Nature Cure

Here’s a question that was posed to the Dalai Lama:
“What thing about humanity surprises you the most?”
His answer is : “MAN – Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present,
And as a result he doesn’t live in the present or the future. And he lives as if he’s never going to die and then he dies having never really lived”

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Nature Cure – Dr HK Bhakru

(Info from – Sqn Ldr Chandramouli)

JVV – Jai Ho!

Jal Vayu Vihar, Kammanahalli Main Road, Bangalore is a landmark in Bangalore. Being associated with it, that too as an owner of a flat, is an honour.

Though the majority of the residents are ex-fauji and used to a strict ‘regimental and regulated’ life, some times, this gets reflected in the present ‘civilian – call it retired’ life in a negative way. Some times, we tend to be close minded and refuse to accept new ideas and realities.

Take for example – BOM, Board of Managers, elected every year to run the everyday affairs of this great gated community. While those elected are the ones who have volunteered to ‘face the music’, the majority of us, the so called OWNERS of the flats, unfortunately, are eternal cribbers. In everything we tend to see ‘red’ and pick on the BOM. This, surely, kills the initiative and enthusiasm of the brave ‘VOLUNTEERS’ who have dared to accept the ‘ungrateful job’.

But let me hasten to add the ‘other side of the story. Some of the elected/selected members of BOM, become ‘tigers’ overnight and tend to treat the rest as mere mortals with no mind of their own. Prey waiting to be pounced at! They would never own up the mistakes, many times done  unintentionally, but would try to cover up and sweep it under the carpets during the AGM/SGM.

With all that, let us remember, that JVV is one of the best gated community in Bangalore. Some would even say that JVV is one of the best in the COUNTRY. Fully agreed.

Still so much more can be done by ALL. With cooperation, we can ‘create wealth’ within and drastically reduce the ‘overall’ expenses in running the day to day affairs of JVV. We must treat the tenants as part of the family instead of a disagreeable ‘bahus’. They should be encouraged to participate in the AGMs as non voting members representing their owners. Agreed that this may bring more confusion if they are permitted to have the right of ‘free speech to bring out everything under the sun and the  ‘shades of common areas’.

GEO who is doing roaring business in many areas, started off from our shopping complex. Remember the days when Kammanahalli was considered a ‘Kaadu- forest’ and people would come to JVV for basic needs like making a STD phone calls from GEO’s booth, a couple of DECADES ago?

I dream of a day when JVV brings nothing but JOY!

Let us participate and be part of the solution!

I am at present a NRJ – Non Resident JVVian. Living about 6000 feet above msl  allows me to take a ‘panoramic view’ and luckily still get the emails regarding JVV through the ‘groups’ and our so called official CF portal. I enjoy going through them in depth and detail; and keeping upto date with the happenings in my second home called JVV. Incidentally, my first home in the Nilgiri hills is called “Panorama” [if you ever visit the hills – Ooty, Coonoor or Kotagiri – please do give a call. Talking to or meeting a JVVian is always a pleasure].

As long as I was in JVV, I would not miss the AGM/SGM. But it always gave the impression that ‘the  pure veg lunch’ gets  priority over the agenda points and there is always a ‘senior soul’ who is in a serious hurry to propose vote of thanks for the out going BOM. Let us face it, not many are interested to ‘face the music’ as a Prez or Sec of BOM. Fair enough, but have you ever realised that the ones who get elected/selected or NO ANGELS but ‘may’ also have some ‘ hidden interest’ to head the ‘RULING PARTYT’ for a year. I am told that there are some extra ‘perks’ that come as ‘part of the job’.

The majority of the JVVians, being typical Indians, are not interested in the ‘affairs’ nor participate in the ‘activities’ of JVV. But we do not hesitate for a minute to preach – ‘let us live peacefully and not crib or question the various decisions taken by the BOM even if they are against laws/by laws involving in the expenditure of ‘lacks’ – lacks accountability (pun intended ).

