Culinary Journey of Amrita Saluja Raichand (OS95)
In a small town in Bihar ( now Jharkhand) when I cooked my first meal at home for my mom, I was all of 8 yrs old, little did I know then that I will be a chef one day.
At Sanawar I was recognized as the best in my home-science class. I never imagined that one day I will be recognised as one of the best amongst my fraternity of chefs in the country. Believe me if I did, I would have happily forgone my further studies after school in subjects I had little or no interest in and would've pursued a course in Culinary Arts.
Well there was another reason …I'll tell u a little secret about myself!
I was a bit shallow! I wasn’t keen on working behind the counter in a hot kitchen for the entire day for a living. This was definitely not my cup of tea, so I didn't take it seriously. I used my cooking skills to impress friends and family but for a career I choose modelling and acting or should I put it this way, acting chose me.
Assignments started falling on my lap when I moved to Mumbai with my family and I started loving every aspect of acting. Remember I told you I am a bit shallow. I enjoyed the arc lights..the adulation..and the admiration that I garnered within a few years of endorsing over 100 products, like Whirlpool Home Appliances, Ponds, Pepsodent, Dabur, Maggi. I loved my life and my job! Being someone who hated routine, this was just perfect for me, there were days when I would be working for 18 hours and on other days none, I did exactly what I felt like and loved being called the Queen of advertising.
Then as happens in life with most models I went on to do some shows on TV, a few films here and there but nothing much to tom tom about. The shallow me only liked being the Best and anything less than that didn’t excite me.
Well things changed when my son, Agastya was born! Acting starting taking a back seat and "mommy hood" took over. And when the weaning started, from cooking to impress, I suddenly started cooking to nourish and that too for my own baby. I had played mum to a zillion kids but this was my own. "Real" stuff was scary and made me realise that "acting" mum was far easier than "being" one.
Well not one to Give in easily (yes Sna' taught me well) I decided to take the challenge head on! Slowly and slowly I started creating magic at home with my baby's food! As he kept growing older and healthier, I started discovering new joys of cooking. I would give regular mundane meals some new twists and make them exciting enough for my baby to gobble it up while he was completely oblivious to the fact that it had some veggies he disliked most.
One day, the famous Chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, who is also a good friend came over to my place with his wife. He was about to launch his Channel dedicated to only food. When he tasted the exciting food I was making for my son, he said why not do this on a show on his channel! I was a bit reluctant as acting on tv versus cooking on tv were two very different things and I wasn't sure I could master the latter! However after much persuasion I finally agreed, we decided to name it "Mummy Ka Magic" after the very popular tag line of my whirlpool ads that had turned me into a household name.
Well that marked the birth of Amrita Raichand, the chef! My show went on to become and continues to be one of the number one rated shows on the channel. For the 1st time I got to be "ME" on screen.. For the 1st time I realised that my passion for cooking can be glamorous too.
For the 1st time I realised that I loved routine, for the 1st time I realised that after being the Queen of advertising I now wanted to be known as the Queen of Cooking!
So here I am a small town girl, who went to Sna and got the exposure of a lifetime. Sna was truly instrumental in building my foundation! From an insecure girl to a confident one who went out in the world and made a small little niche for herself.. She Never Gave in and by the grace of God, Never Will!!!
Kabir Mehta (OS2008) ,won the award for best film at the 29th European Media Art Festival for his film titled, 'Sadhu In Bombay'.
Kabir, an independent filmmaker, is the first Indian to win this award in nearly ten years.
A real compliment on Facebook from Kevin.B.Lee. an expert filmmaker ,film critic ,film Video essayist ,.makes us proud .
Congratulations from the OS Fraternity.
Magical Moments with Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
We at Salaam Baalak Trust experienced some magical moments
when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to our boys shelter home on the 12th of April 2016
The British High Commission in Delhi informed us that the Royal family would like to visit a NGO in Delhi and that Salam Balak Trust was a perfect fit as we focus on mental health and children.
We were just delighted !!
The Duke and Duchess spent an hour with the children at the paharganj centre – the SBT kids were fascinated by them.
They sat on the ground and played carom /Lego and did some painting. The Duke and Duchess also spoke with the children and asked about their experience in life - what they want to do when they grow up.
I am also proud to mention that we have 6 children boys and girls from Salaam Balak Trust shelter homes studying in Sanawar.
Coordinator- Resource Mobilisation
Salaam Baalak Trust - Delhi
Report on the OS Reunion held in London
Sunday 15th May 2016
We held our 16th reunion on Sunday 15th May at the Gaylord Restaurant in central London.
It was a lovely sunny day in London. The venue turned out to be a good one, the food was good, and the attendance too was good this year - a total of 54.
We had two special guests:
First, Sir Henry Lawrence, 7th Baronet (7th descendant of our Founder), who was presented with a Coffee Table Book on Sanawar, sent to him by Ms. Shonu Mukherji last year, on behalf of the school, but as he was unable to attend last year we presented it to him this year. He was very pleased to receive the book. He has sent a note of thanks to Ms. Mukherji and hopes to visit Sanawar soon.
