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THE YEARBOOK 2010


Editorial

3

From The Headmaster

4

Activities

6

Social Service

34

Creative

44

Sports

50

Hindi

66

Staff

74

House Reports

90

Founder’s

106

Rose Bowl

116

Sc Leavers

124


The year 2010 was an extraordinary one

But if I had any illusions that 2010 would be

for an extraordinary school: the seventy-

smooth sailing, these were quickly dispelled

fifth anniversary of The Doon School. I

by the realities of preparing for the largest

shall remember it well for a number of

event the school has held in its entire history

reasons, not least the jubilee

– DS75. The plan was to have over 5,000

celebrations themselves, but also for the

boys, parents, Old Boys, friends of the

fact that this was my first full year here.

school and guests meeting at Chandbagh in

I had joined the school halfway through

late October. The challenge was immense,

2009, so I had only a partial glimpse of

not least because expectations for the event

the full cycle of The Doon School annual

were sky high, and because we were an

calendar. That was also a blighted

operational school with 500 boys still

glimpse because swine flu, the

needing teaching, living accommodation and

cancellation of Founder's Day and the

feeding on the run up to and during this

security scare dominated that first

great landmark in the school's history. Had

autumn term of mine and made it one of

we been a conference or convention centre

the more unusual, challenging and

things would have been simpler! One of the

interesting terms in the school's history

things that will stick in my mind is, besides

and in my own career as a teacher and

the question of what there would be to eat,

headmaster.

was how often I was asked at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and every other occasion under the sun, "Who will be the chief guest at DS75?" Everyone had an opinion as to who would be, and especially who would not be, a suitable chief guest for DS75. Boys' favourites ranged from sports icons to film stars, from Sachin Tendulkar to SRK, from President Obama to Bill Gates, from the oldest living Dosco to great captains of commerce and industry, from Amartya Sen to the President of China. The debate raged

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on and on throughout the year. In the end, the list of guests who did attend was quite astonishing. I can think of no other school in the world that could have onstage together at one time the president of the world's largest democracy, a king, the nation's minister of education, its minister of roads and highways, the governor of the state and its chief minister.

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What also made 2010 extraordinary for me

When the great celebration eventually

Of course, the jubilee was not the only event of

was my journey around the world to meet the

came, it was experienced as a huge

the year. As the pages of this excellent

alumni chapters during the jubilee year. The

success by almost all those who attended.

yearbook attest, there were myriad other

Board of Governors asked me to do so to

Our greatest worry was getting 5,000

activities taking place, and, despite the huge

encourage old boys to attend DS75, and if

people on to the estate without long

time pressures, these not only continued but

they were unable to do so, to bring them up

delays, preventing a huge buildup of

flourished. It is a testimony to the boys' skills

to date on developments at the school and

vehicles around the school, feeding them,

and talents, and the dedication of the masters,

the the vision for its future. Although it was

seating them for the main events and

that so much went on to such a high standard

very difficult being away from school so

speeches, providing security for the

unabated despite the demands of DS75. By

much, I had the great pleasure of meeting Old

President and all our guests, and ensuring

2010, The Doon School, at seventy-five still

Boys in Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Hong

that they enjoyed themselves and met

young institution by world and even Indian

Kong, Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Los

treasured friends and acquaintances. Of

standards, had made a disproportionate

Angeles, Washington, London, Singapore,

course, what we had not counted on was a

contribution to the history and life of this nation

Dubai, Bangalore and Kolkata. Their pride in

hurricane hitting the Main Field on the

and, indeed, the world. That larger contribution

being Doscos was tremendous and their

Friday night of the celebrations and

has been made up of myriad smaller

memories of their time at Chandbagh almost

pitching the jubilee into crisis. The gods

contributions by individual boys, masters and

tangible. Many of them were inspired to make

waited until the Pagal Gymkhana was over,

the other employees year on year over the

donations to the school to help us to fund the

then hurled rain, lightning and high winds

decades. Each yearbook that records the

next stages in our development. By Founder's

at the huge and elaborate structures

individual achievements of the boys is a

Day itself some 45 crores had been pledged

needed for an event of such magnitude,

physical building block in the history of this

to the DS75 Fund and I was able in my speech

prestige and complexity. We watched as

great school. It is always an honour to be the

to launch with confidence a campaign to raise

the vast stage, and the coverings and

headmaster of such a school during one of its

120 crores for scholarships, building projects

awnings required for the presidential visit,

anniversaries, and I am no exception in feeling

and faculty development purposes.

