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Lots has happened since we last met in Brampton, Ontario in 2019 and it’s time to get together again and share our fond and everlasting memories of Shimla.
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We would like to invite you to join our 163rd Founder’s Day Live Facebook Event, either online at our BCS Facebook page, or in person at our BCS Heritage Campus, Shimla. The event is being held on 28 July at 2pm in the Irwin Hall, Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, HP..
We are welcoming our Old Cottonian historian Raaja Bhasin as guest speaker who will be speaking on the unique history of Bishop Cotton School.
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Curzon 1976 Batch sent in this message :
“We lost a dear friend”
and they forwarded a message from Ajay Nanda’s family
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform you that our beloved father, Ajay Nanda, has left for his heavenly abode today on 19th july due to a clot in brain.
A kind and loving son, husband and father & an brother like friend.
Ajay Nanda : Curzon 1969 -1976
Sportsman and an excellent cricketer. Classic spinner.
His name is on the cricket eleven board for 1976.
Pics are attached. In fact there is a pic attached of Curzon 1975 with the cock house.
Always in our Hearts. We request friends and family to keep him in their prayers.
Ajay Nanda – a spirited Cottonian.
The first thing that struck you upon seeing Ajay was his brilliant smile. It reached his eyes and lit up his face. He retained that right through.
A good looking lad, friendly and of good disposition he befriended all his classmates and had a opinion to offer on a variety of subjects.
Had a precocious streak which made him wise beyond his years as a young boy and he always spoke with astuteness on relationships and worldly matters.
A good all around Sportman.
An extraordinarily talented cricketer he played for the School 1st Elevens for 2 years, a difficult achievement as it meant you were better than many seniors. He was equally adept with Bat and Ball along with being a brilliant fielder.
He remained in touch with all of us, his batchmates and the Delhiites used to meet him regularly over a evening of
merrymaking until the pandemic.Our deepest condolences to his family members.
He will be missed by all of us whose lives he touched.
– on behalf of the Batch of 1976
It’s been 45 years since we finished 6th form and walked out the schools gates. 45 years may seem, and is, a long time. Yet, when a batchmate leaves, time disappears and you go back to where you were, oh so long ago. We were both Curzonians, we opened the batting for the house team, he opened for the school elevens, while I came in 1 down. He was by far the best batsman of our time. I can still get the smell of school as I watch from the pavilion Nanda hitting his pads with the bat, as he makes his way to the crease.
His innings has now come to an end.
My condolences to the family. Loss is never easy, it was never meant to be. It’s full of great memories, and painful ones. Of time spent and time lost. Of things done, others forgotten and discarded along they way. The certainty, that which has gone will not come again. Its as you delve among these memories that will find solace. It is not going to be easy, yet slowly but surely you will find your way as you plan and go forward with your lives. I wish you well.
The last we met, we felt live would never end. Everything lay ahead of us. Now 45 years later, I find I have lost an old friend. Where ever you are, wherever you’re going. Travel safe, go in peace.
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Nishant Nanda is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Ajay Nanda’s Chautha – Link 1
Time: Jul 22, 2021 04:00 PM India
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From the Chandigarh Tribune publication of 2nd April earlier this year:
Received from Vijay [Kuttu] Singh who received this news from Manjit Sehmbey:
Article quoted from this link online:
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts the family of Mushtaq Masih lost their patriarch on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8:59am. Mushtaq Masih was born in Northern India in 1935. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Physical Education from Batala Bearing Christian College and University of Gwalior. In India he was known as a competitive athlete and excelled at sports like sprinting, field hockey, and boxing. Mushtaq’s talent allowed him to represent India on several national athletic teams. He was best known as a member of India’s 3 fastest men- The Three Flying M’s (Milkha, Makhan, and Mushtaq) and his record-breaking time in the 100-meter dash. As a nationally celebrated athlete, winning dozens of awards across India, Mushtaq continues to hold records for his success in track and field. He went on to serve as a director of sports for the states of Punjab and Haryana.
Mushtaq arrived in Canada and settled in P.E.I. in 1966 with his young family. He was an educator in phys-ed and mathematics, and went on to serve as the director of physical education for P.E.I, and was a known champion for women’s field hockey across the country. Mushtaq was also the founder president of the P.E.I. Amateur Boxing Association and inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 1973. The same year Mushtaq and his wife were guests at the Opening Centennial Summer Games, where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip famously and publicly greeted the only East Indian couple in attendance. Mushtaq’s passion for sports led him to become a pioneer for sporting equipment, and a titan in importing and exporting sporting goods across Canada. Mushtaq went on to become a national sponsor and delegate for the Canadian Olympic Team from 1972-1984.
Mushtaq was also widely recognized as a pillar of the East Indian community, sponsoring and helping to immigrate more than 20 East Indian families to the Maritimes. In the mid-eighties Mushtaq relocated to the Niagara region and continued his entrepreneurial journey, owning and operating Niagara’s first East Indian restaurant; stemming from his desire to continue to serve his East Indian Community and integrate its culture into the Canadian mosaic for all to enjoy. Throughout his life he had a passion for travel and accomplished his goal of traveling the world aboard PANAM in 40 days, touching his feet in every ocean. Mushtaq often gave back his time and donated to charitable organizations both in Canada and India.
Mushtaq lived a passionate life of gratitude, joy, service and love. He passed peacefully with his wife and eldest granddaughter by his side. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Zohara Masih and children Rita Chahal (Chander), Renu D’Cunha (Pascal), Varinder Masih (Sunita), and Vijay Masih (Preetshika). Mushtaq will also be fondly remembered by his 9 grandchildren Crystal D’Cunha, Ravi Chahal (Jiwan), Asha Bhanot (Sonny), Rachel D’Cunha, Joshua D’Cunha, Anjali Chahal, Zeena Masih, Sheena Masih, and Amora Singmasi; and 5 great-grandchildren Zorique Olayori, Tejas Chahal, Naveen Bhanot, Maeva Chahal, and Neela Bhanot.