Every BOM has done many ‘excellent works’ but the truth is every BOM has also done some ‘extra works’ that needs high lighting and scrutiny. Why blame the ‘messenger’ who has the knowledge and courage of conviction to make them public?

Yes, you might have guessed about whom I am talking about. I have never met Sqn.Ldr. Chandramouli during my Air Force days. And, hardly spoken to him a couple of times in JVV. But his knowledge about JVV and other ‘worldly matters’ has impressed me a lot. His conviction of certain ‘wrong’ decisions of BOM during the AGMs and the subtle humour in his emails/comments  when he mentions about them are a treat.There are plenty of points that he brings out, add to our GK. Another person whose emails/comments I look forward to is the much mistaken and ‘unsung hero’ Cdr.Satpathi. Of course, I miss the wisdom of Air Cmde Murugan.

Swatch Bharat, CLEAN INDIA will become a reality only with every one’s participation. Same is the case with JVV. Not only external cleanliness but ‘inner one too’.

Let us be active players instead of just remaining as ordinary ‘jalra’ players! I am acutely aware that you have to have some ‘special talents’ even to be a JP [ not me but a Jalra Player]

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Thanks, Jayaprakash.Nice to hear good words from a friend.Few friends during my morning walk ask me the same question why have I stopped participating in these discussions in the E mail groups on the affairs of JVV.I said that “every thing in this world has a definite End”. This activity too perhaps is nearing its closure.This answer did not satisfy, of course.
To tell you the truth,my advice (You called it flatteringly as Wisdom) on the matters affecting JVV is a devalued commodity.It had no value to the recent BOMs nor to those movers and shakers who operate behind the screen.Its incremental gain is close to zero (at the knee of the curve).It is purely waste of time to advise those who pretend to listen but know that it has no value to them.Silence is a better way to avoid good advice that does not contribute towards their aim.In fact, I think that it is futile to advise those who needed no advice.When I hear accusations of bribe etc in JVV, it not only makes me very sad but also demotivated.
Further my health does not permit me to sit long hours at the computer even though mails from JVV are very few.From other groups, I get more than 150 mails every day. I spent more time deleting them than answering those few that do require some kind of intervention.I confine myself to Veteran issues, mainly pension, some Health information useful to a larger audience of Senior Citizens and some matters concerning Defence, strategy and inter service issues.Perhaps, I may have to stop even these limited interactions in a year or two.
I liked your Blog.Especially last one about your Nepali friends.I was in GCT sometime before I was transferred to Guindy to do my engineering degree in Electronics (telecom). Why don’t you send them directly to my E mail ID.
Warm Regards,
S.Murugan.
Air Cmde. 

Nepal Earthquake – 25th April 2015

(photo from the internet – theguardian.com)

The powerful message is when MOTHER NATURE lets out her fury, nothing can remain the same. The Nepal earthquake of 7.9 magnitude is truly devastating. The more you ‘see it’ on the 24×7 TV channels [I prefer ‘TimesNow’] your heart is filled with sadness. I feel much more ’cause I have traveled to Nepal three times and have very good friends there.

We had three Nepali students who had come to study in GCT, Coimbatore under the COLOMBO plan as the student exchange was known then. I was very friendly with all of them -Upendra Prasad Dhital, my course mate who went on to head the Nepal Airport Authority, Gautam Bahadur Amatya, who rose to head the Kathmandu water board as Chief Engineer and Girija Prasad Ghimire, who became a minister as he was a Nepali Congress leader.

The first time I went to Kathmandu was in 1970 after completing my engineering course from GCT along with Upendra. I remember the long train journey from Coimbatore, the couple of days halt at Calcutta [we stayed at RG Kar Medical College hostel where Upendra’s cousins were studying, at the height of Naxal Problem in West Bengal], reaching Raxaul, Bihar by train and crossing over to Birganj a Nepal border town. Due to bad weather, our flight was cancelled and we had to take a bus that reached Kathmandu in the night. When we reached UP’s house in Paknajole, Naya Bazaar the children in the house were very curious to see his South Indian friend. After a couple of days, when I became familiar with the family, I asked his elder brother- Dhaju in Nepali, why was the rather strange and curious reception by the childern, he laughed and said,’since they were told that a South Indian friend was coming, they expected to see a very dark skinned person and not a fair skinned one’. I was treated as part of the family and I still carry very pleasant memories of my First Trip.

