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Diwali greetings!

Monday 28th October 2019, a message from Vijay Khurana:

Dear All,
Belated wishes for Diwali but they come with the same degree of warmth and sincerity had they been delivered yesterday. 
These wishes are accompanied by the one thing that we as aging adults will need most are good health accompanied by the capacity for a hearty laugh in the days ahead. I mention that the bit about laughter deliberately since old folks have been known to get grouchy !! So just dispense with that part and learn to smile and laugh a lot more in the new year.
I recall Mrs O. Advani narrating to us the story of the Ramayan when we migrated to Lower I in 1955. She assisted us in making Diwali greeting cards which were then posted to our parents. It was actually an imitation of what she drew on the black board. So about 30 sets of parents received almost identical Diwali greeting cards though each must have felt especially proud that their son had applied himself to the first few lessons of art and craft with a measure of discipline!! Besides, their son’s sense of colour, dimension and tradition were being given a bit of a boost. Some of us developed these skills more than the others and went ahead to become reasonably proficient in the subject to Art but the others never went beyond those crooked diyas that they drew for the rest of their lives !! 
I stray. I read an article that articulates the beginnings of Diwali which I am taking the liberty of sharing it with you only because it offers more interpretations from the version that Mrs Advani narrated to us. It does, however, include her narration as well with a victorious Ram coming home to the delight of the citizens of Ayodhya. It makes for an interesting read and will also educate you about the origins of the use of sulphur and crackers to a festival that originally was simply built around the use of light and not much about sound and, today, pollution !!
The Many Beginnings Of Diwali:-
 Vijay Khurana
DeVats (India) Private Limited
E-4, Sector 8, Noida – 201301, Uttar Pradesh, India

More messages, as replies to the email thread started by Vijay Khurana:

Diwali is the day when Rama and Sita arrive in Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
There was a reason why they were exiled. Here then is the real story of Diwali

Jai Joshi MD
The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation
Tucson, AZ

Thanks Vijay for the simple and warm memories of Diwalies spent at school..
In my mind the vision of bursting crackers on the 1st flat stand out.
Greetings for Diwali and the coming festive season to all Cottonian kin.


Message from Mr Goss:

Dear Vijay:
Thank you for enlightening me on the origins of the beautiful festival of Devali.  Although belated, may I take this opportunity to wish all my BCS friends in India and abroad a VERY HAPPY DIWALI.  May the spirit of celebration and joy live forever in your hearts and in your homes.
It is with love and gratitude that I cherish and recall my years in BCS.  Always carry our motto in your hearts and live it every day: “Overcome Evil with Good”.
Ronald Goss
(BCS 1956-64)

Upcoming events


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OCA [India] Northern Chapter AGM 2019


The Annual General Meeting of the Northern Chapter of the OCA (India).  Is scheduled to be held on 30th September 2019 at 5.30 pm, in the basement of the Chandigarh Golf Academy (of the Chandigarh Golf Club), Sector 6, Chandigarh
The proposed agenda for the AGM will be as under
  • ITEM NO 1 To confirm the minutes of the last AGM
  • ITEM NO 2 To adopt the annual report of the Secretary
  • ITEM NO 3 To adopt the audited accounts for the period 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019
  • ITEM NO 4 To examine any proposal duly approved by the Executive Committee
  • ITEM NO 5 To conduct any other business with the permission of the chair
The members of the association are requested to be kindly present by 5.30 pm
Jatinder Hayer
OCA (India) Northern Chapter

Notice for the AGM and the Agenda of OCA INDIA – 2019

The AGM of OCA India is scheduled to be conducted on Saturday , the 28th of September 2019, at 5PM.
The location of the meeting will be :
The Ethiopian Cultural Centre
7/50 G , Niti Marg , Chanakya Puri,
Opposite the Nehru park,
New Delhi – 110021
The meeting will be followed by cocktails. A confirmation from you at oldcottonianassociation@yahoo.com would help us with our logistics.

The Agenda for Annual General Meeting of OCA INDIA – 2019

  2. Confirmation of the Minutes of the Last AGM (2018)
  3. To approve and adopt the Annual Report of the Secretary
  4. To approve and adopt the annual accounts of 2018 -19
  5. To examine any Proposal duly approved by the Executive Committee.
  6. To elect any new members in the executive committee, if required.
  7. To conduct any other business with the permission of the Chair.
Ajay Thiara
Secretary – OCA India

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Shivalik Hill Drive : OCA Northern Chapter. 21st Sept 2019.

OCA Northern Chapter is organizing a Shivalik Hill Drive from Chandigarh to Simla on 21st September 2019 coinciding with the OCs Week Celebrations at BCS.

To participate : Contact any of the numbers above or write an email to Shivalik Hill Drive

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