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BCS 2022 Cricket : UK tour

Message from Mr. Simon Weale / BCS Director:
Dear Old Cottonians, Plans are now well advanced for a BCS U15 cricket tour to the UK this summer from 8th-21st June 2022. We are just waiting for our visas. We are hoping to bring 33 boys on tour and to play a series of matches against a number of the top independent schools in the South of England. Our current itinerary includes the following fixtures
  • 9th June v Westminster School
  • 10th June v Culford School
  • 13th June v Merchant Taylors’ School
  • 14th June v Eton College
  • 16th June v Aldenham School
  • 17th June v Forest School
  • 20th June v Marlborough College
OCs will be welcome to come and watch matches (a full programme will be published closer to the time). On the evening of the 16th June we are hoping that an OC XI will play the Aldenham School Headmaster’s XI at Aldenham. If you are interested in playing in the match or in contributing towards tour funds please contact the school by email on director@bishopcotton.com

BTW, BCS just won the Cricket match against Lawrence School Sanawar. Congrats! Watch a video clip: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1053308961951434

Cottonian “Young Guns“ organised a splendid and memorable day at ITC Classic Golf Resort, Manesar.

Cottonian “Young Guns“ organised a splendid and memorable day at ITC Classic Golf Resort, Manesar.

18th Feb 2022:

A gang of youngsters from the Class of 1998 led by Kanav Monga Ibbetson organised a lovely day of golf at ITC Classic.

This Young Group arrived by fire and ignited the course! Kanav & Co painstakingly worked the logistics at The Classic not to mention, the personal touch of Brand BCS to the Cottonian Teams with bespoke Golf Shirts each well fitted to our masculine chests and professional Golf Caps embossed with the name of our great Alma mater.

Besides the lovely snacks prior tee off, followed by transit lunch, ending with a great “after event”- sumptuous khaana and gentlemen’s drinks, it was the absolutely wonderful bonding of Cottonians, many of us meeting for the first time since school.

We Cottonians ranged from Class of 1968 to Class of 1998 arriving from various cities and countries, yet we jammed on the same wavelength reminiscing of our times.. up in the greens of Simla.

Heartiest Congratulations to you Kanav and your batch; you took the “Bull by the horns “ and presented a Great Show.

May the spirit of Cottonian Brotherhood be alive and strive in our midst.
Well Done Chaps! We look forward to many exciting events down the road..

Cottonians who made this great effort to come together; some amazing golfers in our midst!

Four ball 1
1.     Justice Surinder Saron Lefroy ‘71
2.    Anil Duggal Ibbetson 68’
3.    Capt.Sharat Bhasin Lefroy ‘75
4.    Capt.Vivek Bhasin Lefroy 70’

Four ball 2
1. Kanav Monga Ibbetson 98’
2. Manpreet Manhas Lefroy98’
3. Simran Grewal Curzon 98’
4. Sammy Khangura Curzon 98’.

Four Ball 3
1. Chetan Singh  Ibbetson 71’
2. Gurnir Singh Gill Lefroy 71
3.     Prithvi Singh Nat Ibbetson 71’
4.     Prithviraj Prem Rivaz 71’

Four ball 4
1.      Sanjiv Chadha Lefroy’74
2.     Gursimran Sethi  Lefroy 96’ (Pro!)
3.     Sangram Vijay Singh Rivaz 98’

Justice SS Saron presented the Winners with BCS Umbrellas


Straightest drive :Simran Singh Grewal Curzon 98’

Closest to the pin: Gursimran Singh Sethi Lefroy 96’

Longest Drive Prithvi  Nat 71’ & Manpreet S Manhas Lefory 98’

Kindest Regards and Best Wishes,

Bonnie/Vivek Bhasin

AGM OCA India: 2022

This is to inform all OCs that the Annual General Meeting of OCA India has been scheduled for Monday, 14th February 2022 at 4:00 p.m. The meeting would be conducted through Zoom.

Whilst the agenda for the meeting is appended below, please find given link for the Zoom Meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9219904628?pwd=cURZODY1VFBtNVhUQ3NtWjF6eFdRdz09 

We are also circulating this notice via the Mailing-list to all registered OC’s so that we have a well attended AGM.

Kind Regards,

Ajay Thiara
Secretary OCA (India)

The Agenda

for 

The Annual General Meeting of 

OCA INDIA 

on Monday, 14th February 2022 through Zoom.

  1. Welcome Address by The President OCA (India). 
  2. Confirmation of the Minutes of the Last AGM.
  3. The Secretary, OCA India’s, Report. 
  4. To approve and adopt the annual accounts. 
  5. To discuss the forthcoming OC Week.
  6. To conduct any other business with the permission of the Chair.