The second time was in 1980. I did my Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI,Darjeeling as an Indian Air Force Officer. After completion of the course, I had called my wife to join me at the beautiful Darjeeling and along with my son who was about three, flew to Kathmandu. Upendra was away but Gautam and Ghimire looked after us well for the couple of days we spent in Kath.

The third time was in 2000. By then, I had taken voluntary retirement from IAF and living in New Delhi. We were invited by Gautam to stay with him at his house in Kopundole, Lalitpur, Kathmandu. Along with his charming wife Kenny and children Sarina and Karina, he treated us in royal style. Along with his family, Upendras and other friends, we had a wonderful 2000 New Year bash. Sadly, my great friend Gautam passed away a few years back.

When I heard the news about the latest earth quake on 25th April, our first instinct was to find out about Kenny and the girls. After what appeared to be a long wait, atlast, Kenny answered the mobile call towards the afternoon and confirmed that she and her daughter were safe. Along with the neighbours, they have moved to a open ground as a precaution. We were greatly relieved to know that they were safe.

And, Kenny Gautam Bahadur Amatya was very grateful and felt happy that her family friends living so far away in South India remembered and had a word of comfort for them. We, as Indians, never forget our friends where ever they are in this world and remember the adage ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed’.

We are also happy and proud that Prime Minister Modi has galvanized the entire government machinery to render all possible help to Nepal at this hour of need. Nepal, we are with you to share your sorrow and sufferings!

Paying Property Tax ONLINE – Bangalore

Sqn Ldr C S Chandramouli, 453 JVV informs

This mail is to answer many queries i had received from residents on payment of property tax on line.
Property tax for 2015-16 is due for payment. If you pay before the end of this month, you can avail discount.

Follow these steps to make payment on line.

1.    Go to this link, to go to main page.

http://1113.sasbbmp.com/Forms/frm_OnlinePayment_MainPage.aspx

2.    click current assessment year : year 2015-16

3.    Enter one of the details in the column given, reproduced below

Please Enter The SAS 2008-09 Application No.:     Or Old PID:   or   New PID:

4.    select the owner name

5.    click continue

6.    In the next page select you ward No. which is Kacharakanahalli [29].   All other details will come automatically.  Select mode of payment.  If it is credit/debit card, select IDBI, out of three that will show up.  submit.  The next page is for payment through credit card.  Enter all details asked for, to complete transaction.

7.   When the transaction is complete, receipt will appear.  Take a print out of this receipt.

Dear JP,
The property tax for a Type V flat, after the 50% concession for defence personnel, is Rs 1894. Hence tax computed for your flat shows that you had not taken action to avail this concession.
You are required to send an application to Joint Director, Dept. of Sainik, welfare and Resettlement at Bangalore to issue a certificate for claiming exemption of 50% property tax as per section 94 A (b) of Karnataka Municipality Act 1964 ( Karnataka Act 22 of 1964).  The following documents are to be attached along with this application.
a)    Copy of Ex-Serviceman Card issued by Sainik Welfare Board, Bangalore
b)    Copy of service record on retirement
c)    Copy of sale deed/building sale letter
c)    Copy of Katha
d)    Copy of tax paid receipt.
You have to fill up SAS Application, workout the tax to be paid with the concession, attaching the following. (specimen work sheet for a type IV flat attached)
1.    Green Form (Waste management cess)
2.    Concession grant certificate from Sainik Welfare Board, Bangalore.(specimen copy attached)
3.    ID card by Sainik Welfare Board, Bangalore
4.    ID card of retired officer
5.    Receipt 2008-2009.
6.    Receipt 2012-13 or the latest.
7.    Certificate in Kannada (self declaration)(specimen attached)
I am addressing this mail to groups too for information so that those, who have not availed such concession so far, can also take action.

