"Just One Person"
By Dhruv Guleria
U VI H ( Headboy)
Few days back, I was assigned the task to help and guide parents who had come along with newly admitted children. I spoke to almost every parent who had come and noticed that each one of them was determined to get all the things done in the right way for their kids. It made me think, why were they so determined, eager and keen to do all that? It did not take me long to find the answer. It was because they think that this hilltop would bring about a major difference in their child’s life.
I believe, every parent for that matter has sent their child here, assuming the same thing. I want all of us to just think whether we are living up to our parents’ expectations and the expectations of our school. Most of all whether we are living up to our own expectations or not. Just stop and think whether whatever we do is right or not. And if in any case the answer to these questions is no, then it is time to pause, analyze and initiate change.
Some people do realize what is wrong and what is right but only knowing what to change is not good enough, one has got to be it. I know that by this time, ‘be the change you want to see’ has been heard by you a zillion times but then I guess it is worth repeating a zillion more times because it is straight and simple.
One person alone cannot change this incredibly huge school and certainly not this humungous world but one person can certainly initiate the process of change.
Sanawar has been as strong and as tall as ever for all these 168 years because it has been subjected to change time and again. One person can certainly influence masses towards good and not dead habit. One person can be the difference. ‘Just one Person’. I think all of us should strive to be that one human. Sanawar has given us the strong values and opportunities to initiate the required change in our society.
Presently this world is suffering a lot due to a bucket list of reasons. There are people in need, people with no shelter, people with no food, people suffering from terrible diseases. I know we cannot help each and every one of them, but whoever we can, we should. When we understand that God is one and there is only one religion called humanity, only then can we be called humans. Albert Einstein once said ‘We receive a lot from the society and hence in our lives we should give back at least the equivalent.
’ We are grateful to Sanawar, our Alma Mater, for inculcating the strong values in us and providing endless opportunities to initiate the required change in our society. To quote Buddha, ‘It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.’
Sanawar News: Sanaabi Thingbaijam of U IV(VGD) participated in the South Asian World Karate Competition held in Chennai from 20 - 30th Dec. 2015.
About 1500 people took part in this event from across the world. From among seventy participants in her category ( U-13) Sanaabi bagged Gold Medal in Kumite (fight) and Bronze Medal in Kata (Demonstration)
Heartiest Congratulations Sanaabi!
Sanawar News: DSL-Mathematics Olympiad-2015 were held in Sanawar and fourteen students qualified for the 2nd Round.
After the Second Round three students were placed in top 50 Rank at All India level in their age group and were awarded with a gift hamper of Rs. 5000 each.
They are Shaurya Gupta U IV , Puru Manjrey L IV and Abhijeet Kumar U IV all from Vindhya House.
Satvik Narula of Lower IV (NBD) got 2nd Rank ( for second year in succession ) at All India level in his age group and has been awarded with a medal and Scholarship worth Rs. 5,00,000/- ( to be given in four yearly installments of Rs. 1,75,000/- each)
Heartiest Congratulations Sativik, Shaurya, Puru and Abhijeet
Keith Anil Manley, Himalaya house, batch of 1965 passed away in Birmingham on Saturday 6th February 2016.
Sincere condolences to his wife Andy, sister Tina and all the family.
May his soul rest in peace.
He was a thorough gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him.
Aruna Mongia, nee Sharma
Heartfelt condolences to his family from the OS Family.
Remembering Anil Keith Manley
By Amar Talwar (OS66)
Looks like i am on track to losing yet another childhood friend.
After Gurjit (Chima) in 2000 and Rajan (Bhatia) only a few months back, i hear that Anil (Manley) is on his way to bidding us a final goodbye...his totally broken sister, Tina told me last night that he has stopped reponding and is in hospital (in England) and that he is not going to come out of this.
In fact i'm wondering if it's not already all over, because i woke up this morning to find 2 missed calls from her, 3am her time...why else would she call at that hour? Now, understandably, she's uncontactable.
Anil and i go back a long time - almost as long as Rajan and i did: childhood in Jalandar, then boarding school in Sanawar followed by college at St. Sephens'. In fact, uncannily enough, i share this Jallandar-Sanawar-Stephens' sequence of our growing up years with ALL THREE OF THEM...Rajan, Anil and Gurjit...
