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This story is about soldiering when a soldier lives through his soul, buried deep inside him. This is a story of bond between two soldiers, right to say, association for life. It reveals that special bond, which puts us inside the interior of a soldier and his heart. Plot of the story goes back to [...]
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I call them soldier dogs. They always have drawn my attention. They approached me with warmth. On arrival to a field military station and having spent some days there, I could effortlessly count their numbers and even their locations. Their day-to-day presence at around the same place with deeper, probing eyes caught my attention. One could find [...]
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In the blistering heat at the peak of those summers, temperature rose almost to 47*Celsius and sand kept boiling hot beneath our bare feet. Shadow of a wall on the side was a great relief and kept sand under its shadow comparatively cool. It was a great relief, however momentary. Affordability of shoes was a [...]
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Long spell of separation from one’s own family is quite common in a soldier’s life. Father not seeing his children growing in front of him is not an unusual thing to happen. While children are growing faster at a particular age, it takes one by a surprise on finding children gaining height, an inch or [...]
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Martin Luther King said, "There comes a time when one must take a stand that is neither safe, nor politic nor popular, but because his/her conscience tells him/her so." This defines limits of objectivity embedded within self and outside as one relates. Optimum clarity will exist with a vision, which exists without biases. I am [...]
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A woman becomes a mother only after a child is born to her. The mother thereafter, throughout life takes pride in every achievement of the child, big or small. Her children always remain special to her. A flying instructor is almost same to a mother, in this aspect. A pilot in the Air Force becomes [...]
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At the beginning of the Srilankan Civil War, the militant organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who wanted a separate state for Tamils in North/ East Srilanka, caused havoc in the country. Srilankan parties were not able to reach a clear solution. On Srilankan government's request, the Indian government under Rajiv Gandhi assumed a mediation [...]
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Often we read or see on television, the devastations caused by floods, earthquakes and other natural calamities. Even as uniformed personnel, no matter how many drills and exercises we do, one is never prepared to combat those. Especially, some human factors always lingers on many years after the worst has happened. Think of a day [...]
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