And Second, John Orr, an alumnus of Foyle College, Ireland, where our Founder Sir Henry Lawrence and his brothers went to school. John too was presented with a coffee table book of Sanawar, sent by Prabhsharan Singh Kang, for Foyle College. The Sanawar book will be a major source of information for the history of Foyle College and a book that they are writing. John Orr is also writing a book on the Lawrence brothers of India.
Also present at the reunion, was Jitender Singh Chandel, our OSS President. We thank him for making the effort to attend our reunion again this year.
Sadly, George Browne, our most senior member, was unable to attend as he had not fully recovered yet. He sent his best wishes for the reunion and hopes he will attend next year. George, you were missed you!
We had a good representation of all years from the 1940’s to 2000, but a distinct absence of OS from 2001 to 2015. It would be nice to have some younger OS attend in the future. Occasionally the younger ones have turned up, but it would make a huge difference to our reunions if they made a more regular appearance. They would be very welcome.
So, another reunion over, and I don’t know how long I can carry on ……….
I’m hoping to pass on the baton to someone younge r soon.
Looking forward to seeing many more OS at the next reunion on Sunday 21st May 2017
Aruna (Sharma) Mongia
Junior MUN (Model United Nation) was held at Sela Qui International School, Dehradun on 23rd - 24th April, 2016. A total of 11 schools participated.
Participating students were assigned various countries. Sanawar represented Russia, Egypt and Angola.
8 students from Sanawar took part.
Tushar Nandi , HBD- X, as a delegate of Russia was awarded the Best Delegate in Security Council.
Akshita Kaushik, VGD-IX, as a delegate of Russia was awarded the outstanding delegate in United Nation Environment Programme.
Nitya Khanna, VGD-IX, as a delegate of Angola and Rivaan Singh, HBJ-IX, as a Delegate of Egypt were awarded Special mention in their Committee of Human Rights Council.
Congratulations to the winners
Girls U-14 Category:
a. Total Teams Participated : 08
b. Sanawar Result: Sanawar Girls U-14 Team won the tournament with winning all the league matches :
i. 1st match won against YPS Mohali by 20-10.
ii. 2nd match won against Strawberry Field by 22-16.
iii. 3rd match won against MNSS Rai by 26-12.
iv. Semifinal won against Welham Girls by 23-16.
v. Final match won against Pinegrove by 24-17.
c. Gold Medals for the team:
d. Individual Award: Simrina Loona was declared as the Highest Scorer of the Tournament.
Well Done Sanawar!
T20 Cricket Tournament BCS Shimla
Result of Major RK Von Goldstein Memorial T-20 Cricket Tournament-2016 for Sr. Boys, Organised By: BCS, Shimla from 5th to 7th May.
1. Total Teams Participated: 06 teams (BCS, Sanawar, Vasant Valley, Vivek High-Chd, DPS-Solan & Pinegrove School). Tournament was played on the basis of round robin league.
2. League Match Result: Sanawar won 03 league matches against DPS Solan, Vivek High & Vasant Valley Schools. 01 league match was not played v/s Pinegrove.
3. Final Result: Sanawar won the Runners-Up trophy by losing the final match to Pinegrove School in SUPER OVER as match was drawn on last ball by Gaurav Yadav (class 8th) by
hitting a SIXER.
1 ADIT RAAJ GUPTA SHB 12 B
2 ANJANEY SAHNI VBS 11 D
3 ARUNODAYA ROHTA SBJ 12 B
4 GAURAV Yadav HBJ 8 D
5 HIMESH ROHATGI VBS 12 C
6 JAPKIRAT KHURANA HBS 11 C
7 KARTIK VERMA SBS 11 B - Man of the Match vs DPS Solan, HP
8 MEHUL JAKHAR VBS 11 D
9 NIKUNJ AGARWAL VBS 11 D
10 PARTH MEHTA NBS 11 C
11 PRANAV PANDOH SBS 11 C
12 RUSHIL NEGI HBS 12 B - Man of the Match vs Vasant Valley, Delhi
13 SABHYA VERMA SBS 11 C
14 SIDAQ SINGH GULATI NBS 11 B - Man of the Match vs Vivek High, CDG
15 YUVRAJ S NUGHAAL VBJ 9 D
Regret to inform you of the passing away of my batchmate Mr. Karamjit Singh Kamboj who was in Sanawar from 1949 to 1954 .
Karamjit had Hepatitis-B for the past six years which was under control. But suddenly his BP went very high and he had brain hemorrhage and passed away in the Hospital on March 21, 2016 in the presence of his family.
He is survived by his wife Charanjit Kaur , son Brig Rupinder Singh and daughters Monica and Brinder
My deep & heart felt condolences to the family.
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