Info courtesy Sqn Ldr C S Chandramouli (Retd)

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By 5th April, most people had packed their woolens. The sun shone brightly, and the air in Srinagar had a nip, with a hint of pine. I tucked myself in for a well-deserved sleep. The last 24-hours had been hectic and my body is not what it used to be. I crave rest, and a slight change in temperature wakes up broken bones, brutally. I again, by sheer force of habit, turned to Chapter XXII, “Of the Last Fight and the Death of Hector”. Iliad has always fascinated me; Zeus, Agamemnon, Paris, Priam, Hector and Achilles, especially Achilles who was immortal. Or so he thought.

I again grieved for noble Hector and kept down the book, with a silent prayer of thanks to Homer. They say I live in the past. Maybe.

It was at 3 am that I started shivering. I got up and put another blanket on top of the one I had been using, and convinced myself to go back to sleep. I rarely have dreams. That night was no different. But for some reason I was uneasy. I tossed and turned, resisting the desire to resurrect Hector at an unearthly hour. Sleep won, and I drifted back to those dark and smoky depths, which are much of what I see when I sleep.

I woke up to snow. Kashmir has always been an unreliable friend.

Srinagar is an urban mess, accentuated by decades of neglect. Kashmir’s rulers have always abused their state, in the worst ways possible. And what they have nurtured is strife, victimhood, alienation that has little basis in fact, and a second-generation of stone pelters who know no other trade. Kashmir no longer produces poets, philosophers, artists and civil servants. It just produces progressively regressive iterations of Farooq Abdullah and Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

I spoke to everyday Kashmiris, weary of strife and terrorism, who wanted nothing more than to secure a future for their children. They said that sometimes, the simple act of children going to school or a son coming back from college becomes an excuse for celebration.

I spoke to Jawans of Central Police Organizations (Indian Army is not operationally deployed in Srinagar), and could sense a deep pain. They are routinely humiliated by two-penny stone pelters and not permitted to retaliate. I asked a Jawan why criminal elements continued to pelt stones on them, and not the Army. His answer was straightforward. “The last time they pelted stones on Army and tried to interfere in an operation, the Army shot three of them dead. We don’t have that luxury. Unshackle us for a few hours, just a few hours, and that will be the last day of stone pelting in Srinagar,” he said, with suppressed anger.

And then there were those CRPF officers, huddled together in front of the TV on the cold evening of 6 April, eagerly waiting for some anchor to pay respects to their 75 brothers who were martyred in Dantewada. At 11:45 pm, the senior officer got up telling his juniors, “Lets go, guys. You know its not going to happen”.

He looked at me sadly and said, “We were wrong to hope. Soldiers are expendable.”

The visit to 92 Base Hospital at Badami Bagh Cantt was flooded with memories. It was here that I was brought to, evacuated actually, from HAWS (High Altitude Warfare School) in 1996 when my breathing almost stopped. The army doctors here are miracle workers, past masters of dragging back war wounded soldiers from the brink of certain death. They performed a miracle and saved Comdt. Chetan Kumar Cheetah. “He is a soldier. Yes, he is a soldier”, said a senior army medico, repeating it so that I understood. He was giving the ultimate compliment that one Fauji can give another.

My worst fears were confirmed when I was told that Maj. Satish Dahiya breathed his last here. “Stone pelters delayed the evacuation. We could not save him”, said an army medico, fury simmering just beneath the surface. “These stone pelters need to be sorted out, nice and proper”, the good doctor said. In Indian Army parlance, “sorting out” is a wide-ranging term. It can mean any measure of pain inflicted, including death. I was not surprised. The doctors here are lifesavers. But they are also soldiers. As we stood quietly inside the ICU, I realized that all doctors were wearing combat uniform (jungle camouflage) with ranks.

One OPD ward was full of CRPF and Jammu & Kashmir police personnel. Normally, you do not see personnel from other forces in army hospitals (except Navy and Air Force), since all CPOs and police organizations have their own tie ups outside. On asking the reason, I was told that in the past, when locals found out that a CRPF jawan or a policeman was admitted in a civil hospital, they would assault him inside the hospital. There have been cases of locals assaulting jawans inside ICUs.

92 Base Hospital is an Indian Army hospital. There are serious looking men with Kalashnikovs outside. The injured are safe here.

Farooq Abdullah says that we are losing Kashmir. I don’t know if we are losing Kashmir but we are certainly losing our patience. While our soldiers are shedding blood, the Kashmiri separatists and politicians are selling whatever bits and pieces of Kashmir they can find.

Kashmir does not need a healing touch. That bus has left long back. What it requires is immediate surgery. I am not a doctor but I understand that surgery requires the spilling of blood. So be it.

As a first step, the Hurriyat must be made irrelevant, immediately. No one elected them to power. India is a democracy and the only way to power is through the people. If the Hurriyat do not represent the people, whom do they represent? Let the Central Government cut of all their funding and security. Let them roam the streets of Srinagar like normal people. Let them buy their own medicines and their own flight tickets. We spend about INR 100 crores a year on the Hurriyat and other separatists. Lets stop this now. The Central Government must also immediately stop speaking to the Hurriyat. There must be massive outreach to the common man on the street. Some of the alienation is real, while a large part of it is synthetically manufactured. Nonetheless, it must be addressed. And it must be addressed without the Hurriyat.

Declare President’s Rule in Jammu & Kashmir. The Governor will call the shots. We need someone who is ruthless, yet balanced, someone whom the people respect. He has to be a former General of the Indian Army and also someone with vast knowledge of Kashmir and its people; perhaps an ex-GOC of XV Corps. It is beyond my pay grade to recommend names. The distance between Company Commanders and Corps Commanders is as large as that between Earth and Jupiter. I will keep my peace. But those who are plugged into Kashmir know what I am speaking about.

Give back the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) its honor. They must have the right to defend themselves. This force needs urgent respite. It is forever in operations. Kashmir to Naxal Operations, North East to Election Duty, Counter Insurgency Operations to Disaster Relief there is a never-ending cycle of extreme pressure.

Hand over Srinagar to Indian Army immediately and put the entire Kashmir Valley under AFSPA. For 10 days, cut off the Valley completely – no Internet, no mobile or landline connectivity, no flights, no TV or radio, no road traffic (incoming or outgoing) and no postal service/ couriers. Then start “housekeeping”. Don’t touch the innocent. Don’t spare the guilty. You have the names and addresses of all those who waved the Pakistani flag and pelted stones. Get the boys to pay them a visit.

Send arrested stone pelters to prison for a year, but never within the state. Nagaland has 11 prisons. Send one stone pelter to each prison. In that entire prison, he will be the only Kashmiri. The language, food, climate; everything that helps identify him, as a person will be absent. Select states that have absolutely no similarity with Kashmir in any manner, where even Hindi is not frequently spoken. States like Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar must be chosen. A hundred prisons must be chosen and a hundred stone pelters must be imprisoned there, just one prisoner for one prison. They will have all the human rights they want – food, rest, recreation etc. No one will be mistreated or even touched. But a Kashmiri in a Nagaland prison may as well be on Mars.

The Kashmiri youth who humiliate soldiers do so because we permit it. They know that the CRPF will not retaliate, unless the provocation is extreme. There is also the matter of the Supreme Court ruling that make it mandatory for filing of FIRs for encounter deaths by armed forces, even in disturbed areas under AFSPA. The Central Government must somehow prevail upon the Supreme Court to overturn this ruling. You cannot fight enemies of the state constantly worrying about how you will have to stand in court, as the accused.

