Some of the batch mates pen their thoughts on their reunion
‘93’ is no more a mere number for us !! Two successive reunions (Chandigarh and Sanawar) and an evident craving for more, only exhibits the warmth of our days spent in School !!
‘93’ is a symbol of togetherness, warmth, khup and partying hard !! Never knew that just two digits would one day symbolise feelings and character of around 80 odd people !!! Love you all and would always cherish every single moment of togetherness whilst looking forward for many more !!
Vijay Tiwari VBD
Left off as teenagers
Met again as mid agers
The passage of time undeterred….
Childhood friendships revered..
Walking down the memory lane …
All the sleepless nights did drive us insane …
A huge round of applause for the organisers
Who did a fabulous job with a great cause …
Lots of love to you all
Till we meet and relive it all..
Namrata Sood VGD
It was great to finally connect with you all. Special thanks to Bhattal, Kewal ,Suvi , Fox and Boozie .I spent my wonder years in this great school form 2 to upper 4 . Five wonderful years . I left but , always wanted to come back to the rain on the tin roof . There was an emotional void in me. After 25 years seeing you all, the memories came back in flashes ,Quite emotional for me. I needed to see my childhood friends again ,I am good now . It was great creating khup with you Pom Pom , Guri ,Sangha , Balta , Vig and all of you. Let the khup allways be with you . Bashing on regardless .Lot’s of Love Himmat Nakai NBD
It’s so unique and special to come together for the most memorable few days of laughter, dancing and crazy times of our lives.
It’s never enough
Thank you Subil, Kewal and Sodhi for your warm hearts and supreme generosity..
We will send a thank you something for Chawla and his wife ..
Lots of love to all forever and ever …
Natasha Chaudhri VGD
Though it’s be longer than 25 years since I left Sanawar. I thank the batch of ’93 that reconnected with me to be a part of the silver jubilee celebrations.
I guess once a part of this institution you are always a part of it. This batch that came together from ends of the earth to celebrate the occasion. An awesome gathering of great friends with memories that go back 3 decades. Thank you all for a truly memorable trip back to Sanawar. Cheers!!
Angad Kalaan VBD
I cannot formulate an expression using tangible words in any language that would even begin to express how much I enjoyed our 25th reunion. But, thank you to everybody who helped organise the get together in Delhi and in Chandigarh. And a huge thank you to all those who turned up for the reunion. You made the experience truly memorable. Do give a shout if you happen to visit this part of the world.
Manmeet Poonia VBD
By Feroze Dhanoa(VGD ‘10)
OS East Coast Chapter Gets New Leadership, Direction At Colorful Manhattan Reunion
About 100 people, 71 of whom were Old Sanawarians of all ages, came together to start something new and reminisce about the old school days.
Just under two weeks before Sanawar celebrated its 171st Founder’s Day, Old Sanawarians from across the east coast gathered in midtown Manhattan for a reunion that saw the solidifying of the region’s official chapter.
The mood was energetic as over 100 people — Old Sanawarians and their family members — gathered at the Delhi Art Gallery located inside Manhattan’s Fuller Building. The OS represented all generations of the school’s history but were united by a desire to bond with their fellow school alumni, give back to the best school of all and share in the good old memories that even tapped into taste buds.
Food for the event was catered by Navjot Arora (HBD ‘86), who owns three restaurants in the tri-state area (two in Westchester County and one in New York City). Part of the food spread at the event was bun-sums, a Sanawar classic.
“The one thing that they really wanted to have was the bun samosas and the bun tikkis,” Arora said.
New Chapter Head Chosen
Among the high energy and nostalgic food, people connected with their batchmates, even with those older and younger than them and appreciated the good that can come out of the formation of this new chapter.
Anupma Sethi (HGD ‘59) said the revival of the east coast unit was “absolutely great” and “wonderful.”
Vasant Dhar (NBD ‘72), who teaches at New York University, said there isn’t really much of an OS scene in the tri-state area but he was pleased to see the turnout at the Manhattan event.
“I can see that the new OS society leadership is trying to create a community,” Dhar said, adding that it was a good thing.
The senior most Old Sanawarian in attendance, Gurdev S. Purewal (NBD ‘55), who has lived in the Pittsburgh-area for 43 years and works as an orthopedic surgeon, said it was his first time attending a OS get-together in the area.
“I met some of my friends over here and some of the children of my friends and that was really nice to talk to them,” Purewal said.
Purewal said the older O.S. settled in the region could help the younger generation find their feet. He also said he spoke to the headmaster, Mr. Vinay Pande, about forming an endowment fund for the school.
At the event, it was announced that KumKum Bhasin (HGD 67) would be the new head of the OS east coast chapter. Bhasin will be working closely with Sunil Verma (HBD ‘80) and Bhanu Virmani (VBD ‘82) to organize the chapter.
In a prepared speech accepting the nomination, Bhasin said she had three requests: that a specific day be chosen to have a yearly reunion on the east coast, that people respond to emails that will be sent out on mentoring and collaboration efforts and that the attendees continue to reminisce about school days.
“We are all Alums but we are also strangers- however dynamic information that encourages mentoring and collaborating will make us a live community with an understanding of loyalty to each other and respect for each other’s time,” Bhasin wrote in her speech. “We will mentor juniors, children, family members of OS.”
Pande, who attended the Manhattan event after engagements in Montreal and Toronto, gave a speech that left attendees hopeful about the direction the school was taking. Pande said he is a firm believer of traditions but also acknowledged that things need to change and academic results cannot just be ignored.
“Those things which identify Sanawar, which one feels is necessary for a person to inculcate good values, I think they’ll never change,” Pande said.
The headmaster cited some of the changes he has brought about at the school; moving the 15th of August celebration from Birdwood to Peacestead, moving the girls’ squad at the Founder’s Day NCC parade from the fourth to the second position among the four squads (part of his push to bring girls and boys at par across all fields) and introducing an annual Holi celebration.
“I am a risk-taker but a calculated risk-taker,” Pande said of his decision to the move the Independence Day celebration to Peacestead.
Pande also said he had secured the school board’s approval to bring the girl-boy ratio at the school to 50-50. As it currently stands, the ratio is 65-35 in favor of boys, he said. To accommodate the larger number of girls, Pande said a new girls dormitory has to be built and the school will need funding to realize the project.
Pande said he had been under the impression that old Sanawarians don’t want to give back to the school but he said he now knows that isn’t the case. Rather, it’s that there had been a disconnect between the school and the OS community.
But he said that it wasn’t just monetary donations the school was looking for but help in any form that OS could offer.
“I am just asking all of you to be with the school in whichever way you think you can help,” he said.
By Kanwar Dhindsa(VBD ’99)
All Aboard The “Challenge” !
Dinner and Dance Cruise on 22nd September 2018
Toronto officially became a chapter this summer, there was much to celebrate. With Heady’s first visit to Canada, we were ready for the second reunion of the year, thanks to our enthusiastic chapter coordinator, Anjum Siddiqui (NGD ’87).
An extraordinary evening was planned for the celebrations as we chartered a sailboat, and exclusive souvenirs were created for the meetup. The event initially seemed like an ambitious experiment to many, but closer to the date we were completely sold out with 70 people including OS and family, and Heady on the sailboat. A big salute to the two out-of-towners, Raj Bans (VGD ’82) who had made a special trip from Montreal with her son, and to Sanil Juneja (VBD ’00), who had come with his wife and kids from Windsor and made a weekend of it in Toronto.
Heady, Mr. Vinay Pande, too had a hectic weekend! He flew in that afternoon from Montreal after attending the Round Square Conference. We received him at the airport and duly reached him to his host Jhujhar Mangat (HBD’00).
It was officially the first day of fall and there was a chill in the air, but we were also blessed with clear skies and crisp evening sunshine. We sailed towards the orange sky, with its beautiful reflection in the water and the breath-taking backdrop of the Toronto skyline. Everyone quietly observed the spectacular views as we listened to Heady’s speech. As it grew dark, the lights of downtown and an almost full moon illuminated over the water, champagne was popped and we all raised a toast to Heady and Sanawar. A new era with a stronger international presence was being unveiled for Sanawar.
The party took off with a bang as the bar was finally thrown open. The upper deck of the sailboat was perfect for those willing to embrace the fall weather, while the lower level was mostly dominated by the OS kids, who loving their little pirate gifts complete with eye patch and earrings, (courtesy the organisers) and ran around brandishing their plastic swords yelling “shiver me timbers!!!” – They were pirates on a real ship, couldn’t get any better!
The upper deck adjoining the bar was transformed into the dance floor for the evening as the DJ played some wonderful numbers. A few of us took to the dance floor on catchy Bhangra beats while rest were busy mingling. Many stories were swapped—of relocating to foreign lands and memories of the Sanawar of our youth.
There was a beeline to meet Heady, either to reconnect with him or to get to know him better. Dr. Nazli Siddiqui, fondly remembered as Docy, was the other guest of honour, and she too was busy reconnecting with her admirers.
The action continued with a busy bar and free-flowing kabobs, salsa and cheese platters. A delicious continental dinner was laid out on the lower deck, followed by an assorted pastries selection for desserts followed by tea and coffee, for those willing to tear themselves away from the bar Eventually everyone found their way down to the food counters.
All too soon we had docked—the evening seemed very short or perhaps we were just having such a great time. Many refused to leave or have the party end so soon. So the celebration was moved to a brewery nearby called ‘Amsterdam on the water’. But let the name not fool you—there was nothing Amsterdam about it! There was Heady at the big table, people were having their last drinks, and gradually the crowd dispersed. The thank yous and goodbyes took forever as there was always one last story or joke to share!
It was an extraordinary evening as everyone reconnected with each other and were touched once more, by Sanawar, that most fascinating chapter of our lives. It was more than a perfect evening for any Sanawarian at the other end of the globe.
By Mrinalini Watson(OS76)
Bunsums and Hodsons made memories and reconnections! On Saturday,15 September 2018 , sixty-one of us met for lunch at the Urban Spice restaurant in Newark, California—forty-seven OS and fourteen significant others (including four children). OS had flown in from Seattle, Washington D.C., Boston and Atlanta to attend the West Coast chapter reunion. The excitement was palpable and the sound of OS voices got louder and louder as the afternoon progressed.
The gathering was an informal California-style get together where we relived our Sanawarian days while establishing connections for the future. Kumkum Bhasin, (HGD’67) emphasized in her speech that it is important to establish a strong OS network so that we can mentor younger OS and also respectfully reach out to each other.
Our thanks to Harry Gill (V82) for surveying the OS, Alok Bal (SBD’80) for setting up the location, Kumkum for being the driving force behind the organization committee and for personally encouraging so many OS to attend, Neela (Deva) Paniz (NGD’63) for making the baskets that we raffled, and the rest of the organization committee for their work in planning the event. We were able to collect $200 that will be sent as a donation for the school.
Kudos to the batch of 95, for showing up in full force. Our senior-most OS was Rajinder (Bhasin) Sahani, (NGD’59) and the junior-most, Saishruti Mutneja, (HGD’12). The 1970s had the weakest representation. Maybe whispers of next year’s reunion being in Las Vegas will draw out a few more of us from the ‘70s batches.
Congratulations to Jaspi Sandhu (NBD’80) on becoming the West Coast Chapter Coordinator!
Dear Parents and Old Sanawarians,
In my previous letter I had shared with you all the reconstruction / renovation work under progress. I am happy to report that the new toilets for PD boys and girls near their class rooms have been commissioned. Renovation of building number 31 (next to the tuck shop) has been completed. PD (Boys) outer toilets, Girls’ toilet and Staff toilets (Birdwood building) and BD night pans / wash rooms (all four Houses) have been renovated and commissioned.
The School is committed towards Staff professional development and two days oncampus workshop (July 22 and 23) saw the members of Teaching Staff, Hobbies Staff, Matrons and Administrative Heads engrossed in various activities and discussions revolving around team spirit, trust and excellence.
A follow up workshop on safety and security drills has been scheduled after Founder’s for all the Teaching and Hobbies Staff, Matrons, Administrative Staff and selected Support Staff. In addition to this we will also hold a workshop on ‘Etiquettes and Communication’ for Hobbies Staff, Matrons and Administrative Staff after Founder’s. I will be holding a workshop for our Teaching Staff on the topic ‘Theatre in Education’, highlighting importance and impact of various nuances of theatre in class room teaching.
The students enjoyed and benefitted from the ‘Safe Campus’ workshop held for all classes earlier in August. We are inviting Old Sanawarians from varied background to come to School and interact with the students and the staff. On August 5 the students were shown the movie ‘Soorma’ and what added to their delight was the presence of the Director of that movie Mr. Shaad Ali, who spent his formative years in Sanawar. Both the Prep School and the Senior School students engaged with him after the screening of the movie.
On 10th of August the well-known mountaineer and adventurer Mr. Ajeet Bajaj (OS Class of 1983 S) was in School and his presentation followed by an interaction was highly motivating. We intend to use Mr. Bajaj’s vast experience and expertise in the areas of mountaineering and adventure to make our camps and hikes and other adventure activities more challenging, meaningful and safer. We are also working on a plan to have a series of adventure activities during the long vacation period (summer and winter) leading up to our 175th year in 2022. One such expedition being planned for next summer vacation (2019) is an all girls’ expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro (highest mountain in Africa).
Sagat Shaunik (OS Class of 2009 N) interacted with L VI students on August 25. Sagat is an independent military history researcher and has authored many articles including his famous article on the ‘Battle of Basantar’ (1971) where nine Old Sanawarians were actively involved and seven of them won gallantry awards.
The Parent – Teacher meeting was held on September 1. I am slightly disappointed at the number of Parents who attended this PTM. While I am happy to see more and more Parents choosing School parties for their children, a larger attendance at the PTM is desirable. An interesting piece of fact and figures is that while 394 students went from School with School parties, only 197 students came back with School parties, the rest returning with their Parents. We will hope to see many more of you at the next PTM.
While the people in Kerala are fighting back to bring back normalcy after the devastating floods, the students and staff of the School are doing their bit to contribute towards the relief fund.
I have written to you all earlier about the need to re-visit and re-structure our annual School calendar. The reasons are many and I am summarizing a few of them below:
I am also sharing with you all the break-up for the entire year in terms of effective working days in School, holidays and other non-working days as being followed currently. I would like you all to send your views / suggestions on this issue for us to arrive at a revised calendar, focusing primarily on benefitting the students’ community. You may send your views / suggestions on the following email ID: email@example.com
You may use this email ID to send your views / suggestions on any other matter / issue as well. Your constructive feedback will help us to be better.
Caring and nurturing your children in School is a joint responsibility. Neither of us, we at the School or you as a parent, can shrug off our responsibility to ensure that they are looked after well, given the right values and motivated and supported to blossom into a well-rounded and well-grounded person. If either one of us takes this responsibility lightly, the child suffers. If we, as the School feel some issues need to be shared with you, the purpose is not to victimize the child but to find a solution together for the child’s benefit. Similarly if you have a concern / worry, share it with the concerned staff to work out a solution. Being aggressive, nasty or impolite does not help. Threatening a member of staff to take up the matter to the Headmaster is also not a nice way to deal with the problem. You are most welcome to bring the issue to my notice but not by threatening the staff.
The 21st Bhupinder Singh memorial inter-school soccer tournament concluded recently. The Sanawar team gave an exemplary display of stamina, skill and determination. In the finals we lost to our old rivals BCS, Shimla in penalty shootout. The Chief Guest for the final match was Col. Navjit Singh Sandhu (OS Class of 1991 N). Col. Sandhu has excelled and represented the country at the highest level in two vastly different and distinct equestrian disciplines, Show Jumping and Polo. His presence and words of wisdom were very inspiring.
Our Business Quiz teams are having a dream run. Since 2016 our School’s Business quiz teams have won seven inter-school quizzes, including our own Kirloskar Business Quiz (three in a row). The Chief Guest for this year’s Kirloskar Business Quiz was Mr. Karan Behal (OS Class of 2000 S) Founder & CEO, Pretty Secrets (MTC Ecom Pvt Ltd).
We are co-hosting (with Pinegrove School, Dharampur) IPSC U 17 Soccer tournament for boys. 23 teams are participating. It is the first time that an IPSC tournament is being co-hosted by two schools. Sanawar team played very well and made it to the quarter final stage where we lost to Lawrence School, Lovedale.
Founder’s preparation has begun. The campus is agog with the sound of the School band practicing, drama and dance practices picking up, NCC parade and PT practices gaining momentum and the Founder’s fever is catching up. We look forward to seeing you all on the 3rd and the 4th of October in School.
Refer Working days, holidays and vacations calendar for this year at the given link.
Vinay Pande September 12, 2018
By Harbans Nagpal (OS64)
The 18th annual OS Lunch in London was held on Saturday 19 May 2018, instead of the usual Sunday. This was also the first lunch organised by our new Chapter Head, young Richa Pathania Ranawat (HGD 2000). She took over from Aruna Mongia (née Sharma NGD 1967), who had been running the OS Reunion Lunches for the past17 years.
So, change was in the air. We arrived at the appointed restaurant, The Fable Bar and Restaurant, 52 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD, in the City of London and surprise, surprise! The restaurant was not an Indian restaurant, but a modern Italian restaurant serving international cuisine. The restaurant was on three levels, on the side of a bridge crossing another road. Our lunchroom was on the middle level of the three levels. To climb up you went through a dark, book lined staircase. When you arrived on the top of the staircase, you received a blast of light! The restaurant had floor to ceiling glass windows on three sides of the large space. Through these glass windows you could see blue sky above, the road below and tree branches at floor level. On the one closed side of this space was a long bar, with mirrors on the walls, reflecting back the light from the opposite side. The effect of all this light was to stun you awake, if you were at all sleepy.
As our eyes adjusted we made out Richa, smiling, dressed in a pink, lace dress. She welcomed us warmly, but you noticed a tinge of anxiety in her, at this first lunch she was arranging. Her vulnerability was moving. You wanted to hug her and tell her, Richa, your choice of restaurant is already wonderful. Do not worry; we will have a lovely afternoon.
And so we did. We first paid our dues, 35 pounds per head, instead of 25 pounds in previous years. But this included drinks at the bar, red and white wine with the meal, and this bright, spacious room just for us. The total number of attendees was 30, approximately the same as in some of the previous years. However, your reporter noticed a big change. There were very few Old Timers (OS who passed out before 1950, usually the old British crowd), very few Middle Timers (the 1950 to 2000 crowd) and many, many New Timers (the post 2000 millennials). So Richa had successfully mobilised a whole crowd of younger OS. However, no smart elderly Englishmen in Sanawar blazers and ties. No Hindi speaking Derek Boddington or Bob Massingham. Where were all the memsahibs, who knew dirty Hindi swear words? We want to tell them they were sorely missed. One of the charms of these lunches is to see three or four generations of Sanawarians, from the 1930s to the present day, all in one room.
Perhaps more surprising was the absence of an equally large number of Middle Timers (those who passed out between 1950 and 2000). None of the Usual Suspects: no Kadan brothers, no Head boy Katoch, No Bollywood Sikand, no smart middle aged ladies keeping their weight down with PT learned on Peacestead. Your Middle Timer reporter felt a pang of disappointment at not seeing his usual batch mates.
Absent also were long running celebrities who we had gotten used to seeing every year. No Sir Henry Lawrence with Banjo. No Isabelle Lawrence with Hollywood connections. No OS President from India bearing gifts for us from the School Tuck Shop.
We missed you all, but the show had to go on! And so it did. Early comers collected at the shining bar, where free drinks were being served by smart waiters with modern haircuts.
By 1 pm the full contingent had arrived and we were hungry. By 1.15 pm we were all seated on two long tables along one glass window. One table was entirely filled with New Timers. And on the other were seated the Old Timers and the Middle Timers, at opposite ends.
The waiters took our orders. There was a choice of first courses. Your reporter opted for a very large boiled potato in jacket, with butter and salt. There was some welcome salad on the plate. There was red and white wine to taste, which seemed to please many people. For the main course, there was a choice between chicken wings, lamb or salmon, with assorted vegetables or humus to accompany. The food was freshly prepared and served piping hot. It was tasty, wholesome and not too rich, allowing rotund guests to have dessert at the end.
At the Middle Timers’ end of the table, your reporter was seated with many old friends. First of all Anu Mongia with her husband Max Mongia, already known to us as the team that had been arranging these lunches for the last 17 years. They were enjoying a rest from their previous duties and helping Richa by keeping out of her way. Also at our table was Richa’s mother Mrs Malvika Pathania, a bright Himachal lady full of plans and conversation about her life in Dharamsala. She too was helping Richa by keeping out of her way. Richa herself was not keeping out of our way. She paid us at least three visits; to see if we were okay, if we were enjoying the food, if we wanted anything more. We were touched by her attention, making the meal that much more enjoyable.
Also at our table was Mrs Virinderjit Saini (HGD 1966). Virinderjit is a regular and we were pleased to see her again, cheerful, stylish, well dressed in white. She was present as an OS but had brought with her her young thirty something son, Parminder. Not Sanawar but Merchant Taylor school, Bollywood good looks, slightly bohemian style, hair curled behind his ears. Occupation? Judge. It made your reporter recoil with surprise and delight. But that is the kind of delight you come to these lunches for.
Also on our table were Karan Gupta (HBD 1996) and Hamir Ratanjé (SBD 1966). Hamir is a regular although he only did his middle years in Sanawar, before leaving with his family for Africa. But such was the effect of Sanawar that he comes often to these meetings.
A new comer to the meeting was Prosanto Das Gupta (NBD 1967), with his nice Punjabi wife Asha. They arrived from Paris by the Eurostar train, just in time for the main course. It was a surprise to know that Prosanto had been in Paris for the last 25 years, just like your reporter, but we had never met! Prosanto used to work for Alstom, a big French engineering company. He now has his own consultancy in Paris. We are going to meet often to make up for lost time.
Also on our table were Mrs Nina Jayaswal and her son Vikram Jayaswal, but not present was Subhash Jayaswal himself (SBD 1964), of your reporter’s batch. The story is sad. Subhash passed away about a month earlier. He was a friendly, modest man, active in the London OS chapter, helping with these lunches for example. Shortly after last year’s lunch he contracted a virulent form of Motor Neurone Disease and deteriorated physically, although he remained mentally sharp to the end. Your reporter was by his bedside with his family at his last breath. You never saw a man facing death with such dignity, calm and humour. Our school motto was mentioned with a smile just before his death.
At the end of the lunch, like every year, we remembered Sanawarians who had fallen since our last meeting. This year we stood in silence for Subhash Jayaswal and also for Ron Bailey and David Pott, two regular visitors to these lunches. We paid our respects to their memories and extended our condolences to their bereaved families, including Nina and Vikram there present.
At the other end of our long table were seated the Old Timers of pre 1950 vintage. We were pleased to see Betty Barfoot, (1945 Outram) faithfully present, but alas not with her husband David, also an OS. They are a lucky husband-wife team, enjoying Sanawar late into life. Although Betty did not mention it, we were happy to see she had recovered well from her leg operation. She brought two guests once again, David’s cousin Gay Niblett and his wife Christine, an Old Timer who did not go to Sanawar but to our arch rival school, BCS in Simla! We were pleased to see them again. Next on the table was another cousin, OS Mrs Mitzi Mckenzie née Webster (1945 Outram). She had brought with her her 7 year old granddaughter, Amayi. Amayi was a confident, posh-spoken black girl with fluent conversation. She liked school, especially science and maths, but thought she would rather be a pop star when she grew up. When you left Amayi you knew you had just spoken to a very special 7 year old girl, who one day would conquer the world. And Sanawar will have contributed in a small way through her grandmother Mitzi.
Between the two ends of this long table, appropriately between the Old Timers and the Middle Timers was seated James Coombes (1954 Nicholson). James was an English boy who stayed in Sanawar till 1954. He is a regular to our lunches and goes often to Sanawar. He has friends all over India. This year he was struggling with a bad hip and considering surgery. We wish him well and want to see him back again next year.
As we waited for the main course your reporter decided to change tables and try and speak to some of the happy New Timers on the other table. Richa and her supporting non Sanawarian husband, Abhimanyu were seated at the head of this table, with their well-behaved 11 year old daughter Bhavya. As they were just about to start their lunch, after taking care of all of us, your reporter found a place at the opposite end of the table. Where we met first of all a double Sanawarian husband and wife team Gurmehar and Jaspreet xxxx, both Nilagiri 1999. How lucky can you get! They were a thirty something year old couple, with their 4 year old daughter Tara. Jaspreet had shining dark eyes and was dressed in a short bright red dress, a splash of colour for which you felt grateful. Gurmehar was equally dashing, with hair parted in the middle and a friendly demeanour. Their story is instructive. Gurmehar had a background in finance, having been to business school in Chandigarh. He had then worked in India and then the couple had spent some years in America, including working for Goldman Sachs. But the family had returned to India a few years ago and he joined an international company (Arcadis) that builds and renovates properties in city centres all over the world. They were presently Delhi based but Gurmehar was on deputation in London to manage a project: renovating a skyscraper, which you could actually see from the restaurant we were sitting in. They had been in London for a year. Wife Jaspreet was naturally taken up with the 4 year old but she found time to work with an NGO called Focus that looked after expats in London. This was one story of globalised Indians. Right next to them was another: Dushant Ahuja (HBD 1997) and Sonali Ahuja, with their 7 year old son. MBAs, USA for four years, Hyderabad, and then London one year ago. And further up, Vikram Cheema, ex Headboy, working for Goldman Sachs in London; Akash Mohan (HBD 1992) an investment banker with Nomura, Komal Dhillon (SGD 2000) and Nazeer Datoobhoy (HBD 1991)
Your reporter was dazzled by this individual and collective achievement. Nearly all the people on this long table were in this league. It made you reflect on the world economy, on the people we produce in India and if Sanawar could be given credit for some of this success.
Such were our thoughts as we stood up at the end to sing the school song. Your reporter, usually sceptical of self-serving praise, began to think that maybe there was something to the way we had in Sanawar, that the truth we learned in the days of youth on the long Hodson Run did actually matter. Be that as it may, our New Timers were doing well, we had had a lovely lunch, and the show will go on again next year.
After the School Song, Aruna congratulated Richa on organising her first and very successful UK OS reunion and wished her all the best for the years ahead.
Next year’s lunch expected date: Sunday 19th May 2019
Photos of this year’s lunch attached.
Previous reports by Harbans Nagpal:
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013,
I used the occasion to put some order in all the reports and photos of the last 5 years (2013 – 2018). I have put them online and they can be seen through a link on Dropbox.
I thought it might be a good idea to put this link on the page with this year’s report, for people who want to see previous reports and photos of the OS London lunches. I get a few enquiries from people from all over the world every year. And it is a nice record to keep.
Varun SJB Rana H – 01
20th July 2018 marked the Third OS Nepal Chapter meet, though I would personally like to recognize it as an OS meet in Nepal, owing to the wonderful representation from our Indian counterparts and their families.
The support and representation from the OS Society Executive Members, has instilled a sense of undeniable Sanawarian brotherhood in our young chapter, and we are motivated to make this annual celebration of our alma mater, better and better every year. We recognize Mr. Vivek Mehra’s (LSS Board Member) kind words as he spoke to the gathering, and stated that such chapters not only strive to help sanawarians, but ‘Humanity’ as a whole. Maj.Gen. Kr Vijay S Lalotra (LSS Board Member) was very inspiring, when he shared with us, the vision of the ‘Sanawar Master Plan’. And we as a chapter would love to help in any way we can, in the achievement of the mentioned plan. It was a pleasure to have Mr. Jaideep Chandel, OS Secretary, who also shared the vision and purpose of the OS Society. Mr. Prabodh Shahi V-02, who in my opinion has been the sole beacon of light that has diligently brought the Nepal Chapter to a point where it is today. Least to say, the above mentioned gentlemen, were all accompanied by their better halves, and we could not be happier to have them with us.
The Nepal Chapter was happy to announce the First Chapter Head Gen. Gaurav SJB Rana, H-72 (Retd. Nepal Chief of Army Staff). We could not be happier that our First Chapter Head Chair was taken by Gen. Rana, the responsibility of which was very well articulated by Maj.Gen. KVS Lalotra. The new committee established under the leadership of Gen. Rana, responsible for organizing the evening, were appreciated; the wonderful turnout of nearly 50 OS including spouses is owed to their generous efforts. The committee membership has been kept open and voluntary, and is in the process of being structured. A special thank you, to Mrs. Rahisha Shah V-98, for sponsoring the bar, and all the collections, were generously donated by her to the OS Nepal Society.
On Behalf of the Baber Mahal team, I would like to convey that, it has been our pleasure to have this wonderful get together in Baber Mahal Revisited, and we appreciate the support from the OS Nepal Chapter.
After a round of singing the School Song, we got back to catching up and talking of our dear Sanawar, and the butter chicken did not disappoint, leading to yet another wonderful, OS Meet, by the Nepal Chapter in Kathmandu.
The Doon Chapter of the Old Sanawarian Society was formally inaugurated by the OSS President Justice Rajive Bhalla and the Headmaster Mr. Vinay Pande on Saturday, 30th June, 2018.
