A SOLDIER’S FATHER

A SOLDIER’S FATHER

By Wing Commander VENKI IYER

The helicopter appeared over the late morning horizon. We were to receive Mr Lachhman Singh Rathore who was visiting our flight to perform the last rites of his son, Flying Officer Vikram Singh.

Only the day before, I had sent the telegram, “Deeply regret to inform that your son Flying Officer Vikram Singh lost his life in a flying accident early this morning. Death was instantaneous.” It was the first time for me, to meet and manage the bereaved next of kin.
While most wives and mothers insist on seeing the body, many a time there isn’t a body to show. Flying Officer Vikram Singh’s remains were only a few kilos – scrapped from what was left in the cockpit. We had to weigh the wooden coffin with wood and earth.

The pilot brought the helicopter to a perfect touchdown. Soon Mr Lachhman Singh Rathor was helped down the ladder. A small man of 73 years clad in an immaculate dhoti. As I approached him, he asked in a near whisper, “Are you Venki, the Flight Commander?” “Yes Sir.” “Vikram had spoken to me about you. I’d like to speak to you alone for a minute.” We walked to the edge of the concrete apron. ‘I have lost a son, and you have lost a friend. I’m sure that you have taken great care in arranging the funeral. Please tell me when and where you want my presence and what you want me to do. I’ll be there for everything. Later, I would like to meet Vikram’s friends, see his room and, if it is permitted, visit his work place. I then would like to return home tomorrow morning.” A commander couldn’t have given me clearer instructions.

The funeral, with full military honours, was concluded by late afternoon. After the final echoes of the ‘Last Post’ faded away Lachhman Singh spent the evening talking to the Squadron Pilots. Vkram’s roommate took him to see Vikram’s room. Lachhman Singh desired to spend the night in his son’s room instead of the guest house we had reserved for him. Early next morning after a tour of the squadron area, my boss took him to his office. A while later the staff car took Lachhman Singh to the civil airfield two hours away.

As the car disappeared round the corner, I remarked to my Boss, “A brave man he is. Spoke to me like a General when he told me exactly what he expected from us during his stay here. I admire him.”

“Yes Mr Lachhman Singh Rathore is a warrior in his own way. He sired three sons. His first son Captain Ghanshyam Singh of the Gurkha Rifles was killed in Ladakh in 1962. His second son, Major Bir Singh, died along the Ichogil Canal in 1965. His youngest, Vikram Singh, who had the courage to join the Air Force, is also gone now. This simple farmer has contributed more to our country’s defence than any other I know.”

Yes, he is a brave Indian

But he does not get a “bharat ratna”. A millionaire who earned by endorsements gets it

Oh, M A N !

Whom do you pity HIM or HER??

What I want in a Man, Original List

1. Handsome
2. Charming
3. Financially successful
4. A caring listener
5. Witty
6. In good shape
7. Dresses with style
8. Appreciates finer things
9. Full of thoughtful surprises

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 32)

1. Nice looking
2. Opens car doors, holds chairs
3. Has enough money for a nice dinner
4. Listens more than talks
5. Laughs at my jokes
6. Carries bags of groceries with ease
7. Owns at least one tie
8. Appreciates a good home-cooked meal
9. Remembers birthdays and anniversaries

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 42)

1. Not too ugly
2. Doesn’t drive off until I’m in the car
3. Works steady – splurges on dinner out occasionally
4. Nods head when I’m talking
5. Usually remembers punch lines of jokes
6. Is in good enough shape to rearrange the furniture
7. Wears a shirt that covers his stomach
8. Knows not to buy champagne with screw-top lids
9. Remembers to put the toilet seat down
10. Shaves most weekends

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 52)

1. Keeps hair in nose and ears trimmed
2. Doesn’t belch or scratch in public
3. Doesn’t borrow money too often
4. Doesn’t nod off to sleep when I’m venting
5.. Doesn’t re-tell the same joke too many times
6.. Is in good enough shape to get off the couch on weekends
7. Usually wears matching socks and fresh underwear
8. Appreciates a good TV dinner
9. Remembers your name on occasion
10. Shaves some weekends