While the Special Operations Group of the Jammu & Kashmir police is doing a stellar job, the regular police have their own challenges. There are regular charges of harassment and fleecing of the populace. Police also stand compromised because they live in the same neighborhood as the stone thrower and the terrorist. They live in constant fear of their lives and that of their families.

India must have an “Enemy of the State Act”, that ensures, among other provisions, that once a person is declared enemy of the state, the property in the person’s name belongs to the government. Using this act, the properties of all leaders of Hurriyat Conference must be attached and then auctioned, the funds used for welfare of soldiers.

There have been talks of trifurcation of J&K into Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh. This is something that must be pursued with vigor. About Article 370, there are disparate views, each more extreme than the other. Those in defence of the article know even less about it, than those who would abrogate it. The government must put its best legal brains to come up with a solution. Pakistan has already initiated the process of declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth state, all this due to Chinese pressure and CPEC.

The point I am making is elementary. If we want to be a super power, now is the time to start acting like one. Let’s be practical. Soft states are not invited to sit at the high table of the United Nations Security Council. Human Rights are important, but they are not the reason that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Lets not make these rights the cornerstone of our national philosophy. The five permanent members of the UNSC are perhaps the worst human rights violators on earth. And they are the ones who get to point fingers at India’s so-called “excesses” in Kashmir. Russia and China have murdered millions of their own citizens and sent many more to death camps. America has waged more wars than all the other nations on earth combined. England and France have the worst colonial records, marred by plunder and slavery.

To fight terrorists in Kashmir and elsewhere, we use platoon weapons. We use AK47’s, Rocket Launchers (84 mm Carl Gustaf) and Light Machine Guns. We do this so that collateral damage can be restricted. This is our ethos.

When Pakistan carried out Operation Zarb-e-Azb to eliminate terror in North Waziristan and its tribal areas, this is what Pakistani forces used – F-16 fighter jets, Apache helicopter gunships, 203 mm & 155 mm artillery guns and cannon-mounted armored personnel carriers.

And Pakistan brazenly accuses us of using disproportionate force in Kashmir.

We must support Balochistan. Let our embassies have annual seminars on 27 March across the world. This day, Pakistan invaded and occupied a free country and made a proud people slaves. We must educate the world on how Pakistan is indulging in genocide, mostly prodded on by China. The Indian Government must also fund infrastructure for Baloch identity, internationally. Let there be a Balochistan House in twenty major world cities, manned and operated by Baloch people. The responsibility of these Baloch “embassies” will be to educate the country’s government and local population about Pakistan’s shenanigans.

Balochistan must have a Government in Exile in New Delhi, all paid for and protected by the Indian Government. We should divert our funding of Kashmiri separatists to the Baloch. Our largesse is for our friends, and not for traitors. Once this is done, Kashmir will no longer be the raison d’etre of Pakistan’s existence. It will have just too much on its plate.

Kashmir will not find peace because we want it to. It will find peace when we start respecting ourselves.

Kashmiri separatist youth slapping and kicking a soldier is not just demeaning to the uniform. It speaks of a greater malaise, that of a nation unsure of itself. It is not important that we are right. What is important is that we act. Act with finality, precision and when required, with the heel of the soldier’s boot.

Those Kashmiri youth were not insulting our soldier. They were insulting our country. They were committing treason. And we were unable to safeguard the honor of our soldier. This is the soldier we expect will die for us. We have failed him. Let this be the last time. Let us speak together as a nation, loud and proud. Let us roar with all our might.

The punishment for treason is death.

Fantastic article. Being an ex-fauji, my blood boils when I see the injustice done to the jawans of CPOs, the constant bickering of ungrateful scroungers like Farook and Omar, the utterances of undeclared traitors from the media like Barkhas, Rajdeeps and Karans [shame that he is the son of a General].

I am a huge fan and follower of PM NaMo but in dealing with the Kashmir issue, he has been a failure so far.

Veteran Wg.Cdr. Bellie Jayaprakash, Coonoor (TN)

Cell Phone Safety….

Cell Phone Safety….

Cell phones are a great invention. Communication has become so much easier and safer. So much so, it has replaced the spouse literally.

Including in the bed. In many cases,  the ring/vibration of the cell in the wrong or right movement, has completely  spoilt the entire fun [and all the efforts in elderly couples] and ended in sheer frustration.

But have you wondered the harm it does due to radiation?

But, beware, without our being aware, the cell is destroying our cells and health.

Take care now, before it becomes too LATE!!

Read this ….Cell Phone Safety Precautions   – > Cell Phone Safety

General Kodandara Subayya Thimayya

Today is the birth anniversary of General KS Thimayya aka Timmy Sahib, a military legend in his own right.
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1) He was the first Indian to ever command an Infantry brigade during WWII.
2) His elder brother Ponappa served in the INA, while his younger brother Somaiah was killed in action  in Kashmir.
3) In the army he had a running feud with his British officers over their snobbery and racism.
4) He wanted to quit the Army and join the Freedom Movement , was however dissuaded by Motilal Nehru.
5) During Quit India movement he gave orders to the troops not to fire on the protesters.
6) He oversaw the surrender of INA at Rangoon, his brother was one of the POWs.
7 ) After the Korean War, he played a major role in repatriation of POWs winning plaudits from Gen Douglas Mc Arthur.
8 ) During the first Kashmir War in 1947, personally led from the front in a tank to capture the Zozi La Pass.
9 ) He asked Nehru for just 3 months to beat back the raiders in Kashmir, however latter referred it to the UN.
10) Had a running feud with the Def Minister V.K.Menon over undue interference in Army.
11) Had the foresight to recognize the dangers from China much before any one.
12) His proposal to appoint Lt.Gen Thorat as Army Chief was shot down by Nehru, who instead appointed the mediocre Pran Nath Thapar.
He spent his last days in Cyprus, as part of UN Peacekeeping Force during the Civil War there. Passed away in Cyprus in 1965, due to heart attack.
On his birth anniversary pls do fwd this to as many as you can.
Jai Hind!
[Ray Dsouza – in  JVV moulees group]


LATEST 23 Mar 2017
Information from the  secretary, JVV Apartment Owners Association
Subsequent to many of our earlier mails on the subject,a few inputs/corrections were incorporated in the Data for Residents’ Directory to-date based on response from residents.
Please peruse the [PDF/] Excel spreadsheet as a final check and revert within a couple of days. The spreadsheet will be given for printing on Monday,the 27th Mar.
Cdr N Subba Rao
JVV directory

Save Water

Save water

AVM Nirmal

This summer we are going to face a heavy water scarcity as the rainfall failed last year. So its hight time that we follow certain steps to limit the use of water.

Below are details of the avergae amount of water we waste daily.

By Shower consumes 100 litres.
By Bucket 18 litres..
Saving 82 litres.

FLUSHING after usingtoilet
By Flush is 20 litres
By bucket is 6 litres
Saving is 14 litres.

In a running tap – 116 litres
In a bucket .. 36 litres
Saving is 80 litres.

In a running tap..5 litres
In a mug .. 0.5 litres.

In a running tap..5 litres
Closed tap or Bucket .. 0.75 litres.

In running tap water nearly 100 litres, while with single bucket 2 to 3 cars can be washed with just 18 liters.

In running tap water nearly 50 litres. In bucket less than 10 liters.

Running tap 100 water litres or even more in multiples, sprinkler system only 25/ 30 litres

Please Use buckets and You will find a notable difference.

Choice is yours whether to enjoy and be safe with municipality / bore well water or disturb your family health by calling tankers water.

Each family can save atleast 300 Liters of water per day with minor changes in life style.