A n enjoyable and cheerful evening of Old Sanawarians and their families was held at the World Integrity Centre, Dehradun. The formation of the Chapter and reunion was thanks to the initiative taken by OSS President Justice Rajive Bhalla and the untiring efforts of its chapter Coordinator , Sanjay Aggarwal, OSH ’83 and his core team of M S Sekhon, OSN ’ 97, Sandip Singh OSH ’86 and Siddarth Batta OSS ’97. Photographs for the event were taken by Ankush Khanduja OSN’ 98.
The launch was well attended by more than 70 people (OS, spouses and children) mostly from Dehradun and also from far off places within Uttarakhand and neighbouring town of Saharanpur (UP). The highlight of the programme was the presence of the eminent adventure sportsman Ajeet Bajaj OSS’ 83 who had recently scaled the Everest with his daughter and has previously brought honour to the nation and school by completing the polar trilogy . Ajeet made a gripping presentation about his adventures and passion. The Chapter presented him with a Silver Salver by the Headmaster.
The Reunion spanned several generations of Old Sanawarians spanning more than six decades. The oldest Sanawarian present was Ramesh Chand from the Class of 1953 while the youngest was Nandini Prakash from the Class of 2016. Mr. Chand presented a Silver Salver to the Headmaster for gracing the occasion and also helping in showing the way for the Chapter to grow in the future. The meeting anchored by Sanjay Aggarwal included speeches made by the Headmaster and Justice Bhalla followed by drinks and dinner. A photography session followed by the first verse of the School Song and fellowship closed the proceedings for the day.
By Jagvir Dosanjh(OS 86)
It was an inaugural get together for OS living in and around Vancouver BC ! The great Sanawarian spirit was beaming around the restaurant. There was a smile on everyone’s face.
We laughed and talked and relived our school days . There were three generation of OS’s , oldest being Mr Jaideep Mumick from batch of 57 to the youngest OS , Vivian Kapoor of 2017 batch .
They both shared their lives in Sna . From their tales of school days it only displayed replica of experiences . One witnessed that Sna tradition is as strong as ever.
The spirit was so strong that Ravi Sekhon ( SBD) came all the way from Seattle and Rohini who had just arrived from India the same morning showed her enthusiasm by attending with her family
It was a collective effort of all attendees to keep the spirit alive and not let the effort go in vain. Well done Sna!
We have elected Neha Bains (OS2004) as Coordinator Vancouver Chapter . She’ll be assisted by Adev Singh Mansahia and Rohini both class of 2004 for future get together.
Congratulations to the Team !!!!
I do hope we’ll meet up every year and continue the Sna tradition!!!
Never Give In
By Anjum Siddiqui(OS 87)
It was a wonderful turn out at the OS meetup on 20th May 2018 for all OS living in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Even though it was a long weekend, but almost everyone who was not out of town, was there!
It was from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at The Firkin Pub – a casual upmarket English pub by the lake Ontario, with a superb view of the Downtown Toronto Skyline! And being midway from downtown and the suburbs, it was easily reached at by all. And everyone did reach! And bang on time! We were easily 50 of us who turned up.
The Party was shifted to the ground floor so that Sunil Whabi (NBD ’89) on his wheelchair could join us. Kudos to you for making it Whabi!
We were all from different batches, with more than decades between us, but we all know what happens when two OS get together – we bring the roof down!
There were some new OS who were not aware of our large OS fraternity in Toronto + GTA Community, and were coming to this OS meet-up for the first time! It was really nice to get to know them.
A special mention to Sanil Juneja (VBD ’00), who drove more than 3 hours one way, to come all the way from Windsor, ON.
There were a few youngsters, 2016 batch! And compared to us fogeys, they could just as well be CS – Current Sanawarians! I was tempted to order them around and ask them to “get my drink, junie”! 🙂
This time we had a big family turnout and had a separate OS Kids table! And as always, we had handwritten badges for all – OS kids, OS Spouse and ofcourse, the OS!
As Sun began to set, the chatter grew livelier and the slapping of the backs harder. There were love and camaraderie in the air! No one wanted to leave. The waitress’ were literally ushering us out the door in an attempt to seat the next guests, as we had the tables only till 5:00 pm. It was close to 7:00 pm when the last of us left, very reluctantly.
This was a very significant Meet up for two reasons…
One, We had Dr. Nazli Siddiqui (’57) who graced us with her presence. It was fantastic to see her!
Second, This Meet-up heralds the official launch of our OS Chapter in Toronto! Congrats all
Amrita Varma (OS97) writes about the Spirit that is Sanawar.
1857. This was the year of the Sepoy mutiny which spread from Meerut in the heartland of India and gained momentum. Though unsuccessful, this was the first collective uprising of its kind against the British East India Company. The sparks had been lit to an otherwise peaceful rule of the Imperial Crown. Ten years before the first signs of conflict between the Raj and the locals had been seen. With a volatile political climate and in such tumultuous times the Raj and its officers found their families in grave danger and Sir Henry Lawrence came up with a very sound strategic idea of a military school and asylum for the children and orphans of the British soldiers up in the hills of the sleepy Himalayas. 1847 became the year of the evolution of education system with the setting up of The Lawrence Military Asylum now, The Lawrence School, Sanawar, one of the oldest co-educational boarding school in the world. Read More
Ravi Avalur (OS 90) along with fellow OS Vijay Parmar (OS77) drove across the Hindustan – Tibet Road on their two wheelers. Vijay is without doubt, the country’s leading off road riding expert and trainer and is a champion rally rider.
Travel & Leisure Magazine covered the trip in the April 2018 issue. The article is attached herewith. Click here.
Ili-Ah, Aiko Greens, Purana Bazaar, Dimapur, Nagaland – 21 April 2018
Since the 1960’s children from the North East have been studying in The Lawrence School, Sanawar and though the North East is geographically large and consists of 7 states, the OSS has not held a meet or made a chapter for the North East. After a thoughtful consideration, the OSS decided that a chapter needs to be started, to increase the interaction between the Old Sanawarians in this area. Mr. Yanger Chankija (OS 2000) consented to volunteer to start a Chapter at Dimapur and has been appointed as the Chapter Coordinator.
The North East Chapter meet was attended by the Headmaster Mr. Pande, Members of the Executive and Old Sanawarians from Nagaland, Assam and Manipur. The day began with a lunch at Mr. Akum Longachari’s residence. The lunch was attended by a number of OS. The evening began with an introductory address by the Chapter Coordinator, Mr Yanger Changkija along with the Secretary, Mr. Washipong Longkumer. They welcomed the Headmaster and all members present there. Mr. Abhishek Bajaj, Member Executive Committee, spoke about the importance of opening new chapters. Sanawar has a sizeable student base from the North East and it is important that the members across regions stay connected. Mr Akum Longchari highlighted a demand to send children from School to the North East for a cultural orientation program which he graciously agreed to host. The Headmaster assured to give due thought to the request and would work on that. The Headmaster, Mr. Vinay Pande, also addressed the gathering and spoke about how he was happy about the support being provided by the Old Sanawarians towards the School. The Headmasters address was complemented with a presentation about present day Sanawar and he wished more and more people come forward and contribute to the cause.
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OS Society launched Jalandhar Chapter on 31Mar 2018. Ruhi Walia Syal,(OS 2000 has been appointed Chapter Coordinator.
The launch saw a friendly match between OS Punjab XI and OS Chandigarh XI at the Harbhajan Singh Institute of Cricket, Jalandhar. OS Punjab XI won the toss and elected to bat. The team scored 206 runs in 20 overs while opponent team OS Chandigarh XI only managed to score 182 runs in 20 overs. It was a hard fought serious match and the top scorer of the match was Mahir Sidhu 60 runs and Lovekirat Chahal knockdown 3 wickets.
President OS Society, Mr. Justice Rajive Bhalla also played for the OS Chandigarh XI. Mr. Vinay Pandey, Headmaster, Lawrence School of Sanawar also participated by bowling a honorary over and also took a wicket.
The match later was followed by lunch. Mr. Justice Rajive Bhalla, President OSS and the Headmaster Mr. Vinay Pandey spoke and distributed the medals and the trophy to the participants.
Later, in the evening a dinner was organized at pool side of the Radisson Hotel, Jalandhar where more than 200 Members of the Society along with their spouses from Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Chandigarh. Everyone had fun as there was a live band and a DJ.
Ms. Ruhi Walia Syal, Jalandhar Chapter coordinator delivered the opening speech in which she narrated anecdotes about the school and shared the story of how Justice Mr. Rajive Bhalla, OS President motivated her for starting the Jalandhar Chapter.
Justice Bhalla emphasied the need for the OS to come together in support the society and the school. The Headmaster Mr. Vinay Pandey joked that when he was to join the School as the Headmaster, he was warned that OS would make his life miserable and interfere but was pleasantly surprised when he was given a free hand. The Headmaster Mr. Vinay Pandey also spoke of the need for the OS to come together and support the school as it gears up to meet new challenges of infrastructure.
The meet was a great success, thanks to Ruhi and her team who spared no effort to make the evening a memorable one.
The OS Society thanked the sponsors of the event namely; Capitol Hospital Jalandhar, GNA University Jalandhar, Lally Motors, Jalandhar, Radisson Hotel Jalandhar, Gopal’s Sweets Chandigarh, Munjal Showa Ltd. Delhi, Chandigarh Bottling Co. Chandigarh, Black Cobra by Paul, CT Group of Institutions Jalandhar etc. The event was also covered by major dailies of city namely Daily Ajit, Ajit Samachar, Dainik Sawera, Dainik Bhaskar, Dainik Jagran & Punjab Kesari.
North East Chapter of the Old Sanawarian Society invites you to the inaugural dinner in 21st April, 2018 at Ili-Ah, Aiko Greens, Purana Bazar, Dimapur, Nagaland.
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Letter from Headmaster to Parents and Old Sanawarians!
Must view the newly renovated internal roads, toilets, boundary fencing, staff and support staff accommodation.
Click the below links to view the document.
1. Letter from Headmaster to the Parents and Old Sanawarians – Click here
2. List of New / Renovated Projects Executed in FY 2017-18 – Click here
3. International Curriculum – Click here
OS Chapter of Karnal was launched on 10 February 2018 by OS President Justice Rajive Bhalla (OS70). The chapter hosted OS from nearby towns Panipat, Ambala, and Kurukshetra.
Bhanu Khetrapal(OS2000) will be the chapter coordinator. Mr. Gurdip Singh (OS54) and former OS President graciously hosted the event at his residence. The headmaster Mr. Vinay Pande was also in attendance and spoke about the need to support the school in its efforts to revamp its ailing infrastructure. He also acknowledged the OS for their overwhelming support to the school. The OS President spoke of the need to change the society from an Old Boys watering hole to a substantial entity that supports and helps fellow Sanawarians and the school. Mr. Ranjit Raina (OS89) also spoke on the occasion. Pictures of the event are in the photo gallery.
Congratulations to Bhanu Khetrapal (OS2000) and all new members of Karnal Chapter.
Aanandita Maini (Headgirl )and Faaris Zaidi( Headboy) featured in The Tribune of 17 March 2018.
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Justice Rajive Bhalla (Retd.) OS70
Shiva Keshavan(OS99) featured in the New York Times – 1st Feb 2018
Arup Kumar Dutta (OSH62) awarded Padma Shri this year for literature and education from Assam.
Arup is a writer and journalist, who has 17 adventure novels and 14 other books to his credit. In 2014, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Honour by the Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children, New Delhi and the Indian chapter of the International Board of Books for Young People. He has also won numerous awards, including the Shankar’s Award in 1979, conferred to mark the International Year of the Child. He is a regular columnist for The Assam Tribune.
Heartiest Congratulations from the OS Fraternity.
OS Newsmakers- Anjum Siddiqui (OS87) Tea art exhibition is on from 10th Jan 2018 to 23rd Feb 2018 in Toronto Canada.
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The Old Sanawarian Society finally has an office in school. The office was inaugurated on 10th of Dec, 2017. Read More
The OSS Executive Committee recently welcomed the Class of 2018 in a formal ceremony on 25 November 2017 in school . They were presented with a membership number , ceramic mug and jacket. Read More
Sangeeta Walia (OS80) worked with children in early education for over nine years, and took on the role of a ‘Special Needs Coordinator’. Having raised her autistic son for over thirty years, she was eventually inspired to write her first book, My Autistic Angel – The Ultimate Teacher.Sangeeta lives in London with her husband and two sons. Her book is now available on Amazon India. Read More.
Heartiest Congratulations to Capt AJ Singh(OS77) on being appointed the Chairperson of IPSC. Read more
Heartiest Congratulations to Maj Gen KVK Lalotra (OS69) AVSM,YSM,SM Retd, for being honoured by Mayo College. The Board of Governors made a rare gesture in honouring him by christening a “Lalotra House” The newly built complex will house a record 16 member of teaching faculty. Read more
The Nominating Committee in its meeting held on 14 October 2017 decided to set up an Amendments Committee to consider the need, if any, of effecting amendments to the Memorandum of Association / Rules & Regulations of the Old Sanawrian Society. The Committee has four members and is chaired by Mr. Jai Singh Gill (OS 1961).
Please view the link: OSS Rules and Regulations
Aruna Sharma Mongia (OS67)
Bobby Oberoi (OS67)
Bhupi Agarwal (OS67)
In 2014, Kumkum Sood, Headgirl 1967, took the initiative to start seeking out as many of our batch mates as possible. Bhupi Aggarwal took over the baton, compiling a list of all our batch mates as we started to make contact with them and before long it was time for our Golden Jubilee, which was very well attended by 33 out of a total of 58 batch mates and 17 spouses too.
The partying started from 29th September at a dinner graciously hosted by Ashok Sablok at his home in Delhi when most of the overseas class mates had arrived.
On 30th September and 1st December morning people commenced their travel up to Sanawar albeit halting in oases along the way as detailed below.
Anjana Bisht nee Rani, Col Lalli Bains and Brigadier Pradeep Sharma, each kindly hosted dinner or lunch at their homes, all at different venues in and around Chandigarh to facilitate the numerous spread out batch mates to conveniently attend at least one such occasion.
As the photos and happiness quotient will testify they were all enjoyed and exceptionally nostalgic with each of the hosts extending warm and gracious hospitality.
On the 1st as is customary, the OS Chandigarh Chapter organised a golf tourney at the Chandigarh Golf club whilst Neelima Sarin, nee Gupta and Rajwant Sandhu, nee Randhawa, took many of the class mates and their spouses on an open double decker ride across Le Corbusier, picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivaliks the city of Chandigarh.
This was also followed up by the Hot Millions organising their annual OS dinner on behalf of the Chandigarh Chapter which was very well attended at the tranquil and cool venue of the Chandigarh Golf Range.
On 2nd October by 4pm everyone from the 1957, 1967 and 1992 batches respectively celebrating their Diamond, Golden and Silver anniversaries were seated in the pristine and calmly divine space of the school chapel in all its splendour of the high arch the tainted window panes and the energy of the youthful choir to kick off what was an exceptionally sombre and emotional service conducted by the Headmaster Mr. Vinay Pandey, that left most if not all those present, with a lump in their throat and teary eyed. It was a reflective moment, of the great life that Sanawar had embarked upon us and what we learnt there in our youth.
Each of the years celebrating their special anniversaries were also requested to address the congregation at the Chapel. Kumkum Sood, Headgirl 1967 and Karamvir Singh, Headboy 1967, spoke on behalf of our batch
This was followed by High Tea hosted by the Headmaster at his sparkling bungalow that would have done justice to any imperial palace in its shining and absolutely pristine upkeep.
Next it was the “official” batch photographs.
Later that evening, Rao Inderjit Singh and his wonderful wife Bubbles hosted us for dinner at their haveli cottage. Mr Sikand our chemistry teacher who had shaped our hormones into the correct chemical balance whilst we were at school, was presented with a silver plaque and was gifted with a shawl from Manipur by Vunga as a token of our fondness and respect.
3rd October was a day filled with lots of activities, starting with Athletics where our Year, 1967 ran the relay. Of course they came last but nevertheless won a medal for participating. This was followed by Exhibitions, OS matches and the School Play – Three Blind Mice, and for the grand finale of the day – the Tattoo.
This was a splendid display of what the school children had trained for during the year.
Starting with the Mass PT, Gymnastics – including the girls! (not so in our time), the lively Goan dance performed by the junior school – what beautiful costumes, and then to end it all, the superb extravaganza of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” performed exceptionally well by the senior school students. Simply amazing!
This was followed by a dinner at the Glenview Resort Hotel, Kasauli, hosted by the OS Society. We were very well looked after throughout the evening, and indeed throughout Founders, by the very pleasant and charming Amrita Verma, assigned to us by the OS Society.
As always the parade was impressive! The standard of marching, especially by the girls, was exemplary. March pasts were followed by speeches and prize giving.
The Chief Guest this year was: His Excellency Shri Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Old Sanawarian, batch of 1979.
This was followed by Lunch at the Heady’s house, and then everybody dispersed following the OS Society AGM – some of us having had to leave soon after our show of hands for the quorum at the OS Society meeting, due to travel plans.
And so ended our long awaited and wonderful Golden Jubilee celebrations!
Looking forward to 2022 – Our next proposed Reunion.
Meet Anirudh Singh , the man behind the panic/emergency button on mobiles. Father Lokinder and Son team have been awarded a global patent.
The Modi government became the first-ever government in the world to pass a law mandating the use of technology for women’s safety. The government compelled all mobile manufacturers to include a ‘panic’ or emergency button on their handsets, for women safety and prevention of crime, from January 1, 2017. This successful lobby, however, was 16 years in the making. Anirudh Singh had been gunning for this cardinal alteration to mobile phones that could potentially be the difference between life and death for users since the turn of the millennium. He has spent this decade and a half not only perfecting this technology, but also working on another feature that would take safety precautions to a whole new level. As the patent saw the light of day, here’s everything you need to know about the feature and the man who created it.
Read their story here.
Prof Parveen June Kumar (OS 58 SGD) has been conferred the prestigious Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to medicine and medical education in Jun 2017.
The 74-year-old Professor of Medicine and Education, Bart’s and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London, is the co-editor and author of a revolutionary 1989 textbook, ‘Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine’, which is credited with improvements in the education of medical students, doctors and nurses in training both at home and abroad.
Heartiest Congratulations from the OS Fraternity!
Nirvik Singh gets expanded role overseeing Grey Group Middle East & Africa
Singh continues to be Chairman and CEO of Grey Group Asia Pacific. His highly regarded business acumen has led to numerous additions to the Grey network
Delhi. November 7, 2016
Nirvik Singh, Chairman and CEO of Grey Group Asia Pacific since 2009, will take on the additional role of Chairman and CEO for Grey Group’s Middle East and Africa region.
A 27-year industry veteran of the global advertising and marketing agency headquartered in New York City, Singh has played a monumental role in the growth and development of the network’s comprehensive offerings across Asia.
Under his leadership, Grey Group Asia Pacific features among the leading communications networks and his trademark business acquisitions have been instrumental in the development of Grey’s digital and shopper offerings in the region. His passion and his trademark skill to strengthen Grey’s presence have earned him widespread accreditation as the key accelerator of strategic growth across the Asia-Pacific region.
Singh’s highly regarded business acumen has led to numerous additions to the Grey network including RC&M (Rural Communications & Marketing services) in India, Yolk (Interactive & Digital media network) in Singapore, DPI (Shopper), Star Echo (Marketing Services) and ArtM (Integrated Communications) in China, Vinyl-I (Creative Digital agency) in South Korea and nudeJEH (Advertising & Digital agency) in Thailand, amongst others.
Jim Heekin, Chairman and CEO, Grey Group (Global), said, “Nirvik has been a prime mover in our dynamic growth and development in Asia. He has been relentless in building our geographic footprint with premier acquisitions, accelerating our offerings in a host of disciplines including digital and shopper and raising the creative bar. He has won every major professional award in Asia. I know he will bring the same single-minded dedication and achievement to his added responsibilities.”
In his newly elevated role, Singh will continue to work closely with Jim Heekin, Chairman and CEO, Grey Group, and Michael Houston, Global President of Grey.
Class of 64 celebrated their Golden Jubilee in 2014 , and have come out with a Coffee Table Book of their batch.
The author and coordinator of the class – Sanjaya Varma along with Col NS Pannu and Champa Rani Mukherjee have put this together.
A soft copy is attached for your viewing. (View)
Brinda (OS 80)
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
Gurinder Sohi (OS76) sues Apple. News report attached below.
Event: Book release: Late Dr Harish Dhillon Janamsakhis: Ageless Stories, Timeless Values
About the event: Dr Harish Dhillon passed away on 21st of August 2015, the official release of his latest book on Janamsakhis was one of his last wishes which his sister Mrs Yogindra Singh(OS56) and grandchildren, Inaaya and Rehaan were fulfilling.
The release was held at CGA Golf Range, Sector 6, Chandigarh at 5 pm on 5th October. The book was released by Ms Avneet Parmar, Dr Harish Dhill niece, as per his last wish in the presence of Union Minister, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (OS 1972) and Justice SS Sodhi, former Chief Justice Allahabad High Court, President of The Tribune Trust and Governor Yadavindra Public Schools. Maneet Singh (OS 2001), education and publishing consultant, and former student of Dr Harish Dhillon’s convened the book release.
The release was followed by high tea. It was attended by Dr Harish Dhillon’s family, friends, relations, admirers of his writings, school teachers – former and present – of Yadavindra Public Schools, Mohalli and Patiala, dignitaries from the defence and civil services and in the education sector. Former Chief Secretary, Punjab, Shri Rajan Kashyap, also attended the event and later sent a memoir of Dr Harish Dhillon’s and his works.
The book is now on stands in leading bookstores and will shortly be online:
Inter House OS Cricket Match – 17-18 Oct 2015
The tournament got off to flying start with Himalaya beating Siwalik in the first game on the last ball of the match. Siwalik needed 3 runs off the last ball to win it but they managed just a single and ended up losing the match by just 2 runs. The top three run scorers for Himalaya were Vikram Chadha (47 off 34), Ankit Rajgarhia (44 off 39) and Dhruv Sodhi (28 off 11). For Siwalik it was Ishaan Yadav (52 not out off 44), Ishwar Dhillon (56 off 44) and Jatin Mehra (13 off 7). Apoorva Lakhia picked up 3 vital wickets for Himalaya while Rohit Roy and Vivek Sud each got 2 wickets for Siwalik
Simultaneously the other match between Nilagiri and Vindhya ended with Nilagiri cruising to an easy victory over Vindhya chasing down the target of 131 in just 14.2 overs. For Vindhya the top 3 scorers were Dhruv Soota (56 off 37), Madhur Bhatia (18 off 17 balls ) and Pratap Bajwa ( 17 off 25 balls). Adi Jain top scored for Nilagiri with a 50 not out off 37 balls followed by Angadbir Singh ( 37 off 24) and Mayank (17 off 18). Adi Jain picked up 2 wickets for Nilagiri while Dhruv Soota also got 2 wickets for Vindhya.
Everyone trooped off to Bengali market for lunch in the break and it was quite a sight to see around 45-50 OS all dressed in whites literally taking over Nathu Sweets for lunch. After a sumptuous lunch, everyone dragged themselves back to the fields for the second match of the day.
Vindhya took on Siwalik and batting first they made 189 in 20 overs. In reply Siwalik were all out for 164 in 19.3 overs. Dhruv Soota (43 not out off 22), Pratap Bajwa (41 off 26) and Revant Gupta (31 off 22 ) were top 3 batsman for Vindhya. For Siwalik the top scorers were Minhas (43 off 30), Vivek Sud (30 off 20) and Ishaan Yadav (19 off 12). Shiraz Khanna was the leading wicket taker with 4 wickets for Vindhya house while Avtar Singh had the best bowling figures of 2-0-22-1 for Siwalik house.
On the other field Himalaya lost to Nilagiri in an another closely fought match. Himalaya set a target of 147 which Nilagiri successfully chased with one wicket and 3 balls to spare. Angadbir Singh top scored for Nilagiri (73 not out off 33), followed by Ayushman (53 of 25) and Mayank (14 off 12) while Vikram Chadha (63 not out off 26), Apoorva Lakhia (36 off 19) and Dhruv Sodhi (15 off 18) were the top scorers for Himalaya. Ayushman, Angadbir Singh and Harsh Vardhan Khimta got one wicket each for Nilagiri while Sahil Chauhan had the best figures of 3-0-20-2 for Himalaya house.
On Sunday morning we all met at 9.30am to discover that each house was down to just 5-7 players. Seemed that 2 back to back matches on Saturday had taken a toll on quite a few players who could not make it on Sunday. It was unanimously decided by all the team captains to play a single 25 overs match with a combined Himalaya Vindhya team taking on a combined Nilagiri Siwalik team. It was also mutually decided that since Nilagiri was the only team to have won both its matches on Saturday, the winner’s trophy should go to Nilagiri House.
Himalaya Vindhya scored a mammoth 244 in 25 overs with the top scorers being Vikram Chadha (51 not out off 35), Dhruv Soota (42 off 17) and Apoorva Lakhia (42 off 21). In response Nilagiri Siwalik were able to score 202 with top contributions coming from Jatin Mehra (70 not out off 35), Avtar Singh (38 off 32) and Gaurav Thapar (21 off 12). Kunal Soni was the leading wicket taker for Himalaya Vindhya with 3 wickets while for Nilagiri Siwalik it was a wicket a piece for Rohit and Rahul Roy.
Following were the prizes that were distributed at the prize ceremony :
Winners Trophy – Nilagiri House
Man of the Matches :
Himalaya vs Siwalik : Apoorva Lakhia
Nilagiri vs Vindhya : Aditya Jain
Siwalik vs Vindhya : Shiraz Khanna
Himalaya vs Nilagiri : Angadbir Singh
Himalaya Vindhya vs Nilagiri Siwalik : Vikram Chadha and Avtar Singh
Best Batsman : Vikram Chadha
Best Bowler : Dhruv Soota
Best Fielder : Jitender Singh Chandel
Best Wicketkeeper : Gaurav Thapar
All in all it turned out to be a great 2 days of fun and we look forward to having it again next year !
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The Hodson Runs – The Genesis
The Hodson Runs were instituted by the Reverend Major G.D. Barne, 4th Principal of Sanawar in 1916. Over the years, these long distance runs became important annual events in the School sporting calendar and a feature of School life that continues to this day. Here is a transcription of the hand-written order that started it all off :
“ A new feature of Founder’s Week this year, (1916) will be 3 long distance runs. These will be called after Hodson, who was a famous long distance runner when he was at Rugby School. They will be known as
“the little Hodson”
“the short Hodson” and
“the long Hodson”
“The Little Hodson” for boys under 12 only. The winner will receive a bronze medal and 10 marks for his house. The second will receive a prize and 5 marks for his house. The third will receive a prize and 2 marks for his house. Any boy coming within 2 minutes of the winner will receive two marks for his house.
“The Short Hodson” for boys under 15 only. The winner will receive a bronze medal and 15 marks for his house. The second will receive a prize and 10 marks for his house. The third will receive a prize and 5 marks for his house. Any boy coming within 2 minutes of the winner will receive 3 marks for his house.
“The Long Hodson”. Open. The winner will receive a bronze medal and 25 marks for his house. The second will receive a prize and 15 marks for his house. The third will receive a prize and 10 marks for his house. Any boy coming within 5 minutes of the winner will receive 5 marks for his house. (From the point of view of counting towards the championship silver medal for Athletics, this event will count only as one of the other open events in the sports).
All 3 “Hodsons” will finish through the Archway near the entrance to the Boys School. (The Lawrence Arch”). The course will be as follows:
“Little Hodson” start at Boys School: go up to the Chapel: round to right in the direction of the Principal’s office: sharp to left [‘Nicholson’s Corner’ ed.] in direction of Girls school: “short-back-way” round Head Master’s house and so home.
“Short Hodson” start at Boys school : go up to the Chapel : sharp to right [Lower Chapel road ed.] : under principal’s house : horseshoe and Hospital : “long – back – way” through Kasauli gate [main gate ed. ] and so home.
“Long Hodson” start on top of “Tapp’s Nose”, otherwise known in Sanawar by some as “Monkey Point” ; on to upper mall : through bazaar : round lower bazaar (Kasauli), above Pasteur Institution to Kasauli : Dharampur Cart Road : through Garkhal and so home.
It will be necessary to train for these runs. For this purpose the Boys school will be divided into 3 packs :
Little Pack (all boys under 12)
Lower pack (all boys under 15) and
Upper pack (all boys over 15)
The Packs will go for practice runs regularly on any day which is too wet for cricket or on any day the Head Master may appoint. Packs will always change into games kit for runs and will rechange on coming in. Each pack will have a “Huntsman” and “Whipperson”. These will be appointed from among the senior boys by the Head Master. If Huntsmen and Whippersons of the two lower Packs want sometimes to run with the upper Pack for training, they may apply for leave to find substitutes for them. No pack will ever start running without its “Huntsman” and two “ Whippers – in”
I should like these practice runs to become a feature of our Sanawar Boy’s School life. They can be made very enjoyable and are excellent for training, if properly managed. The “Long Hodson” will be considered one of the coveted athletics honours of the year. It will take a boy of grit, endurance and stamina to win the race”.
