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Cottonian ‘Mom’ Archana Sardana jumps for BCS!

Cottonian ‘Mom’ Archana Sardana has 2 of her sons at BCS and she jumped out of a plane in excitement when BCS turned 150!

And then yet again, for Curzon at 100!

Archana is a co-founder of Indian Sky Jumpers and Sky Diver Girl.
The vision statement of this organization is: The lady skydivers in conjunction with their male counterparts (civilian and military) will  ‘fall from the skies!’ as ‘Demonstration Skydivers’ at public / private events and   propagate the  cause of ‘Eye Donation’ and create mass awareness and motivation among the Indian  populace to gift ‘Sight’ to its 1.5 crore (15 million) blind which sadly include 20 lakh (2 million) children and try to make their country ‘Blind Free’.”

A message from Archana Sardana:

My boys are Pranav and Ayush Sardana in class 3 and 4 respectively and both are in Curzon House. They joined the school this year only.  I was to jump in the school ground but the chopper charges were too high . The Navy skydivers came and inspected the place etc. Thereafter I was to jump in  Indore on 19th  Sept but on reaching there on 18th night the sky diving camp got called off.  I had to fly back to Mumbai and take the next flight to USA. I had to do another 70 jumps to get a “C licence” before anybody would let me jump with the flags! I did that finally, and am back in Mumbai. In the bargain I missed the celebrations at BCS, but as the motto of Curzon House goes – “Action Not Words” –  we have kept ours. Infact this story which started on 4th March 2009 has to be told.  I will write a small piece and you may kindly put it up on the OCA/BCS web. 

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I am looking for support to attempt the Everest Skydive with the Indian Flag in May 2010 to propgate the cause of eye donation among Indians. Of my 2 jumps one will be with the Indian Flag and the other with the BCS Flag.I recently returned from the Drop zone from Nepal but only saw others attempting as I could not afford the cost of the jump. Pawning off a lot, could probably only just get me till there. But then anything for altitude !  I have 240 jumps to my credit, a “C license”  from United States Paratroopers Association and also an Advance course in Mountaineering from the NIM, Uttarkashi. My boys are in the best school in the world and that is the reason I can concenterate all my energies for the cause of “India Blind Free”. If you know anybody in the government or corporates who might be willing to assist kindly email me at

With regards,
Archana Sardana

Curzon House Centenary Celebrations Invitation

Facta Non Verba


To Old Curzonians

We are delighted to inform you that Curzon House of Bishop Cotton School is celebrating its 100th Anniversary on 5th of October 2009. 

Curzon House was formed in 1909 to honour Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India who had helped the school to get back on its feet after the Great Fire.  One hundred years later we can look back at the glorious history of the past and the illustrious boys who brought laurels to the House and went further on to make a mark in the world.

So dear Curzonian, it is time to celebrate one hundred years of striving, one hundred years of achieving and one hundred years of glory. 

We are planning to celebrate the Jubilee on the 5th of October at School.  A wonderful programme has been chalked out and preparations are in full swing to make the occasion a memorable one.

The support that has been received from the old boys of Curzonians is overwhelming.  It is our pleasure to invite you as an old boy of Curzon House to grace this special occasion to participate in the celebrations. It would be a time to look back with pride and nostalgia and to plan for greater glory for the boys, for the house and for the School in the years to come.

We hope to see you on the 5th of October, 2009, to celebrate 100 glorious years of our beloved Curzon House.

Praveen Dharma – Housemaster Curzon  and  Arnav Chauhan –  House Captain

Monday 5th October 2009

Curzon House

Centenary Celebrations





9:30 am

Reception &


1st Flat

(Near War Memorial)

Mrs. J. Chauhan & Mrs. Rose Lal

Dhruv Sharma, Iqbal Gill & Yash Jaiswal

11:30 a.m 12:30  p.m

Tree Planting by the Curzon House Boys

School Campus

Mr. R. Kaul, Mr. Aseem Kukreti,

Mr. A. K.Chaurasia, Arnav Chauhan, Yuvraj Birdi, Siddharth Panday, Dhruv Sharma, Zorawar S. Paintal

5:00 pm

Variety Show

Activity Centre

Mr. A. Gupta & Mrs. M. Gupta

Siddharth Panday, Yuvraj Birdi, Dhruv Sharma



Release of Curzon House Book






8:30 pm

Buffet Dinner

Main School Dining Hall

Mr. Aseem Kukreti & Mr. A. K.Chaurasia

Zorawar S. Paintal, Darinder Singh, Nipun Bansal & Manveer Parmar









9.30 pm

Rock Show

Activity Centre

Arnav Chauhan, Rodingpuia Ralte, Nooraj Batajoo









11.00 pm





We Curzon boys in brotherhood,
In Cotton’s glorious school.
We trust in God’s unfailing love,
That shields us from above.

To stand upright in life’s long flight,
Our motto steers us right.
We trust in deeds, no words in vain,
And pride and honour gain.

We come from North, East West or South,
Fair, dark or fat or thin.
Curzon is a sporting house,
No matter lose or win.

Of courage and integrity,
We show our lives to be.
The flag we hold aloft is red,
Its brightness ne’er will fade.

Curzon House Centenary 2009

Curzon House celebrates its Centenary (1909 – 2009) on 1st October 2009 at  BCS Shimla.

A Lunch, cultural programme, followed by a lavish Dinner , Jam session with DJ etc is being planned by Curzon House in October 2009. the date will probably be 5th Oct 09 and a voluntary contribution is appreciated.

Curzon house shall be bestowing the Old Curzonians with mementos, Curzon house coffee book, T-shirt and sweat shirt. Participation by Old Curzonians shall highly be appreciated as school also celebrates 150 yrs around the same time.

The voluntary monetary contribution is solicited as a token amount (as per your choice), towards the Curzon house fund in order to make this event successful.  This voluntary contribution by Old Curzonians  may kindly be made to “Curzon House Common Room” and sent to THE HOUSE MASTER , CURZON HOUSE, Bishop Cotton School, SHIMLA – 171002 (HP), through multi-city cheque or draft payable at Shimla along with their Name , Batch year and Address, so as to reach at the earliest or by 15 Aug 09. The parents of the Curzonians at BCS are also contributing towards this event.

Contact :

Curzon House Old Cottonian Col Hardy Chauhan or Curzon House Master Praveen Dharma for more details.