And for 500 flats in JVV, saving of a staggering 1,50,000 litres of water PER DAY!! – JP



How To Live and Die

Evergreen Notes: How To Live & Die
by Khushwant Singh
I’ve often thought about what it is that makes people happy—what one has to do in order to achieve happiness.

1- First and foremost is good health. If you do not enjoy good health, you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct something from your happiness.

2- Second, a healthy bank balance. It need not run into crores, but it should be enough to provide for comforts, and there should be something to spare for recreation—eating out, going to the movies, travel and holidays in the hills or by the sea. Shortage of money can be demoralising. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in one’s own eyes.

3- Third, your own home. Rented places can never give you the comfort or security of a home that is yours for keeps. If it has garden space, all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and blossom, and cultivate a sense of kinship with them.

4- Fourth, an understanding companion, be it your spouse or a girlfriend or a best friend. If you have too many misunderstandings, it robs you of your peace of mind. It is better to accept the differences than to be quarrelling all the time.

5- Fifth, stop envying those who have done better than you in life—risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame. Envy can be corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.

6- Sixth, do not allow people to descend on you for gossip. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.

7- Seventh, cultivate a hobby or two that will fulfill you—gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing or listening to music. Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks, or to meet celebrities, is a criminal waste of time. It’s important to concentrate on something that keeps you occupied meaningfully.

8- Eighth, every morning and evening devote 20 minutes to meditation or introspection. In the mornings, 10 minutes should be spent in keeping the mind absolutely still, and five listing the things you have to do that day. In the evenings, five minutes should be set aside to keep the mind still and 10 to go over the tasks you had intended to do.

9- Ninth, don’t lose your temper. Try not to be short-tempered, or vengeful. Even when a friend has been rude, just move on.

10- Above all, when the time comes to go, one should go like a Person without any regret or grievance against anyone.


Alleviate Common Body Aches and Pains

These Odd Body Tricks Will Alleviate Common Body Aches and Pains

Aruna Badrinarayan

Our body is remarkable. It has the ability to overcome illnesses, aches, pains and worries and sometimes without the need of any external help. Here are 6 alternative remedies I have tried whenever I’ve felt the onset of a sore throat, had a stuffy nose, felt incredibly nervous and more. The guide below offers some unusual body tricks that’ll put an end to your aches and pains. Try them out:

1. Soothe an itchy throat
Remedy: Scratch your ear
A hot cup of tea or gargling on salt water can provide temporary relief from a tickly throat. But according to Scott Schaffer, M.D and ear, nose and throat specialist, says that the secret behind lasting throat relief is to scratch your ear. According to Schaffer, when the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm. The spasm helps relieve the tickle.

2. Ease a toothache
Remedy: Apply ice to your hand
This trick is especially useful to those with sensitive teeth. When the pain starts to build, place an ice on the back of your hand and rub it back and forth on the webbed area between your index and thumb finger. This remedy works because this area is filled with nerve pathways that run pain signals from the hands and face to the brain. The cool temperatures will block the messages sent by the pain signals.

3.Butterflies in stomach

Remedy: Blow on your thumb
The sensations of butterflies in your stomach can be quite an uncomfortable feeling. But instead of letting your nerves get the best of you, blow on your thumb to ease your anxiety. While it may sound strange, doing so will regulate your breathing and will control your nerves, helping you slow your heart rate.

4. Get rid of a migraine
Remedy: Apply pressure to the space between your thumb and index finger

Instead of opting for powerful pills to ease the pain, try the ancient technique of pressure points. Use your thumb and index finger of your left hand to apply pressure to the webbing between your index finger and thumb on your right hand. Hold for two minutes rotating your fingers in a gentle, circular motion, then repeat on the other hand. Do not apply pressure to this point if you are pregnant.

5. Unblock a stuffy nose
Remedy: Apply pressure to the space between your eyebrows

If you’re feeling blocked from sinuses, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth and place a finger between your eyebrows and apply pressure. Hold for about 20 seconds so that your sinuses begin to drain. You’ll be able to enjoy a deep breath after 20 second

6. Reduce the chance of burn scars
Remedy: Gently press the affected area
Rather than rush for an ice pack after a nasty burn, gently press the affected area. Doing so will help bring your skin back to body temperature less rapidly, to reduce the risk of blisters appearing. This will enable your skin to heal naturally and you’ll be left without a burn scar.

Health Tips – Belly Button


[recd as a fwd email]

Belly Button

A 62 year old man had poor vision in his left eye.  He could hardly see especially at night and was told by  eye specialists that his eyes were in a good condition but
the only problem was that the veins supplying blood to his eyes  were dried up and he would never be able to see again.

Homeopathy has a cure for this condition.  In fact it not only has a cure for this condition but for veins  which have dried up to any part of the body such as the
ears, the brain, legs, arms, pancreas, lips, jaw etc.

According to Science, in all of Allah’s creation,  the first part created after the clot is formed is the  belly button. After it’s created, it joins to the  mother’s belly button through the umbilical chord.

Our belly button is surely an amazing thing!  According to science, after a person has passed away,  the belly button is still warm for 3 hours the reason being  when a woman conceives a child, her belly button supplies  nourishment to the child through the child’s belly button. And  a fully grown child is formed in 270 days = 9 months.

This is the reason all our veins are connected to our belly  button which makes it the focal point of our body.  Belly button is life itself!

The “PECHOTI” is situated behind the belly button  which has 72,000 plus veins over it. The total amount of  blood vessels we have in our body are equal to twice  the circumference of the earth.

For dryness of eyes, poor eyesight, pancreas over or  under working, cracked heels and lips, for glowing face, shiny hair, knee pain, shivering, lethargy, joint pains, dry skin.

For dryness of eyes, poor eyesight, fungus in nails,  glowing skin, shiny hair. At night before bed time,  put 3 drops of pure ghee or coconut oil in your belly button and
spread it 1 and half inches around your belly button

For knee pain At night before bed time, put  3 drops of castor oil in your belly button and  spread it 1 and half inches around your belly button.

For shivering and lethargy, relief from joint pain,  dry skin at night before bed time, put 3 drops of mustard oil in your belly button and spread it 1 and half inches around your belly button.


When a baby has a stomach ache, we normally mix asafoetida (hing) and water or oil and apply around the naval. Within minutes the ache is cured. Oil works the same way.

Senior Citizens’ Guide -2016


Read all about “senior-citizens’-guide– 2016″

Info courtesy – S/L Chandramouli

Admiral Perriera

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It was in  1980/1981, the Inter Services Cricket finals was going on at the Air Force Sports Grounds, Race Course, New Delhi between Navy and Air Force.
I was the organising secretary of the tournament [being the Secretary of Air HQs Sports Command – an unusual post for a technical officer though I was specially chosen due to my hockey background and later on deputed to 1982 Asian Games].
For the finals, the chief guest was Air Marshal Jena.
The Air Force team was batting and going great guns.
Suddenly, I noticed a ‘civilian Herald’ car being personally driven into the parking lot by Admiral Perriera, the then Chie of Navy. I rushed out to receive him. Shaking my hands and smiling, he said, “so you guys are sending my boys on a leather hunt”.
I escorted him to he stage.
Being conscious of protocol, that usually the senior most officer would be the Chief Guest, there was a bit of flutter as the Naval Chief had come unannounced and in his own car and hence everybody was ‘caught on the wrong foot’
Admiral Perrira went on to stay till the end to see Air Force win comfortably and politely refused to take the lime light away from the chief guest.
He was so simple but so great!