For any clarifications, please feel free to contact me.

Sqn Ldr C S Chandramouli (Retd)
453 Jalvayuvihar
Kammanahalli Main Road
Bangalore 560043
Ph 080 23682453

Exclusive website for JVV, Bangalore

I am repeating this post basically with the intention of how the JVVians can see/get all the important notices/ notifications and at the same time to show their gyan and be heard.in the privacy of home, if we so desire. Simply said, get and give. With no commercial or commonfloor interference [pun intended]! This can be done by having our own EXCLUSIVE weblog – call it a website or a blog. And ABSOLUTELY FREE!! Or if we want to be ABSOLUTELY EXCLUSIVE with a domain extension like .IN or .CO, it may cost us a ‘royal’ sum of Rs.99/- per year. Yes, per year. This weblog, under the control and command of BOM can have pages like,

  •  Notices
  •  By Laws / AGM minutes
  •  Burning Topics [participation open to all ‘registered’ owners of JVV]
  •  Who is who [JVV Directory]
  •  Pictures

The home page can have the Names and Pictures of BOM with important telephone numbers. Pages need not be limited but participation in terms of comments etc can be restricted to only JVVians. The BOM can have an INTERNAL DISCUSSION page that is password protected and available only for BOM members. Now the million dollar question is who is going to maintain this weblog? Simple, I am sure all the members of BOM are familiar with PC systems and basic internet and hence NO EXTERNAL help may be required. Or, yours truly, though living in the far off mountains (not yet become a saint or sanyasi) can volunteer to maintain as a tribute to the great JVV. By the way, for those who want to ‘have a dekho ‘ please visit my website www.badaga.co that has more than 361,000 hits or http://www.jalvayuvihar.wordpress.com [with more than 17,000 hits] The future is in DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY. Let us grab it. For FREE!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Email to every flat owner

Concerning emails  and connecting all JVVians…. I feel like pulling out the hair on my head [though, unfortunately not much is left]. In this age of advanced internet technology, we still seem to live in a frustrating situation. The ‘official agency‘ responsible for this, in my opinion, is the BOM, ie., Secretary and/or the Estate Manager with the email ID of “jvv540@gmail.com” . We do not get important emails/notifications because the Sec/EM, probably assumes that by sending the email to a few groups like jvvbangalore@googlegroups.com , jalvayu-vihar-apartments@commonfloor.com, or JVV-BLR-forum@apartmentadda.com, everybody is informed. NOT SO. Many apartment owners may not be members of any one of these groups mainly because of emails getting repeated with the addtions/opinions of the ‘learned lot’ who forget that there is a ‘delete’ key that can be effectively used when they add their own gyan [opinion and comments] on any topic under the sun. All that the Secetary/EM has to do is to send the intended information/notification to INDIVIDUAL apartment owner to the specific email ID which he/she has given to the office/registered with commonfloor, by including them in BCC [Blind Carbon Copy] when sending the email to the above mentioned groups. Yes, for the first time, this would be a bit of ‘tedious typing of the addresses’ since there may be 540 email IDs [at the max]in BCC. But, the next time, GMAIL , yahoo mail, hotmail etc will take care by popping up ‘suggested’ addresses/email IDs. I am suggesting BCC instead of CC [Carbon Copy] because CC addressee is visible to ‘all’ while BCC addressees are hidden. So the second time the email is sent to any group, if the sec/em takes care to add everyone under BCC, the same will reach every one with NO INDIVIDUAL MAIL ID BEING MADE PUBLIC. This avoids unnecessary exposure and unsolicited spam. There are many more ‘sophisticated’ means and methods of reaching out each and every JVVian, provided, the ‘individuals’ are interested in being inclusive and not complain that they are receiving unwanted/repeat ‘doses’ of the same emails with a comment added here and there. If any one is interested, many alternatives can be suggested. By the way, a small suggestion to ‘individuals’ – have you ever thought of having an exclusive email ID like  jvv001 or jvv01 or jvv1 for Flat No.1 and so on? My ID is jvv23@gmail.com ( as my Flat #  is 23. Similar to what we have in case of BSNL centrix telephone number[2001 for flat no.1]?

