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More sad shocking news – our dear Partap Grewal no more

Email from Surinderjit Singh to Vijay Khurana:

This is Surinderjit Sohi, Partap Grewal‘s nephew. I’m sorry to inform you that Partap Chachaji passed away on Dec 2nd 2020 at 11:30pm. He passed away due to complications with Covid-19. I have arranged for his funeral on, Wednesday Dec 9th 2020. The funeral home will provide me a link that I will provide you with, so that Partap Chachaji’s friends can remotely attend the funeral. Can you please send me your cell phone number so that I can provide you with the link and can you also inform Partap Chachajis other friends about this?

Sincerely
Surinderjit Sohi


Dear Surinderjit,

Thank you for your email.

This is shocking news. May he now rest in peace and it leaves his friends heart broken and hurt by this sad message.

Partap had sent Gurcharan Singh Anand and me almost identical messages about the presence of Covid cases in the institution that he was in followed one last message that the pathogen had infected him as well. After that message on November 21,2020 there was absolute silence and just last evening I sent a mail to Stephanie Karpatia (Revera Living & Long Term Care Centre) enquiring about Partap. Your message was an unexpected and distressful blow, to say the least.

I am endorsing this mail to his friends from School and their number is large which will indicate the wide circle of well wishers he had, most of them for well over 50 years.

I await your inputs. My thanks

My kind regards

Sincerely

Vijay Khurana


Very Sad News

Pratap would call me maybe once a year and we had some nice chats about School . About his own ailments and we used to compare Sweden and Canada (As these countries have lots in Common )

RIP Pratap -We shall always remember you

Regards

Sudhir [Kashyap]


This is indeed very sad news.
I had visited Partap 4 years back in his hospice, and he was being well taken care of; though he became a bit emotional when I was leaving.
Partap was a naturally talented sportsman. A fantastic hockey player, a solid long distance runner as he won the Under 15 marathon in 1961.
When the illness struck, he did not give up. Instead he migrated to Canada on a wheelchair, learnt computer science and started working. He was with IBM for some time. He told me that he had also worked in New York for a few years.
He had great determination and faced adversity head on and made a life for himself.
May his soul rest in peace.
SM Singh


Best Regards
SM Singh


“REUNIONS”

Came across this poem…. Thought I’d share it..

The heartthrob of the school,

is a man grim and sombre.

That lanky little girl,

is now a weightlifter.

The topper of the class,

is a happy homemaker.

Back bencher of the lot,

is an entrepreneur.

The flamboyant fashionista,

became a dreaded lawyer.

Oft ignored average Joe,

turned a well-known writer.

The one who failed math paper,

is a fashion designer,

And one who often got to stand outside the class, is a respected army officer.

The reunion taught me how,

people came with many layers,

and tell me why should we never,

judge a book by its cover.

Comment: We have seen our fair share of such situations.

Bittu Sahgal become an authority on animal conservation, especially the tiger, though he first started by selling Milton buckets and then entered the printing business!

R S Sodhi became a judge after he could no longer fly planes for the IAF !!

Brandy Gill a corporate honcho who brought Gillette to India (an interesting story there). Tennis, his BCS back ground and his qualifications as a chartered accountant got him there with the aid of a few good women!!

B M Singh, Chairman of the Central Board of Taxes, and his ability to handle people and situations – brilliantly !!

Rajive Sawhney, an ace lawyer he was determined to be. He wanted nothing else and he tore his heart out debating whenever he could. It began early.

CM Kohli, a real estate magnate and smoked every one else out of business !

SM Singh, a brilliant entrepreneur who otherwise was the quietest guy around

N K Akers, a hospitality expert and that affable temperament that fit perfectly. He resides in Cairo and has been there for over 30 years now.

Vinod Pawa, a university professor. Actually that capability would have fit anywhere and done exceptionally well.

Param Inder Singh, vastly successful inventor and entrepreneur in the field medical devices business while he first set out to become an aeronautical engineer

Guljit Kochhar, an expert in the plastic moulding business expanded into plastic products. He currently employs 700 people !! He got into the game only because a programme coordinator suggest he take a trip to see some other parts of the US during a college break !!

Mohit Goyal, became an IT entrepreneur when he flipped a job advertisement page that his father sent him and was attracted to what IBM had to offer on the other side of the sheet !!

Also remember those with warmth and feeling who never really entered life or reached their full potential. Shiv Raj Singh, who died of an anaphylactic shock from an injection straight after school or Ashok Dina Nath in a tragic road accident. May they rest in peace. In a lot of other cases Fate just did not carry them to the destiny that may have awaited them !!

There are so many more. The names listed above are suggestive based on a spontaneous listing and certainly not exhaustive.

Warmly
Vijay [Khurana], BCS class of 1962.