What Next in Balochistan

What Next in Balochistan
by Colonel J K Mayor (retired)

                      Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 90 minute Independence Day [15-8-2016] address to the nation spoke about Baluchistan for 3 minutes towards the end of his speech. Yet the next day all print media, TV debates, and commentators had nothing else but this story as a topic for discussion and front page news. So what did the prime minister say that was so provocative? For this let us examine the story of Balochistan – its origin, its people, and its history. The history of Balochistan goes back to pre-Indus valley Civilization dated at 7000 BC; it was the western most limit of the Indus valley civilization. The Baloch people, the largest ethnic group in the region, are of Kurdish descent that has absorbed Dravidian genes. Therefore the Baloch people, like the Bangladeshis, are ethnically quite different from the Punjabis, the Sindis, and the Pathans that are the ruling elite of Pakistan.

Islam arrived in Balochistan in 654 AD when it came under Rashidun caliphate, which controlled the whole of what is now called Balochistan. In the 15th century it became part of the Mughal Empire. At that time the natural boundary of India extended from Balochistan in the West to the present Myanmar in the East, and from Gilgit – Baltistan in the North to the present Sri Lanka in the south. In 1876 it came under the control of British India. In 1887 they took over from the khan of Kalat, as Balochistan was then known.
                        Today it is one of the 4 provinces of Pakistan. It has borders with Afghanistan and Iran; the South has a shore line with the Indian Ocean. In 1947 it consisted of the British administered area, and 3 princely states. These princely states did not accede to Pakistan till Pakistan military occupied these on March 27, 1948; the Gwadar enclave was excluded as it was part of the Sultanate of Oman. In 1958 Pakistan purchased it from the Sultanate. The province was officially dissolved in 1970; Gwadar Enclave merged with West Pakistan; and in 1977 the present Balochistan took shape as a province.
IN 1947 the legal status of Kalat, as Balochistan was then called, was not clear as its Khanate (king or khan) had not accepted the position of Kalat being an Indian princely state as it was not one of the 560 odd category A princely States of British India dealt with by the political department, but was a category B state like Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim, dealt with by the external affairs department. The British left the legal status of Balochistan vague as the British could not effectively rebut the arguments of the khanate for it being an independent country. While in exile in 1952 the khanate wanted to accede to India. He met Pt, Jawaharlal Nehru with a proposal of merger, but due to the myopia of India’s founding fathers Pt. Nehru rejected it.
                        Balochistan is important to Pakistan because of its rich mineral resources, and its borders with Iran and Afghanistan. It has suffered economically due to negligence of the Pakistan government. This has kept it backward and poor despite being a resource rich province. Since 1947 Balochistan has had 4 short insurgencies by Baloch nationalists, and a longer insurgency beginning 2003 which continues till today. The Baloch leaders seek greater control of the province’s rich natural resources, and a moratorium on the construction of the military port. Pakistan pays little royalties to Balochistan either for use of the Gwadar pot or for its minerals.
                        From all this it will be clear that Balochistan is not a simple case of being an ‘Internal problem of Pakistan, or of India interfering in the Internal Affairs of Pakistan’. The roots of the problem run much deeper. In 1947 it could easily have acceded to India because the Baloch people and the Khan of Kalat wanted it that way, but for the lopsided thinking and ego of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, who was so obsessed with the idea of India playing a dominant role in world affairs that he positioned non-alignment and anti-colonialism as the hallmark of his foreign policy, and lost sight of India’s neighbourhood. Instead of consolidating India’s pre-eminence in the region, he established contacts with Nasser, and General Tito, outside India’s  sphere of influence and closed down its consulates in Lhasa and Kashgarh, and agreed to give full sovereignty to Bhutan and Nepal and, and just escaped doing the same to Sikkim. The gulf Sheikhdoms who had deep economic ties with India and even a common currency were abandoned to other powers
                        It is in this context that the Prime Minister’s outreach to the people of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan assumes importance. He has signalled not only India’s direct involvement in their fight, but has made a bid to reclaim India’s Natural Frontiers; India’s reach must transcend it natural Borders. The last 10 years of UPA II government has been the worst in this regard. It not only agreed to discuss India’s interference in Balochistan at Shramal Sheikh but also abandoned the people Balochistan, but of POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir), and Gilgit-Baltistan. The neglect of the these people is the classic example of the lack of long term planning of India’s national Interests.
                        Baloch nationalists have always wished to be seen and treated as entirely separate from Pakistan. Our Prime Miniter’s statement has granted them that recognition. Given Baluchistan’s strategic location and increasing Chinese involvement there, the Baloch will have no option but to search for allies in the region to protect their land and resources. India and Afghanistan are two possible allies. But we are not sure if they would be willing to get involved in Baluchistan. But we do know that Baluchistan is ripe for Pakistan’s rivals, who want to embarrass or bleed Pakistan. Having now raised the issue at an important function, Prime Minister must not abandon Baluchistan and stay the course; not only because it is the right course, but because this is the only way that the wrongs of the past can be rectified. India must use its strong standing in world affairs to first educate world leaders about the correct legal position and ground realities in Baluchistan, and how systematically Pakistan, over the years, has neglected it and annexed it to be part of Pakistan; the same that it has done for Gilgit–Baltistan. Our Prime Minister must continue to raise this issue at world forums and expose Pakistan’s nefarious designs in the region. It must also provide it moral and material support in its fight for freedom and justice against human rights violations by Pakistan’s military. Much damage has been done to India’s interests in the region by the wrong and warped policies of all the congress governments in the past.
                        Prime Minister is not hamstrung in his actions by the constraints of having to defer to the wrong doing of the congress’ past leaders. He has a clean slate to fashion the future of Baluchistan, Gilgit–Baltistan, and in fact of the whole region. He has the strength of Character, a strong will and determination to carry his policies through to their logical end. This is not only in India’s National Interest, but essential to stop the spread of terrorism in the world; Pakistan has already become the epicentre of world terrorism. If this remains unchecked terrorism will engulf the whole region. It is for India to intervene and carry the major powers of the world with it in this. That is the way for a terror free world and world peace.

A Mother’s Dream!

A Mother’s Dream!

Hats off to  the defence camaraderie and bonhomie!

How would you feel if you were a Mother who loses her only son at his prime age of 21, and then be unable to be present for his last rites and never be able to visit her son’s grave for a lifetime? Some pains can be forgotten, some forgiven, but for Mrs. Thressiamma Joseph from Kerala, this one riled her for over 25 years.

Unknown to this pain, a course of Army Officers get together to celebrate their 25 years of passing out from the Indian Military Academy. Their plans to meet up in Dehradun are being worked out. Will it be possible to gather all the mates after a gap of 25 years? How many will turn up finally?

Jun 1992, somewhere in the North East. 2nd Lt ET Joseph is looking forward to catch the train in a day to go back to his hometown on leave cum posting. His posting order had come few weeks ago from the Gorkha Battalion that was his home for over a year. Though  commissioned to Army Intelligence Corps a year back, he felt at home in the paltan that he was serving now. He was dined out from the Unit the previous day and had been stuck off strength.

The officers are relaxing in the Mess, suddenly they receive reports of some terrorist movement. The unit is tasked to neutralize them. The CO gets his Quick Reaction Team together. 2Lt ET Joseph knew the terrain well. He volunteers to go with the team for the operation at night so that he could be back by early morning to catch the first convoy out. The others asked him to chill. But ET feels that he should join the boys in the operation. He has time till the morning to get back. Unknown to many, God had other plans…..2Lt E Thomas Joseph lays down his life for the nation in the firefight that night.