were ripped apart, not once but twice, by

fortunate to have been so myself in 2010. But,

vicious thunderstorms.

as ever, The Doon school is about boys and

One of the saddest events of the year was the untimely death of one of The Doon

Lesser schools would have cancelled the

School's great masters, Mr. Sheel Vohra, just

celebrations, but, in true Dosco spirit,

days before the jubilee. There was an

everyone rallied round and, after a wild,

outpouring of grief amongst the entire Dosco

sleepless night for us working on campus,

community, not least because he and so

the President of India, the King of Bhutan,

many of the old boys who revered him were

Shri Kapil Sibal, Shri Kamal Nath, Governor

looking forward to meeting at Chandbagh for

Margaret Alva and Chief Minister Ramesh

this very special Founder's together. For so

Pokhriyal 'Nishank' were all able to sit on

many he was a link to the halcyon days when

the podium in an MPH transformed from

The Doon School had just emerged as the

an emergency rainproof party venue for

nation's most admired and respected school,

the Old Boys' Gala Dinner into a speaking

and to the earlier generation of great masters

venue fit for a president. It was one of the

such as 'Holdie', Mr. Vohra's mentor. As I

proudest moments of my life to see Ds75

write this, months after he passed away, I still

rise phoenix-like from the carnage of Main

cannot believe that I will not be able to

Field within a few hours.

wander down to Main Field of an afternoon and see him sitting on his favourite bench close to the foot of Mr. Holdsworth's memorial. His spirit certainly lives on in The Doon School and will never die.

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their masters, and I should like to congratulate the editorial team on being those chosen to create this important publication and the historical record of our platinum jubilee year. Shayan Italia, an old boy of the school himself, sang on a reconstructed stage on Main Field on Founder's Day itself of Doscos forever and brothers for life; these pages are proof of what makes his sentiments so true.


Athletics Report

Sitting 1st Row (L to R): Adhiraj Singh, Tushar Gupta, Udai Bothra, Vahin Khosla, Uddhav Prasad, Mr Manu Mehrotra, Saarthak Singh, Virein Chabra, Aditya Vikram Gupta, Raj Kumar Vijay, Arjun Midha. Sitting 2nd Row (L to R):Karan Shinghal, Banda Maan Singh Lamba, Arjun Parmar, Rohan Gupta, Nikhil Narain, Adhiraj Singh Thakran, Dhruv Agarwal, Rahil Badhwar, Prabhjot Singh, Aishwarya Karan, Vikram Singh Gill. Sitting 3rd Row (L to R): Rishavraj Das, Gaurav Kothari, Yasser Iqbal, Aditya Vikram Gupta, Ayush Tripathi, Khalid Alawnah, Anmol Singh Jamwal, Vigya Singh Dhiman, Madhav Dutt, Nipun Dutta, Siddharth Sarin, Rakshit, Suhel Karara Athletics in school this year witnessed a very enthusiastic participation from all forms. Even though the season was cut short because of the preparations for DS-75, Doscos managed to put up spectacular performances in the interhouse competition and otherwise during the season. Students were dedicated and eager to get on the field, and one could see them sweating it out as soon as the clock struck three. More than three-quarters of the School participated in Marching. After practising for weeks, the various House marching squads left the spectators awestruck with the high level of coordination amongst themselves. The inter-house athletics competition exhibited high amounts of talent this year. Tata House emerged victorious in the Juniors Category. Rajkumar Vijay was awarded the Best Junior Athlete trophy.

In mediums, Tata House walked away with the trophy. Competitiveness was increased by athletes like Adhiraj Thakran, Dhruv Agarwal and Arjun Midha amongst others. The Kashmir House team has been winning the Athletics trophy for the last four years and kept up the record by winning the Senior trophy for the fifth year. Athletes like Tushar Gupta, Udai Bothra and Vigya Singh played their parts in getting their House the senior cup. Viren Chabbra made the field events all the more interesting to watch with the number of stunning performances he put up. Tushar Gupta broke the Seniors high jump record and set it at an unbreakable 1.76 meters. He also won the Mumtaz Ahmed Trophy for the Best Senior Athlete. All in all, the athletics season this year was a very good one and will forever be remembered by the students of the School.