Dear JP-Sir,

The very idea behind the formation of JVV common floor was to have some kind of common official forum where all the official matters related to JVV can be discussed thread-bare without fear or favor. However, unfortunately while most members have registered to the group, there are several members who haven’t registered and miss out on important communication.
At the same time, this forum should not be used for discussing other matters not related to JVV. There are other groups like jvvbangalore@googlegroups.com, where people are welcome to discuss any matters under the sun. I used to be a part of that group earlier, but very soon I discovered that i’m not able to keep up with the number of topics being discussed on that forum and that i won’t lose much sleep by not reading those topics of discussions so i had opted out.
Also, I see that several important discussions regarding water-tank and society registration are being discussed on the unofficial forums without ever making it to the official forum created for the benefit of the society. I’ve also observed that whenever a new BOM is constituted, they come with their own new mindset and it takes time for them to implement the official communications systems that was so effectively set up by AVM Thusu a few years back when we signed up withcommonfloor.com website.
One possible remedy is to add the official communication mechanism to the bye-laws of the society and make everybody abide by the same including preventing of spam emails. The centrex number-scheme can also be amended to the bye-laws. However, getting a consensus amongst this group is next to impossible :-)
Creating a separate email id only for JVV communications does not scale well, as people might never check their jvv email ids unless it is their primary email.
Regards,
Manish
C-345, JVV

Jal & Vayu – greater heights and daring depths!

Jal Vayu Vihar, Kammanahalli Main Road, Bangalore is a landmark in Bangalore. Being associated with it, that too as an owner of a flat, is an honour.

Though the majority of the residents are ex-fauji and are used to a strict ‘regimental and regulated’ life, some times, this gets reflected in the present ‘civilian – call it, retired’ life in a negative way. We tend to be close minded and refuse to accept new ideas and realities.

Take for example -BOM, Board of Managers, elected every year to run the everyday affairs of this great gated community. While those elected are the ones who have volunteered to ‘face the music’, the majority of us, the so called OWNERS of the flats, unfortunately, are eternal cribbers. In everything we tend to see ‘red’ and pick on the BOM. This, surely, kills the initiative and enthusiasm of the brave ‘VOLUNTEERS’ who have dared to accept the ‘ungrateful job’.

But let me hasten to add the ‘other side of the story. Some of the elected/selected members of BOM, become ‘tigers’ overnight and tend to treat the rest as mere mortals with no mind of their own. Prey waiting to be pounced at!

With all that, let us remember, that JVV is one of the best gated community in Bangalore. My friend Wg Cdr Thomas Vergheese, corrects me that JVV is one of the best in the COUNTRY. Fully agreed.

Still so much more can be done by ALL. With cooperation, we can ‘create wealth’ within and drastically reduce the ‘overall’ expenses in running the day to day affairs of JVV.

GEO who is doing roaring business in many areas, started of from our shopping complex. Remember the days when Kammanahalli was considered a ‘Kaadu- forest’ and people would come to JVV for basic needs like making STD phone calls from his shop/booth, a couple of DECADES ago?

Wg Cdr Thomas Verghese’s initiative of establishing ‘FRIENDS OUTLET’ is an example of how an out of box idea can bring in benefits to all.

We must, keeping our differences away, join in endevours like his. I dream of a day when JVV brings nothing but JOY.

