71st REPUBLIC DAY of INDIA
Arun Gaur 2005 batch (10th) is being awarded the Sena Medal bar for [the second time!] gallantry ops on the Kashmir valley – on the 26th of January 2020 by the President of India. It’s a rare honour as bar in military terms means he has received the same award before.
As quoted from https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1600543#.Xi0BetNUFKQ.whatsapp
BAR TO SENA MEDAL (GALLANTRY)
IC-76799H MAJOR VARUN GAUR, SM
THE ARMOURED CORPS / 22ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
Completed. Here’s me at the summit of #Aconcagua (6,962 meters or 22,840 feet above sea level) after an intense 13 hours of climbing where we started our climb directly from Camp 2 with no acclimatisation. Due to weather conditions we had to change and complete our entire climb from Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp in a shortened 5 days (in Everest it was 21 days and in Manaslu I did it in 10 days – Usually it takes double or even three times for most climbers).
With this summit of Aconcagua, I’m now closer to my goals of being a true Explorer. If summiting an 8,000 meter peak is equivalent to a Masters degree and summiting Everest is a PhD, then the below are the lifetime Emeritus titles offered. So far, below are my membership journey into the various clubs I’ve always wanted to be a part of:
- Completed 1/3rd of the Three Poles Challenge
- Completed 2/7th of the Seven Summits Challenge
- Completed 2/9th of the Explorers Grand Slam
- Completed 2/14th of the 14 8,000+ Meters Challenge
Yet again a Cottonian from our beloved BCS steals global headlines!
Nakul Anand (Lefroy House) – ITC Luxury Hotels – has been named World Hotelier 2019!
What an amazing award for a superb Cottonian! Nakul is a leading icon in the global world of hospitality. He has under his belt, over four decades of exemplary dedication showcasing ITC Hotels, which are world renowned offering the very best properties and resorts in India to local and international guests. The ITC Grand Bharat has been nominated as Asia’s finest. We Cottonians honour Nakul Anand and feel proud that he is etched in history, Cottonian history, accepting this accolade with the greatest of humbleness and humility.
God Bless You abundantly.
[Vivek Bhasin – Lefroy 1961-1970]
Mr. Anand is the third Old Cottonian Hotelier [that we know of as of now] to have made a mark of achievement in the field. Congratulations!
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Gerald Godinho [also an Old Cottonian] interviewed Rohan Charanji. Here is an excerpt [see below for link to full interview].
THE FUTURE OF HOSPITALITY: ROHAN CHARANJI.
Rohan, welcome to my series on Millennials. Tell my audience something important about you?
“I was born in India, educated at Bishop Cotton and studied in Switzerland and London.
I have worked in China, US, London, Thailand, Wales and currently in the UAE for the last 4 years.
With my Swiss education, I felt a stupid sense of entitlement. I was asked to mop floors, clean plates and I realized without hard work you can never achieve anything.”
– Rohan Charanji.
[…read the full interview here]