Brig Kohli’s daughter, Sheela, sent in a photograph [taken at Nathu La in 1965] of her father a year since he passed on at the age of 99
I and my brother Mark were among the batch of boys from England who came out to India after the fall of France in WW2 and spent most of the war years at BCS. My other younger brother Colin started at the prep school and later moved up to BCS. I started in the Headmaster’s House and later moved to Aicheson (?) House near the school gate but I do not remember which school house I was in.. I have lots of wonderful memories, most of them naughty, like climbing over the barbed wire fence to raid bhuttas from the fields below the school. We roasted them in the school boiler. We made strings for our kites by crushing bottles in tin cans and gluing the powder onto the kite strings with flour paste so that they would cut the strings of other kites.. We also made catapults from tyre rubber and tried to shoot flying “sqiggies”, never successively! But I was also given a love for classical music by seeing Disney’s “Fantasia” at the cinema near the Mall and got some good Cambridge School Certificate results which later enabled me to become a Naval Architect but I became a Christian at Glasgow university and later spent many years in Japan trying to tell the folk there about God’s love.
Hope you doing well!
This would be my 1st mail to you. It’s been 16 years since my batch and I, have passed out of school and life has taken us to various places.
My batch created a small whatsapp group, so that we can all be in touch. This year has been hard for most of us. Some of my friends lost their jobs, while others were sitting at home getting low pay or no pay.
Since, most of my batchmates were undergoing stress, Amos (Ibbetson), Parmeet (Curzon) and I, took an initiative of asking my schoolmates about their best memories at school and how life been after school.
We were lucky enough to get some responses, I am assertive that we would get more responses of my batchmates and uplift their confidence.
I thought of sharing some clips of them, for people who chose to send their clips.
I hope that you would like the glimpse of these nostalgic videos.
Batch of 2004
Bishop Cotton School
Sharing some images I have with me.
From my dad Ravi Charanji 69 and me Rohan Charanji 06
Thanks and be well
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Only a few, very few, OCs send in their writings or stories or school-time memories. You can access the full list that already exists on the OCA Website via this link.
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Now more than ever before, due to the restricted lifestyle in the times of COVID19, would be a great time to enrich lives with your contribution.
Send in a piece of writing or verse, a memory from your school days, a photograph or two, a sketch/painting, a piece of your own recorded music, lyrics that you wrote, a link to a documentary or video clip that you have already shared on YouTube or elsewhere. As long as this material is free of copyright, is actually owned by you, or that you have permission to share it. We reserve the right to publish or not to publish without assigning a reason, to edit or moderate, to delete or refuse any which is inappropriate / contains nudity / is racist in nature / abusive. Thank you.
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