For a start, let us make JVV a ‘HOT SPOT’ – I am talking about free WI-FI in all flats; Start a BONSAI club; Solar street lights with LED bulbs inside the colony etc etc

Jal & Vayu stand for greater heights and daring depths.Let us reach them.

Limitation is only in our minds. Open it up!

Ache din aane wale hi!

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Thomas Verghese ( Owner of Sector D, 529 ) Replied :
JP Sir, Thank you for your kind words.
Wi-Fi spots with a Low Tariff in clusters was being thought of by a few of us. There were other plans also like – small portable water trolleys with pumps to reach emergency water requirements instead of being at the mercy of Water Bowser Mafias – Gp Capt PU Bhat and the previous BOM team were looking at Solar Power generation and heating from above MPH and in clusters. We have experts in the field within JVV itself – Mr Vinay Shetty of Flat 19 and Cdr Venugopal of Flat 237
We could not pursue these & other ideas as we could not figure out the way to meet the initial overhead expenditures or because of ‘change of guard’. All BOMs have had well meaning people but end up in ‘Fire Fighting’ or get bogged down with Litigation.  The AGMs, many times, become ‘Debating Clubs’ more to prove ‘Who is right, instead of What is right’. We are generally unable to arrive at a consensus during the AGM or afterwards to work for the common good due to various reasons.
There is no need for any despondency, as all this must be an evolving issue of any group or community of diverse backgrounds. I hope and pray that God will give us the wisdom to realize the futility of clashing with conflicting ideas and work instead towards consensus solutions (Possible & Not Utopia!!!).
In the interim it would be great, if you could think of ‘Revenue’ generation on the lines mentioned in earlier mail or through other ideas. The ideas for implementation need to be nurtured with ‘Hand Holding’ by professionals and experts from within or outside JVV. These projects need not necessarily be done through the BOMs (ideal) but through other small groups with BOM’s  approval. They should be without any financial outflow from JVVAOA funds requiring the long tedious path of AGM approval.

We need your help.

With Best Wishes,
Thomas Verghese
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S.Bharaktiya [B192]
Dear Mr. Thomas, It is nice to read your mails as your are always striving to make JVV better, though it is already the best place in Bangalore.

Towards this aim, revenue generation can happen by offering amenities for which the residents are ready to spend. On this list is the developing of recreation facilities like indoor games above MPH on which you can put solar panels if you so desire.  There could be a card room, table tennis etc wherein middle and elder  residents could also participate. A hang out place like coffee shop for teenagers to elders. There is subsidy on solar installation so you cost of building the hall above Mph will be very little.
Revenue generation by providing water by tanker, will be possible only if you have truck mounted one and could be franchisee set up or in house. Hoardings on the periphery.
Revenue model for the conversion of domestic waste to gas and manure would be inline with the times.
The other approach is expenditure reduction.  The largest expenditure to my knowledge is water, to reduce this go for RWH or STP. In the latter case you will get manure for sale. For this you can approach the area MP for finance from Mplad scheme or the MLA.
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Mr Oswald Pereira ( Tenant of Sector A, 006 ) :
It is always a pleasure to see how so many of the so called owners strive to make JVV a Ultra Super Colony to live in,
I would like to bring in a few points here for revenue generation, without any extra efforts:
1. Bring all apartment owners under one umbrella, who are outside of the colony or out of Bangalore and rent/sell their flats. Friends Outlet could be engaged by the association on profit sharing model
This will benefit in eliminating crooks and unscrupulous elements from compromising the quality of JVV in terms of security and any unlawful exposure. This will help increase the revenue and ensure the colony is maintained in its true regimental spirit
2. Auction the outlets built on the erstwhile garbage dumping spots in a fair manner. Allotting them to a known few without an auction will limit our scope for a better deal
3. There are a number of silver oak trees just rotting and posing danger. They have commercial value. Selling them to timber/plywood industry will fetch good income, in lakhs of rupees, to the association. Re-plant other trees which serve for greenery and have commercial value as well
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JP replies : It is really nice to see that we are getting many positive comments on ‘OUR DISCUSSIONS’ to make JVV the best in Bangalore and beyond.

