12 Oct 2014: Current team and players

The current team came out in full strength! Thanks to their efforts for planning the event and taking care of all arrangements.  They were also an attentive bunch –listening to everything Appaji had to say.

IMG_9663 waqar IMG_9680 current students IMG_9679 current students IMG_9589-Current students enjoying the last from the past

(Photographs — Courtesy: Hockey Secretary and Current team, 2014)

12 Oct 2014: The alumni vs current team match

The alumni in green played the current team in blue. The alumni had a full team this year and also had substitutes. I think the final score was 2-1 or 3-1 in favour of the current team.

IMG_9735 alum team taking break IMG_9725 break IMG_9720 attack on blue IMG_9719 attack on green IMG_9710 blue in green area IMG_9709 Premnath on field

(Photographs — Courtesy: Hockey Secretary and Current team, 2014)

12 Oct 2014: Appaji speaks

Appaji remembered his earliest days at IIT-B and how he had joined at a very young age. He was then one amongst all the students in every way. He mentioned how he identifies himself completely with IIT-B. Appaji spook about the generations he coached and the best moments. He also had a message for current students and players.

IMG_9668 appaji speaking IMG_9663 waqar IMG_9659 appaji speaking

(Photographs — Courtesy: Hockey Secretary and Current team, 2014)

12 Oct 2014: Gifts and momentos

The alumni had planned gifts for Appaji — something to remember this occassion and something to compile all the memories.

IMG_9613 flowers IMG_9617 the iPAD IMG_9624 the watch IMG_9629 iPAD with preloaded photos IMG_9628 beerud IMG_9626 the chai set

(Photographs — Courtesy: Hockey Secretary and Current team, 2014)

12 Oct 2014: Memories and thanks

Several alumni spoke. Alumni present were representing 3-4 decades.

IMG_9652 website IMG_9647 guru IMG_9641 pundir IMG_9657 speaker1  IMG_9663 waqar

(Photographs — Courtesy: Hockey Secretary and Current team, 2014)

12 Oct 2014: Get together at SAC

Slideshow of old photographs. Everybody contributed to recollecting memories and incidents.

IMG_9582-Group in Yoga Room IMG_9583-Group in Yoga Room IMG_9589-Current students enjoying the last from the past IMG_9586-Down memory lane IMG_9584-Appaji in Yoga Room IMG_9591-Laughs and memories IMG_9597-More memories


(Photographs — Courtesy: Hockey Secretary and Current team, 2014)

“Hockey at IIT-B” Rangoli on Paper

Hockey at IIT-B, Rangoli on Paper by Lipika Biswas


Thanks to Lipika!


Post from Saharsha Keshkar

Inter IIT Roorkee-2012 (Silver)


Inter IIT Roorkee-2012 (Silver) Inter IIT Roorkee-2012 (Silver)

Post from Anagh Kohli (Rocky)

Hi Everyone,

I had the pleasure of representing  IITB hockey from 2001-06  ( captain 04-06). We won gold in 02 ( delhi) , 04 ( Madras), 05 ( Rorkee) and Bronze in 03 ( Bombay). KGP 01 was a disaster and best left untouched 🙂

Good to see More, Hathi and other recognizable names.

It is surreal that almost every IITB hockey alum has had similar experiences with Appaji.

Jeeezzz!!!! feels like yesterday.


Anagh  ( aka Rocky)


Inter-IIT at Roorkee (2005) Gold


Inter-IIT at Roorkee (2005) Gold

Inter-IIT at Madras (2004) Gold

Inter-IIT at Madras (2004) Gold

Inter-IIT at Madras (2004)

Inter-IIT at Madras (2004)

Inter-IIT at Delhi (2002) Gold

Inter-IIT at Delhi (2002) Gold

BHA 3rd Div (2006) Runners up

BHA 3rd Div (2006) Runners up


Post from Rakesh Pundir

The 1991 silver medal is still a prized possession as we beat a much superior IIT Mardi.  All pleasant memories are flooding the mind…….I not only played 4 yrs during B.Tech 1989-93 but came back in 1996 for Master of Management with the added incentive to play hockey again…….

Will be fun to meet again on 12th.

Remembering other coaches> Mr RS Gentle

For me, IIT-B Hockey was synonymous with Appaji!

Mr Arun Firodia from the 1965 batch informed me that he was coached by Mr. R.S. Gentle who had scored the winning goal at Melbourne Olympics.

I of course immediately looked around:




Great to hear that Appaji is following a great tradition.


Remembering other coaches> Mr Khatri

Remembering Mr Khatri

Your mail  remind me of an regretful  incident  and I wish we were  as sensitive in eighties and nineties!