Far away in Shillong, the next day, another serving soldier, Sub Maj AT Joseph, is preparing for his dining out in the JCO’s Mess. He is looking forward to reaching Bangalore, his next posting station. As he reaches the JCO Mess, he receives the news. Heartbroken and devastated Sub Maj Joseph leaves for Nagaland accompanied by two of his colleagues. They reach the temporary camp location on the 3rd day after the death of his only son. The mortal remains of brave heart 2Lt ET Joseph are laid to rest in his father’s presence.  Due to poor connectivity those days, it is not possible to transport the body to the soldier’s hometown. ET’s father leaves the place within two hours of burial at the Army cemetery. He is terribly broken due to the unimaginable grief of losing his son. He is in a state of shock.

When the news of the loss reaches Mrs. Thressiamma Joseph, she and her two daughters are inconsolable. Sub Maj AT Josephis unable to come to terms with the biggest loss in his life and on his request, gets his retirement sanctioned from Indian Army. He comes back to his family in Kerala the same year. He does his best to educate his two daughters, ensure the family lives decently, over the years he gets his daughters married. The husband and wife then look towards the twilight in their lives.

Deep down, both Joseph and his wife Thressiamma try their best to overcome their grief. But a sadness that had no closure couldn’t be overcome. The mother in Thressiamma, longs to visit the burial place. But they are unable to afford the long journey. Where would they gather that kind of money? How would they travel thousands of miles? Who would know the place? Who would help them? With old age catching up, the hope just fades away. They hope to meet their son at God’s abode one day.

New Delhi: Feb 2016 – Jun 2016: The plans for a big bash for the 88th Regular and 71st Technical Course to celebrate 25th year of service to the nation gets underway. The core team gather information of all the officers who had stepped out from Indian Military Academy on 08 Jun 1991. Slowly the number of officers and families who agree to travel to Dehradun increase. The show is getting bigger and better each passing day, as news of some buddy who had lost touch trickles in. Amidst all the plans to make the reunion memorable, one evening Vikram Gill one of the leading organizers of the event, calls up Sajan and says “We have to remember and honour those who have fallen amongst us. We have to make their families proud”. They decide to design an apt memento for each next of kin (NOK) of the Martyrs, invite and felicitate them.

Vikram then sets out to find out the addresses of the NOK of Martyrs, who had laid down their lives at various points. His tireless efforts, reveal to him, a list of 19 brave hearts. 2Lt E Thomas Joseph is first in that list. A memento is made for each NOK of the Martyr. Their families are contacted and invited to join the celebrations at Dehradun. However Sub Maj AT Joseph and Thressiamma could not be contacted as they had shifted from their address.

Eight Veer Naaris, Brothers and Sisters of Martyrs, travel from far and wide including Australia and take part in the three day celebrations in the last week of June 2016, where over 140 officers, nearly 100 ladies and over 100 children attend with full gusto.

The events aptly commence with felicitation of the Veer Naris and NOK of the Martyrs. A film painstakingly made by Anirban & Jacob is screened which brings  memories of yesteryear’s spent with these brave hearts. The course together has won 1 Ashok Chakra, 2 Kirti Chakras, 6 Shaurya Chakras, 2 Yudh Seva Medal, 32 Sena Medal Gallantry, 8 Sena Medal Distinguished, 7 Vishisht Seva Medal, 5 Mention in Dispatches. Truly they are among the bravest ones. The celebrations are great, well planned and heart touching. Bonding is amazing meeting up with buddies who are reuniting after a gap of 25 years. The Veer Naris who attend feel honoured and thankful to the course for the great gesture. Vikram requests the memento’s be personally handed over to the NOKs who could not attend. The responsibility to hand over ET Joseph’s memento rests on the shoulder’s of Shamsher who is posted at Kochi.

Shamsher searches for ET’s parents. The address he had is old. One rainy day in Kerala lady luck finally smiles when he locates Sub Maj AT Joseph’s humble abode near Kottayam. He reaches there and presents the memento to the proud parents. The fact that their son was still being remembered and honoured by his buddies even after 25 years really makes the parents extremely happy. Over a cup of coffee, Thressiamma, pours her heart. She talks about her unfulfilled dream of making a trip to the North East and pray near her son’s grave.

Shamsher returns to Kochi and  informs the course in their social group the need to help a mother to fulfill her long standing dream. A decision is taken that the course will rise to the occasion. The hurdles are many. The old age of the parents, the finances, the long travel, and most of all… find the location of the grave. A quarter of century has passed and the knowledge of the event has faded. Not much is known.

Robi who is posted in the North East volunteers to search for the grave. His efforts each day results in despondency. Then one fine day, the grave is located. It is dilapidated.  So a new dimension is added to the long list of pending tasks. How to get the grave restored?

Egged on by Shamsher, the course contributions starts pouring in. Course mates of E Thomas Joseph, from Army, Navy and Air Force, from 78 NDA Course and 88 Regular/71 Tech Course rise to the occasion. The figure has crossed Rs 2,30,000.

Indigo Airlines Salute to the Martyr. A course mate working with Indigo Airlines, contacts their Management, who on hearing the story straightaway agree to sponsor the travel of the parents and sisters from Kochi- Bangalore- Kolkatta- Dimapur through Indigo airlines. The tickets sponsored  by Indigo for Sub Maj AT Joseph , Thressiamma and two sisters are already with the parents. This is an extraordinary gesture by the airline and goes a long way in giving it back to the nation in their own way. Kudos to Team Indigo for showing a unique way to the country, how to show gratitude and salute its heroes!

Course mates in various places are arranging stay at all these places. The grave is being done up. Permission is being sought from various authorities to ensure the visit goes on without any hassles. The Army will also play a part to ensure the visit goes well.

78 NDA & 88 Regular/ 71 Tech courses are unique. ET’s parents lost one son but got back 300+. Each of the sons are striving hard to ensure the trip goes smooth. Vikram Chauhan in Delhi, Robi in North East, Shamsher in Kochi, Manoj with Indigo, RN at Kolkatta, Atul Salunkhe, Lalli Virk, Sanjay Tripathi, Viju Sundaresh and many others are working tirelessly to make The Closure. This journey also reveals the kind of passion the service officers work with qualities like Camaraderie, Regimentation, Sacrifice, Selflessness, Espirit-de-Corps, Bonhomie, Commitment and Friendship which all were the essence of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations.

The trip is planned for October 2016. Cheers to this Band of Brothers, and to Indigo Airlines who have magnanimously chipped in!

*A mother’s dream is about to be fulfilled!*



“Defeat the defeatist tendency”

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam:

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(Dr.Abdul Kalam, the most Popular People’s President of India, passed away an year ago on 27 July 2015 )

 “Defeating the Defeat”

“I want to tell you about an important incident that happened in my life in 1958. Some of you will have read about it in Wings of Fire. But for the young people here who have not come across the book, I thought I would repeat it.

When I was a young boy, I dreamt that I would fly. I had a fantastic teacher, Sivasubramania Iyer, who gave me the idea that I must take to science and do something connected with flight. So I went into aeronautical engineering and graduated in 1957, a long time ago.

I wanted to become a pilot. That was my dream. I applied to the Air Force and was asked to attend an interview with the Air Force Selection Board at Dehra Dhun. So I travelled all the way from my home in the island town of Rameshwaram, in the south of India, across the sea, from Mandabam to Chennai, from Chennai to Delhi, from Delhi to Dehra Dhun. It was the first time I had seen the whole of India, this beautiful land of different cultures.

