With a heavy heart I inform you the passing of Puneet fondly called Sunny by his family and well wishers in Delhi. He was an OC 1973 Curzon House and a good friend of mine. In fact our families knew each other very well as they were residents of Shimla. RIP my dear friend, till we meet again.
Vijay [Skinny] Dewan
Ranjana, Umesh Dutta’s wife put together video clips from friends and family wishing Umesh on his 75th birthday.
I am forwarding the link [Editor: Video embedded below] for you to hook up and watch this excellent compilation of messages from his friends from School.
Ranjana informs me that “Umesh went through so many emotions while watching all the videos and messages. We received almost 60 of them. He laughed, he cried, he chuckled………….. it was so wonderful. He’s already watched them about three times. It is fresh and heartwarming for him each time he watches it. Thank you so much, Vijay. You helped make this a memorable birthday for him. Bless you”
I wish we were present to have him watch through our messages but during these unusual times that was not possible.The accompanying emotions would have overwhelmed everyone present that day.
Our compliments to Ranjana for a brilliant effort
We are delighted to welcome ‘home’ our new Headmaster, Mr Mathew P John and his wife Anuradha (who will be teaching English to Years 6&7). A Cottonian himself (but from the ‘other place’ in Bangalore), Mr John taught at BCS, Shimla from 1994 to 2000 and was instrumental in setting up the Slater Debates. Since then he has enjoyed a successful career in school leadership raising standards in a number of prestigious schools across India. His main task at BCS will be to raise our academic profile to new heights and he has already reinstituted the tutorial system for this purpose. Mr John is very much looking forward to the return of the pupils and for the journey to continue.‘When I first stepped onto the First Flat at Bishop Cotton School, it was late spring or early summer of 1994. I remember feeling as if I had come home, though I had never been in Shimla before, let alone, BCS. In 1998, it was in June that I brought Anu back to BCS, and we were greeted by Upper Sixth boys outside our locked quarters. With a typical Cottonian welcome, they put whatever they were doing on hold, to get us our keys and to help with our considerable luggage! This time was different.Long before we arrived in School, old boys as well as old colleagues were calling and messaging to congratulate and welcome us back. However, it was on Sunday, the fifth of July that we were finally let out of our quarantine and walked onto the First Flat for the first time after twenty years, drinking in the clear air of the hills and the old familiar view of Tara’s Gap. We were Home again!”
Peter Stringer Esq.Funeral 03 Sept 2020His grandson Ryan Stringer whom I first met in 2000 (now a fine looking gentleman) read our BCS school prayer which his Grandad ( Peter) would’ve liked. Ryan also wore Peter Sahib’s OCA UK Tie (that he designed whilst I was in the UK), BCS tie bar and cufflinks (pic attached).Peter was cremated wearing his BCS Blazer, OCA UK tie and BCS tie bar.The family expressed immense gratitude to see the SchoolFlag at half mast, a lovely touch and well received by all members. Explicitly Thanking Director Simon Weale för this gesture that coincided with the nation mourning the passing of President Pranab Mukerjee.Warmest Wishes and Kindest RegardsVivek BhasinLefroy House1961-1970
Our thoughts are with you and all your family, as we bid farewell to Peter and give our thanks for his life, with his dedication and love for BCS and his many friends from there. He will be remembered and missed by us all.
We are sorry not to be there with you, to pay him our last respects. May your many happy memories together, give you strength to bear your sad loss.
With our fondest love,
Gay and Christine xx
Dear Ryan,I wanted to make sure our message to your Grandmother reached her, so I am forwarding the original message.You will be reading a prayer from the School, which I am sure your Grandfather would have appreciated. We hope the Service goes well and really are sorry not to be with you.Your Grandfather was a great friend to me and countless Old Cottonians, supporting and caring for them, as he did for his beloved School.I will keep in touch with your Grandmother but need your confirmation of her ongoing address, telephone numbers and current e-mail.With my fond good wishes to you and all your family,Yours affectionately,Gay NiblettDear all,To keep you in the picture about Peter’s Funeral/Cremation today.We have suffered the loss of a great friend and very special Old Cottonian.Yours ever,Gay
K. Vijay Singh – popularly known as Kuttu – [Lefroy House.1958-66] has been a active and prominent member of the OCA and the Executive Committee.
Here’s wishing you and your team much success as President OCA Delhi!