Transcribed verbatim from The Lawrence Military Asylum, Sanawar Order Book Page 84, Order No. 269, handwritten and signed by The Reverend G.D. Barne O.B.E.., Principal, dated 7 th July 1916.
Contributed by Sanjaya Varma (OS64)
Following a very successful OS lunch in London last weekend (May 17 2015), Aruna Mongia (NBD 67), Jitender Chandel (NBD 75) and myself visited Violet Goodall (OS43), Sergeant Tilly’s daughter in Swindon. She was delighted to see us and spoke with love of the days that she spent at Sanawar as a child and a young girl. Despite her fading memory, Violet who is now 88 and is confined to a care home, was thrilled to learn that a few OS were visiting her. She met us with a lot of affection, spoke about the “hot jalebis” that she used to cherish, her trips to Garkhal and of her school mates, many of whom are no more. We sang the school song for her and Jitender presented her a scarf and a photo frame with the school crest on behalf of the OS. Aruna had very thoughtfully carried a box of mithai for her and she was ever so grateful.
I am attaching two photographs that were taken during the visit.Violet did say that she would be delighted to meet any OS that happened to be in the area.
Driving back from Swindon I could not but help thinking about the rich heritage that we enjoy as alumni of “the best school of all”. Its up to us now to cherish and preserve it.
Diwaker Singh (OS75)
Harsh Vardhan S Khimta (OS96) launched his first book “Maidens of Trafford House” on 25 Feb 2015 at India International Centre Delhi.
Maidens Of Trafford House is a collection of eight stories. The tittle story is based on Sanawar. These stories cover a wide range of human emotions; from intoxicating romance to sublime tragedy, from sinking loneliness to boundless joy.
The book was launched in Noida by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Sattar and later at India International Centre by Gautam Chintamani and Prabhsharan Kang (OS60).
The book was earlier endorsed by Dr Shashi Tharoor who called Harsh Vardhan Khimta a talented author.
It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that Shomie Das Friendship (Cricket) Cup will be held at MIG Cricket Club Bandra East Mumbai on 10-12 April .
Mr Das will be attending the matches on all days as well as the SDFC dinner at MIG Banquet Hall.
The charges for the dinner will be Rs 1500/- per head inclusive of dinner and mixes. Hard drinks will be charged @ Inr 150 per large peg/pint of beer. The tournament and dinner is open to all old boys and girls of the three participating schools –Sanawar , Doon and Mayo.
Sanjay Dutt’s (OS77) wife Manyata Dutt has donated Rs 3 lakhs for the Man of the Tournament Trophy for a period of 3 years. Mrs Dutt will hand over the trophy after the final on 12 April. Lunch at MIG will be charged @ Rs 300 per head (player exempt)and beer and drinks at nominal charge.
We look forward to three days of cricket-ainment and cementing old relationships and building new ones amongst our three schools.
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OS Reunion Toronto Canada – 12 Apr 2015
by Anjum Siddiqui(OS87)
A beautiful sunny day it was, the very first we had in quite a few days. We all gathered at the Arizona Pub & Grill in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto area, for drinks and general tomfoolery. The venue was very welcoming, a private spacious party room, with a bar, lots of seating for larger and smaller groups and two big pool tables in the centre for who ever wished to play.
The room was buzzing with animated chatter! We were all from various batches, with decades between us. The oldest OS being from the batch of 1965 and the youngest from batch of 2010! But regardless of our age groups… we all felt like we were back in high school on the hilltop! There were twenty eight OS who attended, some with their spouses, who too joined in with the whole school spirit, and made the event a smashing success!
The highlight of the afternoon was the impromptu school song we all started singing. A shaky start, but soon we all caught the momentum and sang the whole first verse pretty well.
It was indeed a lovely afternoon with friends and schoolmates. The camaraderie and the goodwill was abundant. A lot of great ideas were shared for the future of the Toronto OS chapter. We hope we are able to materialize some of the objectives, if not all and keep the spirit of ‘Never Give In’ alive.
The Old Dalians and Daly College, Indore invite all OS to their campus in Indore for the inaugural edition of the Quadrangular Old Boys Cricket Tournament.
This will be played between the alumni of Sanawar, Doon School, Mayo College and Daly College.
The matches will be held at Daly College, Indore on 28th of Feb and 1st of March. The Chief Guest is Jyotiraditya Scindia.
All OS are welcome to join in.
Rohit Roy (OS85)
The Class of 1973 celebrated its Annual Re-Union & Dinner on the 6th of December 2014.
Major General Ajay Sehgal had put together this presentation together.
Sanjiv K Singh
The annual Old Sanawarian Exhibition Polo match will be held on the 15th of Feb 2015 along with
the finals of the The General Sparrow Cup at the Jaipur Polo Grounds, New Delhi.
Sanawar Exhibition Polo Match from 1.30 pm to 3.pm
Prize Distribution for the exhibition match 3.pm to 3.30 pm
General Sparrow Cup final match 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Trick Riding and Prize distribution 4.45 pm to 5.pm
High Tea & Beer 5 pm onwards.
Mohanbir Singh (OS81)
Brig Rambir Singh Mann VSM (OS79) from Mechanised Infantry has been approved for the rank of Major General.
Brig Kulpreet Singh (OS79) from Armoured Corps has been approved for the rank of Major General.
Congratulations from the OS Fraternity.
My time at Sanawar passed swiftly, filled by a sense of purposeful learning.
There is an exceptional beauty to the place – one that is shared by my own country, Bhutan. In Sanawar, amongst the lush hills of Kasauli, the Himalayan mountains and the crisp air – in it’s essence, fragrant pine and deodar; I had found a true home away from home.
In the diverse company of our school, varying cultures and countries, we learnt that our affinities are far greater than our differences and my lasting, most enduring friendships remain with those that I have met at Sanawar. I am forever grateful to my friends and teachers for the wonderful memories.
As Sanawarians, we immersed ourselves in the invigorating spirit of our institution – aspiring to virtue, knowledge and creative potential. To aim for academic success with equal devotion to creative arts and sports, according to the individual’s talents and passion.
Indeed we all shared an eagerness to learn about life with much delight and openness, afforded by the strong sense of community and because of the holistic possibilities offered by the school.
The values of resilience, compassion and hard work have been instilled in us with firm emphasis on humility and strength.
It is most certainly true that Sanawar has favored us an indelible gift; to make a valuable difference in the world, always with integrity, to persevere, to give but to never give in.
Her Majesty Jetsun Pema Wangchuck
Queen of Bhutan
OS Chapter Kathmandu Nepal
by Varun Rana(OS2001)
The OS chapter in Nepal was the brainchild of Mr. Prabodh Shahi (V-2002). With a growing OS fraternity in Nepal it was but logical to begin an OS chapter in Nepal. The oldest OS in Nepal General Gaurav SJB Rana (H-1972), Chief of Army Staff, Nepal and his wife hosted the event in their magnificent residence. The organizing committee had decided on this date so as to involve the present Sanawarians, it was done so that the momentum gained by this event could be carried on further by future Old Sanawarians.
On 11th July 2014, the OS ball began at the residence of the Chief of Army in Kathmandu. Attendance was more than expected, besides the obvious Nepal contingency, we were very excited to have Old Sanawarians from India grace the event with their presence. Primarily we were very thrilled to have Mr. Mohanbir Singh (N-1981), OS president and his wife attend. Along with him we had Ms. Simran Singh (V-1996), Capt. S.S. Brar (V-1984) and two members of the Everest team from Sanawar Mr. Fateh Brar (V-2014) and Mr. Prithvi Chahal (V- 2014).
We had 32 OS, 13 PS and 2 Parents. Registration took place whilst the guests enjoyed catching up with one other. Commemorative T-shirts were for sale, which managed to raise a total of NPR 42,000, that evening. The event was meticulously planned, thanks to the undeniable efficiency of the Army team that was involved in organizing it. After registration, Varun SJB Rana (H-2001), welcomed the guest to the first OS Ball in Nepal, Prabodh Shahi (V-2002) then updated the guests as to the purpose of the chapter. Gen. Gaurav Rana (H-1972) then followed welcoming our Indian guests and expressing his love for the institution and willingness to further develop the events organized by the chapter. He then welcomed Mr. Mohanbir Singh to say a few words, after which the OS Nepal chapter was declared open.
Least to say the night carried on with a flowing bar, absolutely delicious dinner, and the DJ throwing beats to the swings of the sanawarians feet. We were very happy with the outcome of this event and hope we can host many more such events to get the OS community together in the beautiful Himalayan Country of Nepal.
Cricket with the Stars
By Dhruv Sodhi(OS94)
To inaugurate the floodlights at Barne field, a weekend of cricket matches were organised from 4th to 6th of April. Roy Bois a Delhi based cricket team comprising mainly of OS led by Rohit Roy (OS-85) played a total of 5 matches.
The first 2 matches were against the school first XI on Friday the 4th of April. In the first match Roy Bois batted first and set a target of 172 with an unbeaten 59 by Vikram Yadav. The school team reached this target with 4 balls and 5 wickets to spare riding on a brillant 114 not out by Karan Malhotra. In the second played for the first time under a floodlit Barnes, Roy Bois again won the and decided to bat first.
Mainak took 3 top order wickets but the Roy Bois recovered with a quickfire 44 by Dhruv Sodhi (H-94) who helped take the team total to 155. Rohit Roy opened the bowling for Roy Bois and took 4 crucial wickets including that of the first match centurion Karan. It looked as if Roy Bois were headed to their first victory but Mainak had other plans. His 69 off 37 balls guided the school XI to a one wicket win with just 2 balls to spare.
On Saturday morning the school XI took on the Mumbai Heroes, a celebrity cricket team comprising of TV and Bollywood actors. Mumbai Heroes chose to bat first and made 193 with the top contributor being Kunal Sharma (V-93). The school XI chase started well but a couple of quick wickets by Apoorva Lakhia (H-86) and Varun Badola shattered the run chase. It looked as if the game was over until Mainak (55 runs) and Abhijeet (44 n.o) came to crease and started blasting away. However their late cameo went in vain Mumbai Heroes held firm and won by 4 runs.
In the evening the Roy Bois took on the Mumbai Heroes after a grand opening ceremony which saw some fine speeches by the Chief Guest Mr. Shomie Das and acclaimed bollywood star Suneil Shetty.
Mumbai Heroes decided to bat first and made 192 on the back of a brilliant century by Shabbir Ahluwalia. Armaan Kohli and Bobby Deol were highly applauded when they were batting together.
Kim Sinha ( N-82) and Rahul Roy (S-85) took 3 wickets each. Roy Bois opened with Kunal Sharma ( who donned the pink uniform for this match ) and Sangram Singh (H-95). Both these batsman were involved in a 180 run opening partnership and the Roy Bois comfortably won the match. Kunal Sharma scored 99 not out and Sangram Singh made 66.
Sunday morning the Roy Bois took on the Sanawar Staff XI. Roy Bois won the toss and elected to bat first. Vikram Yadav got another 50 before being caught in the deep.
Abhishek Dutt (N-99) chipped in with a useful 43 runs before our veteran player Rakesh Sood (V-65) made 21 in an unbroken 5th wicket partnership with Dhruv Sodhi who got 35 runs.
The staff set 195 to chase, started brilliantly with Sidhharth Shasta and Vinod reaching a 104 runs in 10 overs. Donny Singh got the crucial wicket of Shasta with his first bowl and then followed a fine spell of fast bowling by Rohit Roy.
Rohit took 5 wickets which included a hat trick in his spell of just 2 overs. Staff XI were all out for 139. In the evening it was the last match of the weekend between Roy Bois and Mumbai Heroes and the crowd was in for a treat. Mumbai Heroes won the toss and decided to field first. Sangram Singh tore apart their bowling attack and made 158. Giving him company was the youngest Roy Bois member Gurjyot Thind (N-2012) who scored a fluent 89. Roy Bois set a mammoth 275 target for the Mumbai Heroes. They opened the battng with Raja Bherwani (66) and Salil Ankola who scored 119 with a couple of really huge sixes all around. Aftab Shivdasani and Apoorva Lakhia were at the crease when Aftab hit a boundary with 4 balls remaining to guide the Mumbai Heroes to a remarkable win. The closing ceremony ended with various man of the match trophies and some sher o shayari by the current Headmaster Mr. Praveen Vashist.
Golf-Sanawar Wins The Bombay Triangular
By Veer Chatrath(OS2008)
Take some golf, add a good portion nostalgia, mixed with rivalry and you have a perfect recipe for an entertaining day. Such was the atmosphere at the Willingdon Sports Club when India’s three premier boarding schools battled it out on the field at the Bombay Triangular Golf Tournament. Brainchild of the late Anil Bhavanani (Doon), the Bombay Triangular features the old boys of Sanawar, Mayo and Doon.
Played on 16th March in Stableford format the tournament featured the best three scores from each school. Outnumbered by eight boys each from Doon and Mayo, the five Sanawarians had to certainly outperform all others in order to succeed.
The final scores were kept secret until cocktails and lunch at the Gulmohar room where the winners were announced.
When the individual Best Gross score of the tournament at 9 over par (Mayo) and Best Net of 38 points (Doon) was announced, the Sanawarians were unaware as to where we stood in this competition. Consistent performances across 3 generations of Old Sanawarians viz. Sangramsinh Gaekwad (OS 1959), Varun Batra (OS 1984) and Veer Chatrath (OS 2008) each scoring 37 points ensured that Sanawar remains the Best School of all with a Winning Team total of 111 points. Mayo came in second and Doon third.
Left to right:Chetan Desai, Sangramsinh Gaekwad with Pradeep Bhatia
(Presented the Trophy) Veer Chatrath, Varun Batra & Dhaval Desai.
Sanawar won the inaugural Old Boys Triangular Cricket Tournament between Doon, Mayo and Sanawar. In the finals played last night at Delhi’s Jamia Hamdard cricket stadium, Sanawar outplayed Doon to coast to an easy win by 8 wickets. Set to chase 159 in 20 overs by Doon, Sanawar chased it in only 14 overs. Sangram Singh top scored for Sanawar and was unbeaten on 70. He was adjudged Man of the Match as well as Man of the Series. Apoorva Lakhia was awarded with the Best Batsman of the Tournament.
Sanawar was represented by Sangram Singh, Kim Sinha, Subroto Mallik, Apoorva Lakhia, Rohit Roy, Rahul Roy, Dhruv Soota, Manjit Singh Bala, Dhruv Sodhi, Pratap Bajwa, Raghav Karol, Ankit Rajgarhia, Gurjyot Thind and Ishwar Dhillon.
The Tournament turned out to be huge success and was appreciated by all the old boys of Sanawar, Doon and Mayo.
Himalaya – 94
To inaugurate the new Flood Lights presented by Roy brothers Rahul and Rohit (OS85) at Barne Field, a cricket tournament is being organised at Sanawar from 4-6th April 2014.
All OS are cordially invited to witness the matches between Roy Bois and Boxy Boyz (Bollywood team).
The team members from Bollywood are –
Suneil Shetty, Bobby Deol, Sohail Khan, Aftab Shivdesani, Armaan Kohli, Vatsal Shethe, Jeetu Verma, Shabir Alhuwalia, Varun Badola, Shahwar Ali, Salil Ankola, Rohan Gavaskar, Manoj Bidwai, Tanisha Mukherji, Pooja Bedi, Amrita Rychand, Nim Dausang,Barkha Bisht, Bunty Walia, Apoorva Lakhia.
Some important points to keep in mind.
1. All OS must register at Hot Millions Chandigarh/ Dharampur (for dates 4th 5th and 6th April).
OS getting himself/herself registered will be issued a car parking sticker and name tag.
2. The car sticker will have to be pasted on the left side of the front screen.
The name tag should be displayed prominently during the stay on the campus on the days of matches.
In the absence of any, the security Staff will not allow entry into the campus.
Therefore, in order to avoid any awkward situation, it is requested that the OS coming to see the matches must get themselves registered at any of the Registration Counters shown below. There will be no charges for the Registration.
3. The number of people travelling (with names including driver) in the car will be mentioned on the registration pass/Sticker.
Any extra people in the car will not be allowed to enter school.
4. Any enquiry pertaining to Registration could be addressed to Ramesh Ahluwalia 09218500105 and Mr Basant Sharma 0172- 261230 between 10am –4pm.
Registration counters will be open to OS as under.
|4th April 2014||10.00 am to 5.00 pm||Hot Millions Dharampur and Hot Million (2) Sec 17 Chandigarh|
|5th April 2014||10.00 am to 6.00 pm||Hot Millions, Dharampur|
|6th April 2014||10.00 am to 3.00 pm||Hot Millions, Dharampur|
Entry Time at School
1. OS entry to School on 4th and 5th April will be from 3 pm onwards. All OS must leave campus immediately after the game is over.
2. On 6th April entry to School will be from 10 am. OS must leave campus after prize giving which would by 9.30 pm.
4th April 2014
ROY BOIS XI Vs. SCHOOL First XI : 11.30 am to 3 pm
ROY BOIS XI Vs. STAFF MEMBERS : 5 pm to 8.30 pm
BOXY BOYZ XI Vs. SCHOOL First XI : 10.30 am
BOXY BOYZ XI Vs. ROY BOIS : 5.30 pm
There would be a Brass Band Display between the two innings.
Introduction of the teams BOXY BOYZ and Roy Bois at 5pm.
Speeches by the Headmaster, Rohit Roy, Suneil Shetty and Mr.S R Das(Chief Guest).
BOXY BOYZ Vs STAFF members XI : 10.30 am
BOXY BOYZ Vs ROY BOIS : 5.30 pm GRAND FINALE followed by PRIZE DISTRIBUTION.
On 5th and 6th April there would be drinks and dinner at Baikunt Resorts.
Only those OS who register for Drinks and Dinner upto 4 pm on each day at Hot Millions Dharampur will be allowed to attend.
The cost of Dinner including Drinks would be Rs. 1500/-per head per day.
On 5th and 6th there would be a Tuck Shop stall along with a Food stall provided at Upper Barnes (Nets area).
OS are requested not to visit the CDH for any meals. Lunch at the Pavilion is restricted for the teams ONLY.
A special thanks to Roy Brothers, Apoorva Lakhia and Sanawar for putting the event together.
The President OSS Capt. Mohan Bir Singh has requested all OS attending the fixtures to kindly maintain proper decorum at all times.
Get Ready to Cheer.
The OS Society & The Delhi Chapter are proud to present the Sanawar Polo & Ball ON 26th Feb 2014 !!
Venue for Polo – The Polo Grounds, race course road.
Timing :- 2 – 6 pm.
Dress Code :- Smart Casuals – No round neck t shirts & open footwear (men), please !!!!
Venue for the Ball – Zerruco by Zilli , The Ashok Hotel (5 mins away from the polo ground) https://www.facebook.com/zerruco
Timing – 6 pm onwards
Dress Code :- Same as above.
Rest of the details will follow.
Ps – We are in the process of generating funds for the event, so we would be grateful if any of you/your connects can pitch in . Call me for details # 9811220010
Look forward to seeing you & your spouse!
PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD
‘Never Give In’
Ikraam S Aulakh
The Sanawar Invitational
An Inter-Public School Golf Tournament
The OSS is pleased to announce The Sanawar Invitational, an inter-public School Golf Tournament. This quadrangle contest between alumni of Sanawar, BCS, Doon and Mayo is a first of its’ kind and intended as an annual fixture, with Sanawar proudly leading the initiative.
Venue : Classic Golf Resort, Gurgaon
Date : Thursday, September 15 2011. Shot gun start 12:30hrs.
Terms : 18 players from each school, one in each 4-ball.
Format : Stableford. Best 10 scores from each team will count for the Trophy.
Team Sanawar: Captain – Pankaj Sethi (Petha, VBD 79).
All OS keen to play for Sanawar may please send your entries to Harjit S Gill (Hardy, NBD 80) on email at firstname.lastname@example.org with following details:
House & Batch:
Sponsorship: The high profile event is also intended as a fundraiser, and surplus funds will be utilized for ongoing development of facilities at Sanawar. Any OS desirous of contributing or assisting in raising funds may please contact me directly.
Jaskaran S Bains
All Sanawarians are cordially invited to attend the Annual Sanawar Polo match in association with General Sparrow Cup on Saturday 13 Feb 2016 at Jaipur Polo Grounds New Delhi. Time 1430 – 1530 hours.
Look forward to seeing you with your family and friends and make the event a great success.
Lt Col J.S Chandel (OS75)
ORDER OF CHAPEL SERVICE – 2nd OCTOBER 2013
TIME : 4:00 PM
1. Hymn – The Lord’s my Shepherd(3 min.)
2. Bible Reading (3 min.)
3. Choir’s hymn – Showers of Blessing (3 min.)
4. Headmaster – Mr. Praveen Vasisht to address the gathering.(5 min.)
5. Choir’s hymn – Blessed Assurance (3 min.)
6. The 1963 batch to share some happy moments spent during their time at The Lawrence School, Sanawar.(Two Speakers) (5+5 min.)
7. God be with you, till we meet again! (3 min.)
8. The 1988 batch to share some experiences of the time spent in Sanawar.(Two Speakers) (5+5 min.)
9. The School Song. (2 min.)
10. A representative each of the batch of 1963 and 1988 will pay requiem (Lay Wreath) and light candles at the War Memorial in remembrance of the Old Sanawarians who laid down their lives during the wars. (5 min.)
11. Group Photograph of the batch of 1963 and 1988 outside Headmaster’s Residence.
12. Tea at Headmaster’s Residence.
OS Get Together AT Noida – 22 Dec 2013
Col AS Butalia(OS59)
Early in Nov 2013 my wife, Bubbles and I were visiting the Yadav’s (Aman Yadav HBD ’57 and his wife Rashmi) when we stared discussing about Sanawar. We both suggested to Aman that we needed to have a get together of OS at Noida like the previous year.
A few days later I had an accident and landed up in hospital. Aman shot out a mail on sanawarnet about getting together. This had an enthusiastic response and we decided to have one at lunch on 22nd Dec. Though by now I was back home but with an arm in a sling, so Vishal (Zorba), VBD ’86 assisted me . Soon we had sent out a string of mails and made a number of calls to all known OS in the NCR. Slowly the responses started to come in and finally by mid December we had a list of 65 OS who showed interest. However finally we had 39 of us who confirmed their participation with another 10 spouses joining in. To our delight Mr and Mrs UK Mukherji and Mrs Vyas joined the get together.
Even though it was a cold, dull and dreary day on the 22nd afternoon, we all got together at the Arun Vihar Institute, Noida. As OS started trickling in the bonhomie kept on increasing. The conversations started off from where they had be left the last time we met though it felt just like yesterday. For some we were meeting each after leaving Sanawar and there were quite a few whom we were meeting for the first time. It was great meeting the Mukherji’s and Mrs Vyas who, surprisingly remembered every individual present of their time. The spectrum of the participants was spread from KB Deswal (1952) , Ashok Bhatia (1953) to Nikita Singh (Saxena) (2003) with a fair numbers from the 50’s, 60’s and 80’s. The enthusiasm & camaraderie was great with a lot of leg pulling, with Magoo Nair (’57) and Vishall(Zorba) leading. And so before we knew it was time to say farewell again with promises to meet again.
We have scheduled a one-day inter-alumni (Doon/Mayo/Sanawar) Golf meet on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Willingdon Sports Club, Haji Ali, Bombay with Tee-off time at 9 am. This will be followed by an alumni get-together and lunch. Through this email, we are seeking the names of golfers interested in participating. The proposed format will be Modified Individual Stableford. Prizes will be awarded for:
Further to the opinion poll we ran at the last reunion, we will now be holding the reunions in May/Jun instead of Oct/Nov as the votes were marginally in favour of holding the reunions in the summer. It is most likely to be finalised as the 4th Sunday in May from now on – but still to be confirmed.
2.The Best Net
3.The Best Gross
5.Closest to Pin on the 18th
Would interested golfers please respond to this email with the following details by March 31st. Responding by this date is not a commitment at this stage-it provides us with an indicative number of golfers for team formation.
Handicaps of other club boards will be adjusted to reflect their course rating difference with the Willingdon Club Golf Course rating.
Green Fees for Non-Members is Rs.2,810 and IGU members is Rs.2,250. To cover the cost of course & venue block booking, breakfast, lunch, trophies and prizes there will be an additional participation charge of Rs.2,500 pp. Lunch and Breakfast charges for non-playing members, guests and spouses will be Rs.1,200 pp.
In keeping with the friendship and spirit of the tournament, the Bombay chapters of Doon, Mayo and Sanawar Alumni are committed to making this tournament an annual event. To sustain and support the tournament in the current and future years, Donors and Sponsors are actively sought. Such support will not only mitigate the costs of the tournament, but will also encourage higher participation.
All cheque payments will be eligible for Sec.80G Income Tax deduction.
You are invited to provide any suggestions which will make the event a success.
Sanjiv Saran Mehra
OS Chapter Mumbai
|You are cordially invited to an exclusive high handicap polo event|
|Sunday 10th February 2013|
|2.00 p.m. onwards|
|Jaipur Polo Grounds|
|Other attractions include:
Vintage car showcase
Polo’ Art Competition for children
|Do Come with family and friends!!|
Recently I had a mail from Hemant Pathania(OS69) who was visiting London and staying at The East India Club at St James Square. And to his surprise he noticed a portrait of Sir Henry Lawrence displayed at the dining room. The portrait was similar to the one displayed at Barne Hall.
He then requested, if anyone could throw light on how the painting came about there.
The mail was forwarded to Anu Mongia(OS67) UK Chapter Head, who further sent to other UK OS of pre 1947. And within few hours we had an idea how the painting could have come about, thanks to Derek Boddington(OS47).
Meanwhile Hemant also apprised the club secretary of the association of Sir Henry Lawrence and Sanawar.
The exchange of mails is attached below and the photograph of Sir Henry Lawrence taken at the dining room.
There is also a link to the club website in the mail , click on Facilities and further click on Dining and again further on the photo of Luncheon in the Dining Room, you cannot miss the Founder’s portrait displayed on the wall.
From: “Hemant Pathania
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2012 3:18 PM
Subject: Portrait of Sir Henry Lawrence at East India Club, St James’s
I am currently in London and am staying at The East India Club, St James’s Square where I have reciprocal membership through my club in Singapore.
I was taken aback at breakfast this morning when I noticed a portrait of Sir Henry Lawrence prominently displayed in the Dining Room of this historical club.
Attached please find two – not so clear – photographs taken with my phone.
My efforts to find out who donated this portrait – as well as when and why have been unsuccessful. No-one in the club seems to know whether such records exist.
Anyway, I thought it appropriate to pass on his information to you for circulation amongst OS and the school headmaster and faculty as a matter of interest.
(Himalaya 1962 to1969)
MD & COO
NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd.
From: B Roy
Sent: 16 November 2012 15:53
To: Anu Mongia; email@example.com
Subject: Fw: Portrait of Sir Henry Lawrence at East India Club, St James’s
I have an interesting mail from Hemant Pathania (OS69) Appreciate if you could circulate this with your group and solve the mystery how the portrait came about at East India Club.
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:28 AM
Wonder if anyone of you can shed some light on how a portrait of Sir Henry Lawrence happens to be at the East India Club, St.James’ Square, London. Please see emails below.
Also, a date for your diary: Our next reunion will be on Sunday 19th May 2013. At the Bombay Palace, 12.30pm. Full details nearer the time. Wishing you all the best
From: “Derek Boddington
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2012 4:02 PM
To: “‘Anu Mongia
Subject: RE: Portrait of Sir Henry Lawrence at East India Club, St James’s
The former East India United Services Club in St. James’s Square housed several portraits of prominent East India company officials and statesmen, including at least three of the old Sanawar “house” Generals. (I have a copy of an engraving made from a portrait of Brigadier General John Nicholson by Sir Frank Dicksee which used to hang there). It is quite possible that a portrait of our Founder, (or more likely, a copy of it) might also have hung there. I believe the old Club was dissolved at the turn of the last century.
I have not been able to find out what happened to the portraits. Presumably they were sold off with the rest of the property or donated to other institutions or galleries.
I understand that the present day “East India Club” is an amalgamation of several 19th century “gentlemen’s” clubs, including possibly, the old East India United Services Club? Given the similarity of name and location, (I believe it is actually in the same building), perhaps there is some sort of corporate kinship here and the portrait simply “came with the turf”? Incidentally, I presume that the portrait is in fact a copy and not the original which still, (we all trust!), hangs safely in Barne (Gaskell) Hall?
Hope this helps
Thank you for the swift response
Attached pls find msg from the club’s assistant secretary.
NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd
(Sent from a BlackBerry device)
—– Original Message —–
From: “Keith Goldacre”
Sent: 16/11/2012 11:06 AM GMT
To: Hemant Pathania
Subject: RE: Sir Henry Lawrence
Dear Mr Pathania
Very nice to meet you this morning. Many thanks for the information, I have passed it onto our librarian. I found the article very interesting
Thank you very much for your courtesy
Keith W D Goldacre
For Further information about the club see www.eastindiaclub.co.uk
From: Hemant Pathania
Sent: 16 November 2012 09:28
To: Keith Goldacre
Subject: Sir Henry Lawrence
Dear Mr Goldacre,
Thank you very much for taking the time to accompany me to the Dining Room to photograph the portrait of Sir Henry Lawrence who founded the Royal Military School, Sanawar.
As I mentioned to you, I have had the good fortune to benefit from the education imparted at Sanawar form 1962 to 1969.
A brief write-up on Sir Henry Lawrence is available at
Thank you and best regards
A score of ‘72 Spirits on the Hilltop!
By Vasant Dhar (OS72)
I have a recommendation for all old Sanawarians, especially the older ones: go hang out with your classmates, without spouses, for a few days in Sanawar and Kasauli, especially around Founders. The shared experiences on that special hilltop during our formative years brought us much closer than we were in our youth, and we had fun. My friend and classmate Jyotsna Kumari who lives in the San Francisco area, prodded me a year ago to try and get our batch of 72 together for a 40th reunion. My initial reaction was “Really?! Will people come? How many people were you really close to anyway? Do you think you’ll still have much in common? Are you sure you want to commit to flying across the planet for a few days considering you don’t remember anyone except for a handful?!” She said it’ll be fun. It was indeed.
After some digging around and starting with 10 odd people between the two of us with whom we had maintained some contact, we managed to get email addresses of 40 out of roughly 50 (5 from our batch have passed away). Twenty of us eventually made it. The ones who didn’t wished they had after seeing all the pictures on Facebook, and for good reason. We’ve created a Sanawar72 page on Facebook which is becoming increasingly active. Some of us also belong to the Sanawar60sand70s group, and we did debate whether one would dilute our involvement in the other. It hasn’t. They’re different.
Our reunion was incredibly warm and special. Many of us hadn’t seen each other in 40 years. I hadn’t seen my favorite teacher, Harish Dhillon, who we nicknamed “UD” because of his signature at the end of our essays — his writing teacher had obviously done a poor job with UD’s scratch. I know the batch of 72 was UD’s favorite (sorry to burst your bubble others). We were his first experiment after all! But as one of my classmates reminisced eloquently, he encouraged us to question, that it was good to be free spirited about curiosity however bizarre. I think we shaped him too. It was good to see each other after 40 years and share jokes and life in general, loitering around the “Pundabout” in the bright Autumn sun.
The same paanwala was still in Kasauli in his spot above the cinema hall, but sadly, he wasn’t tearing apart large rolls of khutta Aam Papad anymore to balance on his tarazu. Now it comes packaged, one of the casualties of progress. The cinema hall, where we saw “Kahin Din kahin Raat” and “Aradhana” and countless Westerns is now a sorry looking shop of some kind. And for those ole timers who want a Bun Samosa the old fashioned way, you have to insist that the bun not be heated on the oily griddle first, that it not be slathered and sogged with chutney before the samosa goes on but that the chutney be applied after the samosa is broken, and to not slap on the cholas on the samosa! I know how important this is to a whole generation, which is why I’m issuing fair warning so you don’t waste your first one.
The Founders program was awesome, albeit a little condensed. It is quite apparent that the school is now using professionals for Tattoo and the play/variety show. The costumes and dances were impressive as was the girls bugle band and most significantly, the impressive girls gymnastics which were non-existent in our time. In that sense, the school felt “more co-ed” than it used to be, and I’m sure the common dining hall contributes to that feeling as well. I guess the only casualty I noticed in the Tattoo was Jagga: less gymnastics, and the “highland fling” at the end of the PT which was without its original bouncy style. I guess it has faded from Sanawar’s memory as will Jagga. Muchoo’s absence is apparent in the replacement of the traditional school play by a variety program, which, to be honest, was incredibly good.
Last year I recall seeing the video made by the batch of 86 on Youtube and thinking “who are all these strangers in such familiar places?” While we are there, Sanawar belongs solely to us, but I realized that Sanawar belongs to so many of us who have been fortunate enough to have lived there many years apart. When I read George Browne describe his experiences from the 1930s, I realize how much we have in common from the traditions to the pines to the crows crowing away with content. I often tell people that the biggest gift my parents gave me, without realizing it, was to send me to Sanawar. And it’s a gift that continues to give.
Enclosed Founder’s letter from OSS President Neeraj Kapur.
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OS in Vegas
by Mrinalini (Dhadha) Watson (OS76)
The weekend started auspiciously on April 6th,with Sanjeev Suri and Tom Watson on the golf course – it was of course Good Friday! In the evening, the rest of us early birds joined the golfers for drinks (at the Paris Hotel and Casino) and dinner (at P F Changs).
Nikhil Sawhney made the two-some a three-some for the second round of golf the next morning. Dinner, dancing and reviving memories of Sanawar were the order of the evening on Saturday, April 7th. Thanks to Dhiraj Sapru who put together a photo quiz ” Where in Sanawar….” which was played at the dinner. Also thanks to the school for the set of lithographs they provided as prizes for winners. Of the OS present, the senior-most OS was KD Singh (’59) and the junior-most was Sehyr Bains (’09) … a span of 50 years of school -pride and enthusiasm. Jerry (’75) and Kamini Bains from Delhi,
Ashok (’77) and Geeta Gupta from Vancouver, Canada, Clay (’78) and Ranjeev Gill also from Canada and Sanjeev Suri (’77) from Dubai were the long-haulers. The rest of us Californians were, Angadh Bains, Sehyr Bains, Jasjit and Rubina Nalwa, Kd And Daman Singh, Arjun Bhagat and Anita Manwani, Vikram and Anita Brar. The weekend was rounded off with Easter brunch at the Village Buffet (Paris Hotel).
Special thanks to my husband, Tom, for all his help and support since it would have been impossible without him; to Sanjeev Suri for encouraging almost everyone present to attend; to my mother, Dhira Mehta for hosting the drinks at the Paris; to Natalie and Luke Connolly for their help setting up and cleaning up, photographing and leading the dances that were not lead by either, Sanjeev, Ashok or Tom; and to Jasjit Nalwa, Vikram and Anita Brar for their help in planning the weekend’s activities.
All of us had a great time and a very memorable weekend. As Mr. Das predicted, ” …. for a few moments a corner of Las Vegas … (became) Sna.”
What an awesome weekend it has been for Old Boys of Mayo – Doon – Sanawar!
The inaugural SDFC was a resounding success, as expressed by all those who attended it; and the turnout was pretty much as expected. The players braved the 40 deg heat and humidity and gave some sterling performances over the weekend. Chief Guest Mr Shomie Das refused the offer of an afternoon nap in an AC room a few feet from the action, and instead preferred to cheer for the teams… without taking sides !
It was an honour for the players, ex-colleagues and former students to interact with ‘SRD’. Other dignitaries who attended were Mr BG Pitre (Doon), Mr & Mrs DN Mathur (Mayo), 81 year old Mr Chandu Joshi (Mayo) – a leg spinner of the highest repute in India and Mayo’s cricket coach for more than two decades, Mr Arup Patnaik (Commissioner of Police Mumbai and a former student of SRD at Mayo), and many other Old Boys and Girls.
The brief scores were as follows;
Match No 1: Sanawar 198/4 (Sangram Singh 51 not out, Apoorva Lakhia 24, Abhimanyu Singh 2/24) vs Doon 170/8 (Abhishek Mishra 53 not out, Uday Bawa 27, Dhruv Soota 2/16, Raghav Karol 3/25). Sanawar won by 28 runs. MoM: Sangram Singh (Sanawar).
Match No 2: Mayo 217/5 (Mansur Ali 40, Vikram Dayal 32, Dhruv Singh 54 not out, Jaideep Mathur 27, Raghav Karol 2/23) vs Sanawar 180/8 (Pratap Bajwa 20, Apoorva Lakhia 54 not out, Bunty Walia 20, Raman Chahar 2/19). Mayo won by 38 runs. MoM: Dhruv Singh (Mayo).
Match No 3: Doon 175/7 (Manas Agrawal 53 not out, Shivtaj Singh 52 not out, Raman Chahar 2/14, Jaideep Mathur 3/25) vs Mayo 177/5 (Dhruv Singh 37 not out, Raman Chahar 53 not out, Shivtaj Singh 2/15, Manas Agrawal 3/33). Mayo won by 5 wkts. MoM: Raman Chahar (Mayo).
Final: Sanawar 168/7 (Sangram Singh 50 not out, Apoorva Lakhia 42 not out, Sherry Singh 2/8, Jaideep Mathur 2/16) vs Mayo 170/5 (Vikram Dayal 52 not out, Dhruv Singh 46 not out, Apoorva Lakhia 3/26). Mayo won by 4 wkts. MoM: Vikram Dayal (Mayo).
In addition to the cricket the SDFC dinner on the 24th and the Le Sutra dinner on the 25th were attended in large numbers by players and alumni of all the schools.
All in all, a great debut event for a very special and much loved Headmaster
News release from Shomie Das Friendship Cup facebook
Golden Highlights – Founders’ 2011
By Prabhsharan Singh Kang (OS61)
14 of us are now gone, including Dinesh Srivastava (Academics topper, then IIT, the US and IT advisor to 3 Indian PMs), twice Kalinga winner Baldev Dua and Texas rancher Himmat Singh. We held a private memorial meet for them.
Many couldn’t come for the Jubilee – inventor Vivek Mundkur (installing his windmill-cum-prayer wheel at a Himalayan monastery), dancer Rajika Puri (finalising another lec-dem tour out of New York), 3 CAs (busy sorting economies), Harjinder Bhatti (coaching Polo in Germany), etc.
Schedule from 29 Sept 2011, Delhi: Cols GBS Pahuwindia ‘51 and Billy Sodhi ’54 helped us organise a “Sanawar Golden Jubilee” dinner (this needs to be a larger, annual event).
30 Sept, Chandigarh; a touching gesture, dinner hosted by the Silver Jubilee class (’86).
2 Oct, Sanawar: Navin Chawla presented his awards for the Gandhi essay competition. At Jubilee service, the choir honoured our “Music” tradition by letting us sing a hymn with them.
3 Oct: Dr. Meenakshi Mahapatra, FRCA, motivated athletes to break her 50+ years old sprint records.
4 Oct: Parade Chief Guest, Army Chief, photographed with us after we marched past.
Founder’s attendees: from 4 IITians plus other engineers – US techies Arun Sobti, Avinash Bahadur, Deep Puar; IFS/IAS – Ambassador Surinder Gill, ex-CEC Navin Chawla, ex-Chief Secretaries Jai Singh Gill & Sunil Ahuja; Soldiers- Lt. Gen. Balraj Takhar (ex-GOC-in-C), Brig. Harinder Bains, Capt VN Kumar (also entrepreneur); Doctors Meenakshi Mahapatra, Thilo Prabhakar; Founder-Director Indo-American Arts Council (NY) Aroon Shivdasani (came with leg fracture and torn ligament); US writer-activist Latika Mangrulkar; entrepreneurs Bharat Kumar, Manju Mehra, Neena Kaintal, Rakesh Mann, Shashi Bawa, Vinay Tuli; Travel-agent Shashi Agarwal; Social-worker Manju Rajpal; turbaned Advertising pioneer-cum-professor Prabhsharan Kang.
The Old Sanawarian Chapter
Dinner and Dance
DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011.
TIME: 8.30 PM
VENUE: HOT MILLIONS – NORTH PARK’
POOL SIDE LAWN
NEAR GHAGGAR BRIDGE, PANCHKULA
Entry Coupons available @ Rs. 650/- per head on October 1, 2011 at the venue.
Entry Coupons available @ Rs. 450/- per head on October 1, 2011 at the venue for Youngsters 22 years & below
OS Golf Tournament at Chandigarh Golf Club on 1 October,2011,Tee off 9 am on wards.
*Golfers to reach 30 minutes before Tee off time. *
|Programme for 2nd, 3rd and 4th October, 2011|
|SUNDAY, 2nd October, 2011|
|Chapel Service||– 4.00 p.m.|
|MONDAY, 3rd October 2011|
|9.30 am to 11-30 am||Annual Athletic Meet||… Barne Field|
|10.00 am to 5-00 pm||Parents counseling||… Parker Hall|
|12-15 pm to 1-00 pm||Parents Teachers Meeting(L6 & U6)||… Birdwood|
|1.00 pm to 2-00 pm||Lunch for Parents and Old Sanawarians||… Staff Court|
|2-00pm to 4-00 pm||Exhibitions||… Art Deptt/Birdwood|
|4-00 pm onwards||Old v/s Present Sanawarians||… Barne Field/New Courts|
|4-30 pm to 6-00 pm||School Concert||… Barne Hall|
|5-00 pm onwards||OS Preliminary Meeting||… SSC|
|7-20 pm to 8-30 pm||Tattoo||… Peacestead Subathu Road, Dharampur|
|9-00 pm onwards||OS Dinner|
|TUESDAY, 4th October 2011
|8-00 am||Founder’s Day Assembly||… School Chapel|
|10-00 am||School NCC Parade, HM’s Speech Prize Giving & Chief Guest’s Speech||… Peacestead|
|12-00 Noon to 1-00 pm||Chief Guest visits Exhibitions||… Art Deptt./Birdwood|
|1-00 pm to 2-00 pm||HM’s Lunch for Chief Guest/Special Invitees/Prefects & their Parents||… HM’s Residence|
|1-00 pm to 2-00 pm||HM’s Lunch for Parents, Guests & O.S||… Staff Court|
|2-00 pm to 3-00 pm||Exhibitions||… Art Deptt/Birdwood|
|2-00 pm||Annual General Meeting-OS Society||… SSC|
|2.00 pm onwards||Fete organized by OS Society||… Peacestead|
|4.00 pm||Founder’s Break commences|
ORDER OF CHAPEL SERVICE
2nd OCTOBER 2011
1. The Hymn -Abide with me. (3 minutes)
2. The Bible Reading————–(3 minutes)
3. The choir’s hymn- Showers of Blessing (3 minutes)
4. Mr. Praveen Vasisht, to address the gathering. (5 minutes)
5. choir’s hymn- The Lord’s my Shepherd (3 minutes)
6. The 1961 batch to share some happy moments spent during their time at The Lawrence School, Sanawar. (10 minutes 5+5)
7. God be with you, till we meet again! (3 minutes)
8. The 1986 batch to share some experiences of the time, spent, in Sanawar. (4×5 minutes)
9. The School Song. (3 minutes)
10. Group photograph of 1961 and 1986 batches out side Headmaster’s residence immediately after the service.
11. High Tea at Headmaster’s residence.
Sanawar Invitational Golf – September 2011
By Harjit Singh Gill (OS80)
Sanawar, BCS, Mayo, Doon . . . four teams . . . 18 players each . . . 72 golfers. The bugle was sounded on Thursday, 15 September 2011 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed ITC Classic Golf Resort to a shotgun tee at 12:30 hrs. Golfers had begun arriving as early as 09:30 hrs, with trepidation and excitement. Battle lines were drawn, with one player from each school in each 4-ball. That this was not a usual club or corporate golf tournament was palpable amongst the clusters that went into strategising. One could guess that there was more at stake here than the coveted trophy–pride, bragging rights, etc., fodder for this public-school set.
Rules read and format of modified stableford 3/4th handicap explained, the carts rolled their suitably attired warriors to their pre-designated tees. At 12:30 sharp, balls started to fly. Amongst the first shots of the day was a monster drive of 371 yards, signalling a high-calibre field. Over the next five hours fierce competition ruled, amidst bonhomie and camaraderie that is possible only on a golf course. Even the gods smiled and blew a steady breeze, while holding a cloud umbrella. Playing conditions couldn’t have been better. Refreshments were aplenty on course, with Sanawarian hospitality at its best.
As the cards started coming in, one couldn’t help but admire the quality and competence of the teams. This would be a close contest. Boots off, it was time for high tea, which rolled into happy hours! It would be late in the evening before the troops got back home for some contemplation over missed shots and putts and what ifs . . .
Friday, 16 September 2011 . . . .20:00hrs . . . Dublin, ITC Maurya . . . the swish crowd started to arrive. The same golfers appeared a tad more sophisticated with ladies on their arms. The bartenders and DJ hit the ground running and spirits were high all round, with just one question on everyone’s mind:whodunit?! With excitement and anxiety at its peak, it was time to declare the results but not before the essential tribute to the forces behind the tournament, the OSS and the executives of all four schools, without whose support and active participation the event might have missed the eminence. The heads of the four schools’ associations spoke and showered accolades on Sanawar for the precedence and initiative and for executing the event to such high quality.
The seniormost OS present, legendary polo-player and India Captain Col. Raj Kalaan, was called upon to give away the prizes amidst loud cheering and frenzy. Mayo bagged Best Gross, 2nd Best Gross and Best Nett! They were on a high, till our boy Prashant Sagar (S94) claimed the prize for his 371-yard drive. He would have impressed Tiger Woods at his peak! Everyone was on edge by the time the team scores were announced. BCS 266, Doon 304, Mayo 309, Sanawar 318! The din was deafening as Pankaj Sethi (Petha V79), along with his team, raced in to pick the Sanawar Invitational Cup 2011. What a victory!
The party continued. Spirits poured and spirits soured well into the early hours of the morning. The DJ belted and the dance floor held. For some, conversation held sway. Each corner of Dublin resonated. What a party. Well done Sanawar!
Feedback Golf Tournament
An exceptional tournament! A privilege to be a part of the Sanawar Invitational Golf Tournament. Two days of bonhomie & camaraderie. Am sure that in the coming years it will be a coveted tournament, whom everyone would like to be a part of.
Thank-you very much – Annauj Mattoo (Mayo)
It was an extremely well organised function. Sorry could not attend the prize distribution due to prior engagement.
(Lt. Gen. Mandeep Singh)(OS)
On behalf of the Old Cottonians Golf fraternity kindly accept our appreciation on a well conducted golf tournament. Also, we would support this event in the coming years as & when required, Looking forward.
I want to congratulate you and all the others involved on an extremely well-organised golfing tournament and dinner which my wife Saroj and I enjoyed thoroughly. Also glad to know that it’s not just the girls which are the only good things to come out of Sanawar 🙂
Ranjan Pal (Mayo)
Dear Jerry and Hardy
Much belated thanks on behalf of all Mayoites for a great show. I have been on the move for the past week am presently in Ajmer. The Golf and Dublin evening were memorable and one could see the hard work behind the scene. Your warm hospitality made it even more special. Our felicitations to Sanawar for a well deserved victory. We must make every effort to keep this going.
Thank you once again,
(Lt Gen Aditya Singh( PVSM,AVSM)
OS Golf Days have now become a permanent feature of OS Reunions in the Middle East and this time was no exception! Fantastic prizes had been lined up thanks to the generosity of several OS. To set up the game the prizes had been announced in advance a few of the players got a preview of the prizes two days before the game! This heightened the interest in the game and everyone had their eyes on the prizes. The event was open to OS, SOS (spouses of OS) and FOSS (Friends of Sanawar School by invitation). Braving the heat the first flight was on the course at 2.00PM with the temperature hovering around 40°C.
It’s normal for golfers to talk about the game after the game about the birdies made, or the number of balls hit into the lake (which were aplenty), about the great front 9 or the bad back 9. Likewise it also normal for non – golfers not to understand as why someone who has just played 4 hours of golf then needs 2 hours more to talk about it! With the arithmetic done, pints downed and the hunger partially satiated it was finally the time came to announce the prizes!
The individual prizes were given away by Ritu Sandhu (Spouse of OS) and were won by:
Straightest drive hole 9 – Ping driver – Nikhil Ahluwalia SOSN 85
Straightest drive hole 11– Ping rescue wood – Anil Sobti OSH 68
Closest to pin in 2 shots hole 3 – pair of golf shoes – Veersuvrat Rajpal FOSS
Closet to pin in 2 shots hole 14 – pair of golf shoes – Dhrone Chowdry FOSS
Closest to pin hole 4 – Kunal Chowdry OSH 80
Closest to pin hole16 – Kunal Chowdry OSH 80
The crystal trophies for the team event were handed out by the OS President Jerry Bains to:
Winners – Juggie Brar FOSS & Veersuvrat Rajpal FOSS
1st Runners up – Vipen Singh SOSN 85 & Nikhil Ahluwalia SOSN 85
2nd Runners up – Dhrone Chowdry (FOSS) & Varun Rajpal OSV 85
Special thanks to Pankaj Sethi OSV 80 for the Ping driver and rescue wood; to Tusky Lamba OSN 70 for the golf shoes; to Rajiv Suri OSN 80 for the putters, to Jerry Bains for Famous Grouse bags (one for each player); to Sanjeev Suri OSN 77 for the Pro V1 golf balls (one sleeve per player) as well as the crystal trophies.
The Old Sanawarian Society is compiling a Coffee Table Book on the history of Sanawar and the achievements of OS.
Any OS can contribute with any information on history of Sanawar/old photographs/eminent Old Sanawarian) which may be utilized for The Coffee Table Book, the same may be forwarded to Apeksha Khanna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly note that any material sent is assumed to have permission for publication and that there is no obligation at our end to publish the material.
Secretary OSS 2009-2011
The Leh Relief Initiative – A Story: Of an Idea, Of friendship, Of making a Difference! by Dr Karamjot Singh Bedi(00) and Shivanshu Thaplyal(00)
It all started as an idea , as one tends to do every time we hear of a tragedy or a disaster. But this time it was different. This time it was personal. The Batch of 2000 were planning their 10th founders, when disaster stuck Leh and two of our batchmates from Leh ,Tashi and Stanzin were thick in the middle of this tragedy. It was time now for action . . .
With this resolve ‘SNA2000’ decided to organize an initiative to distribute relief material and set up medical camps in affected villages in the Ladakh region without the help of the usual NGO’s and relief funds. It was to be us all the way, from procurement, to packaging and finally distribution. In addition, we were able to garner useful contributions and timely help from within and around the Sanawarian community. It was amazing how we received such an awesome response from so many quarters in such a short time. We were overwhelmed by the support and the faith everyone put in us.
The relief items were sourced from Ludhiana, collected and packaged in Chandigarh, transported to Delhi, flown to Leh, all within the space of a week. We would like to thank Mr. Omar Abdullah (OS 89), Air India and Chetak Logistics for all their help. The important contributions of Ikraam Singh Aulakh Abhishek Bajaj, Pranav Bal and Atul Kwatra must be mentioned all from the Class of 2000.
The Relief team consisted of Stanzin Gurmet(00), Vinod Sultanpuri(00), Shivanshu Thaplyal(00), Dr. Vikas Dhull and Dr. Karamjot Bedi(00). The team assembled in Leh on 30th Aug 10. We spent the next 2 days acclimatizing, meeting local administrators and the councilors of the affected areas where aid had not reached and drew out a plan with enough room to manoeuvre in case things didn’t go as planned. We started after offering Ardas and a small donation at Pathar Sahib on behalf of everyone associated with the initiative.
2nd Sept: Our final team in addition to the 5 of us included Urgan Tundup (Scorpio driver), Rigzin Wongtok(Cook), Rinchen Dorje and Angchuk (Truck driver and Helper). We proceeded to our overnight destination, Khaltsi, 97kms from Leh.
3rd Sept: After meeting Mr. Norboo, the SDM in the morning, we were off, on the 1st leg of our journey. We reached Dha/Biama villages by mid day and set up a medical camp after coordinating with Mr. Tsri Namgyal, the local nambardar (Govt. Official). Biama was seriously damaged, with comprehensive loss to life and infrastructure. We received an overwhelming response and we managed to give basic medical aid and distributed material to scores of villagers, including labourers from Bihar and Nepal (the worst affected of the lot). We then decided to get as far as we could to cut down on the travel the next day. The 298th Field Regiment was very kind and hospitable after they learnt of our intentions. They gave us a warm meal and put us up for the night.
4th Sept: We reached Hanu Yokma by noon. A bridge had been washed away 500m before the village and was being enthusiastically reconstructed by the army’s Corps. of Engineers. We met with Mr. Tsering Namgyal, a short portly gentleman with a bright yellow solar cap with an in built fan. He was the village headman and as efficient as his wonderful cap. Within an hour he had all the affected families rounded up and in a queue and could distribute aid efficiently. We then decided to make as much headway toward the 2nd leg of our trip in order to save time. Our next destination was Photoksar where little aid had reached. But the road had totally given away, making it impossible to reach the village and so we helped a camp of roadside labourers reparing the road with medical aid and blankets.
Later we made our way back to Khaltsi under the cover of bejewelled sky, tired and dissappointed but not defeated.
5th Sept: The morning found us in the SDM’s drawing room once more. He directed us to Tia, Ang and Saspochey villages where the roads had just opened and no aid had reached. These villages were considerably damaged owing to the streams that flowed through them. We had a wonderful experience at Tia and Ang, as by now we were all aware of our duties and how best to organize ourselves. We distributed medical aid and relief material to many affected people, played football with the local children, gave students stationery, towels and a few footballs and volleyballs. The grateful villagers served us tea and Chhang (local barley beer). Since we didn’t want to offend them we enthusiastically partook in both the above mentioned. We were disappointed when we found out the road to Saspochey was badly damaged and there was no way of getting there. We reached Leh just before sunset.
6th Sept: We visited the SNM hospital and handed over the remaining medicines to the Medical Superintendent, Dr. P. Tsering. The little left over material we distributed to the affected families around Leh.
In total we managed to distribute material to over 400 people, give basic medical aid to 210 people and give stationery to 80 children. We have now identified a hospital in Nubra where we are going to sponsor new operation theater lights. We are still on the look-out for a school/hospital where we can contribute further.
Needless to say that it was the most fulfilling experience of our lives to see our small effort affect the lives of so many. We can never forget the smiles of these simple, kind and resilient people. Even though this was only a small drop in the ocean but we’re sure this little drop made a mighty splash. The task wasn’t easy, we faced adversity but as Sanawar taught us, we were able to “stick it” still. Never Give In!!
Dear Old Sanawarians,
The Old Sanawarian Society welcomes you to the SMART CARD initiative.We have engaged a company named, VYTEQ to undertake the Smart card project for Sanawar wherein the smart card based identification is required for:
– Old Students
– Current Students
Overall main benefits of the card are:
– Chip based smart card with your photograph for identification purpose.
– A Unique identification card number.
– Secure storage of your personal details & information for the database.
– Access control & registrationto enter the school & for OS events
– Security & Safety of the residents of Sanawar School.
– Access Control & attendance for students at school.
Future enhancements to the card are:
– Current students will get monetary points for usage at the tuck shop, Quartermaster stores,PCO.
– Loyalty program with vendors Restaurants and Retail stores across the country for all Sanawarians.
Cost of the card:
The smart card cost for the OS is Rs 1000/- and for the Spouse is Rs 500/-
How can you order your brand-new card:
– Fill in the form by clicking on the Proceed at the bottom of this page
– After filling in your details, you can purchase and register for additional card for your Spouse.
– You can then decide on the various methods of payments that will be listed at the end of the
– The card will be shipped to your address within 15 days of receipt of your payment
– For any Delhi NCR address, there will be no extra shipping cost.
– For international members, you can put in an Indian address incase you want your card to be posted to a friend or family member
– However if you want the card shipped to your country, then there will be an extra cost of Rs 150 per card.
For any clarifications you can contact the project in-charge from VYTEQ, Mr. Jimuth Dutta at email@example.com or cell +91-9871211466
Our endeavor is to equip all Present Sanawarians and Staff with these smart ID cards by Founders 2010 and encourage maximum participation from OS.
So get your card now and be a proud member of the OS fraternity.
Jaskaran Singh Bains
The prizes were given away Mr. Baldev Chopra (Anil Sobti’s father-in-law, whose house was the venue for the gala dinner and dance) .
The winners were:
1st place – JS Brar (SOSS 81) & Sanjeev Suri (OSN 77)
2nd place – SS Bala (OSV 79) / Rajiv Suri (OSN 80)
3rd place – Gagan Sidhu (SOSV 91 ) / Sushant Malik (OSN 86)
4th place – Naresh Handa (OSS 80) / Vikram Arora (SOSN 90)
5th place – Kunal Chowdry (OSH 80) / Nikhil Ahluwalia (SOSN 85 )
Special awards also went to Gen. Chowdry (Kunal’s father) who played a great round of 18 holes at the age of 90 and also to Jerry Bains for coming all the way from India to be with Middle East’s OS Chapter.
PS outrun OS in Cricket
By Hari Singh (OS85)
On a bright sunny morning of the 28th of March 2010, the OS arrived at the haloed grounds of their Alma mater to play cricket against the young ones residing here. Most of the team comprised of parents who were keen sports persons during their tenure in Sanawar and were happy to be back to play a good game against the PS. Bringing back many a fond memory. The match started on an upbeat tone with Ashima Bath who was sitting in the sidelines requesting Sangram Singh to be gentle with the students. A constant source of amusement that distracted the spectators was the gentle sight of the OS President falling asleep while the wickets fell. Bets were being placed as to whether he would fall off the bench or not. We were convinced that he had an inbuilt radar that woke him up just before he keeled over. Thank you Jerry for being such a good sport. We applaud thy sleep.