First of all, one of the mistakes, we – the so called apartment owners, have committed is treating the TENANTS as OUTSIDERS. High time we fully involve and integrate them into our system. We must invite them to our AGMs as non -voting guest members.

I am fully in support of what Mr.Oswald has suggested. Wg Cdr Thomas Verghese’s “FRIENDS OUTLET’ could be officially named as our ‘Real Estate Agents’ on mutually beneficial profit sharing basis. A win-win situation.

Yes, silver oak trees are indeed of commercial value. Recently we have sold a large number of trees from our tea estates. The price depends on the girth [the circumference of the tree at a height of 5ft from the ground] and the height of the tree. The price could be anything from Rs.5000 to Rs.10,000/- per tree. The saw mills readily buy them [aren’t there a couple of them very close to JVV?]. They cut the trees to 8 or 10 feet lengths to cart off. These cut into slices and made as packing cases for export as well to be used in centering work for building work.

Yes, we can also plant more Silver Oak trees and see for ourselves that ‘money grows on trees’ apart from going green. The forest department gives the tree saplings FREE.

I am sure there are many more ‘commercially viable’ ideas. Welcome to the world of wealth creation !

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

Wg Cdr DJ Dawson – RIP

Wing Commander DJ Dawson passed away on 16-5-2015 at MH, Wellington. Many ex-servicemen may not be aware but under the present Government, the Ministry of Defence and the three Services, have taken a geat step to honour the retired men and women when they ‘leave’ this world by giving a ‘ceremonial send off’. I became aware of it only yesterday while attending the funeral of JVVian Wg Cdr DJ Dawson on 17-5-2015 at Coonoor. At the crematorium, wreaths were placed on behalf CAS, COAS, DSSC and MRC apart from others from the family and friends including many retired Air Force officers. AVM TN Singh, Chief Instructor (Air Force) from DSSC was personally present along with a few serving Air Force and Army officers from DSSC and MRC in their uniform. I was under the impression that ex-fauji is a forgotten lot. But, yesterday’s funeral of Wg Cdr Dawson, gave the satisfaction to learn that our service and sacrifices for the country are not forgotten. That made me very proud to be an ex-serviceman – to learn that apart from serving personnel, even ex-fauji is remembered by the the three wings of Defence Services – Army, Navy and Air Force at the time of death.. [I understand that we have to inform the closest unit about the demise of an ex-serviceman ASAP.  Hope wide publicity is given about this great gesture] May I convey our deep condolences to Mrs.Prasanna and family on behalf of all JVVians on the sad and sudden demise of Wg Cdr Dawson. May his soul rest in peace.

Time to say GOODBYE to ‘oldies’?

Like our politicians, it is very difficult for some of our ‘vetrans’ to gracefully ‘retire’ from BOM ‘postings’. Because they ‘assume’ that without their ‘able and effective guidance’ the daily affairs of JVV cannot be run. These ‘good and not so good’ friends think that being a ‘PRINCIPAL TOP MAN’ like P/VP/S/T is their ‘birthright’. And, at the drop of a ‘hat/cap’ they volunteer for these posts.

I am told that the way ‘some’ of these ‘worthies’ conduct ‘meetings’ or their comments during the AGMs/formal get togethers is/are, to say the least, highly ‘irritating’. My humble request to this ‘thick skinned’ is, please learn to say NO for these posts and do not be a permanent sore.

Already, the AGM fever is catching up. Why can’t we have a ALL WOMEN BOM? Atleast let the President be from the fairer sex. Or, let us have a ‘young’ – less than 55 – BOM. All of us who are ‘young at heart’ and passionately involved in the welfare of JVV, can always give our advice/guidance from ‘outside’.

Have you ever imagined our great country having a PM who is not a G?

JVV, the kingdom in Kammanahalli, deserves better. Let us make our colony the best in Bengaluru and beyond!