Half Colours – Aditya Gupta, Adhiraj Thakran, Adhiraj Singh, Arjun Midha, Aditya Gupta, Raj Kumar Vijay Full Colours – Saarthak Singh, Udai Bothra, Tushar Gupta, Virein Chabra 4


SC LEAVERS


Arnav Sahu “My journey from a nobody to a somebody"

Arnav was the School Captain. He

Arnav was awarded the Scholars

Arnav represented the school as the

was the Secretary of the DSMUN,

Blazer. He won many Best Speaker

Valedictorian and at the Athenian

Senior English Debating Society

awards at various

School for exchange. He also

and Games Committee. Arnav was

debatingcompetition and also won

represented the school at various

the Boy-In-Charge of DSMUN. He

best delegate awards at various

debates and Model United Nations.

was an Associate editor for the

MUN Conferences. He achieved the

Arnav was a meber of the house

Weekly and a Senior Editor of the

first position in the Junior Shankar

soccer, basketball, cricket and

Circle. He was also a member of

Dayal Essay Competition and the

athletics team. He also represented

the 'Vision Committee'.

second position in the Shanti

the house at Debating, First Aid,

Swarup Essay Competition. Arnav

Shanti Swarup Essay Competition

was also awarded the Bronze and

and at the Hindi Poetry Recitation

Silver medals in LAMDA.

Competition.

Arnav Sahu “Let us be thankful for the School that we have experienced.

Arnav was the School Captain. He

Arnav was awarded the Scholars

Arnav represented the school as the

was the Secretary of the DSMUN,

Blazer. He won many Best Speaker

Valedictorian and at the Athenian

Senior English Debating Society

awards at various

School for exchange. He also

and Games Committee. Arnav was

debatingcompetition and also won

represented the school at various

the Boy-In-Charge of DSMUN. He

best delegate awards at various

debates and Model United Nations.

was an Associate editor for the

MUN Conferences. He achieved the

Arnav was a meber of the house

Weekly and a Senior Editor of the

first position in the Junior Shankar

soccer, basketball, cricket and

Circle. He was also a member of

Dayal Essay Competition and the

athletics team. He also represented

the 'Vision Committee'.

second position in the Shanti

the house at Debating, First Aid,

Swarup Essay Competition. Arnav

Shanti Swarup Essay Competition

was also awarded the Bronze and

and at the Hindi Poetry Recitation

Silver medals in LAMDA.

Competition.

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Arnav Sahu “My journey from a nobody to a somebody"

Arnav was the School Captain. He

Arnav was awarded the Scholars

Arnav represented the school as the

was the Secretary of the DSMUN,

Blazer. He won many Best Speaker

Valedictorian and at the Athenian

Senior English Debating Society

awards at various

School for exchange. He also

and Games Committee. Arnav was

debatingcompetition and also won

represented the school at various

the Boy-In-Charge of DSMUN. He

best delegate awards at various

debates and Model United Nations.

was an Associate editor for the

MUN Conferences. He achieved the

Arnav was a meber of the house

Weekly and a Senior Editor of the

first position in the Junior Shankar

soccer, basketball, cricket and

Circle. He was also a member of

Dayal Essay Competition and the

athletics team. He also represented

the 'Vision Committee'.

second position in the Shanti

the house at Debating, First Aid,

Swarup Essay Competition. Arnav

Shanti Swarup Essay Competition

was also awarded the Bronze and

and at the Hindi Poetry Recitation

Silver medals in LAMDA.

Competition.

Arnav Sahu “Let us be thankful for the School that we have experienced.

Arnav was the School Captain. He

Arnav was awarded the Scholars

Arnav represented the school as the

was the Secretary of the DSMUN,

Blazer. He won many Best Speaker

Valedictorian and at the Athenian

Senior English Debating Society

awards at various

School for exchange. He also

and Games Committee. Arnav was

debatingcompetition and also won

represented the school at various

the Boy-In-Charge of DSMUN. He

best delegate awards at various

debates and Model United Nations.

was an Associate editor for the

MUN Conferences. He achieved the

Arnav was a meber of the house

Weekly and a Senior Editor of the

first position in the Junior Shankar

soccer, basketball, cricket and

Circle. He was also a member of

Dayal Essay Competition and the

athletics team. He also represented

the 'Vision Committee'.

second position in the Shanti

the house at Debating, First Aid,

Swarup Essay Competition. Arnav

Shanti Swarup Essay Competition

was also awarded the Bronze and

and at the Hindi Poetry Recitation

Silver medals in LAMDA.

Competition.

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