perfect gentleman.
He eyes were never in good shape and his lenses were a minus 9. Consequently he was at a dead loss in the boxing ring even though he was muscular and otherwise physically formidable. It was treated with humour by most of us but he never complained. He laughed with us at his predicament. He was the preferred opponent in his weight for this obvious reason.
Not many take such handicaps with resilience and humour at that age. He was obviously very different – and special
God hold him in his arms. May Bholu rest in peace. Om Shanti.


Great tribute…to Bholu’s memory. Sad for the family, friends and fraternity to lose him.
Bholu was jolly good fellow with all the qualities of a perfect gentleman. At school we used his glasses as “magnifying” for burning paper. I thought his lenses were +9. We will miss him dearly. May the almighty give his family the strength and courage to bear the loss. In Sorrow .
Dimpy Mehra