Annual OCA India Reunion Lunch, postponement

Dear OCs,
As per the meeting of the executive of OCA India convened on 14.01.2022, it was unanimously decided to postpone the Annual Reunion Lunch that would have been held on 06.02.2022 at Delhi, until further notice due to current COVID guidelines issued by the Government. A  fresh date and venue of the said event shall be communicated to all later. 
Best Wishes and enjoy a wonderful season ahead!
Best regards
Jaspal Singh Sawhney

CONGRATULATIONS Old Cottonian Raghvendra Tanwar! On appointment as Chairman ICHR

Raghuvendra Tanwar

From Times of India Jan 10, 2022, 20:29 IST

KURUKSHETRA: Raghuvendra Tanwar, professor emeritus, Kurukshetra University (KU) has been appointed as Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi, for a period of three years by the Government of India (GOI).

Prof Tanwar who joined KU as a lecturer in August 1977 has an outstanding academic record, with two gold medals in MA History. He was appointed an open selection professor in 1997 and has also worked as the KU’s dean of academic affairs and dean of social sciences. He superannuated in February 2015 and in July 2016 was appointed director of the Haryana Academy of History and Culture.

Prof Tanwar was awarded the prestigious UGC National Fellowship (Research Award) 2002-2005. He conducted a major research project on Jammu & Kashmir for the period 1947-53 in 2013-15.

Prof Tanwar is reputed for his study of India’s partition particularly Punjab. This work based on sources across India and the UK is a day-to-day reporting of what happened in 1947 and is widely acclaimed. His research and publication on Jammu & Kashmir while questioning major narratives particularly by western scholars has argued and established how the masses of Kashmir were clearly in support of the accession of the state with the Union of India in 1947.

Prof Tanwar’s most recent study is an illustrated Story of India’s Partition, published by the Publication Division of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GOI in English and Hindu. He has several other major publications including an illustrated biography of Bansi Lal and on Sir Chhotu Ram.

Update : Raghuvendra Tanwar to be awarded the Padma Shri!

Old Cottonian Dr. Someshwar Singh Nakai

Taken from this website page:

It is with profound sadness that the Nakai Family announces the sudden death of our beloved [Dr. Someshwar Singh Nakai] husband and father at age 84. December 16, 1937 – December 31, 2021.

He was predeceased by his parents, Gurcharan and Rajendra Nakai; his eldest brother, General Jagdishwar S. Nakai; his nephew Gobinder Nakai; and his long-time friend and caregiver, Sally McLaren. He is lovingly survived by his wife of 46 years, Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai; daughter Natasha; son Sunil; brother Yogishwar; and various dear aunts, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

Born in Kotadu, India into what was then one of the twelve ruling families of the Punjab, Somesh grew up in northern India, attended Bishop Cotton School, a British boarding school for boys in Simla, followed by university, and medical school at what was then the top medical faculty in India in Amritsar. After interning in Delhi, he trained in general surgery and started his chest surgery training in New York. When he was conscripted by the Americans for the war in Viet Nam, he left the United States and came to Canada to finish his cardiovascular thoracic training. In Edmonton, he met Ruth and decided to stay in Canada, becoming a much-admired educator, an extraordinarily gifted surgeon, and a teacher and mentor for generations of surgical trainees and colleagues. Unfortunately, Parkinson Disease forced his premature exit from the surgical world, though he missed, to the very end, teaching and mentoring.

Nick was an exceptional man: kind, wise, generous, patient, brilliant, and extremely humble. Respected and loved by all who came to know him, he will be fondly remembered for his fabulous sense of humour and for his quiet leadership.

The family is grateful to the staff at the CHOICE program at the Zetter Centre, the Geriatric Rehabilitation Program at the Glenrose Hospital, and the staff in the Emergency and ICU at the University for their attentive and dignified care.

A private cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life may be held at a later date. To sign the book of condolences and to share memories, please visit www.dignitymemorial.com.
Published on January 6, 2022

Unfortunately we do not have any BCS related information about Dr Nakai.
It is appreciated if someone could very kindly post details, if known, about his years at BCS etc. Thank you
!

Andreas Kirschner [Rivaz 1946-50]

Sadly, I want to inform you of the demise of a Cottonian.  I have written a short message below which could be added to the next issue. 

Kind regards,
Behram Irani
(Lefroy 1950-54)
Geneva, Switzerland.


Andreas Kirschner, younger brother of Kasper passed away in Switzerland on December 5th, 2021.

Andreas had become a dear friend of ours as he had family in Geneva.  

Andreas was a true gentleman in every way with a brilliant mind and always shared stories with us.  He had a long career with ABB in Switzerland.

Andreas and his brother Kasper arrived in Shimla without a word of English.  Soon, they took over academically and in various sports, especially swimming and won numerous prizes.  He leaves behind his daughter, son and grandchildren.

May his soul receive eternal rest.

Sad news: CM Kohli

C M Kohli [1962 batch]

passed away yesterday after a massive heart attack.
He died in his sleep and was discovered next morning by his wife. Traumatic. He was 75 having celebrated his last birthday about three weeks ago. I spoke to his younger son last evening. Details to follow…
Rest in peace, dearest friend.