The grown-ups and the swamis know what happened in the interview, but I’ll describe it for the young people present. In four days you had to do all sorts of things: run,do gymnastics, attend interviews and group discussions. Out of twenty-five applicants, eight were to be selected. After four days of difficult tasks, nine were selected. I was the ninth, but they wanted only eight. I was told I had a good chance because normally one fellow would not pass the medical exam. However, for some reason, by God’s grace, all the eight got through the medical, and so I was not selected.
I was very dejected, so I decided to take a bus to Delhi via Rishikesh and Haridwar. That was the route I selected. I started from Dehra Dhun in the early morning. When I arrived in Rishikesh, suddenly the beautiful vista of the Ganges appeared in front of me, that crystal clear water coming from the Himalayas. I felt like taking a bath, even though it was November. After bathing in the Ganges, I was putting on my dhoti, when I looked over at the opposite riverbank. There I saw the most beautiful, happy building.

Automatically I was attracted to that building, which was Swami Sivananda’s ashram. Swami Sivananda was sitting on a pedestal giving satsang to hundreds of people. I was sitting in the very last row.

After his discourse on the Bhagavad Gita, normally he would randomly select two people from the crowd for an interview. I was one of the two selected. I don’t know what made him select me. He called me to his chamber, then he looked at me and said in Tamil, “What’s your name?” “Abdul Kalam,” I replied. “Why are you sad,“ he asked. This great one, this chosen one, this godly person, knew of my sorrow! I replied, “Swamiji, I will tell you the facts. I had come from an interview with the Air Force Selection Board and I was not selected to be a pilot.”

Swami Sivananda looked at me. I was such a small fellow in front of him. Then he opened the Bhagavad Gita at the eleventh chapter, Vishwaroopa darshan, in which Lord Krishna appears in front of Arjuna in all His forms. When Arjuna tells Krishna he is afraid of fighting in the Kurukshetra war, Krishna tells him,

“Defeat the defeatist tendency.” That is a great message. Swami Sivananda asked me to repeat the statement “Defeat the defeatist tendency” three times. I repeated it three times and I was cheered up. He then gave me twenty of his books published in Tamil and English. It was such a great experience.

So, friends, I will never forget this incident in my life. I am now in the seventy-second orbit of the sun, which means my age is seventy-one. One orbit around the sun takes one year, so I have completed seventy-one orbits.

Swami Sivananda’s mantra: “Defeat the defeatist tendency” is always with me and that great philosophy and advice which Lord Krishna gave to Arjuna always comes to me whenever I’m in trouble.”

For Fauji pensioners & their spouses



1.  The detailed procedure and application format with instructions for inclusion of  Name and  Date of Birth of their Spouse in their PPOs are already available in various web sites and those veterans who have not done the endorsement of their family Pensioners in their PPO’s must act as swiftly as possible.  The detailed information, the procedure and  application format are given in Signals Parivar Website and the URL of the same is given below:

2.   In olden times the PPOs issued by the PCDA did not have the mention of the family pensioner
as such the wives of the deceased veterans had tough time in getting their family pension some
times even one year after the demise of the pensioner.
3.    Already three cases have come to light in last two years where the veterans never bothered to check their PPOs during their life time, the ladies were left in lurch after their deaths as the banks just turned them away. Imagine what should have been their state of mind .
Let this not happen any more. all veterans of Pre 1996 must check their Original PPOs and in case
the NAME ,  OR / AND  the DATE OF BIRTH of their spouse is not there, they should immediately take action without waiting for an hour even.
The family pensioners are also advised to check the original PPOs whether their DATE of BIRTH
figures in there or not. If not, should take action now by moving single page application mentioned
in the above site.
Info courtesy :- Sqn Ldr C S Chandramouli (Retd)

Kashmir – veteran fauji’s view

Gaurav Arya's photo.
Major Gaurav Arya (Veteran)
I wish to share my point of view and in many ways, it is the view of many brother officers of the Indian Army. What I am writing is NOT the official Indian Army line. This is just what many faujis think privately.
It is important for young Kashmiris to know what we think, too. Communication needs to be both ways.
The army is a blunt instrument. Think of it as a broadsword, not a scalpel. It functions on the basic premise of massive disproportionate force. We do not particularly enjoy laying a cordon at 0300 hrs and doing a house-to-house search. It gives us absolutely no pleasure to search cars of civilians or do public pat downs. The army is an armed force of the union and is trained in defense and attack, amongst a million other things. We would rather train, defend the borders and fight wars. Dealing with civilians in the counter insurgency grid is a pain.
Then why is the army there in Kashmir?

Boiled rice soaked overnight is ‘the best breakfast’

It is known as Pazham kanji in Kerala and Pazhaya Saadham in Tamil Nadu !


During the good old days, there was no practice of preparing hot morning breakfast, as we do now, among most South Asian and South-East Asian families. The previous day’s cooked rice was soaked in plain water overnight and was consumed the next morning with some nutritious supplements such as fresh buttermilk, slightly salted onions or other non-spicy pickles such as  gooseberry or lemon.

Known as “Pazhaya Saadham” (meaning old rice) in Tamil, “Pazhankanji” (old rice porridge) in Malayalam and “Saddhi Annamu” or “Saddhennamu” (meaning cold rice) in Telugu in South India, it is one of the most nutritious foods.

For centuries, this has been the staple food of many South Indian families, particularly of the low income groups. It is, of course, now replaced with fashionable hot breakfast.

The cooked rice may be soaked in an earthen vessel or vessel made of natural clay or rock. (In Tamil families, vessels made of natural rock, called “Kalchatti”, were used. Many South Indian families use this even now though it is called by different names in other languages. Some families use this “Kalchatti”  that has been handed down to them from generations. It is found to be free of harmful bacteria and other normal disease-causing elements.

By soaking the cooked rice in water, the lactic acid bacteria break down the anti-nutritional factors in rice, resulting in improved bioavailability of micronutrients and minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium by several thousand percentage points. For example, after 12 hours of fermentation of 100 grams of boiled rice, the availability of iron increased from 3.4 mg to 73.91 mg (an increase of 2,073%).

In the agrarian communities of South Asia (India included) and South East Asia, fermented rice played a big role in the lives of people. It gave the energy, the nutrition and the cooling effect that they needed for a full day of manual labour. Unfortunately, people moving up the food chain (or wealth chain, rather) looked down on fermented rice as the pauper’s food and ignored the great nutritional value it provides.

Food scientists, after researching on the food practices among regions in the world, have concluded that South Asia’s tradition of consuming in the morning as breakfast the previous day’s cooked rice soaked in plain water overnight is the best. It has the rare B6 and B12 vitamins that are not otherwise easily available in other food supplements. This rice generates and harbours trillions of beneficial bacteria that help digestion and has many disease-fighting and immunity-developing agents. It has been found that this is a compact and complete breakfast.

The bacteria that grow in the intestines due to this rice safeguard the internal organs and keep them fit and ready. Consuming this rice helps quicker digestion and wards off aging, bone-related ailments and muscular pains.

Brown rice or parboiled dark-brown rice (usually preferred in Kerala) is the best for this rather than white rice as the nutrients are retained intact.

The American Nutrition Association has listed these benefits if you stick to the practice of consuming such soaked rice.

Consuming this rice as breakfast keeps the body light and also energetic.

  • Beneficial bacteria get produced in abundance for the body.
  • Stomach ailments disappear when this is consumed in the morning as excessive and harmful heat retained in the body is neutralised.
    • As this food is fibrous, it removes constipation and also dullness in the body.
    • Blood pressure is normalised and hypertension subsides appreciably.
    • Body feels less tired due to this food as a result of which one feels fresh throughout the day.
    • This removes allergy-induced problems and also skin-related ailments.
    • It removes all types of ulcers in the body.
    • Fresh infections are kept at bay by consuming this rice.
    • It helps in maintaining youthful and radiant look.

Consuming this rice takes away your body’s craving for tea or coffee. It is the richest source of Vitamin B12 for vegans.

So, do not throw away that extra rice you had cooked. It could be the healthiest breakfast you will ever have.