Coming back to actual match in play, Sangram was amazing as usual. no matter how much Ashima threatened him, it had no effect. He was sheer poetry. All this while Amarinder Aulakh(Gags) was offering camouflaged red bulls to the OS in the true spirit of distraction at work. A very ‘sunny’ Aman Bir went on to bat but alas the gods were not smiling and it was a short-lived stint at the wickets but still his jumbo smile was firmly in place. Hari Singh did everything in a hurry and clobbered the PS quite a bit. Himmat Sekhon confronted the ball as though it were a new strain of Tibetan Mastiffs to be bred…woof we say! Surely it helped that his son was cheering him from the stands. The evergreen Harbir Rommana also made an appearance at the match and was given a big round of applause.We need more matches like these to keep the school spirit soaring. Its very important for us to continuously raise the Sanawar flag and keep the morale of our Sanawarian community high. What better way to bond than over a good game? Never mind the fact that one can get to meet the students at school time. Oh I did forget to mention that the PS thrashed the OS, any defeat is a thrashing. Get it together OS and no partying the night before! Cheers to many more matches!
Old Sanawarian V/S Present Sanawarian Cricket Match – 2010
At The Lawrence School, Sanawar on 28th March
|Venue: Barne field of Sanawar
Toss: Won by Old Sanawarian and elected to bat first
|Results: Present Sanawarian won by 7 wickets
Man of the Match: Ayushman Choudhary
OLD SANAWARIAN SCORED 110 IN 20 OVERS FOR SEVEN WICKETS
PRESENT SANAWARIAN SCORED 111 IN 16 OVERS FOR THREE WICKETS
|PRESENT SANAWARIAN||OLD SANAWARIAN|
4 OVERS 3 WICKETS
4 OVERS 2 WICKETS
4 OVERS 1 WICKET
Old Sanawarians sing for Doon School’s 75th anniversary
By Prabhsharan Singh Kang (OS61)
The Capital City Minstrels (CCM), Delhi’s leading international choir, is not a Sanawarian choir but Old Sanawarians regularly feature in its performance line-ups.
Last year CCM implemented its long-standing objective of introducing harmonic music to schoolchildren, by a concert for the students of Sanawar, performed on May 16, 2009. The good response to the concert and its inherent educational value, prompted the Headmaster to ask for it to be made a regular feature of the School’s annual calendar.
The Doon School had also asked for a concert and this was scheduled for February 20, 2010, to inaugurate the school’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The Doon School Old Boys’ Society sponsored the event.
The venue was the school’s newly renovated Rose Bowl, located at the far end of the campus on a natural slope. Its brick-lined low profile and backdrop of lush, giant bamboos blend well with the open, natural beauty of the 70 acre Doon campus. It has a seating capacity of 1000 around three sides of the circular floor, with amenities on the outside of the stands. It immediately brings to mind several natural locations in Sanawar for an open-air theatre.
For the concert, the Doscos were smartly turned out in their school blazers and ties. They were joined by the senior girls from Welham, staff and guests. At precisely 6 pm, the Chief Guest H.E. Smt. Margaret Alva (Governor of Uttarakhand), walked in escorted by the Doon Headmaster, Mr. Peter McLaughlin.
School Captain, Arnav Sahu, was MC and the concert began with the school orchestra and choir singing the National Anthem. The Headmaster then welcomed the Chief Guest and CCM and the choir filed in from ends, humming and then singing Tagore’s “To the Unnamed Light”.
CCM’s ex-Dosco, Suman Dubey, presented the choir singers (with 4 OS: Ashok Bhatia, Gita Bhatia, Sanjaya Varma, Prabhsharan Singh Kang), its conductor, pianist, percussionist (also an OS: Suchet Malhotra) and its soloists. He also explained harmonic music with its 4-voices, separate and together with examples, while CCM sang “Locus Iste” (Bruckner), then “How Excellent is Thy Name” (Butler), “Qui Tollis” (from Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass), “Gloria” (Rentz), “He Never Failed Me Yet” (Ray), Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” (Harmonised by CCM’s Usha Srivastava), “Rooh-Ah” (Harmonised by CCM’s Sharmila Livingston), “Namo Namo Maria” (Harmonised by Wirth), “Ethno Mass for Peace” (a Native-American and Afro-American Mass by Lorenz Maierhofer), “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (Weiss-Peretti) and the School Song “Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua” (Iqbal).
The last two pieces were sung jointly by CCM and the school choir, as then was the National Anthem. After the Chief Guest’s departure the regular and disciplined applause by the Doscos turned into a loud request for an encore and CCM obliged with “Good Night Sweetheart, It’s Time To Go”. The audience clapped along till CCM filed out while still singing the song.
The choir joined the school staff for Cocktails and Dinner at the Headmaster’s house, where the 5 OS in CCM were delighted to find that both Doon’s Bursar, Col. Ramesh Pathania, and Director Public Affairs, Mr. Piyush Malviya, were OS.
A highlight: As CCM’s coach drove in through the school gate, Dosco Suman Dubey went into raptures about the trees and asked “Prabh, has Sanawar got anything prettier than these?” The prompt answer “Yes, girls!”
(Prabh & Suman Dubey)
HIDE & SEEK
They were kids – Om, Abhi, Jaideep, Imran, Gunita and Jyotika. And it all started as a game on a chilly Christmas Night.
But little did they expect that night and that game would change their lives forever.
Twelve years later, while some still wrestled with memories of that fateful night and others left it buried deep within them, it was a past that came back to haunt them again.
This time it all started with a mysterious message – a catchphrase from their past – which results in Om, just out of asylum, getting a surprise visit from childhood sweetheart Jyotika.
While the same message distracts Abhi, Om’s estranged brother and business tycoon, in a corporate boardroom, it disturbs Gunita, the damsel in financial distress, sends chills down the spine of Imran, the fat kid grown up into a muscular movie star, and intrigues Jaideep, the bully who’s graduated into a political hooligan.
Twelve years later, someone was bringing them all together. To play that game all over again!
But this time it will cost them their lives!
Haunted by the past… Trapped in a shopping mall… Six best friends turn into worst enemies as they play…HIDE & SEEK!
Son of the famous industrialist Arun Kumar Mishra, who started his business on a bicycle with 200 rupees in his pocket, took each and every path needed to make to where he wanted to go, it did not matter to him if he ruined many lives in the process, Married to Kinnari at the age of 19, together they made an empire like no other in India. They were blessed with two sons, the older being Abhimanyu. Abhi with the help of his brother, Om, Converted his fathers fortune of 500 crores into a record breaking 50000 crore. Their policies were pretty similar to their fathers. No hold barred, no prisioners, all is fair in war.
Masters degree from Harvard business school, he is smart and good looking and knows it, does not take no for an answer, has his own private jet and the biggest yatch in the world, loves women and refuses to get married, he has been engaged to Gunita for a year but does not know how exactly to handle her as she may be as tough as him.
Is happy with his brothers success but inwardly hates his guts. Dreams of taking over the empire, is not media shy and loves to be seen in the page three coloums. He is someone you do not want to cross swords with.
The younger of the two, Always wanted to be the elder one, hates his brother for making most of the decisions and feels cheated when the final ok comes from the older sibling. A brilliant mind, has an iq over the best in the world. Shy of the press but has a huge ego which he hides well. Loves the fact that people think of him as the humble one, Prays every morning but no seriously, Pretends to be a Gandhian but is the opposite in his thinking.
Also got a masters degree from Harvard and stood first in class. He seceretly loves Gunita, has always loved her since they were 10 years old and in the same gang. His dream is to marry her after the distruction of his brother. Wants to take over the business empire but outwardly loves his brother and supports his every move.
He too has all his toys, cars, planes, Yatchs and loves Russian hookers. Spends thousands of dollars on prostitutes. Has been waiting for the chance to take it all away and be the richest man in the world.
3. Jaidip Khurana
Rich, Handsome and a go getter. Born to rich parents who have become even richer once oil was discovered on their plantation in Kenya. Jaidip was never interested in the family business but loved to spend money as if he had made it all. Being the only son, his parents gave into every demand since he was a child. Jaidip is Indias biggest movie actor, he is the star, Sharukh and Amitabh Bachchan all in one. Has a record of giving 16 super, golden jublee hits in a row. He is known as the hit machine and the entire film industry awaits his films to release. Many a times he has single handedly bailed out the industry from all its flops. He damands ridiculous amounts of money and gets it, takes 50 percent stakes in all part of the process and has become a multi millioner.
Women love him and he loves them, has not slept a single night alone in the past five years alone, has been through them all. All his rooms are fitted with cameras and loves filming himself in the act of sex, he then edits the films and shows them to his friends.
Jaidip has stopped reading scripts, wants to know what a flop may look like, goes to set for 2 hours a day and only gives close-ups but he is on a roll and no one can stop him except Jaidip himself.
4. Imran Baig
Son of the chief minister of Mumbai, His father has been in the seat for 10 years in a row. Has made more money and stuffed them in swiss banks than the GDP of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal put together. Imran is knowns as Mr, 50 percent. He is the man you need to see if you want anything passed in the state. He takes a fee of 50 percent in advance. He makes the decisions. He is the most important man in Mumbai without holding a single post.
He may be in the gang, the best friend but does not give any quarter to even the mishra brothers. Invardly they hate him for all the money they have paid him. Imran has constructed schools and collages for the poor in Mumbai, through those students he rules the land. They are his watch dogs, his protectors, his muscle. With a wink of an eye, he can shut the state down, he can bring violence to another level and can be more evil than satan.
Loves the good life but cannot show it. He has to pretend to be the person of the people. Loves cocain and all night bashes with women on his friends Yatch or planes. Gets whatever he wants and he knows it.
5. Gunita Sodhi
Born into an army family, her father retired from the army and took advantage of the break up of the Soviet Union becoming the biggest arms dealer in the world. He took his daughter to all the dangerious places in the world and she began to love it. Never scared of anything, always willing to go head first with the quickest response time, she is someone you do not mess with.
Went to Harvard business school with the rest of the gang and has been in the gang from an early age. She is beautiful and she knows it, she uses her beauty and charm to get what she wants. Once while she was modeling, she got into a fight with the creative head of the agency, she left the set and the next day bought over the company and broke it down, such is her power, the creative head had to leave the country and now drives a cab in Nyc as no one will give him a job. She does not forget. Because of her dealing in war zones, she has mastered the art of using a gun and is fantastic and one on one combat, getting her black belt from China.
She loves powerful men but does not have time for them. She was dating Om, who is still madly in love with her but broke his heart and got engaged to his older brother as he was the decision maker. She always maintains that Om was super man in bed. She still has a soft corner for him and knows that Om will do anything for her.
6. Jyotika Jhalani
The only royal in the group of friends. Her father is the maharaja of Jaipur and has property worth billions. Being the only child, she inherited it all once her father passed away. Her mother is the chief minister of the State of Rajasthan.
Jo as she is called by her friends also went to business school at Harvard and came first in her class. She is the youngest in the group and has a phobia for commitment, she likes sex but only with random men. Imran has a secret crush on her.
After Harvard she came back to India and opened a garment factory, she has made millions through that and is the largest supplier to all major department stores all over the world. She supplies to the biggest fashion houses and dines with Armani, paul smith and donna Karen. She likes to part around the world and is one of the most photographed faces in the page three circuit. She is a bomb.
SANAWAR POLO 2010
By Pradeep Rao (OS57)
12th February 2010 was the day when Sanawar Polo returned to the Jaipur Polo Ground with a bang. Splendid weather, packed stands, and an exciting match made it a memorable occasion. Credit in very large measure goes to the OS Society with President Jerry Bains taking the lead. Also to Jai Shergill for persuading current polo playing Sanawarians to adjust their schedules and make themselves available for the match. When it comes to Sanawar polo Jyotsna Suri’s contribution is second to none. Unforeseen circumstances prevented her fulfilling her role as the Chief Guest but she more than earned the appreciation of all present by providing a sumptuous tea and a very generous donation of Rs. 10 lakhs to the School. Jerry and the OS Exceutive raised a similar amount from the polo event – a most laudable achievement and one that was widely and loudly welcomed. Additionally there was a handsome donation of Rs 5 lakhs by an anonymous Nilgarian. (Any guesses who that might be?). A grand total of Rs 25 lakhs was handed over to the Headmaster for the new science block.
While accepting these donations at the Prize distribution ceremony, the Headmaster having donned the mantle of Chief Guest, revealed a hitherto unknown talent of his – a flair for shairi!! Sanjiv Bali(OS83) was one of the sponsors for the event, striking the stands like a thunderbolt (more about that later) The match was played between Sanjeev Bali’s Mount Shivalik Sanawar and Mr Manish Periwal’s Pioneer Urban Sanawar, both sponsors for the event.
Mount Shivalik Sanawar
1. Gurpal Singh (H)
2. Satinder Garcha (N)
3.Jai Shergill (S)
4. Angad Kalaan (V)Pioneer Urban Sanawar
Angad Singh (H)
Naveen Khanna (N)
Col. Navjit Sandhu (N)
Uday Kalaan (V)
Umpires. Col (Retd) Raj Kalaan (V) and Mr Rajesh Sehgal
Referee Brig.(Retd.) V. P. Singh (S).
Each, a 10-goal team and all the players Sanawarians. Some may get nostalgic about the days gone by when the Sanawar polo match used to feature 3 teams each of about 14 goals with nearly all the top Indian players playing. Those were the days when the Army dominated polo and Sanawar had a very close relationship with the army. Times have changed- the Army is no longer the super star of Indian polo and neither is the level of migration from Sanawar to the Army anywhere near what it used to be. Under the circumstances it is truly hearteneing that Jai Shergill was able to form these two teams made up of 7 civilians and Navjit Sandhu (N) the sole armyman. Right from the first chukker it was clear that the teams and horsepower seemed evenly matched thus promising a gripping encounter. And that is exactly what it turned out to be. To the delight of the purists even though it was a hard fought game there was a welcome dearth of fouls which allowed the game to flow freely resulting in some spectacular runs down the length of the field. The audience showed its appreciation with loud cheering whenever a goal was scored. Every now and then there would be a sudden outburst even when nothing was happening on the ground. Soon it became clear that this polo unrelated cheering was coming from the beer counter at the back of the grandstand. Free supply of Thunderbolt from Mount Shivalik soon saw polo become the excuse for uninhibited indulgence in beer guzzling to an extent that many in the audience found it disturbing. In future the organisers could consider restricting the serving of alchohol within the hospitality marquee.
The match ended in a befitting draw at 3 all. Scorers for Mount Shivalik were Jai, Angad Kalaan and Gurpal. For Pioneer Urban the goals were scored by, Navjit, Uday and Naveen.
The match was followed by an exhilarating display of skilled riding by riders of the 61 Cavalry. Rupi Brar (S), having just arrived from Ropar didn’t have the time to take off his tie let alone put on breeches and boots before yielding to popular demand for a demonstration of tent pegging. The former Asian Gold Medallist not only obliged but showed why he was the champion 30 years ago. Following in Uncle Rupi’s footsteps were nephew and niece Amrinder Aulak and Isheet Mann who also showed their skill at tent pegging. Isheet in particular became an instant star when after a fall she remounted and galloped away with the prized peg.
The Headmaster gave prizes to the players and officials away. Mementos were also given to the veteran Sanawarian polo players who were present- Billy and Pickles Sodhi, V.P.Singh, Raj Kalaan, Rupi Brar, Kuldip Garcha, Pradeep Rao and Narinder Kalaan. A special prize was given To Ashok Bhatia (V) for being the senior most Sanawarian present at the venue.
The camaraderie and joie de vivre, which had been in evidence from the moment spectators, had begun arriving continued in full measure during the High Tea that followed the prize distribution. Guests were heard saying Never Give in, and we’ll meet again here next year. Thanks Sanawar!
Pradeep Rao (OS57)
Our Silver Moments at Founders 2009
Anuradha (Verma) Bhatt (OS84)
When and how 25 years sped by I still haven’t a clue but it all started in April this year for me when Sanjit Kaur applied the royal boot and got me in contact with our batch for our silver jubilee Founder’s celebrations.
I must say that the team who co-ordinated the whole show for us – Anjali Khosla, (Thappo) Munji, Devika Mohan, Ranbir Nabha(Hathi), Dalip and Harbir Romana, did a brilliant job, cajoling and coaxing us to contribute towards a gift for the institution which has shaped us into the individuals we are today. Thanks especially to Harbir for ensuring that the basket ball court at old Trafford got completed on time.
I remember the first few emails I read from the Sanawar 84 group! It was fantastic to be back with the people we knew best. For those of us who have been out of the country for a period of time and not been in contact with school mates, there was an instant sense of belonging, of citizenship to this group, where we could go back to basics again.
The first of the parties started before Founders’ at Sabina’s house in Delhi, followed the next day, by a dinner hosted by Munji and Praveen (Mr. Munji) at the Habitat Centre. It was here that most of the batch met for the first time and the differences in girth, height and hair growth were duly noted. I did notice that quite a few of the boys had grown at least a foot after leaving school! (Was it the food, or rather the lack of it in school, I wonder) but it did surprise me to see some of the short ones towering over us.
The next day (1st of October) was spent travelling to Chandigarh in a convoy of cars, where Dalip and Haathi had organised a fabulous dinner reception, at the Black Magic night club. The highlight was screening of an audio visual CD comprising of 500 pictures of school days from our batch with music from our times. It was a glorious start to the formal re-union, with not a dry eye in the room.
The 2nd morning was a mad rush to get to Baikunth, (the nerve centre for the OS). After a quick change into formal attire, we dashed off for the inauguration of the basket ball court, by ‘our’ very own Heady (Mr Shomi Das).
Our class gifted a synthetic basket ball court built at Trafford Court with a plaque that read “In gratitude to the institution that taught us to Never Give in”.
It was very moving to hear Heady speak of our batch so fondly, reminiscing about all the wicked and funny things we had done. He did say we had the dubious accolade of being the naughtiest batch he had ever dealt with, what with his jeep being stolen and for never doing what we were told.
The real surprise was meeting Soli (Mrs. Solomon), our house mistress and Ms Bakshi the only other teacher from our time. They were and are all very special and we owe them a ton of gratitude for guiding and shaping us into the people we are today. We missed Muchoo and all those teachers, who weren’t present.
Later that afternoon, we attended the chapel service for the Golden & Silver jubilee batches (1959 & 1984) and the speeches by Shiraz and Varun had us in splits and tears in equal measure. A special mention must be made about the lovely invitation cards and roses handed out to all of us by the students as we entered chapel.
The Head Master’s High Tea for the two batches was spent eating and registering for the OS society dinner with the occasional comment thrown in for good measure, to prove we had grown past the food grabbing days in CDH! I must admit, it was all very well organised and civilized. I don’t think I remember much else of that afternoon apart from thinking that we are still not ‘old’ enough to have a drink with the Head Master and have to make do with High Tea.
There was yet another dash to get back to Baikunth in time, to change and dress for the formal class dinner (organised by us, for us but invaded by previous batches that were up for founders!) Good to know we are still the ‘happening’ batch!!! And we welcomed them all. Needless to say, with loads of alcohol and music, there were a lot of inhibitions lost and lost times made up for. One could hear the occasional grey haired man recounting his lost opportunities in school, especially when Sanjeet made an appearance!! Things hadn’t changed. We could count on the usual suspects, to fight over the favours of a good looking girl! (Now, a lady!) I think Alloo won, or was it Sanjeeva?
Huffing and puffing down to Barnes on the 3rd morning for the school athletics, was avoided by all who had had too much to drink the night before. Only those with kids in school made the heroic effort to wake up in time. We did however make it for the OS vs. PS football match in the early afternoon and it was gratifying to see that the OS team was out in numbers (27 strong) on the field, facing just 11 PSs and sadly may I add the OS lost 4-1.
Walking around the school that afternoon, wearing the ‘Sanawar 84’ T-Shirts brought back all sorts of memories, of mischief, of exams, CDH and Parker Hall ledge, frequented by dating couples (remember going steady!). However, Charlie was an institution in our time, as were the Kasauli ‘bun-sums which is now lost to memory.
The school buildings hadn’t changed but there wasn’t much else which we could recognise. The school library, that haloed building, was like a sitting room, resplendent with neat sofas and shining silverware. It was good to see that the PCs were aplenty but it seems books (the type you pick up off a shelf and open and flick through or read the printed page) are not as important as they used to be. In fact, there were fewer books in the library now then I remembered. Possibly all have been scanned onto the hard drives, for the new generation of students.
Later that evening, Tattoo was as enthralling as ever and the screening of the ‘Class of 84’ CD made by Thappo, had us all screaming again. It was followed by PT and later Gymnastics, the school dance and other events were all well performed and brought back memories of our preoccupation with tattoo evenings and reserving places with shawls and sweaters. I did miss the cocoa which used to be served earlier.
The late evening was spent chatting and drinking after which we proceeded for the OS dinner, at the Victoria International Hotel. There were old friends to meet, from other batches which made up for long haul to Victoria.
It is my very humble opinion that some of principals that built our character like serving and clearing up in CDH, wishing guests, parents and teachers when they passed us, have got lost in the mist of time. It would do well for the school to bring back these basic etiquettes that made Sanawar so special.
The NCC parade on the 4th of October saw a resplendent display by the school. The troops and the band were all very smart, although a little out of tune, very occasionally, but very endearing nonetheless. The girls were smarter than boys. It was reassuring that the NCC tradition has endured over the years and is just as thrilling today as it was when we were on parade.
It was now the turn for the Silver jubilee batch to march past on peace stead, 71 strong, who were greeted by a huge applause!
The final send off for those of us leaving after the NCC, was the rain, as the heavens opened and bid us a fond farewell, drowning out the goodbyes and promises of a reunion sooner than our Golden Jubilee, in 2034 or is it 2035!
All said and done, I would not have missed our reunion for the world. It was very heartening to note that friendships from youth do last a life time!
PS – apologies for the excessive sentiment but it was that sort of occasion!
Our Golden Jubilee celebration
(A narrative by Amarjit S. Butalia(OS59) coordinator for the batch)
It was a cold morning in Dec ’08 that I received a call from Abhey Yograj to come over to his house in the evening for an urgent meeting of some of our classmates. That was the first inkling to most of us that there was something like a Golden Jubilee class celebration and participation at Founder’s in Sanawar. At the meeting it transpired that Anupma D Singh from New York had come for a visit and got us going. A few of us commenced tracing each of the 34 classmates with whom we had lost touch over these 50 years. During this search it saddened us to learn that we had lost 9 friends during this period, a rather high percentage in our age group. We also cast our net to trace some of the early leavers of our class as we felt that the bonding of Sanawar would still be strong in them. Finally, we managed to contact our batch mates and a fair number of the early leavers who were all more than enthusiastic to participate. Eventually 15 of the 25 made it for Founder’s plus we had 3 of the early leavers and 11 spouses too. I believe this is the largest number amongst all the Golden Jubilee batches till now. We also had both, our Head Boy and the Head Girl participating – Sangram Gaekwad and Anupama D Singh.
It was a fascinating journey down the road culminating at the Founder’s. We held a number of brain storming sessions at Abhey Yograj’s and CK Mahajan’s place to decide how, were we to participate and also what we could give back to the school. In this process we had our spouses actively and at times heatedly debating the issues with us. With time being at a premium we formed a core group consisting of Abhey Yograj, CK Mahajan, Meera Harkirat Singh and myself. Anupma had a very active remote control hand from New York. The pull was so strong that Ashok Shahani flew in from overseas just for one day so that he could participate in our pre – Founder’s party and was magnanimous enough to contribute handsomely to our Project.
I would also like to specially commend Sangram & Abhey who came to my rescue when I had to hurriedly produce the brochure and the Class of 59 Flag after the tragic demise of our batch mate, Vinod Nair who was doing the brochure. I was at my wits end as to how to complete the task when Sangram generously sent me Rs 50000/- immediately apart from his contribution to the Teachers award Fund. The balance over run of more than Rs 10000/- was taken care by Abhey. Such was the spirit of our batch.
Our biggest achievement was to create an award for teachers at Sanawar. We as a batch felt that to bring up the educational performance of Sanawar it was imperative that we should have motivated teachers. It was generally seen that every where it was a practice to give students incentives to excel but sadly the real motivators, the Teacher, was not recognised. To correct this shortcoming a “59ers Teachers Excellence Award” has been initiated by us. We decided that the awardee (teacher) would be offered a monetary award sufficiently attractive for him/her. The criteria being they not only give their best but also motivate the intelligent and industrious students, as well as the weaker and laggards too. To this end our class rose to the occasion and between just 25 of us, including early leavers, we donated nearly Rs 9.5 Lakhs to form a permanent corpus for this award. The monetary award would be part of the interest earned from this amount with 1/3rd of which would be added to the corpus every year thus enhancing the amount of award every few years. The first award will be given at Founder’s 2010 with a purse of Rs 40,000/=. A detailed and comprehensive set of Rules and Procedures were drafted and issued to the School.”
We also designed a separate flag for our march past (a first for any batch) and presented it to the School after the event to be placed along with the other vintage flags of the School. In addition we designed and manufactured T-shirts & Jackets for the occasion with immense help from Anjali (Thappo) and Priyanka (Munji) of the Silver Jubilee batch of ’84. We had 4 get togethers (one in Delhi and three at Kasauli) which were great fun as we were not only meeting after half a century but also meeting the spouses for the first time. We all literally took off from where we had left off fifty years back and yapped incessantly trying to make up all the lost time in this short period.
We had a great time in school participating in all the special events laid out for us. In this Parveen Vashisht, the HM and all the staff gave us ample support not only while we were there but all throughout our preparations in the 8 months preceding the Founder’s. Immediately after the special chapel service, we also revived the formal ceremony of wreath laying at the School War Memorial to honour all the school mates who laid down their lives from the First World War to the Kargil Battle and beyond. We hope a tradition will be created in this respect by the future Golden Jubilee batches too. Finally the curtain came down. We sadly but fondly dispersed and went back to our own lives on 4th October with memories lingering on of this momentous set of events in our lives. We realised that what strong bonds had been inculcated in us by our Alma Mater. God willing, we hope to recreate this magic once again on our sixtieth anniversary.
Dear Old Sanawarians,
With Founders 2009 around the corner it is time for the traditional report by the President, Old Sanawarian Society (OSS). It is also an occasion for us all, members of the OS Fraternity, to rejoice at being alumni of this great institution and at the same time introspect and see how we, as a Society, can contribute towards the growth and strength of Sanawar, to which we owe so much.
There has been a fair share of OS activity during the year. The more prominent events were
– OS Patiala Chapter held its annual golf tournament followed by a well attended dinner
– Sanawar Polo 2009 held on Feb 8th at the Jaipur Polo Ground, New Delhi was a delightful and fun filled event enjoyed by OS, parents and enthusiastic fans of vintage polo and tent pegging
– Dubai Chapter was launched with Sonali Ahluwalia (nee Bhandari – N85) at the helm. The chapter had its inaugural dinner on Nov 14th 2008, which was well attended. We look forward to the growth of the Chapter
– OS Class of 2009 were formally inducted into the Society at an enjoyable and informative interaction with the Executive Committee at Sanawar on Dec 1st
– Teachers and Administrative Staff were felicitated during function on Dec 13th 2008. Mementos were presented on behalf of the OSS to those who retired
– As we approach Founders some of you would be looking forward to the inter house golf and dinner organised by the Chandigarh Chapter on Oct 1st.
– The OS London Chapter is organising it annual lunch on Oct 4th to coincide with Founders.
OS continue to contribute to the betterment of the School. The following initiatives have been well received.
– Renovations and improvements in the GD dormitories, Parker and Barne Halls
– Presentation of Winger (mini bus) and Spacio (all purpose) vehicles
– Installation of new audio systems in all the dormitories by the OSS
At Founders this year we welcome the 1959 and 1984 batches celebrating the Golden and Silver jubilees respectively. Here’s wishing them a wonderful occasion with loads of nostalgia, bonding and re-living their school days on our hill top. It is the first Founders for the fledgling OS – Class of 2009 and I am sure that they are going to rock and rejoice at being OS. We must involve our younger members in the Society.
Shiva Keshavan (OS 99) the youngest and first ever Luge Olympian from India qualified for his fourth Winter Olympics being held in Canada in 2010. It is a rare athlete who competes in so many Olympics despite administrative and financial odds. The indomitable “Never Give In” spirit of Shiva merits recognition and support of the Society and we are supporting him in his bid for a medal. I request all OS to also individually support this outstanding athlete.
Water shortage in Sanawar is a perennial problem. Over the past few years we have been looking at a long lasting solution to this issue. Recycling of waste water and re-charging of bore wells by rain water are promising avenues. With the initial initiative of the OS 1960 batch, a group of OS have come together to establish effluent treatment plants at BD (Holding House) and PD. This along with up gradation the existing ETP plant at BD and the school sewage treatment plant, will hopefully, fructify during the coming year and augment our water supply.
