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Politics and the Works, alongside our Love for Bishop Cotton School

Dear OCs,

Another winter in the plains of India is now past and gone, but the crispy winter freeze still holds its grip up in Simla. Today being the 28th of February. Every year at this time my Mum and Pa led us to their old 1100 Fiat in Calcutta and slowly drove us to Howrah Station. The Howrah -Kalka Mail awaited as we unloaded our Trunk, Bedding Roll and Attache Case. Cottonians travelled FIRST CLASS on that prestigious train.

Three months just flew by and at the age of 6 it was too fast in one sense and the 9 months ahead a bit too slow for a young boy. The 2 day journey a blur of sorts.

But what we​ surely reminisce is our end of year.

How the trunks were all packed in the corridors and Choru the tailor painstakingly sewed cloth around the locks sealing them with wax( the poor chap could hardly see through the broken rims, yet he diligently went on with the task) did we not take him for granted as he mended our shorts designing new lands in different colours of patches and threads on the worn out bottoms!

The trunks were sent ahead in advance of our School Party,  Sharat and mine to Calcutta. A shiver ran down our spines as we knew we were heading home from the hills to leave ‘Goldie/ Goldstein’ to his own thoughts as he sat on his private bench near the Grand Oak tree with his cocker spaniel gleaning hard at the tara devi gap seeing our train entering the last tunnel before we vanished on to the other side for three months. What do you think he did during those dark  empty and freezing days? Did he still stand on the First Flat with his immaculate self and hear the echoes of our screams and shouts? Did the Bugler still sound his sentinel, our School Flag flying with Rivaz and Ibbetson colours and the Mitre or did he too yearn for his Lady Love whom he never married? Did the gong hammer the bell ? Did he go to Chapel all by himself , walking to the alter and speaking to all of us down in the dusty plains and far away? Once I did  press my  ears against the Chapel Walls a few years ago and heard his talk of that hand of brass gripping the bolt on those doors- to remain steadfast in your life!

It is when I am rushing through airports or stuck in an incredible traffic jam in Delhi with my driver Ram Bahadur at the wheel I sometimes close my eyes and reflect upon that Sanctuary of ours .. Bishop Cotton School .. And as another OC said ‘ I have seen many mountain ranges, be it the Rockies, the Alps, the Andes.. It is The Himalaya that conquers all with it’s immense power and strength, cradling with constant care our Alma mater’.

So its not a political stage that I wish to stand on but to take in the best of those fantastic years and give back more than I received.

Vivek Bhasin
Lefroy House
1961-1970

OCA INDIA REQUIRES A VICE PRESIDENT

All members are informed that in accordance with the amended MOA, the OCA needs to select a Vice President who could assume the post with effect from 1st April 2015 when the present Vice President shall start functioning as President. Therefore, applications are invited by 15th of March 2015 from those OCs interested in being selected. The applicants should be persons of eminence and should give their complete bio-data  along with a statement containing their vision for taking forward the objects of the OCA.

 

OCA India Annual Lunch / 2015

ANNUAL OCA INDIA LUNCH

At 1, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110 016
On Sunday the 8th of February 2015 at 12.00 noon.

  • Old Cottonians Rs.1800.
  • Old Cottonians who are College Students Rs. 900.
  • OC s’ Wives / Partners are guests – There is NO charge.
  • Donations are sought from OCs above 70 years.
  • All OCs are requested to donate liberally over and above the lunch charges.

Dress code:
Blazer with Tie / Lounge Suit / Combination Suit.

Please confirm your attendance by mail to OCA India

UPDATE 29th JAN 2015:

A doubt has been expressed on the contributions being sought from OCs above 70 yrs old. All OCs above 70 are our honoured guests. They are not required to pay the sum of Rs 1800/-. However, if they wish to donate any sum it would be welcome. This is in continuation of the earlier years practice.

B M Singh

 

Greetings

DEAR ALL OCs,
HAVE A GREAT YEAR ALL OF YOU. MAY IT BE HAPPY, JOYOUS AND PEACEFUL AND MAY WE ALL GET A BIT CLOSER NEXT YEAR SHARING IN A COMMON HERITAGE AND LIVING UP TO OUR MOTTO.

BM SINGH