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This information is very helpful for ‘fauji’ families 


(a) Death if due to accident or unnatural causes should always be reported to the Police Station in whose jurisdiction the area falls.
It avoids lot of troubles later on. In such cases get the autopsy to establish proper cause of death.
(b) Do obtain two ink signed copies of Medical certificate specifying cause of death from the Hospital or the authorized Medical Practitioner. One of these is required by the authorities at the cremation / burial ground. The other is required by the authorities (Registrar of Deaths & Births) who issues Death Certificates. Obtain cremation / burial certificate from the cremation / burial ground.
(c) A close relative should apply for issue of Death certificate within 15 days of the death of the pensioner/ deceased. Obtain at least 20 ink signed & equal number of Photostat copies duly attested by a class one officer. 
(d) Write to the Pension paying Bank Intimating them of demise of the pensioner, asking them to discontinue the pension of the pensioner and payment of the family pension of the spouse l N O K (give name). Enclose ink signed death certificate & copy of the original P P O having joint photo of the pensioner & spouse / NOK. Also state PPO and pension S /B A/C numbers.. Sample Application form as at Annexure.
(e) If the Pension A/c is a joint account or the spouse is a nominee in it, then it is simpler to operate the same A/C for family pension, otherwise a fresh S/B A/C is to be opened in the same bank. It requires proof of Identity and proof of Residence. Photo copy of voter I Card! PAN card will suffice- with three copies of attested photographs.
(f) Write separately to Pension sanctioning Authority, PCDA ( P) to start family pension, on demise of the pensioner and enclose ink signed copy of death certificate. Sample Application is at Annexure.
(g) In the case of Retired Army Pensioner Write to the A Gs branch (MP-6, CW 4) to update their records. & to Pay Platinum Grant if Applicable. Sample As per Annexure.
(h) If the age was less than 70 years write to Army Group Insurance Fund (AGIF) to Make payment of life insurance amount. Application Performa at Annexure.
(i) Return Retired Officers I Card to Area HQ (lnt Br.) for further Disposal.
(j) If there are other Insurance Policies write to them to pay Insurance amount.
(k) Write to all banks wherein the pensioner has his accounts to transfer closing balances to the spouse / NOK giving bankers address and a/c number.
(I) Write to Regional Transport Officer to transfer the Automobile to the NOK.
(m) Write to Arms Licensing Authority to transfer the weapon (if any) to the NOK meanwhile deposit the weapon(s) in concerned Police Station or reputedd Arms Dealer for safe custody. The NOK should apply for Arms License at the earliest.
(n) Write to Electricity Providing Agency to transfer the meter in the name of spouse /NOK and start further billing against that name. (SUGGEST GET THE HOUSE AND ELECTRICITY METER JOINTLY IN BOTH NAMES NOW).
(o) Write to the Telephone providing Agency to Change the name of the subscriber, transfer the connection to the name of the Spouse / NOK for further billing.
(p) Apply to AWHO to transfer the dwelling unit to the spouse / NOK. Performa for Application should be obtained from the AWHO / Welfare Society . The Society has to render No Objection Certificate (NOC) stating that there is No encroachment of common land, No major modification to the Approved design and all Dues to the Society has been cleared. If not already done you may have to do it before they issue NOC.
(q) Write to all the clubs & societies to transfer the membership to the spouse of/NOK.
(r) Write to all Debtors to clear all dues and make payment to the Spouse / NOK.
(s) Clear the outstanding dues if any of the Creditors and credit cards and loans taken if any. Return the credit cards to the Bank concerned.
(t) Some of the banks may have issued Insurance certificate for the amount of FD /Bank Balance then claim it.
(u) Write to Income Tax authorities to intimate death of the Pensioner to close his Income Tax file and open Income Tax file in the name of the Spouse / NOK Quoting PAN number of both.
(v) Write to the Municipal Authorities to Close Property case file of the deceased person and open it in the name of the spouse / NOK.
(w) Approach the district Courts for Probate of the WILL, if it is in possession, otherwise obtain a Succession Certificate From the District Judge.
(x) These Instructions are repeated at the end to be used as a check list.
From Name.
Address Tele No.  Date
The Manager Name of Bank Address
1. Reference Our Joint Pension SB A/C No. held in your Bank.
2. I regret to inform you that my husband, IC No, Rank ………….. Name …….. has expired on at due to Certificate of his death is enclosed for ready reference. He was drawing his pension through your bank. Kindly, stop his payment of his pension with effect from and Start payment of family pension at the rate prescribed vide Annexure three to 7th Pay Commission Report i.e. Rs; 15630/= + DA @ 119 % or as applicable to me through the same Pension SB A/C No. Held in your Bank. We have no dependent children.
3. You are requested to forward the attached copy of this letter along with Copy of his Death certificate duly endorsed for its correctness.
Yours faithfully ,
Signature &n bsp;
Copy to :
PCDA (P), Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad 211014: for similar action.
***************** ***************
**************** ****
From: Name
Tele No : Mob ………………..
&n bsp;
The Chairman,
Army Group Insurance Fund,
AGIF House, Rao Tularam Marg,
NEW DELHI – 110010
Extended Army Group Insurance Certificate No. issued to IC No…….Rank ……Name ………. of MAHAR Regt. (Encl in original)
1. I regret to inform you that my spouse, IC ……. Rank ……… Name …….has expired on……. at………. His / Her Death Certificate issued by …………… is enclosed for ready Reference.
2. I am enclosing the Extended Army Group Insurance Certificate for encashment duly completed in all respect. His date of birth is….. Kindly send the cheque of the sum assured to me on my address as given above. My Bank details are as under:-
SB A/C No.
Name and address of Bank.
IFSC code.
Thanking you in anticipation,
Yours Faithfully,
************ ************ ************
From; Name
House No./Sector
City & PIN
File No. Date
The AOBF (Accts Sec),
AG’s Branch, IHQ of MOD (ARMY)
Room No 279a, South Block DHQ PO,
New DeIhi110011
Subject:- Payment of Platinum Grant (AOBF) On Demise of IC ……… Rank ….. Name (Late) ……, of MAHAR Regt
Reference PPO No. ……………….. (Photocopy enclosed)
1. I regret to inform you that my husband, IC ….. Rank ……. Name ….. has expired on …. at (Name of Hosp) , Address (Place) , Due to (Cause of Death). The Certificate of his death Issued by (Civil Authority) is enclosed for ready reference.
2. You are, kindly requested, to send me his Platinum Grant on his demise. His date of birth is ….. (Photo Copy of his Retired Officers Identity Card is enclosed for ready reference). The cheque may please be issued to me on the Address given on top of this letter. My Bank details are as under: Name of Bank, Address …… SBA/C No ….  IFSC ……
3. We have XXX / do not have dependent Children.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Yours Faithfully,
Signatures ( Name- Mrs xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxx xx) W/O Late xxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxx

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A very useful website for Air Veterans


A very useful website for Air Veterans [retired Air Force Personnel] as well as for all Ex- fauji to sort out pension problems


The Directorate of Air Veterans has recently re-launched its website, to resolve pension related queries/ grievances  and timely finalisation of NE benefits.

All Air Veterans are requested to log in to this website and update their personal information like Mob No, residential address and e-mail address.

If you are not able to access the website then please send an e-mail to <> cc <>

Action to be taken to avail 50% concession for property tax for defence personnel in Karnataka

Sqn Ldr C S Chandramouli (Retd)
[ D, 453 Jal Vayu Vihar]

[S/L Chandra mouli is an ever helpful JVVian. In case of any clarification please contact him at –  – Wg Cdr JP]

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
d)   Copy of Katha
e)    Copy of tax paid receipt.