Anil was my 'Elvis Buddy' (Just as Rajan was my 'Beatles Buddy' and Gurjit my 'Stones-Beatles-60s Music-BBC Top-of-the-Pops Buddy') and he had a fab and rare collection of Early-Elvis albums that we'd listen to together on Sundays at his home in Sanawar (his father was the school's Bursar in our senior years) while his mom, Aunty Tutu, baked and roasted and cooked the most delicious treats for this perpetually 'starving' Sanawarian.
Anil was diagnosed with MS in the late 80's / early 90's and since then, ofcourse, his physical condition has been steadily deteriorating - but his spirit's never flagged nor faltered. He always remained cheerful and maintained a positive frame of mind, inspite of everything, which has been such a lesson for all of us who have known him closely.
His wonderful wife Andy (also an Old Sanawarian) who has stood by him through thick and through thin, their children Nicola and Neil and their families, and Anil's lovely sister Tina, who i have known, like, forever, are in need of strength. I hope they find it soon. I am sure they will.
Thankfully, Anil is not in pain.
Still missing you, buddy...each time an Elvis song played on my iPod song shuffle today, as a flew from Pune to Delhi, it took me back to you and Sanawar and Simla and Aunty's chocolate fudge and moringues and waffles and...
But you are at peace now...hi to Uncle and Aunty and Gurjit and Rajan and...see you sometime, i guess :)
It is with profound grief that we mourn the passing away of one of our batchmates, Ashok Saxena, Vindhya, 67 passed way on 4 Mar 2016. Just a few days ago we had met for lunch at Sandeep Mani's get together. An extremely fun loving person, with a smile on his face, we remember him as the Official School Bugler. Here he is giving the Last Bugle call at Sandeep’s home.
We will miss him dearly.
By Pradeep Sharma (OS67)
Ashok as a classmate and shall be missed greatly by us all. His passing was sudden and took us by surprise! Having known him since 1960, it , he had displayed a will of his own, to live on his own terms. Small annectodes of school days bear testimony to this and to his spirit of "Never Say Die". As a youngster, he was a great fan of Marlon Brando. One fine Sunday morning as we awoke from our balcony( in summers we were permitted to sleep there) I found him rubbing his chin against the railing repeatedly, I asked him what he was upto and the reply had me laughing. We had just seen the movie" Ugly American", Saxy as he was popularly known replied;" I want a jaw line like Marlon Brando's and this is how to get one!
A wire spirited young boy, he was famous for the "Rouser" to which we woke up each morning, fond of music, he was part of the school band and had us all up and about through our entire shool days. His spirit as I was tallking about is further evidenced by the following:
We were punished and made to run down to Barnes, Saxy was singing "Tom Dooly" another movie we had just seen, he fell and broke his arm, continued to sing and asked for help!!
After school, Saxy was commisioned into 6/5 Gorkha Rifles, as a young Captain, he disagreed with some seniors and resigned!Was later assigned the post of the Secretary Sainik Welfare Board from where he superannuated , a position he held for long years and used to do yeomens service for the Service community and is fondly remembered till date.
My Father was admitted at Army Base hospital Bengduby in 2004 and who do I meet? Saxy of course! he had broken a few ribbs, his leg, his spleen and God alone knows what else, had a smoke in his mouth a he narrated his episodes and encounters with accidents and told me that he was advised by Doctors not to smoke, but what the hell..! He left the hospital against the Doctors advice if I recall correctly!
We last met at the Class get together at Chandigarh, he was as cocky and spirited as ever. I had him put up in the Army mess as per his request. Accompanied by his daughter, all of them are OS by the way, charming and graceful as Sanawar girls are, each of them reflect his spirit in their own way and he was proud of them all.
The night he passed away was preceded with a get together, where as usual, he had his drink, his smoke and played the " Rouser" enthralling all present with his old touch of the bugle call and notes I am sure. Perhaps Frank Sinatra sang " I lived it my way" only for Saxy!!
Saxy shall be missed by us all, his spirit will live on forever. The class of "67 wishes the departed soul peace and prays for strength to the Family to bear the loss.
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