Sanawar is an independent school and does not receive government support. It relies on fees and limited voluntary contributions in cash and kind to cover its annual operating expenses as well as capital projects. Our School is rich in many varied ways, has a proud heritage and a beautiful, pristine campus. It is an ideal place to learn and educate young minds. The general reserves with the School ar e just not adequate for taking it forward in terms of academic excellence, faculty competence and student/ faculty facilities. In fact the maintenance of the 140 acre, 162 year old campus itself, is an ongoing challenge. An organised fund raising effort is in the offing and this can only be a success with the active support and involvement of Old Sanawarians across geographic locations and ages. I am confident that as a Society we will rise to the occasion.
This year during the AGM on Oct 4th, we elect the Nominating Committee 2009-11. I request members wishing to contest elections to the Committee to file their nominations with the President / Secretary OSS prior to commencement of the AGM. Please make it a point to attend the AGM, as elections, to the Committee are an important function of the general body.
Looking back on the activities of the last two years, I find that there is much more effort required to develop our Socie ty. For this we must have organised, viable and active chapters worldwide. I appeal to all OS to get involved with the Society and develop chapters as these are the bed rock of our being and the logical way to bond the Fraternity and harness its potential for its intrinsic growth and assistance to Sanawar. The Executive Committee, as always, will endeavour to play a catalyst role in these efforts.
Being the President OSS has been a rich and varied experience especially after having served as a Board member earlier. I have realised how much remains to be done at the grass root level to integrate and organise our fraternity. I am sure that my successor Jaskaran Singh Bain (Jerry N 75) is the right person for the job and I wish him well.
Last but not least is my deep gratitude to the Executive Committee for all this has been team work and trust of an exceptional order. I thank each one of them.
Above all, we are indebted to the Head Master and staff of the School for their unstinting support and help.
I look forward to the excitement and exuberance of Founders. Hope to see you there in large numbers
Brig. I.S. Chima (Retd.)
Report on OS singing for Sanawars
34 singers, aged 20+ to 70+, from Delhi’s “The Capital City Minstrels” with their Hungarian conductor Gabriella Boda-Rechner, went up to Sanawar on Saturday May 16, 2009, and sang for the school in the chapel.
CCM, the choir’s popular name, is a 15 year old registered Society for creating and propagating choral music. It’s membership, currently over 60 singers, is open to all – even with no music/singing training – and members are of diverse ages, nationalities, backgrounds and professions. Few are musicians but many younger ones have gone on to formal music studies and careers. CCM helped Neemrana formally start opera in modern India (now a multi-nation effort) and it has performed with many conductors (Korean and Indian to German and American) and other choirs in India and abroad.
With OS being prominent members of CCM, their long-cherished dream of singing for Sanawar finally came true. CCM was picked up at Kalka station from the morning Delhi Shatabdi by the school bus. The beauty of the campus and the extremely well-mannered Sanawarians quickly sobered the choir’s holiday mood into one of determination to do their best for the children.
The school fell-in (including PD, HM and staff) and filed in to their places. Programme placement and ushering was by Ashali Bhagat Varma OS ’69. Punctually at 5.30pm Madame Boda-Rechner, conductor and accompanist (there are no piano tuners North of Delhi, so Sanawar uses an electronic piano), walked in through the Herbert-Edwardes porch followed by CCM’s men in cream kurta-pajamas and red stoles filing in to form 2 rows at the altar on wooden risers and humming Tagore’s “To the unnamed light”. The women in orange and red saris, double-filed in down the aisle singing the song and made 2 rows on the steps before the men. Announcements were handled by CCM’s OS members, starting with Sanjaya Varma ’64 presenting the choir, its conductor and OS members.
Prabhsharan Kang ’61 briefly explained man’s historical affinity to song and how polyphonic (mainly western) music was played by the Sanawar band and differed from Indian and other forms. Then songs were introduced in succession with their relevance, origin and demonstration, from a monophonic Gregorian chant to the modern 4-voice classification in Mozart’s Ave Verum, the additional 5th speaking voice used by Eugene Butler, grandiosity of Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus, Rentz’ African-American Mass, Gandhi’s favourite “Raghupati Raghav” arranged polyphonically by CCM’s President Usha Srivastava, Paranjoti’s Konkani “Poili Santa”, traditional Marathi “Namo Namo Maria”, Venezuelan “E Mariposa”, Argentine “Chiquilin”, Moroccon “Aliki Mini Salaam”, Israeli “Hava Nagila”, Konkani “Lolo re Babu”, Hindi-Punjabi “Maeri”, Elvis’ “Falling in Love”, Beatles’ “Yesterday” and the African-American gospel “He never failed me yet”.
Gita Bery Bhatia ’54 concluded the concert by asking the school to stand for the school song, but not to sing it till CCM had sung the first verse for them in 4-voice polyphony. Later, the school and CCM sang it in the traditional way. Ashok Bhatia ’53 thanked the HM and Sanawar. Headmaster Praveen Vashist (OS ’76) asked CCM to make the concert an annual feature, while gifting a hamper of Sanawar mugs to the singers. Sanawar’s traditional unison applause continued till CCM agreed to an encore with the sentimental “Goodnight sweetheart, it’s time to go” as they filed out, after an hour of standing and singing.
CCM was delighted with everything. One matronly lady laughed with tears in her eyes, “the kids were leading in while we waited outside the chapel and a little boy wished me ‘Best of luck, ma’am’ “. School prefects were deputed to take batches of singers on conducted tours of the school till an exhausted choir had supper with the staff in their dining hall next to the Parker Hall library.
The choir partied long that night at a new resort at Sanwara village. Next morning the school bus took them for a very different noon-time concert in the Kasauli church, followed by lunch, then to Kalka and the Shatabdi for Delhi. Sanawar’s magic worked yet again – they all want to go back!
Prabhsharan Singh Kang, N’61
The Board of Governors met on 12th May 2009. As your representative on the Board, I would like to update you as follows.
The Board unanimously ratified the action taken by the Head Master with regards to the incident on 27th April wherein seven Upper Sixth boys were sent home for resorting to violence.The concerned boys will not return to the School.
The Head Master has been given a fresh tenure of five years with effect from 1st July 2009.
The Board was deeply concerned with the happenings in School and has directed the Head Master to urgently implement a suitable sensitization program, so as to encourage and educate students to rationalize their actions and not resort to violence as a means of settling differences.
A zero tolerance policy towards violence and bullying of any kind will be implemented . At the same time the whole aspect of pastoral care is to be reviewed ,so as to educate and train teachers on the sensitive issue of bullying and violence seemingly prevalent in School. Teachers in general and house masters/ staff in particular need to be trained and counselled to understand students under their charge.Potential ‘flash point’ situations should be diffused well in time before they erupt, as happened in this incident.
Having seen the mails exchanged by OS over the past two weeks, one is heartened by the unity and concern we all share for our alma mater.
I can assure you all that the School is doing well and very soon the happenings of the past few days will be just a memory,albeit an unpleasant one.There is a lesson in all this turmoil for us and some dedicated work for the HM and the School faculty so that Sanawar becomes a better place to live, play, learn and above all make life-long friends—— in a envronment where the mind is without fear .
Never Give In.
Brig(retd) I S Chima
Old Sanawarian Society
On sunny Sunday morning, the OS team captained by Col. Jitender Singh Chandel (Piddi – N 75) played against the PS team led by Karan Dev Gill. After winning the toss Piddi decided that OS should bat first. The logic being ,if they batted first, then in all probability may not have to field the entire 25 overs . So much for confidence in their star line up.
A good start from the OS openers Subroto Malik and Sangram Singh, but was unfortunately put to rest by the PS pace attack. Amarjyot (PS) came on to bowl and put the OS further on the backfoot. Seeing the mayhem caused by some spectacular catching by the PS the OS decided, with the connivance of the umpires that they should be allowed to bat through all 25 overs irrespective of the number of wickets falling. So after the fall of the 10th wicket, Sangram Singh came again for a 2nd inning. The OS score finally read 128 for the loss of 15 wickets in 25 overs.
The PS openers came out with supreme confidence with man of the match Ayushman Chowdhry playing a solid knock. The OS sledged and heckled but the PS stood fast. The run rate kept coming down rapidly and in between the OS did get 4 wickets. Seeing the writing on the wall, the rules were again changed and PS were given 20 overs. The scorers (PS) promptly changed the visitors total to 94 (20 overs).
A bowling change, introducing left arm spin was a disaster as 12 runs came of it. The PS won by 6 wickets with an over to spare.
Well done Sanawar.
The match was followed by lunch, served in the pavillion.
The OSS presented the School team with Reebok change bags and the man of the match received a batting kit autographed by M.S. Dhoni.
The OS team was represented by – Jitender Chandel, Amanbir Singh, Hari Singh, Subroto Malik, Gurbir Pannu, Himmat Dhillon, Sandeep Singh, Gags Aulakh, Jatti, Vikram Chadda and Bala.
Rahul Bhargava( OS76)
OSS Executive Comm
Sunday 8th Feb: A cheerful sunny afternoon with bright blue sky, set the mood for the much awaited Sanawar Polo 2009. The Jaipur Polo Grounds, resplendent as always, was adorned with red and white flags and banners fluttering against the mild winds.
The crowds built up slowly and suddenly there was a huge crowd, the best count we have had in years, more than 500. Apart from the OS they were PS, parents, diplomats, expats, and other guests who enjoy polo and of course the press (both print and media.)
The Hon’ble Minister of State of Defence Production, Rao Inderjit Singh(S67) along with Praveen Vasisht Headmaster (S76) were welcomed as Guests of Honour.
The event started with a two minute silence ,in memory of Mrs Pheroza Das wife of former Headmaster Mr Shomi Das, who passed away on 31 Jan 2009.
The Garhwal Rifles band led the teams out and both school and house Flags were trooped in , with loud cheering from the crowds.
The two teams appropriately named Peacestead and Parker Hall, played out a fast paced and exciting match with Peace stead piping their rivals by 5 goals to 4.
Peacestead team – Angad Kalaan, Satinder Garcha, Rajesh Sehgal, Gaurav Sehgal
Parker Hall Team – Lt. Col Navjit Sandhu, Jai Shergill, Gurpal Singh, Angad Singh
The match was followed by a display of tent pegging by the players and it was wonderful to see Col Rupi BrarOS (Asian Games Gold medalist, dressed in a tie and flannels spear the peg at his first attempt and so did Gurpal Sandhu OS77. For fun and games we had tug of war and cycle polo.
Big thanks to our Sponsor Mount Shivalik who did a fantastic job of organising the match, as well as the trophies, uniforms and most important beer.
The afternoon culminated with high tea which was hosted by “The Lalit ” New Delhi. They magnanimously laid out a fanatastic spread under a beautiful, symbolic red and white marquee. The food was finger licking good and service exceptional. Big Thank you to them.
The event was broadcast on News X on monday with sound bytes by Headmaster and Chief Guest. They also carried a clip on tent pegging the next evening including an interview with Rupi Brar.
There was a happy buzz the whole time, many catching up with friends and batchmates. The event was a grand success and thank you all for making it so.
See you in 2010.
Two little girls..staring at each other..way back in March 1952..both of us,six years old joined Sanawar and remained dearest friends ever since or forever…but that forever ended today…Shashi,what was the hurry..we have many good years ahead of us I thought….shocked and shaken to the core. Rest In Peace my dear always smiling Friend. The below I have written just for Shashi.
A star in the sky
Is not me
rustling of the leaves
A perfume in the air
Up in the mountains
The delicate pine
Me you will find
I am there…always there
(Vinay Chopra Tuli)
Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Old Sanawarian Family.
Remembering Jasdeep (Kitu) Bindra
Our dearest Jasdeep Singh Bindra (Binda) NBD 1968-1977 also fondly known as Kitu left for his heavenly abode on August 28, 2018 in California, sitting on his favourite chair with his notepad open.
He will always be remembered as among the most mischievous, happy-go-lucky, carefree fellows. True to his other Sna’ given name Binda, it would be apt to describe him as ‘Bindaas’.
The year 1968. Seven year old Jasdeep Bindra in PD Form 1 Nilgiri House was that “chut” chap, lovable and sincere with a ready smile but extremely competitive. The only other fellow who could match him in these aspects was Jaggu Bakshi of Himalaya.
Four months went into forming friendships and learning the art of polishing shoes, cutting nails and being on time. Come summer holidays and our mothers came to take us. Jaggu and JSB caught a bus from Garkhal. Pawan Mutneja was following in a car. The bus was overloaded but still negotiated the hills. Short of Pinjore it found its way to the bottom of a shallow pond. All the passengers were thrown and Bindra and Jaggu found themselves on top of everyone.
Undoubtedly Bindra was the first to come out; hale and hearty with his joodha half open and a shoe missing, looking for his mom. In May 2018 Pawan reminded him of this incident. He smiled and said yeah there we were lucky….only in retrospect one realizes, luck is fleeting. God Bless his soul.
JSB’s thick flock of hair seemed a handful to manage. Invariably, his hair bun (The Joodha) would be in a total disarray cascading in all directions.
His obstinate and stubborn streak manifested itself in the Boxing ring, testing the best of pugilists to the hilt. He never lost without giving a real plucky fight with body, arms, hands and fists, all over the bewildered opponent.
Yet at times he could be found in a pensive mood and loved his moments of solitude. He would prefer to be ‘far from the madding crowd’, in the dark corner of the Sixth Form room tinkering with his oversized old rickety radio listening to Radio Australia , Voice of America and other stations from all over the world till late at night hiding from the watchful eyes of Mr U.P Mukherjee our most respected House Master.
Kitu pursued his law degree from DU after college from SRCC and qualified in the US to pursue law thereafter. He left for the US in the early 90’s. In the intervening period he was amongst the few pioneers of adventure tourism in India. He was amongst the first to be trained for river rafting in India, one of the first to cut trekking trails in the Manali region taking international groups for treks, and amongst the first to do long distance camel safaris in Rajasthan. Neeraj Kapur and Dalip Baidwan’s father accompanied him on a lot of these trips.
An articulate attorney, (was DA in Sacramento), an ardent golfer, sportsman, great friend, a loving husband and father. As is the case with all of us, he drew the best values from Sna’.
He kept in touch with his friends over the years .Rajiv Khanna was glad to have Kitu and his family stay at the hotel he worked for during their visits to India .
He frequently met and golfed with our batch mate Arjun Bhagat in California and travelled often to Dubai to visit with another classmate Sanjeev Suri.
Little did we know he would be departing from our lives forever so soon and leaving a void that cannot ever be filled. Fond memories of him are all that we are left with to cherish. Needless to say he would be missed immensely.
Rest in peace dear Friend and Pray that God gives Denise, Nina and Nick the strength to bear this immense loss.
Affectionately written by his classmates from Class of 77.
*Post script* :
We are most grateful to Jagmohan S. Bakshi (Jaggu/Jaggi to most while I like to address him fondly as Jaggs) of our batch for having organised an Ardaaas & Kirtan for JSB on 2 September 2018 .
Dhiraj Sapru OSH 85 passed away on 8th June 2018 . A spiritual soul who touched many lives.
His family and friends come together giving him a fond farewell.
“Aaj kal log samajhte kam hai samjhaate zyada , Jirah suljhate kam hain uljhate zyada”-
Last few lines of Late Shri Rajendra Kumar Malaviya – 1940 to 2018
Musician, poet, teacher, father, husband, friend and a fighter to the core – someone who epitomized the motto ‘ Never Give In ‘. Hailing from the illustrious Malaviya clan ‘Rajan’ is what he was fondly known as he always lived like a ‘king’ on his own terms even through the life of struggle that he endured and kept spreading joy and music.
B. Mus. from the coveted Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, Mr Malaviya did a stint in Bareilly College and later worked for the I & B Ministry in the Song and Drama Division . Few would know that he was a childhood friend and mentor of Shri Hari Prasad Chaurasia and gave up a career in music for the sake of a better education for his children. He joined Sanawar in 1970 and popularised Tabla to the level of it being taught as a subject in school. Sna’ always came first in tabla in many a music festivals. But it was not just the tabla, he was an all rounder and taught other classical Indian instruments as well.The sight of him rushing from the Chapel to Prep School from one assembly to another huffing and panting, tuning scores of instruments frantically before the orchestra is still fresh in the memories of those who had known him. Be it late night house shows, or Founders practices he was up for it all- at times at the cost of his own family .He was a father figure for the P.D. girls whom he nurtured and cared for like his own children.
Apart from Hindi and Bengali, he had mastery over Sanskrit and spoke English and Punjabi with fluency. A poet at heart, he would rattle out dohas, Shlokas, poems and ‘Shero-Shayeri’ effortlessly. His knowledge of Ayurveda made him the go to man for all sorts of natural ‘nuskhas’ and treatments for serious ailments or simple home remedies for everyday living.
Mr Malaviya is survived by his beloved wife Mrs. Asha Malaviya, son Piyush Malaviya, daughter Puja Malaviya and their families living in Dehradun, Delhi, Lucknow and Allahabad.
Heartfelt condolences to his family and may God them the strength to bear the loss.
From the OS Family.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that our Class mate SUBHASH JAYASWAL(OS64) passed away last month on 14 April 2018 in London where he lived with his family.
He became unwell over the past 6 months and matters deteriorated rather suddenly. One of our batch mates Dr. Harbans Nagpal was with him in the hospital right through till the end. He said that Subhash was stoic and faced the end with great fortitude.
Subhash was a Gentle Soul and we shall all miss him.
I attended the Prayer Meet in Noida on Saturday 12 May 2018 (as his mother and elder brother live here) and conveyed the condolences of all Sanawarians. They were touched.
Sanjaya Varma (OS64)
Aruna Mundkur (OS S’64), our classmate, passed away due to a very tragic accident on 14 February 2018
She was excellent in sports and was a member of the Spartan Club. We remember her as a very gentle person and when we met a few years ago for our Golden Jubilee celebrations in Sanawar, she was still the same gentle lady.
Aruna was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mundkur both Housemaster and Housemistress in Sanawar. Her brother Vivek, also an OS, lives in Pune.
Heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. May her soul rest in peace.
Regret to inform , Audrey Rutherford Nejedly passed away at the age of 94 in Coonoor Tamil Nadu after a brief illness. She was in Sanawar from 1931-39 in
Lawrence House now known as Himalaya. Afer marriage she settled down in Coimbatore. She led a very active life till the very end. She may have been the oldest living OS in India .
She had expressed her desire to attend the OS Reunion held in Mumbai on 2 September 2017. But due to her frail health she was unable to.
A wreath was placed on her coffin on behalf of the Mumbai OS.
Heartfelt Condolences to her family and friends from the Old Sanawarian fraternity
Major General Aneet (Neety) Sihota (Retd.)
1951 – 1959 Siwalik
Heartfelt condolences to his wife and family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
After graduating from Sanawar in 1959, he joined the Indian Army and was commissioned into the oldest Armoured Regiment of the Indian Army, the 16th Light Cavalry. Within two years of commissioning he saw action in Sep 1965 at the age of 21, and again in Dec 1971.
He met and married Kikky Jind, in 1969. They did a 2 year stint in Bombay from whence he was permanently posted to 71 Armoured Regiment, a newly raised tank regiment which he later commanded in the early 80s. Thereafter, he had the occasion to do a stint with the Soviet Army and graduated on their Anti Tank Command and General Staff Course at Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg).
Later in his career, after commanding the illustrious ‘Fleur-de-Lis’ Brigade (the oldest Armoured Brigade which had won accolades in World Wars I and II), he was selected to attend the US Army War College in Pennsylvania USA where we spent a truly memorable year. In autumn 1993, he returned to India where he served as the Director of the Faculty of Studies in the Indian Army’s College of Combat (now called the Indian War College) at Mhow MP.
In 1996, he took over command of 26 Infantry Division in J&K, and there after moved as Chief of Staff of a Corps in the Northern J&K during 1998-99. He retired in Autumn 2001 as the Additional Director General Mechanised Forces, Army Headquarters.
Upon retirement from the Army in late 2001, he joined Span Manufacturing Ltd, a Canadian manufacturing and logistics company, and moved to Chihuahua in Northern Mexico, as the General Manager for their Mexican operations. Later in 2002 they moved to Toronto, Canada, where they took up permanent residency. Whilst he continued to work for Span, Kikky became a prolific writer of cookbooks. They have two daughters, Preneet and Amrita, both married. Preneet graduated in Business Management from UAH Alabama in USA and married an engineer. Amrita works with British Airways at Gurgaon. She is married to a musician. He continued to work for Span till he contracted Cancer to which he finally succumbed on 30 June 2017.
It is with great sadness and a sense of loss that we have to inform everyone about the sad and untimely demise of our classmate and friend Gaurav Kant (OS84) on 28th Jan, 2011. His passing away was sudden after a late detection of leukemia on his return from a family vacation in the Andamans.
Banjo as he was called by his batch mates was fond of music and found himself on stage at school and house shows. He was also the bugler of the batch and our music teacher Mr Kulsheshtras favourite student. Subsequent to finishing school, Gaurav did a three year diploma in Hotel Management from the prestigious Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition,, Pusa Institute, New Delhi and entered the hospitality industry.
He married Rashmi and they have two sons Chinmaya and Divyansh aged 10 and 12.
Gaurav held several senior positions within the National Hospitality trade including being Director of Marketing at the Radisson Group. He was the Director of Sales and Marketing (India) of Carlson Hotels Worldwide at the time of his passing away.
Gaurav you will always be with us
May his soul rest in peace
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.
Last Bugle Call.
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.
To UD With Love
By Vasant Dhar (OS72)
Harish Dillon was particularly special to the batch of 72. We always knew the feeling was reciprocal although it took him over 40 years to say so in his February 6, 2015 article in the Tribune titled “My Batch of 1972.” He started his essay by asking:
“What do I say about a group of children whom I taught 43 years ago and who still remain an important part of my thoughts and feelings? Every time I write a new book, why do I wish for them to read it and tell me what they think? And this, when they have been gone four decades and more, and I am not in ‘touch’ with most of them! What made them so special?”
What made us so distinct to him was exactly what made him special to us. We were all kids – he wasn’t much older than us, and his bonding with us happened naturally as we jointly explored how to learn. It was his first teaching gig, and he didn’t pretend he knew the best way to teach. He didn’t teach through books but encouraged us to think for ourselves, making learning an exciting adventure. He was non-judgmental. Each child was an important person who could make an important contribution to the thought process of unravelling a text. His touch was light and he laughed and praised easily and often. We were at his house regularly and he had a unique relationship with everyone in our batch. We joked about his atrocious handwriting and the nickname we gave him, UD, because the H in his signature looked like a U!
Harish Dhillon loved us, individually and collectively, and we loved him right back. This is the plain truth, without exaggeration. He made us feel safe and protected. He brought out the best in us, he made us want to be the best of what we could be. According to Nani Palkivala, the eminent jurist, what makes a person great is his ability to make everyone feel great around him. This was UD.
Years later, when he would send us his manuscripts to read, we returned the favor eagerly. His latest book, “Of Cabbages and Kings,” is pure Harish, fusing the essence of Sanawar with his memories as a teacher which began with us in 1972.
I met Harish for the last time in June at his charming house in Dharampur overlooking the mountains towards Sabathu. He was in obvious pain but he was stoic and made a great effort to be interested in my life and inquired about my classmates. We reminisced about Sanawar. He gave me his book which I read late into the night up on the hilltop, unable to contain my laughter, reliving shared memories through that distinct Sanawar lingo that lives deep inside us forever. When I heard of his death I felt a deep sadness at the finality of the loss even though I knew in June that we had probably said goodbye for the last time.
It has been a special privilege to be part of your life Harish. We will miss you every day. Thank you for molding us in who we are today.
Lt Col Gurmeet Singh Oberoi, (Toni) Himalaya House 1962-1966 and for the Armed forces circle 37th ex-NDA Juliet Squadron passed away on 11 September 2015 in Chennai where he was undergoing treatment.
Heartfelt Condolences to the family and may his soul rest in eternal peace.
Lt. Col Gurmeet Singh Oberoi (Retd,)
“Commissioned into the “Queens Own” Bengal Sappers, 62 Engineer Regiment in December 1970 he saw active battle during the 1971 Bangladesh war, wherein the regiment cleared and sanitized the air strip at Commila and Dhaka for the preparation and eventual signing of the instrument of surrender by Lt. Gen J.S.Aurora from Lt. Gen A.K Niazi in the weeks leading up to the 19 December 1971.
A 37-Course ex-NDA Juliet Squadron, 46-Regular IC 24791 inductee into the army in December 1970 “Toni”, as he was fondly know to all and sundry, was a gregarious vivacious personality, full of life & laughter and effervescence.
Despite lady luck having given him an extraordinary raw deal with the tragedy of his challenged young son, from birth, Lt. Col. Oberoi never gave up living life to the full.
A keen sportsman, a polo and riding – “BLUE” from NDA and IMA, Toni was an avid golfer winning many tournaments.
Post retirement, on compassionate grounds in 1991, he designed and built golf courses in all parts of India.
Having lost his wife in December 2013 he is survived by a son 29, a daughter 25 and her challenged twin brother.
As a fine officer and a thorough gentleman he will always be remembered as ready to assist anyone in need with his exemplary generosity and ever helpful nature.
He will be sorely missed — Rest in Peace
Praneet Kaur ( OS H79) passed away on 21 Feb 2015 after a prolonged illness. She was known for her cheerful personality and was a popular headgirl.
She is survived by her husband Col Ajaytaj Singh and a daughter Avneet Kaur . She comes from a family of Sanawarians. Her mother Yogindra (Dhillion ) Singh(OS56) was headgirl during her time, Her Uncle Dr Harish Dhillion (OS58) taught english in Sanawar, sister Gurmeet Kaur (OS76) also a headgirl and brother Sundeep (Sunny) Singh (OS81). She will be missed by her family and friends.
May her soul rest in peace !
The OS Family!
I Remember Jerry…
By Class of 75
As I sit down to think of what it really is that Jerry embodied that make so many of us come together. To eulogize and praise his life and living, I think of the “Presence” he made, the comfortable niche he had carved for himself, the father/advisor/mentor figure he grew so naturally into. I will remember him as the ‘band-leader’ in school, who confidently threw up the stick to loud applause, the Sergeant Major whose proud act nobody else could possibly duplicate. I will remember the hours spent on carefully detailing his dream project of the Sanawar coffee book, the polo match brochures, the clinking of ice in carefully chosen glasses with the drink of your choice, the super exact styling of his dinner orders, the joy of just watching conversations unfold at his bar.
I will remember the look he would give Kamini when she saw the clock hour moving to early dawn and her reminder that food had been reheated 5 times. I will remember his passion for his children, the love for his work and needless to emphasise – the immense happiness he felt in the company of his friends. Extraordinary evenings in an extraordinary life! But hey, I also will remember him dozing off to sleep on the wheel, and the swelling snores that he would slip into when a conversation didn’t grab his attention. Not to forget his guffaws and raucous laughter at jokes either! What a master of ceremonies he embodied! Oh yes, we all knew he wanted to be on top of everything, even though he might not have a clue at that point in time. But answers he would always find, sometimes later than sooner, but never ever at a loss for words.
Yes, what is it that really makes us all love him so such? It is these very qualities and habits that do not necessarily bespeak of a Superhero, but someone amongst us who has missioned himself into dovetailing his life around those he really cares for – his family and friends ! Around Sanawar . His pivot, his central lever. A straightforward simple-hearted man who matured into a larger-than-life gentle giant. Like a master conductor, who understands the nuances of each and every player and instrument, he brought out not only the cleanest notes from each of us, but had the power to translate those into a massive harmony that he engineered and which brought us all together from so many walks of life. His legacy is this. And we shall play this forward for you Jerry. We will celebrate your life, not mourn your loss.
I simply cannot believe it, Dipika Rai
It is hard to believe
he isnt with us anymore,
Sadhna Grewal nee Singh
“Never Give in”, Sanawar,
with schooldays far away;
when you’re all alone and on your own,
with life’s stern game to play.
For still the old school motto
till life’s long journey close;
will guide us true
till the game is through,
and for ‘time’ the whistle blows.
It is the great mystery when the whistle will blow ‘time’ for each of us, sometimes ‘untimely time’. But one can only salute Jerry’s warmth and big-hearted generous spirit which so overshadowed his girth and made him ‘true’.
I will be lonely without you. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful years, for all those moments of joy and for the comfort of knowing that you were a friend I could always count on.