Vijay Khurana

RIP – Manjit Singh Sehmbey [Curzon 1962-1969]

Just received terrible news from Robin Nakai that Manjit Sehmbey [popularly known as TALLI. School Captain 1969.] collapsed at the gym, was rushed to hospital but could not be revived.

Rest in peace dear Talli.

This is all we know at this point in time.


From Robin Nakai:

Manjit Singh Sehmbey.
Curzon House Captain .
School Captain
Bishop Cotton School , Simla .
The Class of 1969 .

Go Gently Into The Night , dear friend ….
We shall miss you , and your absence  leaves a gap in our lives !
The friendship and camaraderie we shared from the school days in Bishop Cotton, will always be a part of the lives of the Class of 69 !
From the playing fields of BCS , Sanawar , YPS we were a part of a well knit team that soared to many glorious successes and honours .
The Class of 69 wishes you farewell .
Walk the golden fields of Elysium with the sun eternally in your face , with the classmates already gone .

Rest In Peace !

We woke this morning to the news of the passing away of our captain and friend, Manjit Singh. May the Almighty give all his family the strength to weather this storm and may his noble soul rest in eternal peace.

We , the class of 1969, will always remember Manjit, fondly called Talli, as our school captain. A great individual who left an indelible mark on everyone he came into contact with. Manjit was an accomplished sportsman who was always modest about his many achievements. A perfect all-rounder, he played cricket, football, and hockey, and was a core member of the athletics group. He was shoe-in for the Full School Blazer in Sports, he excelled in every area of the sports field. Hurdles, 100 & 200 yard sprints, he was a true Spartan! He was also the School Captain, and was responsible for maintaining discipline, order and harmony amongst all of us. More importantly, Manjit  was a caring individual who was always ready to help anyone in need . He will be sorely missed.

Many of us classmates were fortunate to spend a little more time with him recently in Shimla in 2017 and then again in 2019 [some photos below]. We were also able to share in his love for nature through his excellent photography through our WhatsApp group. It is very hard for us to accept that Manjit is no more. We pray that his soul rest in eternal peace.

– 1969 BCS BATCH

BCS Batch 1971 / Golden Jubilee [updated]

The BCS Batch of 1971 recently got together in Goa to celebrate their Golden Jubilee. Here is a photo chanced-upon from social media. That is all we know about this celebration! Appreciate if someone from the Batch of 1971 could please send in a list of names as they appear in this photo. Thank you!

BCS Batch 1971 at Goa – Golden Jubilee 2021


15th Oct 2021
Thanks to Tridib Sengupta for sending in the listing!!!

BCS 1971 Golden Jubilee celebrations Goa – October 2021 – those who were able to participate:

Standing Left to Right
Niranjan Mohan Singh ~ Bhagwant Singh ~ Sharadpat Singhania ~ Prithvi Nat~ Vinod Kumar ~ Preet Uberoi (would be 1971 batch but left school in 1968) ~ Sanjiv Shamlal ~ Abhai Mankotia ~ Vikram Sodhi ~ R.S. Juneja (Tony) ~ Tridib Sengupta ~ Chetan Singh ~ Vijay Sandhu ~ S.S.Saron (Tonto) ~ Amarjit Sidhu ~ J.M.S. Brar (Boru).

Seated Back Row Left to Right
G.S. Gill (Guri) ~ Anil Soni ~ Madhu Soni ~ Sunita Nat with Nat junior ~ Gurbir Sidhu ~ Kiran Saron ~ Punita Shamlal ~ Sumathy Sodhi ~ Lorita Sengupta ~ Sonu Chetan Singh ~ Karen Bawa (spouse of Late H.S (Sweety) Bawa) ~ Jyoti Gill ~ Bubbles Sandhu.

Seated Front Row Left to Right
Suman Singh (spouse of Late Ravinder (Bansi) Singh) ~ Meenu Juneja ~ Raju Singh ~ Anu Kapoor ~ Shiv Kapoor (1972) batch.

Canada OCs get-together 2021

Dear OCs,

Hope you are all doing well and staying safe.

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.

The 2021 OCA Canada Dinner is planned for September 11 at 6:30pm at Bombay Palace, Brampton. Please find the Google maps location below-

Bombay Palace Restaurant And Banquets
(905) 799-9777

https://maps.app.goo.gl/Yki4qRZxrsVcQPMS8

Kindly confirm your presence, so we can call ahead and book the numbers. Please feel free to bring your partners, if you are married or dating.

Looking forward to meeting everyone again.

Thank you,
Jasraj Singh
Ibbetson- 2009

BCS 163rd Founder’s Day / Live Facebook Event

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. 

Regards, Rebecca Weale

Communications mobile: 8894454565

Editor:
BCS founded in 1859. 2021 makes it the 162nd Founder’s Day not 163rd!