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
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One hundred and sixty one years today and my beautiful Alma mater remains steadfast on that spur of Simla looking towards the gap of Tara Devi, whilst the Heavens above look down and Bless our great institution…
The history of Bishop Cotton School is entwined with the history of India and Britain. Our school founded by Reverend Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton is the ground where I grew up from a five year old…. to what I am today.
At an interesting talk at Chatham House London by Mark Tully ( ex.BBC) on life in India, I was sitting amongst the rows of invitees and put my hand up when the Q&A* session started.
I must have asked something terribly relevant.. as Mr Tully started with “that’s a great question…!”
At the end of the event, someone tapped me very gently on my left shoulder. I turned to that side and saw a gentle hand with beautifully manicured nails, delicate long fingers that lead to a gorgeous arm and on to a very aristocratic Lady with coiffured silver-grey hair, a gorgeous face, a string of Mallorca pink pearls and a divine smile ….a whiff of Chanel No 5 and Pure Radiance!
“Excuse me“ she whispered coming closer …”are you the India High Commissioner?”….
I turned around towards her and stood up….we both smiling looking deep into each other’s eyes..
“ No Ma’am” I whispered back ..
“ I am not the High Commissioner, but I am an Ambassador …”
… she raised her well groomed eyebrow questioningly with an even bigger smile..
“ indeed I am an Ambassador Ma’am, an Ambassador of Bishop Cotton School**Simla”
And that for us was said enough.
Wishing The Director,the Staff and All We Ambassadors** of Bishop Cotton School, felicitations on our 161st Founder’s Day.
God Bless our great institution; may it continue from strength to strength.
*Q&A session : When my class of 1970 sits on the stage in the Irwin Hall with the senior boys throwing questions at us like freebies ….. we will answer… “about the roads we took, the paths we chose, our lives experiences and whether we have reached our destination..
** Every week day at Chapel Service, just after the hymn was sung, the last prayer recited, we used to wait expectantly for Heady Goldie ( Head Master R. K. von Goldstein) to walk up to the alter to end the service with a very brief talk …..he always did… immaculately, striding forward in his three piece suit, oxfords and Head Master’s gown, he never failed us as we listened to his three minutes that consisted of a spectrum of thoughts, stories and events. The Brass hand grip on the Chapel door and more. What he ingrained in me was one of his impeccable sayings that resound in me every single day….. “ never ever forget young gentlemen… when you walk out of the gates of this great institution, always remember…You Are Ambassadors of Bishop Cotton School…”.
Vivek ( Bonnie ) Bhasin
.. hurting deep and hard that my Class of 1970 will not make it to School this year to celebrate our Golden Anniversary. Deep and hard and heart breaking…
BCS Founder’s Day
Year Unknown [between 1964~1976?]
Dr. Y. S. Parmar [first CM of Himachal Pradesh] meeting BCS Staff.
Seen in the photo [left to right]:
Dr. Parmar – Mr. Anil Chaudhary – Mrs. Chaudhary – Mr. Roshan Lal Vashisht – Mrs. Roshan Lal – Mr. Gauri Shankar [shaking hands with Dr. Parmar] – Mrs. Shankar – Mr. L.C. Tuli.
Photo sent by Rajiv Shankar -1962-1974 Curzon – [Mr. Gauri Shankar’s son]
This has now been finalised for the 150 yrs Founders Ball.
EVENT: 150YRS FOUNDERS BALL.
DATE: 2nd AUG 2009.
TIME: 8.00 PM ONWARDS
THE VIP AREA
THE CAPITAL LOUNGE & BAR
ASHOKA HOTEL. CHANAKAYAPURI. NEW DELHI.
COVER CHARGES: RS.1500 SINGLE RS.2500 COUPLE.
THIS INCLUDES GOOD FOOD, SCOTCH, BEER, JUICES, COCKTAILS & SNACKS.
Mr. Subash Chachra [OC] has got us these discounted rates.
Please write your cheques made out to OLD COTTONIANS ASSOCIATION (INDIA) and mail to
Mr. JASPAL SAWHNEY, 2nd floor, PVR PLAZA CINEMA CONAUGHT PLACE NEW DELHI.
Please make it convenient to send in your payments by 15th July 2009 to make easier for making the necessary arrangements at the hotel.
Let us Cottonians make this event a success , with the maximum attendance.
The co-ordinating committee for the BCS Sesquicentennial has decided to hold a dinner and dance function in Delhi to coincide with the BCS Founders Day in July. However, the tentative date could be 1st Aug 2009 as 28th July will not be possible being a working day.
We would like the response of all OCs as to their interest in this function, so that we can plan accordingly.
This will be a per head paid function.
Please do respond to let us know who all are keen to attend.
VIJAY SINGH (KUTTU)