I cannot believe that Jerry who is the leader of our group is not with us…
Preeti Singh nee Batra
This was just after we finished from Sna in Spring 1975. Jerry & (Vinod) Chander showed up in Chandigarh on a Vespa Scooter. Somehow, I got talked into going to Delhi, via Rohtak, with them. Captain Jerry in command at the Vespa’s helm, Chander sandwiched in between & me hanging on to dear life. Somewhere around Karnal around 10.00 PM, the scooter overheated & died. We pushed it to a dhaba & threw buckets of water on the overheated engine (Miracle that it did not crack). It came back to life & the journey resumed till the scooter died again at Panipat, past 11.00 PM. No dhaba this time. Someone said Anu Maira lives in Panipat so we asked around, got directions & pushed the scooter to Anu’s home. Anu was shocked, Mr Maira was furious & we were cowering. What were three boys doing on one dead scooter, at midnight in Panipat? Did our parents know? We were marched off to wash up, marched to the dining table, fed a fantastic dinner. After much pleading, we were allowed to leave around 1.00 AM, the scooter having cooled down enough. Our Captain Jerry steered us thru Wild Dogs, dark & dead highway, mom batti of a headlight, to Rohtak, at about 4.00 AM .
A wild ride truly, and i still marvel at the big boy’s confidence – “Oye kuchh nahin hundah. Lets go”
What a guy!! Lived life king size! Truly the pillar of our group !!
Jerry was a good friend and known to convey his caring views in short colourful sentences. When I informed him that we were relocating to India after 28 years of living overseas, he said “oye kapoooo, are you maaaad”! It brings a smile to my face and that’s how we will always remember our Jerry. – Sanjiv Kapur
I remember Jerry sending pure Desi ghee to the ladies with his compliments. Harry found out later that he was the involuntary donor of that ghee.
I remember Jerry giving me my first lessons in swimming. Just jump into the deep end and you will learn to swim, he said. I did that and must have swallowed half the pool by the time I got to the other end.
I remember Jerry and his heavyweight boxing match. Since there was no one in his weight category, he convinced Jindal to participate by saying “I will take it easy on you. I will be the champion and you will be the runner-up.” Come boxing finals day, cheered on by all the girls in attendance, Jerry became Mohammed Ali and forgot his promise to Jindal about an easy match. What a sight – Jindal running around the ring with Jerry and hot pursuit. Next year, the heavyweight boxing match was held before the finals.
I remember Jerry asking for an old worn-out shirt that was several sizes too small for him, when it was time to get clean shirts every week. Why? Because Jerry wanted to impress the girls in class by flexing his biceps, supposedly while doing a yawn, and tearing the shirtsleeves in the process.
I remember Jerry studying for his Higher Secondary exam. Someone told him that the reason monks shaved the middle of their head, Friar Tuck style, was because it kept their brains from getting over-heated. So that’s what he did prior to the exams.
I remember Jerry getting me in trouble over studies – something he would not let me forget to date. I tutored him for a test and he scored higher than I did. The prefect at that time, thought that I had scored lower than Jerry, because I had goofed off and not studied. So I got the honor of doing the Murgah while Jerry earned brownie points.
I remember Jerry the proud dad calling me in the middle of the night to let me know that Sehyr had received admission to Scripps College.
I remember Jerry the gracious host always organizing a get-together whenever I was in Delhi. I also remember a friendly reprimand that he gave me for not staying with him when he found out that I was staying at the Taj.
I remember receiving calls from Jerry every time he was in the US, which would start with “Oye Soheee…”
I remember Jerry the omnipresent Old Sanawarian, who was always there for Sanawar and the OS.
Most recently, I remember my lunch conversation with him in January. Between sips of Nimbu-pani, Jerry was complaining about how being a teetotaler sucked the joy out of life.
A toast to you my friend. You shall always be remembered for your antics, your warm-heartedness and your graciousness.
I remember when we were just out of school, sitting in DSOI, Dhaula Kuan, or DK club as it was known, with Jerry. A bunch of freshers from St Columbas, 5 pointers all of them, were passing us. Jerry called out ‘Oye freshers”. All of them jumped to attention and turned to see these two bearded guys sitting besides the pool. Jerry proceeded to get them to introduce themselves and do a couple of antics. As soon as they had finished he laughed, and just like the gentle giant he was, he proceeded to introduce us as fellow freshers, ending our dominance.
I remember Jerry as a “khup” creator who often had to take the brunt for the “khup” somebody else might have created. I also remember the time that Jerry sneaked into the makeshift girls’ dorms in the common room during our Higher Secondary Exams. I cannot remember who else was with him, but I do remember that he sat on Meera’s toes which survived the onslaught and there was much squealing and laughter, but fortunately not loud enough to get Mrs. (forgetting her name, Shivalik house mistress and piano teacher) suspicious. Years later in Gurgaon, I encountered the Bains’ children on the Vasant Valley School bus and re-established contact with Jerry and met Kamini and spent some wonderful evenings with our batch in their lovely home where we were always welcome. Jerry, you will always be an integral part of our lives.
Jerry was the bandmaster…he had the dunda…and guess what he did…he banged me on my head while i was sweetly standing in the NCC parade rehearsal September 1974…my quick devious mind made me faint..a stretcher was called and i was taken to hospital.. and Jerry was nicely bashed up by Muchho…what an achievement for me..my day was made !
“Oye Meera Sethi whats your problem ” said Jerry later ….
I miss you my friend…….xxx,
Meera Bajaj nee Sethi
Hard to believe that this big, warm guy is not with us.
RIP Jerry. You have left a deep void and will be really missed
Very hard to accept.
He will be missed tremendously.
he was sooo full of life. One of the most affectionate person I ever knew.
Unbelievable. He was so happy and full of life and we were making plans when I last saw him
Obituary from Times of India
NEW DELHI: Olympian distance runner Ranjit Bhatia, who represented India in 1960 Games in Rome, passed away on Sunday (9thFeb 2014) here after a prolonged illness.
He was 77 and is survived by wife Rani and daughters Ritu and Tavishi.
Popularly known as Bhatia Sahib, the Delhi-based Bhatia ran in 5,000m and marathon events in Rome Olympics in 1960.
He was a contemporary of ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh. Athletics Federation of India mourned the demise of Bhatia.
“Bhatia was a well known and respected figure in athletics circle not only in Delhi but throughout the country. His contribution to Indian athletics will always be remembered,” the AFI said.
A multi-faceted personality, Bhatia was a perfect mix of a sportsman and a scholar. He retired as a Reader in Mathematics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi. He was a Rhodes Scholar and studied at Jesus College at Oxford University.
“I would call it passing of a legend,” Milkha said. “He was a perfect gentleman and a good athlete.” Recalling his days with Bhatia at Rome Olympics, Milkha said, “Even though Ranjit had come to Rome from Oxford where he was studying he met all of us warmly and we spent a lot of time together. We now have stopped producing scholar athletes.
Paying rich tributes to Bhatia, another Indian Olympian track and field athlete Sriram Singh said he was always there to help any Indian athlete.
Recalling his 800m race in Munich Olympic, Sriram said: “I had run a good race in Munich but the electronic board showed a very slow time against my name. Then Bhatia sahib protested on my behalf and it was found that a pigeon was stuck in the electronic wires of the board causing the machine to malfunction. Later the organisers corrected my timings.”
After schooling at Lawrance School, Sanawar, Bhatia shifted to St Stephen’s where he excelled in track and field.
Bhatia was a well-known name on international circuit and wrote extensively on Indian athletics for domestic and foreign publications. He was a keen track and field statistician and contributed regularly to Britain’s Athletics Weekly magazine. He covered seven Olympics for different Indian newspapers.
Bhatia was awarded with Order of British Empire for his services to athletics and a being firm bridge between Indian and British sport.
Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends from the OS fraternity.
Harinder Gill Parlier Headgirl (OS55) passed away on 9 Oct in Chandigarh. She had been ailing for the last two years. She was married to a French and lived overseas for a while and came back to India. She is survived by a son and a daughter.
Heartfelt condolences to the family
from the OS Fraternity
HARINDER GILL … Our Admiral
By Doe Nair
Harinder was the Admiral … Head Girl of St Bede’s College when I joined it way back in the late fifties.
We had four societies or clubs known as SHIPs. They were Olympus, Dramatics, Debates and Enterprise, each had an elected Captain. This fleet was commanded by an elected Admiral. It was her job to see that all these Ships did their job, no one skipped class and discipline maintained. She was the only student who had easy access, at any time, to the principal, at that time the formidable Rev. Mother Ursula, who in her time had marched the streets of London demanding Equal Rights for women.
St Bede’s was a very exclusive college with not more than sixty odd girls in the hostel and literally a handful of day scholars … 7 to be exact. All of us had an attitude … we were flawless and Gods gift to the world. We all wanted to be heard which made us pretty loud and very unladylike. And St Bede’s was trying to produce educated young ‘ladies’ with a purpose in life!
Harinder was the very first Sanawarian I met. Slim, trim, around 5 feet 5 inches in height and a great presence. When she walked into the assembly hall, dining room, class room you could feel her presence and a hush would descend on the gathering. If someone continued to talk, she’d just look at her with those commanding eyes of hers and smile, the girl would fall silent. Harinder never had to tell anyone to ‘keep quiet’. She was a young woman of very few words. In her very quiet but clear voice she’d give her instructions for the day and leave. She never had to repeat herself. She was clear and to the point. None of us ever thought of not doing what she had said. That was Harinder. She was respected, admired and loved by all of us and the staff!
She loved her games and was a tremendous artist.
I had the good fortune of having met her. It was an honour knowing her. It is a pity she suffered so much before her demise. May God grant her eternal peace.
(Doe Nair is the daughter of Mrs Massey (former prep school housemistress ) , wife of Brig Vijai Nair(OS57) and mother of V.V Nair (OS85)
I regret to announce the passing away of Gordon Burton-Rees (Roberts 1946) who, after a short illness died this morning at 07:30, UK time( 4Oct 2013)
He leaves behind a grieving daughter Jenny and son Peter.
Gordon will be remembered for having organized and conducted many successful visits to Sanawar over the years, including the 36-strong group of pre ’47 OS who came from all quarters of the globe for our School’s 150th Anniversary celebrations. He was a popular Sanawarian in his time and will be sorely missed by his contemporaries.
Derek Boddington (Roberts 1947)
Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
From the OS Fraternity.
It is with profound grief and sorrow that I wish to inform you that our dearest, adorable Salil Pradhan-Moosy(VBD80) (Brother of OS Late Ashish Pradhan) is no more. He passed away a short while ago in hospital in Mumbai. His funeral is at 9 am today at Chandanwadi, Marine Lines. May his soul RIP.
Will Miss u lots Salil. Sanjiv Saran Mehra, VBD-80(19Nov 2013)
Some messages for Salil from his batchmates.
Really shocked to read of Moosy’s passing on – just when one was feeling so relieved at his finally getting home. Sometimes life seems so unjust & unfair. I remember him as such a gentle, soft spoken & kind hearted friend. God at least sent him home in his last moments to be with family. Pray for peace for the departed soul & for strength for the family at this difficult hour.
We will truly miss you Moosy – you will always be in our thoughts & prayers.
RIP dear friend.
We all lost another small part of our childhood, forever, today. So hoped he would pull through. Even though we only met him once after school he left an indelible imprint on our hearts by gifting us hats in kasauli to protect from the NCC parade sun….ofcourse we never wore them but still kept the hats. He wanted to give the girls a gift since he was meeting us after so long! That memory brings a smile to our face each time. We shall always remember him that way. On a special note, my heartfelt condolences to those who were close to him – Saran, PS Gill, Hulky, Anto, Vyas, Nikhi, PS Bala, & Vindhyan girls who knew him since prep school. RIP dear Moosy.
Love from us all, Mohini
Very saddened and shocked at the demise of Salil. May God give the family all the strength to cope with the immense and precious loss.
Reading Saran sms first thing in the morning ….got me emotional.
To think Salil (Moosy ) is no more – just when one was thinking that he would pull through the difficult period in the hospital.
A kind, gentle, giving person…how can we girls not remember him after our 25th reunion in school. We were so pleasently surprised that he showed up for the silver jubilee. He charmed us girls by gifting us sun hats for the NCC parade from the Kasuali market while eating bunsums.
Tragically his brother Ashish died few year ago, i made him join the class groups website so that he could read all the obituaries people were sending and he was so touched.
The enormity of the situation is still to sink in..to loose a batchmate so soon.
We will hold his memories close to our heart. Moosy we will miss you and where ever you are – may you be in peace.
Moosy is survived by his mother, his wife and twin boys 12 year olds.
Deepest condelences to the family.
And Saran thank you for being with him and his family during this period.
What a sad day for all of us. Moose was the quintessential Vindhyan. Our prayers are with the family, Salil’s twin boys, his wife and his mother in their hour of grief. Had last met them in early 2008 on a trip to Mumbai. A flood of memories comes back, junior dorm 1972 as Moosy helps me put my stuff in the locker. His enthusiasm for Bombay party and having milk badam on the platform at Ambala Cantt and being chased by Mr Abraham to get on the train. Being the butt end of all our pranks (we once stitched him up to his bed at night) and yet being a firm friend of each of his silly mates. Of course his excellence with the tabla and how Mr Kulshreshta and Mr Malviya would not dream of having Moose anywhere else but in the music club. Rest in peace dear friend, we shall always remember you!
Tragic news. After I called I got a message that he was improving, so I was sure he would recover. Feeling terrible. Our condolences to his loved ones . May God give them the courage to bear the loss. Sanjiv, you really reached out to him(God Bless you) and we all prayed for his recovery. Life is so unpredictable. Can’t believe this.
Very sorry and saddened to hear the news. Heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the family. My prayers are with the family.
At school, I usually interacted with Moosy during music classes where he was the undeclared “boss” and a favorite of Mr. Malviya.
Often he would get pepped up to play tabla like a pro as his fingers moved perfectly in vibration while we watched him with gazed eyes.
That was one place you could not mess around with this dude. Post school days, unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to meet him in Delhi or Mumbai.
To learn such a good hearted person having a poor heart condition is sheer travesty of fate.
Now hearing about his sudden demise is really a rude shock. Adieu my tabla mate.
Sanjeev, you deserve our gratitude for showing up through agonising time. May his soul RIP.
“Wo koi dost tha achey dinon ka, jo pichley raat se yaad aa raha hai”
D/ Saran, God in his wisdom decided that Moosy was more important for the greatest of all tests as Golden Boys and Golden Girls like ashes must turn to dust but those whom the God’s love most pack in a splendid life , die young are remembered for ever by all who loved his. Pls convey our deepest condolences to those who survive the Moose tell his sons that we are all there for them whenever they need.
Regards old friends
I am deeply saddened by this unfortunate news.
I have fond memories of Moose being in the same house from 1969 and part of the same group. A jovial person Moose sportingly took all the pranks we played on him.
I was planning a visit to Mumbai next year and meeting him was on my itenary.
May God give his family strength to bear this irreparable loss.
Our prayers r with the family. This is such a shock. I remember Moosy very fondly having spent quality time with him in Bombay with hardy and Saran.
May he rest in peace forever
He was indeed, a very nice guy. I remember him most from our time in prep school. His older brother had passed away a couple of years ago, from a heart related problem? Must be devastating for the family.
Saran, as I mentioned last night, thanks for being there for us. Didn’t know then it was to be his last night. We were hoping against hope. Our prayers are with his family.
We are very sorry to hear this is sad news , we were really hoping that he would pull through.
Our heartfelt condolences to Moosy’s family and hope God gives them strength in the moment of grief and irreplaceable loss.
What a sad day! Still remember Moosy smiling at the reunion and the delightful colourful hats he brought for all the Vindhyan girls!!! Such a nice guy – gone too soon.
Condolences to his family – may God give them strength.
Spent many an afternoon in the music room with Moosy…..I was also striving to learn the tabla, but was nowhere close to Moosy’s talent level. I remember him as a gentle soul who never said an unkind word about anyone and was always willing to help.
May God give his family the strength to bear this loss.
Bombay party! I was part of it for a bit…remember moosy, also in the music room, he was a pet with the tabla teacher.
Played at all the founders orchestra, vindhya house functions…RIP Moosy
This is extremely sad news. My deepest condolences to his family, may God give them the strength to bear this immense loss. RIP Salil
We all were hoping that Salil would pull through. My wife and now him….. both in ICU’s .RIP my friend.
May God give his family the strength in this moment of grief and loss.
Very very sad news. Our condolences and prayers are with his family.
Heartfelt condolences to Moosy’s family. May god give them strength to bear this loss. My prayers are with his mother, wife & children.
I am so shocked to hear this news. He is so young. My condolences to his family.
May they be given the strength to bear this loss.
This is indeed a shock. My deepest sympathies to the family and may god give them the strength to bear this unfortunate loss.
That is so sad. Thanks for letting us know. Our condolences .May Almighty God grant the family strength in this hour of grief and Salil’s soul eternal peace.
A word of appreciation and admiration for Sanjiv who has stood like a rock; defines friendship and school bonds.
My deepest condolences to his family. May his soul rest in piece. Please pass on the message sanjeev. Very sad news.
This is such a difficult piece of news to digest. memories of the vindhya house dorms & our times together during the bombay years have come flooding to mind.
Pray for strength for his family in this difficult time and may his soul rest in peace.
May God give strength to bear this irreparable loss.
Really sad news. Saran – please convey our condolences to the family. It is sad to hear that both the bothers passed away within a year and half.
Really so very sad. RIP Salil
This indeed is very very sad. RIP Salil. One of the sweetest guys in the batch.
Moosy was one of the finest human beings. He took the worst bullying in its worst forms and yet he endured without complaining. Its difficult to comprehend a human being like that who was never was revengeful. He was a loner and accepted the way things were without any anger.
I pray for his soul and his family.
Jock Howie died on October 31, 2013, aged 95. He was a pupil in Sanawar from 1921, aged 3, until 1937. At his father’s death, he and his two brothers and sister were admitted to the School by George Barne. Jock was in the Infant’s Department and George Barne became Daddy Barne to him.
Jock became headboy in 1937. He was captain of all the elevens, hockey, cricket and football. His highest cricket score in a single innings was 211. He was Victor Ludorum of athletics and passed his Senior Cambridge School leaving exams. In fact, standing 6’2″ (188 cms) he was one of the finest all-rounders the school had ever seen. He was level headed, fair and full of fun. He was a popular headboy.
He sreved in World War ll and rose the rank of Lt. Colonel. He played cricket against Dennis Compton and hit him for 6. After the war, he became a school teacher in Yorkshire, but returned to the army as a major in the Educational Corp. He retired from the army and became a geography teacher at Taunton School in Somerset.
During the war Jock wrote to a girl, a pen friend, who he had never met. On his first furlough to Britian, he met his pen friend and they married and had two children, a boy and a girl. His wife died several years ago and his son died of a heart attack in France. Jock spent his final years in a nursing home. He was laughing and joking with one of his carers, as was typical, when he utterd his last words,, “I really don’t feel very well.” He collapsed and died. He is survived by his daughter, Angela.
I met Jock in school when I was ten years old. We have been close friends for 84 years. Since his admission to the nursing home, I saw him several times and spoke with him nearly everyday on the phone. He was my sub se acha dosth. My sadness at this time is beyond words. Sanawar has lost one of its greatest sons.
Never Give In. Good wishes to all OS wherever you are.
Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
From the OS Fraternity.
Minakshi Biswas,(OS61) ,Siwalik House, passed away on 29th September 2013.
She had been fighting cancer for a year.
Sincere condolences to her husband Kali, her son Neel and her brother Partha Biswas (also an OS) and the rest of her family.May her soul rest in peace.
Aruna (Sharma) Mongia – NGD 1967
Vivek Samta (OS98), MI Prefect and President’s Medal recipient in 1997, passed away on the 11th of February 2013 in Gurgaon. Vivek(33) was uneasy since morning ,when he suffered a minor attack towards the afternoon followed by several attacks, before he breathed his last.
He had no medical problem or complain prior to that . He is survived by his parents and an elder sister. Vivek has touched many lives, from being a strict disciplinarian as a prefect to a senior one could look up to.
He was fortunate enough to study in a few of the prestigious institutions such as St Stephen’s College, Delhi and Xavier’s Institute of Communications, Mumbai. During his college life, he had the opportunity to interact with dignitaries including prime ministers, bureaucrats, artists and ambassadors.
He was also chosen to represent XIC during President Obama’s visit to the institute. It was only last year that he joined the Public Affairs practice at Genesis-Burson Marsteller in Gurgaon, where he is terribly missed amongst his colleagues.
Our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and batchmates.
Brigl VP Singh (OSV56) passed away on 23 Dec 2012 from a heart attack.
Brig VP Singh commanded the the 61st Cavalry and was an Arjuna Awardee, who made Sanawar proud.
He held the highest handicap in Polo in post independent India. A legend amongst the Polo and Equestrian fraternity who was highly regarded both in India and abroad.
He is survived by his wife and three children all OS.- Bhavani, Yogini and Bhisham Pal.
Heartfelt Condolences to his family. He will be truly missed.
John Dixon(OS44) passed away, Friday 28th December at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney, following the diagnosis of incurable cancer earlier this month.
John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Laurel, and his three sons (James, Simon and Tim) and three grandsons (Linus, Silas and Noah)
The Sanawar community was a very important part of John’s life, from his childhood through to his retirement years. The many messages of support and warm wishes that he received in recent weeks during his illness meant a great deal to him. The news that the School was praying for him in chapel brought tears to his eyes. When he was no longer able to read, we read him stories from the School magazine and Jack Harper’s autobiography that speaks of school life in the ’30s and ’40s. Hardly able to speak, he still managed to correct our mispronunciation of Hindi words.
The funeral will take place at Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium in Sydney on Thursday 3 January at 3:45pm.
Thank you for being such an important part of our father’s life.
With all good wishes,
James, Simon and Tim Dixon
Heartfelt condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.
Regret to inform the untimely demise of Robert Sema (OS86) age 44 on 17 Nov 2012 in Nagaland . He is survived by his wife Rosy, son Anguvi, two daughters Kitheli and Livi.
Heartfelt condolences to the family from the OS Fraternity!
Our dear friend Robert Sema died on November 17, gone far too young. He leaves behind his wife, Rosy, and three young children, his daughters, Kitheli and Livi and son Anguvi, for whom the grief must be unimaginably unbearable. He is mourned by his batch mates, who are privileged to have shared some wonderful memories and a few short years in Sanawar.
Initially for Robert, coming to Sanawar was like being forced into an unwilling exile, and he seemed all set for a quiet monastic existence. But typical of Robert he took it in his stride and as only he could, adapted and made friends quickly.
Eventually his two-year tenancy turned out to be a wildly thrilling experience. Curfews, regulations, school bounds were mostly never of consequence. Chapel hymns and prayers were often given a miss. Milo Mindbender would have been proud of the food reserves, both fresh and preserved, that he maintained. Supplies from Moti’s Corner (Lalajee of Moti’s fame became almost family) were always accompanied with the fiery hot beef jerky and the dried pork strips of which he brought generous quantities, from home, to last a term this freely shared with anyone who dared. Siestas under the pines that sometimes even stretched through prep time.One could on about the adventures, excursions and dangers but…
Robert was unpretentious to a fault. Once during a weekend escapade from Sanawar to the Governor’s Mansion in Shimla, Robert’s residence during the mid-80s, he was refused entry by his father’s personal security staff because they did not recognize him. When the normally brusque cops turned bemused on being told he was one of the occupants of the house it was then we realized just how humble our friend was.
He was bright and creative, and despite being cerebral his main interests lay beyond the academics. He was a gifted sculptor and took it up with great artistic fervor. He was also an attacking soccer player who would stealthily slip past defenders to create a space where you’d imagine there was none. A gifted guitarist, along with whom we had many a nightly sing-along.
Robert had a mellow outlook to life. He was very genial, never took himself too seriously and had a strong community spirit. He had a preference for psychedelic rock and soft rock music and often persuaded the school barber to let his tresses cover his ears just like Robert preferred.
Despite coming from an influential political family, he stayed away from schoolboy politics (though I imagine extreme liberalism would appeal to someone like him)and was skeptical of any form of authority. Often on a Saturday evening you’d see him in a hypnotic trance probably reflecting on the previous weeks exploits and the futility of having boundaries in boarding life.
After passing out from school we all unfortunately lost contact with him. The planning of our batch reunion last year, gave an opportunity to locate and renew contact with him. Since then, some of us had sporadic conference calls and reminisced of our time together. We learnt that he had raised a beautiful family and was the Station Director of Dimapur Airport.
Gone far too young and far too soon, without the opportunity to have met again. Robert, our friend, you will always be in our thoughts, your family can always count on us to be their friends and support.
Contributed by : Jugraj Singh (Jogi) SBD’86
Mrs Atma Ram passed away on 10Jul 2012 of a sudden cardiac arrest. She came as a young bride in 1959 to Sanawar and taught English, Hindi and Sanskrit in senior school. Later she became Housemistress of Himalaya Girls from 1969-1972.
A quiet person who was a strict disciplinarian and worked diligently with the children.
Says Sanjiv K Singh (OS73) “She used her personal free time to teach weaker students at home on Sundays so that they would do better in class.”
She will be remembered fondly by her students and colleagues.
Heartfelt condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace.
Ashish Pradhan(OS73) Moose, passed away on 20 Mar 2012 after complication arising from a heart surgery in Atlanta USA.The passing away of Moose left our batch devastated as he is a 2nd classmate to go less than a year. We all remember our days together with fondness, I in particular knew him from prep school where we were in the same house; I shall miss him at the batch of 1973 annual dinner which he promised to attend this year.
Sanjiv S Singh(OS73)
Heartfelt Condolences from the OS Fraternity!
Ranjit Dhody , 52 (OS75) passed away on 8th Aug 2010 in Apollo hospital Delhi due to an illness. He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends.
Heartfelt Condolences to his family from the OS Fraterntiy.
Requiem For Dhody
By Vivek Ahluwalia (OS75)
It was just a few days back that several of us stood in silence and watched our friend Ranjit for the last time. He was no ordinary person, not this man ! He lived life on his own terms and epitomised what Frank Sinatra sang so many years ago…
And now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
Regrets I’ve had a few
But then again too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
Yes there were times I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out, I faced it all
And I stood tall and did it my way
I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no, not me
I did it my way
For what is a man what has he got
If not himself then he has not
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
Yes it was my way
It was to toast this completely Dhody style of living and leaving us that we all got together the evening of the funeral and unlike what we are so used to doing, we all so very naturally celebrated the friendship and camaraderie that had signified our bonds together. No there were no tears that evening, but a general feeling of bonhomie in knowing that we had all shared time with a fantastically generous and large-hearted man who had touched the deepest chords of our souls. It is not hard to imagine if you close your eyes that he is still sitting there with us, cross-legged and casual, a veritable air of self-assuredness and deep confidence in himself – a picture of a man with a different mission in life. Not a man to chase the day to day madness of life, Ranjit was a wonderful friend , husband and father. Most of those who collected that evening chose to remember his antics as a child, his ability to do drama, comic acts and the like and all his close relatives shared warm anecdotes. His closest family Sheila and the children were the strongest in the room and in their inimitable ways looked after all those who knew this person so well from the different years of his life. To you Ranjit, we will toast many of our fondest memories because you taught many of us that there can be a different path, that there can be many warm moments born of wonderful evenings spent together. We will keep you alive in our hearts and are happy to know that yes you DId do it Your way !
Rear Admiral S S Jamwal, (OS76) 51, the Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command, died at the INS Dronacharya firing range on 7Jul 2010. The circumstances leading to the accident are being investigated. Tiri as he was called in school will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all those who knew him. A keen athlete, a bright officer who could have been the Naval Chief and most of all a good human being.
Heartfelt Condolences from the OS Fraternity
Rest in Peace
by Ajai Shukla(OS76)
When I last spoke to my friend, schoolmate, NDA-mate and fellow-officer, Rear Admiral Satyendra Singh Jamwal, there wasn’t the smallest inkling of the terrible tragedy that lay just ahead. “Jammy”, as he was called in the navy — or “Tiri” as he was nicknamed by the boys (and girls) at the Lawrence School Sanawar, near Simla — had rung me up from Kochi to invite me to give his officers a talk on China, a subject that I am co-authoring a book on.
Jammy was his usual cheerful, upbeat self. “Our naval officers have no choice but to be strategic thinkers and I will do what I can to make that happen”, he boomed. There was no way I could say anything but, “finalise the dates and tell me when to come.”
Fate, alas, has ruled out that meeting. For me, the end is more than just professional regret at seeing a future naval chief snatched away by the unstoppable hand of death. For me, this is the shocking end of an association with a slim, small, utterly decent young boy who went on to become a 6 foot, 4 inch bodybuilding champ and professional star in that most demanding of Indian institutions: the military.
That Rear Admiral SS Jamwal was a potential navy chief is, to anyone who knows the Indian Navy, hardly a revelation. Not because he was the ADC to the President; that is a purely decorative job that, given his film star looks, was hardly an accomplishment. But when he was selected to oversee the completion of INS Beas, and to be its commissioning CO, it was clear that Jammy had made a mark as the Executive Officer of the INS Delhi. And, as Naval Attache to Moscow, Jammy left his imprimatur as pointsman during the most contentious phase of the Gorshkov negotiations and the nuclear submarine negotiations.