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 62)

1. Doesn’t scare small children
2. Remembers where bathroom is
3. Doesn’t require much money for upkeep
4. Only snores lightly when asleep, doesn’t fart in public
5. Remembers why he’s laughing
6.. Is in good enough shape to stand up by himself
7. Usually wears some clothes
8. Likes soft foods
9. Remembers where he left his teeth
10. Remembers that it’s the weekend

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 72)

1.  BREATHING
2.  DOESN’T MISS THE TOILET

KEEP READING, THERE’S MORE BELOW

AFTER  BEING MARRIED FOR 44 YEARS, I TOOK A
CAREFUL  LOOK AT MY WIFE ONE  DAY  AND SAID,
“Darling, 44 YEARS AGO WE HAD A CHEAP APARTMENT,
A CHEAP  CAR,  SLEPT ON A SOFA BED AND WATCHED
A 10-INCH BLACK  AND WHITE TV, BUT I GOT  TO SLEEP
EVERY NIGHT WITH YOU-A HOT 25-YEAR-OLD  GIRL.
NOW I HAVE A $500,000.00 HOME, A $45,000.00 CAR,
NICE BIG BED AND PLASMA SCREEN TV, BUT I’M SLEEPING
WITH A 65-YEAR-OLD WOMAN.  IT SEEMS TO ME THAT
YOU’RE NOT HOLDING UP YOUR SIDE OF THINGS.”

MY WIFE IS A VERY REASONABLE WOMAN.  SHE TOLD ME ,
“GO OUT AND FIND A HOT 25-YEAR-OLD GAL,
AND I… WOULD MAKE SURE THAT YOU WOULD ONCE
AGAIN BE LIVING IN A CHEAP APARTMENT, DRIVING
A CHEAP CAR, SLEEPING ON A SOFA BED AND WATCHING A 10-INCH BLACK AND WHITE  TV.

AREN’T OLDER WOMEN GREAT? THEY REALLY KNOW HOW TO SOLVE YOUR MID-LIFE CRISIS.

SEND THIS TO THE WOMEN WHO WILL ENJOY READING IT, AND TO THE MEN WHO CAN HANDLE IT!!!

[recd as a fwd email]

Elections – 2014

So, the general elections have been announced. There used to be a time when we were not bothered about voting and meekly accepted whosoever, from whichever party, was elected as our representative.

No more. Our ignorance and indifference should not result in our silently suffering for the next five years.

So please make it a point to VOTE. Our votes make a difference.

I do not belong to any political party but seeing the deep rooted corruption all around, I am convinced that we need a strong PM to lead the country and cleanse the system.

In my opinion, Narendra MODI of BJP can give us the much needed focus and development.

In most of the states, the biggest problem, affecting all of us is DRINKING. Even the school going children have taken to this evil due to its free  easy availability.

In Gujarat, Modi, has successfully implemented prohibition and has done away with another big drawback – ‘FREE BIE’ culture.

Let us ensure that NM is our next PM !
modi

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Home Truths

1.How BEDROOM smells

After MARRIAGE:

1st 3 yrs—Perfumes, Flowers,Chocolate,Fruits..
After 3 yrs—Baby powder,Johnson’s, Baby creams, Lotions,Baby oils..,
After 15 yrs—Zandu Balm,Vicks,Iodex,Relispray..
After 40 yrs—Agarbatti…, incense.

2. Four stages of marriage:

Mad for each other,
Made for each other,
Mad at each other
Mad because of each other

3. What’s Marriage?

Answer- MARRIAGE Is The 7th Sense of Humans
That Destroys All The Six Senses
And Makes The Person NON Sense…!

4. Definition Of Happy Couple -

HE Does What SHE Wants…
SHE Does What SHE Wants.

5.Commands.

Wife: Dear, this computer is not working as per my command
Husband: Exactly darling! Its a computer, not a Husband!!!