It so happened that I had to go and collect my Degree Certificate from admin office  after two decades  from graduation.  I showed myself , told my roll number  and a new employee in her twenties  produced my certificate in a jiffy. But she would not part with it till I showed her some  identity .

I was an out of towner and had nothing on me . But the lady  was bright  and  asked me if I could find someone on the campus  who would know me personally! I imagine , with all your batch mates  out of school , who would know you personally and remember after 20 years ? But I used all my memories and started taking names of a few people whom I thought would know me personally .

A lady from administration who used to give me my scholar ship , my two HODs , a PG student who helped me with my project , a Professor whose experimental IC Engine was burned by me  [ surely by mistake !]  – –  I went on rattling names and she went on checking with her own memories and that of her seniors around . No clue  – – most were retired or unknown.

Then I suddenly remembered Mr Khatri  ,  my Gymnastics Coach whose team I had captained for three years .  I almost shouted his name and the lady quietly took my signature ,  handed over the Certificate  and with some faint comment [which I did not hear] ,  turned around and walked away.

I went straight to the  Gym to find that our Dear Khatri  Sabu had passed away a few years ago !

And although in my forties , I almost cried!

Chandrashekhar Dasnurkar

Post from Vijay Gupta

Most of you on this thread are very young and may not know me.  I was at IIT Bombay H7 from 1980-1985, in the last 5-year batch, played hockey all 5 years, and served as captain and secretary as well.  I have very fond memories of Appaji and I wondered if something through Skype could be arranged in case there is a party for him.

I was from Delhi and was from the last 5 years batch but could not get into IIT Delhi first time around so came to IIT Bombay.  Next year IIT changed to 4-year program and I gave JEE again and could have got anything at IIT Delhi.  I remember Appaji sending then our Hockey Golie Satish Rahi also from Delhi to my IIT Delhi counseling and making sure that I did not fill out any choices as he did not want me to leave the IIT Bombay hockey team.  It is amazing that against everyone’s wishes, including my parents (as my home was literally 5 minutes waking distance from IIT Delhi), this actually happened in that I had to turn in a blank ranking form!  Rest is history.  This was probably the best decision I have made in life thanks to Appaji.  Living in a place where I did not anybody and with no cell phones and internet connect those days made my personality evolve in a fairly significant way.  I think that aspect has carried through more than any technical IIT education in my life.  He taught us discipline and value of being a complete human.

There are way too many stories from our IIT meets some of which I can tell you will be hard to beat, including one, where the night before our first game at the IIT Kharagpur meet, half of the team went to Calcutta.  Missing the last local train and then hitch-hiking an express train by sitting in the guard compartment after generously bribing him to arrive at the Kharagpur station at 3 AM and literally giving Appaji a heart attack was something that cannot go out of my system.  Most amazing was how Appaji handled all of us in a calm and gentle way knowing we had a game in few hours.  This taught a very valuable life lesson but displayed the enormity of Appaji’s personality.

Anyway I can go on and on.  All I can say is that you all look very sharp in the photos.

All the best,

Vijay Gupta

Post from Ajay Phatak

I remember the toning  up sessions on the hillslope behind Hostel 1.  Appaji used to get the team their and we used sprint up and walk Down this patch of road until all of us could no longer walk…..

Was good experience in the MINIMUM level of training that is a must.

Ajay Phatak
H3 • Batch of 1984

My best Wishes to Appaji on his 60th.  I know he would still be looking like he is in his 30’s

Photos from Anubhav Srivastava

Inter IIT 2009 team-won gold(KAN) and 2010-won silver(DEL). Awesome memories.

InterIIT2009/2010a InterIIT2009/2010b



Photos from Sushil Reddy

Inter-IIT 2012 at Roorkee.

IIT-B won silver

Inter-IIT 2012 at Roorkee 1 Inter-IIT 2012 at Roorkee 2


Post from Mishtakul

I think my life at IITB changed significantly, when upon arrival as a freshie, I was recruited by Guruswamy and taken to meet Appaji as a candidate for NSO hockey. Over the next four years, Appaji played an important role in shaping my IITB experience. We met several times a week for NSO, and then later began traveling to Churchgate for the Bombay Hockey League games, and of course, to the various inter-IITs. As part of the preparation for the inter-IITs, we would also see and interact with Appaji over the month-long training camp in the winter. The highlights in the hockey achievements during my time were the silver  medal at the Kharagpur inter-IIT and the elevation of IITB to the IIIrd division in the BHL (I would
also like to add on a personal note, the inter-hostel final in my first year where my hostel H3 beat H5 1-0; I had the satisfaction of scoring the winning goal. I remember Appaji was the referee for that match).