We talked often over the phone while he was in Moscow and always had a meal together when he travelled to India. Given the man he was, we never ever spoke about the top-secret negotiations that he handled through those years. He was too committed a professional to reveal any secrets and I was too good a friend to pose any dilemmas for him.
I also had the pleasure of hosting his lovely wife, Geeta — together they made the most striking couple you could imagine. They were always close, shared many interests and were enormously proud of each other and of their two lovely children.
To suggest — as many newspapers and TV channels are obliquely doing, without the slightest proof — that Admiral Jamwal had committed suicide is an indicator of how low India’s media has sunk. True, the police have registered a case of “unnatural death”. What else was the media expecting in a death in a range accident?
It is regrettable that we have plumbed such depths that the feelings of a bereaved family — you can imagine their emotions when they see today’s newspapers — are not as important as an “interesting” headline.
We were fortunate — those of us who knew Rear Admiral Satyendra Singh Jamwal as schoolmates in The Lawrence School, Sanawar; brothers-in-arms in the National Defence Academy and the military; and those of us who knew Jammy as a friend or a much-loved relative — to have benefited from his warmth, honesty and cheerful good nature.
On behalf of all of them, I pray for everlasting peace to his soul.
It is with great sadness that we write about the sad demise of our classmate, Atul Kapur(OS81) on 2nd Aug 2010.
AK as we better know him, joined Sanawar as a 6 year old in 1970. After school he did a three year diploma in Hotel Management from the prestigious Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition,, Pusa Institute, New Delhi. He married his college sweetheart,Nisha. They have two children.
AK was a keen sportsman in school and a gentle soul. A doting father,a caring husband, soft spoken and polite,he will be missed by all of us of the batch of ’81, and most of all , by his wife and children.
So long AK.
May his soul rest in peace.
Eera Singh (OS81)
Heartfelt Condolences from the OS fraternity.
Mrs Rohini Channa, Senior Mistress, passed away in Mumbai on 24Jun 2010. She taught English in school from 1978 to 1990.Particpated in ADS plays and had a terrific sense of humor.
She and Mr B Singh were brilliant at staff club dinners when two of them would act out role of a bull fighter and a matador and have the staff in splits.
May I add a special mention from us ladies( class of 80) about her.
She was the warden for upper sixth form in the common rooms (GD was going in for expansion and renovation and only prefects stayed in the dorms. the rest of upper sixers were moved to CR)
Mrs Channa gave us freedom by not locking us girls at night and no telling when to switch off lights or imposing any rules as such.
In turn she had our trust and respect for treating us as adults, which we will never forget
She was loved both by staff and children. May her soul rest in peace.
Heartfelt condolences from the Sanawarian Fraternity.
Col KM Verma (Pesty)(OS56) of Bihar Regiment passed away on 5 Mar 2010 at the Army Research and Referral Hospital Delhi (R and R). He was suffering from lung cancer for sometime. A keen sportsman during his time in Sanawar,who excelled in soccer, hockey and boxing.
He is survived by his wife Rekha and a son and daughter.
Heartfelt Condolences from the OS Fraternity
Mr E Sequeira passed away on 2 May 2010 in Pune. He was suffering from alzheimer’s. He taught English in Sanawar from 1970 to 1999. He went on to become the Head of Faculty of the English Dept. He was also Housemaster of Vindhya Boys and also soccer and badminton coach and the Editor of the Sanawar newsletter.
He will be remembered fondly by his colleagues and students.
He is survived by his wife Melcy Sequeira and children, Deven, Rahul and Sonali.
Heartfelt condolences from the OS Fraternity
Vineet Kapoor (N77) passed away on 17Feb10 in his sleep in Mumbai. Both personable and popular with a charming smile. From the hotel industry he went on to act in movies. He will be missed by all those who knew him
Heartfelt condelences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.
An Eulogy to Vineet Kapoor by the Class of 77.
“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation”
As we write this eulogy to Vineet, we join his wife, children, parents and family with heads bowed in prayer. No words can salve their pain, but we share deeply in their loss.
Peace and refuge lie in the immortality of the soul. We join you in prayer for a place in Heaven for Vineet – a Refuge, with peace and eternal immortality.
Today our small “Tribe” that comprises the batch of ‘77 from Sanawar, reflects on our journey with Vineet. The separation – though bittersweet – allows us to relive our life again with twice the satisfaction. Our joy and sorrows are inseparable today.
Our friendship with Vineet transcended to the love of brothers and the relationship of siblings. There were times of laughter, sharing of pleasures, and more than a few embarrassing moments that we would all like to consign to a safe unknown place.
Some of us shared a dorm with him from the day we came to Sna while others spoke with him but a couple of weeks ago. Through the years, there remained the same underlying fabric of a significant human being, full of laughter, compassion, generosity, simplicity and friendship.
Khalil Gibran also reminds us that “The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply”. Vineet’s passing in its calm serenity and simplicity has numbed and shocked us, yet also made us so much more aware of the “obvious”, of the meaning of life.
Vineet made our yesterdays special with the memories, and we must invest in our today so as to continue the legacy. His passing has re-taught us the meaning of Life.
Many of us remember Vineet in different ways or avatars. Though, he was extremely popular and commanded respect through leadership and charisma. He naturally attracted people, older or younger, through his calm caring manner, Adonis like good looks, and tremendous courage against adversity.
There was always something fiercely competitive about Vineet; about wishing to be first. Be it winning a boxing medal, making a girl-friend, breaking bounds, representing the school team, or getting up to mischief. There is a treasure of schoolboy stories for us to tell, and perhaps one day this will make a fine film script.
But who knew that Vineet would also be the first amongst us to reach the “Gates of Heaven” as well.
There was a great deal about Vineet that we admired, and this was not limited to his sporting prowess or his handsome good looks and tremendous physique. There was a strength that we all say, of standing up for what he believed right, protecting weaker kids, never ever breaking an oath of silence. He defied bullies and never feared retribution, yet had the sensitivity to shed a tear when he saw someone in pain.
There was of course a much more special bond he shared with his fellow Nilagarians, who were tighter than just brothers. He gave them great security in sports – be it football or boxing; dramatic moments when leading a raid on a tuck larder; pride in his Travolta like attire and outfit as he headed for a date and the competitive element for Nilagiri and the School. The school unfortunately could not have two Head-boys or two House Captains, because Vineet was right there and always- in contention.
Friendships that were forged in Sna as we know them and as we shared with Vineet are made in Heaven. We came to school as individuals, scared and alone, yet gained immense strength from one another and left with strong bonds and a Tribal instinct.
We opened up our lives and homes to each other, and none of us showed greater hospitality than Vineet and his wife. One did not need an invitation; the old expression of “just land-up” was never more pertinent. There was also the selfless assignment of time that defined Vineet, and there were times he would miss his film-shooting schedule to spend time with his batch mate or a Sanawarian.
And with the time and hospitality would roll out a flood of memories, stories, leg pulling and reminiscing. Time seemed to roll back and stand still – perhaps like it has for us with his passing on the 18th of February.
Vineet’s passing has caused all of his mates who join in this eulogy to pause and reflect on their own mortality, and reflect on how they will live and lead their lives. There are so many things we are grateful to Vineet for, yet I believe we, and our families, will now owe him a debt far greater as we redefine our lives and seek greater fulfillment and invest time in our near and dear. Thank you, dear friend.
In times such as these, however poignant, we must retain belief in God, and faith that there is solace in His ways, however mysterious, paradoxical, absurd or painful. It is in times such as these that friends come to hand and give strength to carry on, one painful day after another.
It is through treasured memories that a lamp gets lit, and a smile reappears amidst the tears. In these memories we find an inner peace of heart, mind and soul, also allow the lamp to remain lit.
To Neena, Varun, Seerat and Vineets parents: we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. We feel and share in your grief, deeply and spiritually. If we could take away your pain we gladly would.
When you need to smile, or things are unbearable, give Vineet’s “Tribe” a call! Do remember that time and good friends are great healers and as friends we have the magic of Vineet’s legacy to bring back a smile – those wonderful treasured memories.
BATCH OF 1977
22nd February 2010.
Ronojoy Datta ( N83 ) passed away in Florida on 22Feb 2010. He had a brain tumour that went undetected till a week before he passed away. Ronojoy was a professional golfer at Mont Claire Golf Club at New Jersey USA.
Heartfelt Condolences to his family. May his Soul rest in peace.
It was a huge shock to learn of Ronojoy’s passing away last month. A shock made more numb, almost weird, a dull throbbing kind of shock, because Ronojoy was in some ways already made absent by a distance, not understandable to us very-connected Sanawarians. Yet he was not absent, perhaps elusive, intensely private, but very much all there. I last connected with him around ten years ago. I’d call it historic, because he joined us at a gathering of our classmates in New York at the time. I remember how happy many of us were to see him that afternoon, an afternoon, which turned into a long, laughter filled evening. I remained in touch with him, off and on, in the years since.
Ronojoy joined Sanawar in Lower Six and was in Nilgiri BD. My friendship with him developed because of our common love for the stage. I got to know him well when we were cast in the musical production of “Kim”. He was a gifted singer, and a dashing presence on stage as Mahbub Ali, the Pathan. Far from elusive, Ronojoy impressed all of us in the two years we spent together with his big-hearted spirit, his rapier wit, his capacity for friendship and laughter. I remember him always having some funny and mischievous thought up his sleeve. Ronojoy was the ultimate prankster. He kept a straight face. A happy maverick if ever there was one.
Theatre seemed very much a part of Ronojoy’s life – and in that sense he was a consummate actor. He was the George Clooney of our batch. Some of us formed a street theater group and performed a play at the Golden Staircase one term. I have an image of Ronojoy, as a dashing and gallant knight, lofty, beautiful and very much his own man. There was always something about him that made him stand out as an individual against the herd. He always maintained his authenticity.
Ronojoy was a consummate sportsman. A terrific tennis player, a runner. But most of all, a sportsman, as a gentleman. Pukka – as in fair play – was his spine. Ronojoy was a shining example of what it meant to be original. He was easy to get along with, precisely because he was in tune, he got the job done, and one did not have to worry.
Even though we lost touch with Ronojoy over the years, I believe Ronojoy always remained true to himself. As he pursued a career in golf, on the circuit and as a coach, in the US, he also journeyed through somewhat differently from the rest of us. He chose to do it alone. As always the maverick, gentleman, and human, Ronojoy remained true to his purpose. And he lived it.
On behalf of all of us I would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to his sister, Brinda (Datta), his parents, family and friends.
Roy Sinai (OS83)
Mr. FB Manley Bursar of Sanawar during the 1960s passed away in London on January 21, 2010. He will remain a stalwart in the tradition and history of Sanawar.
Heartfelt condolences to Mrs Manley and family. May his soul rest in peace.
From the OS Fraternity
Political Interference Made Him Quit Police
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 22
Political interference in the working of the Police Department is nothing new to this region. Way back in 1964, Felix Bernard Manley, who belonged to the 1939 batch of the Indian Police, quit his job in protest against political interference. He also perhaps belonged to the select group of British who had entered the Indian Police through competition.
Among a few survivors of the Indian Police, appointed during the British Empire, is Ashwani Kumar, also of the Punjab Police. It was the Indian Police that paved the way for the Indian Police Service in free India.
Manley, who was the last British Principal of the Police Training School at Phillaur, died yesterday in London at the age of 91.
Manley had the distinction of serving the pre-Partition Punjab and had stints in many of the major districts of west Punjab, now in Pakistan, besides serving some areas that after the 1966 re-organisation formed parts of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
Before he quit his job, he was awarded the President’s Police Medal for meritorious service. Rajdeep Singh Gill, Director-General of Police-cum-Director, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, who follows religiously career graphs of his seniors and predecessors, says that after the police job, Manley worked on the management of the Lawrence School, Sanawar, for some time before moving back to England where he settled in London.
After his schooling in Britain and graduation from France, he cleared the competition for appointment to the then Indian Police.
Manley had his initial training at Phillaur Training School before he got his first posting as Assistant Superintendent of Police, Shimla. He held similar stints in Gujarat, Sialkot and Lahore, all in west Punjab in Pakistan now. Subsequently on his promotion as Superintendent of Police, he remained district police chief of Jhang, Ambala, Shimla, Lahore and Ferozepore.
Manley also had a stint as Assistant IG of Railway Police before going to Phillaur as the Principal of the Police Training School. Manley also remained Deputy Inspector-General of Jalandhar, Ambala and Border Ranges besides serving the Punjab Armed Police.”
Air Commodore (Retd) Sowaranjit Singh Dhillon (OS 1950 – 53) passed away 0n Sept 12th 2009 after a courageous and brave battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a dedicated Old Sanawarian and a really good human being.
A regular member of monthly OS get-togethers in Chandigarh, his presence will be deeply missed.
Our condolences to Pammi ( Mrs Sowaranjit Singh) and his two married sons.
Brig. I.S.Chima (Retd)
Mr Jitendra Pratap 93, passed away earlier this year. He taught music for 40 years in well known institutions like Rishi Valley, Shantineketan, Lovedale and Sanawar.
He was persuaded by Maj Somdatt join Sanawar in 1963 where he taught both instrumental and vocal music. He left Sanawar in 1972. After he retired he became a well known music critic for various news papers. He is survived by his three daughters Shree Gauri Dhiman(OS63), Lalita Gauri Deb(OS65), Chitra Gauri Lal(OS65)
His wife passed away nine days after his death.
Heartfelt condolences to his family.
Some of the OS pay tribute to him..
Until I read this obit piece about Mr Pratap, I did not any idea about his musical pedigree and his standing in the classical music world in India. Wonder how many of us did. Considering an Indian classical music teacher was not considered ‘cool’ (in fact was normally the butt of many an unfair joke) in our time, and most of us in BD considered Indian classical music to be ‘sissy’. This article about our late music teacher is an eye-opener. I look back at him with a new found respect and affection (a little late in life) and deeply regret that I didn’t benefit from his talent when I had the chance over 40 years back. Sanjiv Berry and I were actually in his class, but both of us chickened out, and ended up in the wretched bugle band!
The link to The Hindu article (shared by his daughter on Facebook) is given below.
We were a bunch of imbeciles. The boys I mean. I wanted to play the piano so badly but only girls played the piano so I ended up playing something “manly” like the trumpet which crushed whatever little latent musical talent I might have had within me. Most of the time in the bandhouse was spent pulling banda’s leg and just bullshitting.
Yes, I remember you and Berry chickening out, such was the peer pressure and wasting your time playing the five notes of the bugle with some difficulty.
What I recall Mr. Pratap was how he got the ones among us with zero sense of timing to sing the national anthem. He used to go like this:
Jaya hey, two three
Jaya hey, two three
Jaya hey, two three four
Jaya jaya jaya jaya hey.
What a bunch of dopes we were. But a happy bunch of dopes.
He was a man you could never forget- forceful and uncompromising when it came to his music, He demanded perfection and one strove to oblige because the imperceptible nod of approval after hours of practice was worth all the sweat and tears. His formidable training was whispered about in girls school and we had heard that he was a ‘guru bhai’ of Pt. Ravi Shankar and that life had taken him on a different path but we knew from experience that he was second to none. For a lot of us any meaningful learning in the music class at school ended the day he left Sanawar. Rest in peace Sir, and thank you for gifting many of us the ability to appreciate Indian classical music.
Sanawar was indeed honored to have had a gifted musician of Mr Pratap’s caliber on its Faculty was so long. He nurtured the Music Wing almost from infancy, introducing a tradition of Indian classical music in the school that so many of us had the privilege to imbibe.
Although his forte was the sitar, he was an accomplished vocalist equally skilled with several other instruments. With him, music was more passion than art, prompting him to ever strive for musical perfection, a quality that easily distinguished him as a teacher and touched each one of his pupils.
It is a less known fact that, before joining S’na, Mr Pratap was a promising sitarist having performed on stage along with the likes of the late Pt Ravi Shankar and Pt Kishan Maharaj.
We are profoundly grateful for his dedicated innings at S’na. Our deepest condolences to the family.
Mr Pratap shall always be an integral part of the Sn’a ethos, remembered for the music and affection that he brought, taught and shared with us on the hill top.
Sam (Harisimran Singh)
Deeply saddened an shocked at the demise of Mr. Pratap, accomplished musician and a good teacher! My condolences to the family in this hour of grief.
Today through Sanawarnet I learnt about Mr. Pratap and a lot of us have connectivity with him in form of his music lesson from Prep School to Senior School. I can never forget him with his harmonium when we went for music lessons in Prep school and he would make us sing “Sareh Jahaan Se Aaacha” and “Kitni Sundar Pyaari Chidiya”. Then the music he made with those water bowls was amazing. We would spill up a few when he was not looking. So vivid are those memories. RIP Sir you will always be in our hearts.
Aditya Raj Kapoor
God bless the soul of r music teacher…
Sad to hear of Mr. Pratap’s passing. I was in his music class for 3 years.Unfortunately all his effort could not put a musical note in my system. God Bless.
Sorry to hear about Mr Pratap.He taught me and many others to play the sitar and appreciate classical Indian music . i remember his eldest daughter was a very good player My condolences to his family
Mahendra M P Singh
He moulded so many young, impressionable lives. May his soul rest in peace.
condolences to the family.. R.I.P. Sir
R.I.P. Sir!! You have & will always remain in our memory. You even managed to make a non musical guy like me learn – The violin & also challenged me into learning & playing the Jal-Tarang for the school orchestra. My condolences to your family- Gauri,Shree,Chitra & junior pratap, as we fondly called your son.
Brg Pradeep Sharma
Sad to hear of Banda passing away…another good old ofsoldier S`na has faded away. Condolences to the family.
RIP Pratap Sir ! I remember his Chotu Motu Char Gayee Diwar …fond memories
Amol Rattan Singh
Sad to hear of his passing on. What he taught us in Prep School was a fun filled ‘Bandar mujhey bana de Ram’ ! I remember his daughter, Gauri even though she was way senior. Condolences to her and others of his family.
Sorry to learn of Mr Pratap’s passing, learnt the Veena with him. RIP, Sir.
Mahendra M P Singh
I remember trying to learn “Jal tarang”(and not water bowls Subri). My sister Mithlesh learnt sitar under his able guidance and she was pretty good at it. May his soul rest in peace.
Did the entire Prithvi Raj opera with Mr Pratap..sad. .RIP..condolences to his family..unforgettable master.
Please pass all our condolences to the family,Ketaki.And tell them we remember Mr Pratap very fondly
Shree, I will let you in on a personal story of how your father got me interested in singing. I will never forget my days in Music Class. If I recollect it was somewhere near the Tara Chand Library and we walked to it from Prep School. Mr. Pratap and his harmonium (and he was bald like my father) – we sat on the floor through singing classes. Never one to pay attention. He would be hopping mad as we juggled with water in the bowls. So, obviously as a punishment, I was asked to sing “Saare Jahan Se Acha”, which I did with perfection. He was flabbergasted and I yet recollect him telling me that I was naturally talented. I was the school bugler too, doing the daily rouser. Got a lot of big knocks on my head for blowing the “Rouser and Lights Out”. Unfortunately I never pursued music after Sanawar, until Yogi Sharma’s son passed away two years back in Canada. He requested me to do “Seasons in the Sun” in his memory from the Gaura Camp Fire. Thereafter I took it back as a hobby and everything came streaming back. Music brings collectivity as well and is fantastic in all forms of social life. I will never forget Mr. Pratap, because he was the only teacher who taught me to sing 1 to 1, because I was punished and sat alone with him for messing up his jaltarang.
See what difference a good teacher can make to shape your life ..strange twists and turns lead you eventually to find your potential.
Nandini Malhotra(OS82) passed away on 1st Jun 2013 . She had been ill for a while but fought her illness bravely.
She was full of life and cheer and this how we will always remember her.She is survived by her husband Vijit Yadav and daughter Oonapiya. Younger sister
to Gayatri Malhotra(OS76) and Vikram Malhotra(OS79)
Heartfelt condolences to her family from the OS Fraternity. May her soul rest in peace.
Anu Sharma(OS82) pays tribute to her.
“Goodbye to you my trusted friend
We’ve known each other since we were nine or ten
Together we’ve climbed hills and trees
Learned of love and ABCs
Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees…”
It is heartbreaking that Nandini Malhotra is no more. Nandu was a ray of sunshine, spreading love and happiness in the lives she touched. Her smile warmed your heart, forming a bond for life. Her joie de vivre and her humor always kept one entertained.
Nandu loved and lived life to the fullest and in times of adversity was brave, courageous and showed resilience beyond belief.
We knew that she was ill but never thought we’d lose her so soon. Her indomitable spirit of “Never Give In” made us believe that she would overcome it all.
Her love for her family and friends was unconditional and they were her greatest source of strength. Her husband Vijit’s love for her — the way he took care of her and indulged her every whim — has been awe-inspiring.
What made Nandu so special wasn’t the huge turnout of people who came to bid adieu to her, but how fondly each one remembered her. Her prayer meeting was a celebration of her life by Vijit and their daughter Oona, and it ended with one of her favorite songs, Kaisi Paheli Zindagani:
“Roka hai kisne
Han yeh toh behta paani
Kaisi paheli zindagani.”
One could visualize Nandu dancing and singing along.
She will fill the heavens with her laughter and spread love always. She will continue to live on in each of us.
Farewell my friend till we meet again…
The words above, written by Anu Sharma, well encapsulate the thoughts and sentiments of our Batch of ’82.
We are deeply saddened by this loss of a remarkable classmate of ours. Rest in peace forever, Nandu.
With deep regret I wish to inform that Abhey Yog Raj (HBD 59) passed away on 4 Sep 2014. He had a stroke early this year and apparently never recovered from it. He leaves behind his wife, Neera & daughters Sonali & Smita (both Sanawarians). I pray God gives them courage & strength to bear this irreplaceable loss. May God rest his soul in peace. RIP
(Amarjit S. Butalia HBD ’59)
Heartfelt Condolences from the OS fraternity.
With profound grief I wish to inform you that Bhupinder Nath Kaul. (OS 70) passed away on 7 Aug 2014 in USA. Bhupi Kaul was great sportsman , fine gymnast and a very good boxer. He played cricket ,soccer and hockey along with me from Colts to First Eleven House matches.A good human being, kind hearted and very handsome guy! He was junior dormitory prefect and was very popular.
Our sympathies with his family. May Almighty give them the strength to bear this loss.Rest in Peace dear friend!
OS H 1970
Heartfelt Condolences from the OS fraternity.
We lost Sandeep Sirkeck(OS85)- Massey to a Car accident in Kotgarh, Himachal Pradesh on 8th October. The Cremation took place on 9th October. .
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and may God give his family the comfort and peace that they seek in this time of grief.
just when you were opening up … we lose you. Too early…. and too suddenly…..
“Time has ceased my friend,
But cherished memories still linger,
This is the way of life and all things.
We shall meet again,
You are only sleeping.”
May your soul be at Peace.
Posted on behalf of the Batch of 1985
Preeti Pariat Mehta
It was very sad indeed to hear that Violet Goodall (nee Tilley) passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday 19th December 2015 I am sure she will be missed by all the UK OS and those in Canada and Australia. Sanawar has lost an important link with our past.
For those who don’t know, Violet was sergeant Tilley’s daughter. She also ran the Old Sanawarian Association (OSA) in UK for several years until it’s end. Violet worked hard to organise the OSA reunions and to produce an annual newsletter, keeping OS in touch across the continents.
Violet also attended some of our OSS reunions as long as she was able to travel up to London, but sadly she wasn’t able to in the last few years. I am so glad that Jitender Singh Chandel (OS 75) Diwaker Singh(OS 75) and I were able to visit her in May this year.
We will miss you.
Aruna Mongia (nee Sharma) NGD 1967
Dear Derek and All OS,
I believe the year before I was admitted to Sanawar in 1930, Sgt Tilley died. He had been a solid supporter of George Barne (Principal 1912-1932). From an Asylum for Orphans he changed the school to The Lawrence Royal Military School, run on English public school lines. Barney (as we called him, when we didn’t call him Boss) asked the Right Rev. Duran, Bishop of Lahore, to write the School Song. Sgt. Tilley is immortalised therein and his name has been sung at the North Pole, South Pole and Mount Everest. It will be sung wherever old Sanawarians meet. Reunions are ubiquitous.
The name of Tilley is part of Sanawar. Mrs. Tilley continued to live in Sanawar after her husband’s death. She was a mistress in the Girl’s Department and I believe a strict disciplinarian. She had three sons and four daughters. Jim Tilley was the eldest and he was prefect of Havelock House and Head Boy when I was there. He was a big strong fellow, with muscles where most of us didn’t have places. He was heavyweight boxing champion and popular. No one messed with him.
Betty Tilley, the next eldest, was Head Girl. I can’t tell you much about her because I knew very little about girls and the only one covert experience I had with one of them on Lover’s Hill lasted about five minutes and convinced me that boxing, hockey. football, cricket and running the Long Hodson were preferable and more enjoyable options.
In 1947,a group of about a dozen OS met in the Palaise de Dance in Hammersmith. I think Mrs. Tilley and her family arrived in England about that time and took up residence in Muswell Hill, north London, where I met with them. Mrs. Tilley founded the Annual Reunion of OS in London and from 1948 onward we all met at various locations once a year. The joy she brought to so many is a debt we can never repay. When Mrs. Tilley died, her daughter, Betty took over and organised the Reunions in London. When Betty died, her sister Phylis organised everything and when she died Violet took over.
We formalise our group at a meeting in the Guard’s Club in Piccadilly and created the Old Sanawarian’s Association. I was elected President, but Violet ran the shop and did everything.
We met annually for lunch at the Victory Services Club in Marble Arch, London. In 1997, the school’s sesquicentenial, we had Sir John Lawrence, great grandson of our founder, he was 90, as our honoured guest and he was piped in by the Gurkhas. Nepal was where Sir Henry first conceived the plan of founding our school. There were over 300 OS and wives at the luncheon. Violet arranged everything. Loved by all, Violet continued to organise the Reunions until finally most of us grew too old to attend. Aruna has taken over and she does a great job and keeps the flag flying. Hats off and three cheers for Aruna.
We owe a deep and everlasting debt to the Tilley family. Violet shall be remembered and grealy missed. Let us in silence for a moment remember her and send our condolences to her family. She who gave us all so much has now left us. May she rest in peace.
Warm wishes to all,
( Violet stayed on in Sanawar as an Assistant Matron until January 1947, when she left to marry Herbert Goodall (Roberts 1935-44).
Commodore (retd.) Amarjit Singh Bajwa (Vindhya, ’59-’63), passed away on Sunday evening, 10th January, 2016 due to cardiac trauma and medical complications.
Greatly missed by his grieving family ,batch mates of ’63, a host of friends and the Naval fraternity.
Heartfelt Condolences to the family from the OS family
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.
Kanwar Suryaveer Singh. Shorty. Sanawar, Himalaya House, 1969 – 1980.
Rakish charm and winning smile.
Boxer. Contended for Best Boxer even as an Atom weight.
Cricketer. Captained the First XI. Wicked left arm spinner.
Hockey and Soccer. Always front and center.
Bugler and Trumpeter. His Rouser and Fall In reveille’s still echo.
Loving Husband and Caring Father.
Kanwar Suryaveer Singh, Shorty to all, passed gently into the night on September 5, 2016.
He is survived by his wife, Rita and two daughters, Avani & Ashima.
And a legion of devastated friends.
Who have been graced by his inimitable wit, disarming irreverence, and boundless joie de vivre.
They say good things come in small packages.
He was the quintessential little big man.
Rest in Peace friend.
You Fought the Good Fight.
You Never Gave In.
The last bugle call is truly yours.
Jalo, Rahul, Sukhu, Chehal , Ash (Class of 80)
Below is the obituary sent by George Browne’s daughter Pippa McCarroll
On 28th September, 2016, one of the proudest Old Sanawarian’s sadly passed away, two days before his 97th birthday. Despite his adherence to his life-long school motto of “Never Give In”, George Browne, Life President of the OS Society, succumbed to his injuries from a fall whilst receiving a routine treatment in hospital.
A Havelock House Sanawarian from 1930-1937, George was both an outstanding student and athlete, being in the first elevens for hockey, cricket and football, and a champion boxer. His post Sanawar studies took him to England, graduating from King’s College, London and working at MI6 during the war. George’s days at Sanawar provided him with the foundation of an incredible adventure in life that led him across many countries. Having solely supported all his family who joined him in England after the partition of India in his earlier years, he thrived on the ambition to provide all of those he loved with a comfort and care that reached out far beyond even his own dreams. George built a dynasty, created upon his hard work, diligence and acumen. His life may have afforded him a luxurious lifestyle, but he remained humble enough to encompass others less fortunate and was always helping people, whatever their needs or situation.
George leaves behind his beloved wife Frieda, whom he referred to his as “his angel” and indeed she is. After 57 years together, their love, commitment and companionship is unequalled. His legacy continues to his children Adrian, Angela, Nikki, Paul and Pippa, his ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Their hearts are all heavy, as I’m sure many of yours will be, at the loss of one of the last standing true gentleman and a fine Old Sanawarian.