6. Mistakes

‘Laughing At Your Own Mistakes, Can Lengthen Your Life.”- Shakespear
“Laughing At Your Wife’s Mistakes,Can Shorten Your Life.”- Shakespear’s Wife

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One Liners

Best of Bob Hope’s ONE LINERS

1. I say no to alcohol, it just doesn’t listen.

2. A friend in need is a pest indeed.

3. Marriage is one of the chief causes of divorce.

4. Work is fine if it doesn’t take too much of your time.

5. When everything comes in your way you’re in the wrong lane.

6. The light at the end of the tunnel may be an incoming train..

7. Born free, taxed to death.

8. Everyone has a photographic memory, some just don’t have film.

9. Life is unsure; always eat your dessert first.

10. Smile, it makes people wonder what you are thinking.

11. If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you’ll have trouble putting on your pants.

12. It’s not hard to meet expenses, they are everywhere.

13. I love being a writer… what I can’t stand is the paperwork..

14. A printer consists of 3 main parts: the case, the jammed paper tray and the blinking red light.

15. The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was the genius.

16. The trouble with being punctual is that no one is there to appreciate it.

17. In a country of free speech, why are there phone bills?

18. If you cannot change your mind, are you sure you have one?

19. Beat the 5 O’clock rush, leave work at noon!

20. If you can’t convince them, confuse them.

21. It’s not the fall that kills you. It’s the sudden stop at the end.

22. I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

23. Hot glass looks same as cold glass. – Cunino’s Law of Burnt Fingers

24. The cigarette does the smoking you are just the sucker.

25. Someday is not a day of the week

26. Whenever I find the key to success, someone changes the lock.

27. To Err is human, to forgive is not a Company policy.

28. The road to success…. Is always under construction.

29. Alcohol doesn’t solve any problems, but if you think again, neither does Milk.

30. In order to get a Loan, you first need to prove that you don’t need it.

Bushy Jokes

George Bush

After numerous rounds of ‘We don’t even know if Osama Bin Laden is still alive’, Osama himself decided to send George Bush a letter in his own hand writing to let him know he was still in the  game.

Bush opened the letter and it  contained a single line of coded message:

       370H-SSV-0773H

Bush  was baffled, so he e-mailed it to Condoleeza Rice.

Condi and her aides  had no clue either, so they sent it to the FBI.

No one could solve it at the FBI so it went to the CIA, and then to  MI6 in London. Eventually they asked the Mossad (Israeli intelligence) for help.

Within a minute the Mossad emailed the White House with this  reply:

‘Tell the President, he’s holding the note upside down.’

,,,,now please don’t stand upside down to read the message ! that’s what bush did !

[recd as a fwd joke]

May Wg Cdr KP Srinivasan’s soul Rest In Peace

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He was KP to many but Srini to me – our association started more than forty years back when we were trainee officers at AFTC. Though, we were contemporaries, in the engineering colleges, Srini joined Air Force six months after me. He had done his Masters and was with GTRI, Bangalore when he chose to become a ‘fauji’ which surprised many.

We kept meeting on and off during our initial years in our AF careers but became very close when both of us were posted at Delhi. We would call on each other very often as our families were well known to each other. We both liked Roger Uncle Mike but Srini would beat me every time with atleast two pegs extra. But, in another field I could beat Srini – my Hindi was slightly better than his.

If I have become a proud JVVian and own a flat in Bangalore, the credit must go entirely to Srini. When I was wavering with the idea of registering my name with AFNHB for JVV, Bangalore scheme, it was Srini who ‘threatened’ me and told my wife that if I did not join the scheme, he would do the registration on my behalf..Of course, as a reciprocation, I forced him to join MBA at FMS – Delhi by telling him that if JP could go all the way to DU North Campus from Air HQs and do the course, so could he.

He was very jovial & had a great sense of humour and would never hesitate to make himself the butt of jokes. His simplicity and humility was infectious. He was blessed with so much of intelligence but he would never show off.

Our association became stronger when his brother Easwaran started his export business and I quit IAF and started my own experiments in export business.

We had shared a lot including many intimate thoughts. His ever charming wife Mani was a constant source of strength. After a great deal of patience and medical help, they were blessed with a son- Balaji.

My wife Tara and children join me in conveying our heartfelt condolences to Mani, Easwaran and Balaji.

Srini, we miss you.