In all that time, Appaji provided a solid, dignified, mentoring presence. I
never saw him lose his temper, or even raise his voice at anybody. At the same time, he was an extremely efficient manager and was also able to be friendly with all the students, and took great interest in their personal and professional growth. I think there is no doubt that the fellow feeling among the IITB hockey community, past and present, is definitely due to the tone and example set by Appaji.

I consider myself fortunate to have come under the influence of such an educator,and try to put into practice what Appaji taught me, in my own work.  I wish him the best on his 60th birthday, especially many more years of productive work.

With best regards,

Mishkat Bhattacharya


Mishkat Bhattacharya
Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
Rochester Institute of Technology
NY 1462

Photos from Amber Dubey

The 87 team.  won gold in 87 (BOM) and 88 (MAD) and bronze in 89 (KNP).  Feels like yesterday.  Cheers, Amber


Inter IIT Gold in 1987 (at Bombay)

Inter IIT Hockey Gold_Dec 1987


Hockey team in Dec 1987

IIT-B Hockey Team_Dec 1987


Photos and message from Abhishek Modi

From Abhishek Modi:

I have one from Inter IIT 2005 (Roorkee)… we won Gold there … (Few members seen in the pic: Anagh, Rajat Mathur, Nitish Jain, Diwan, Godara, PD .. )


For Sir:

Thanks for teaching me the greatest game I have ever played. Time spent on the Hockey field are the best memories from my IIT days … I remember those practice sessions preceded with those cross country or a run to the hill top. It used to amaze me how easily you used to beat many of us while climbing the hill top !!!

You have the pillar behind IITB’s success in Hockey. Wishing you all the best in life and the journey hereafter.

Abhishek Modi

Photos from Sanjay Kumar

Treat at Appaji’s house, 2001


Gold at Inter IIT at IIT-K, 2000

IIT-KANPUR_2000-gold IIT-KANPUR_2000_gold

Celebrations post Gold at Inter-IIT at IIT-D, 2002


At Bombay Hockey League, 2003


Previous hockey alumni reunions

2010 reunion

The pot bellied guys are the alumni

The pot bellied guys are the alumni

Group photograph after the match

Group photograph after the match

(R to L) Pant, Guru, Appaji, Banerjee

(R to L) Pant, Guru, Appaji, Banerjee

The 2010 reunion (the first one) was among the best I’ve attended. There were a large number of alumni (sufficient to form our own team).

Photos — Inter IIT Delhi 2003

Pfa photos from Inter IIT Delhi 2003 snaps.  We won gold.

IMG_149128431342738 Inter-IIT Delhi 2003 (a) Inter-IIT Delhi 2003 (b) Inter-IIT Delhi 2003 (c)





Sandip More

Photos circa 1991-1993

Here are some old photos from my (Guru) collection.

Photo 4.jpg:  from a local Bombay Hockey Association match that we played
in 1993/1994 (on the turf at the Churchgate stadium).

BHA (1993/1994)

Photo 3.jpg:  from inter-IIT 1991 in KGP.  We came in second.


Inter-IIT at KGP (1991)

Photo 1.jpg:   from a party that the hockey team threw for Banerjee when he
got married (circa 1993?) Folks in the picture include (of course, Banerjee and his wife), Pundir,
Dhatingan, Kadam, Sawant, Sameer, Bajwa, Bharat, Omkar.


Hockey team at Banerjee wedding (1993)

Photos from the net

I found these photos on the net

Probably around 1987-8



More recent






Hockey alumni get together and match

The next hockey alumni get together and match is on Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 at  IIT, Bombay.

Pre-match get-together: 3.30-4.30 pm, New Yoga Room, SAC, IIT-B, Powai

Sign-up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iit-b-hockey-alumni-get-together-in-honour-of-appaji-tickets-13499935671


Match: 5 pm, Hockey Ground, IIT-B, Powai

Contact person:  Mohammad Waqar Younus, Institute Hockey Secretary, IIT Bombay, Email: waqar(dot)younus192(at)gmail(dot)com; 9421053107

Appaji turning 60

If my guess is right, Appaji should be turning 60 this year.

Hockey Coach, IITB

Dr BB Appaji, Hockey Coach, IITB


This site has been created on the occasion of Dr BB Appaji (Coach of the IIT-B hockey team) turning 60.  All IIT-B alumni who have interacted with and learnt from Dr Appaji are requested to send in their messages, memories and old photographs to premnathv@gmail.com for compilation on this blog.