You have to fill up SAS Application, workout the tax to be paid with the concession, attaching the following.

1.    Green Form (Waste management cess)

2.    Concession grant certificate from Sainik Welfare Board, Bangalore<span
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 decleration)

Why Women Should Consider Joining The Indian Armed Forces

1. Unlike the private sector, there is no disparity in pay.

Its true. All the officers of the same rank get the same salary. Inconsistency in salaries is still a common problem in several fields elsewhere, but that’s not the case with the Armed Forces.

2. Every officer gets equal opportunity to succeed.

There is a straight way to rise up the ladder, and everybody has to clear tests at regular intervals. These determine your future, nothing else.

3. Women can now fly fighter planes, and take up other combat roles.

4. The military nursing service is a highly reputed branch of the Army, and a great place to work for women.

Its literally the department that keeps the army going. This is the department that cures people and takes care of them.

5. In fact, if teaching is your passion the Army Education Core has women employees that are involved in training.

6. All officers, men and women, get to lead and manage massive troops.

Leading a big troop is the best way to imbibe a team spirit and leadership values. The Armed Forces is the avenue that will teach you these skills like no other place in the world.

7. Armed forces are the only government entity where you are assured a pension on retirement.

Earlier women joined the Army for a short period of time in which pension and other benefits were unavailable. But, in 2010, the Delhi High Court granted women permanent commission in the Army which includes added benefits. Well, that is good news since your finances even after retirement are secured.

8. The Armed Forces allow you to continue your studies while serving the Army.

Now that is a win-win for sure. For those of you who want to get another degree or further their career after the Army, the Armed Forces is a great option. You have options to opt for courses, or take a study leave if you wish to.

9. Women leading contingents are making headlines everywhere, so you know the opportunities are spread far and wide.

10. And aren’t the uniforms just classy?

11. The respect you will command in and outside the forces will be priceless.

Ladies, are you listening? It’s time to conquer the world!

The JVVian Doctor turned Author

Retired doctor turned author, Eva Bell is a JVVian, residing at D 421 JVV.An article on her  “They shall overcome”, published in METROPLUS in  The Hindu of 11 Feb 15, reproduced below. She has also contributed to our silver jubilee souvenir with an article “Living in a colony”.Long live her tribe.
Sqn Ldr C S Chandramouli (Retd)

The message of author Eva Bell’s latest novel is that no matter what the trials, things finally turn out for the best

Courtesy – The Hindu

Encouraging themesAre the basis of Eva Bell’s novelsphoto: g.p. sampath kumarphoto: g.p. sampath kumar

Retired doctor turned author, Eva Bell is petite, yet her personality towers over you. She wins your heart with her soft voice and stories of her journey as a doctor in mission hospitals, which sound perfect for a novel.

She’s in the news for her latest book – Power Surge In Eden – published by (Rs. 225). The book is about four young Indian girls.

Abandoned by their biological parents in a mission hospital, they get adopted by German families. The story is about how they cope with life and loneliness in Germany, and their longing to meet their biological parents even though they lead good lives. They return to India in their 20s and start a recreational space, Eden, for women to get rejuvenated.

Adoption is the theme of this book as “when I worked in a mission hospital, I saw many abandoned children. We had many German doctors working with us. We started an adoption campaign with them and helped 30 children find homes with European families.”

There are quite a few religious references in her book. This, says Eva, was not intentional, “but as I worked in a mission hospital, the prayer side naturally came into the book as that’s where the story begins. There’s nothing more to that.”

The story also explains the cultural differences and adjustments problems the four young girls go through as children in Germany.

“There is a lot of fact in that story. When I visited Germany for seminars, I would meet some of the children, who spoke of their trials there. Some of them went through emotional stress and rejection even though they were provided with the best. There was always this romantic notion of being reunited with their biological parents, especially during their teens. Many overcame these negative emotions with counselling and are doing well. Some even come back here to help others, which I think is beautiful.”

Eva also compares the modern world to the Garden of Eden in her book, where the girls recreate a run down home into a beautiful garden and resort just for women. “I drew my inspiration from people I met during my profession. As many patients open up to us, I have used that as a peg to build my characters on. Being a physician has helped me be a good writer as I was exposed to varied lifestyles and problems that people faced. Sometimes their emotional problems did affect me, but I had to pull up my socks and continue as there were so many more that needed help.”

Eva’s message with this story is that “the child’s loyalty must lie with his/her adopted parents. They should learn to look forward and march on.”

Till date most of her stories have had happy endings, “because it’s my way of telling people that things will end up well. That they can overcome what ever they are going through.”

Being a physician has helped me become a good writer as I was exposed to varied lifestyles and problems that people faced


Apple Cider Vinegar is Not Just for Food

Apple Cider Vinegar is often used for salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, and chutneys, but that’s not all: It’s known to prolong the feeling of satiety after eating, it has well-documented anti-glycemic effects, and quite a few other uses that everyone should know about.
1. Detox Tea

Apple Cider Vinegar

2. Varicose Veins Remover

Apple Cider Vinegar 

Rub apple cider vinegar on your veins twice a day, and drink a teaspoon once a day.

3.All-Natural Toner

Apple Cider Vinegar

4. Get Rid of Warts

Apple Cider Vinegar

What you need:
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cotton wool
  • Medical tape
What you do:
  1. Clean the area.
  2. Fully soak the cotton wool with apple cider vinegar.
  3. Place the soaked wool on the wart and cover with medical tape (or bandage).
  4. Repeat daily until the wart dries out and falls off (should take up to a week).
5. Treat Nail fungus

Apple Cider Vinegar

Soak your toenail in a 1:2 solution of vinegar and water for 15 minutes a day.
6. Chemical-Free Flea Tick Repellant

Apple Cider Vinegar

 Make a 1:1 solution of water and organic apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray the dog once a week. If your dog doesn’t being sprayed, use a soaked washcloth instead.
You can also add a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar to the dog’s water twice a week for similar results. Be sure to only use organic ACV, as the more processed kind is not good for dogs.
7. Say “Bye Bye” to Moles

Apple Cider Vinegar

 What you need:
  • Organic apple cider vinegar
  • Sterile needle (use rubbing alcohol or fire to sterilize it)
  • Cotton wool
What to do:
  1. Clean the area.
  2. Use the sterile needle to poke a few holes in the mole. (There are no nerves, so it won’t hurt).
  3. Apply an ACV-soaked piece of cotton to the mole for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Repeat daily until the mole falls off. (Should be within a a week).
8. Effective Fruit Fly Trap

Apple Cider Vinegar

 What you need:
  • A jar
  • Raw apple cider vinegar
  • Small piece of paper
  • Liquid dish detergent
What to do:
  1. Mix 2/3 cup of apple cider vinegar and about a tablespoon of dish detergent in a jar.
  2. Create a cone out of the piece of paper and put it in the jar, as shown in the picture.
  3. Leave the jar where the fruit flies are and let the mix work its magic.
9. Homemade Weed Killer

Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix ½ gallon (2 liters) of apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup salt, and ½ teaspoon of liquid dish detergent. Put in a spray bottle and spray any weed you want to get rid of.

 10. Homemade Cough Remedy

Apple Cider Vinegar

  What you need:
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
What to do:
Mix all the ingredients in a jar and shake well to mix them. Take a teaspoon for a child aged 2-9 years, and a tablespoon for ages 10 and up.
11. Better Hair Care With Baking Soda and ACV

Apple Cider Vinegar


 What you need:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Squeeze bottle
What to do:
Hair wash:
  1. Mix 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water and pour into a squeeze bottle.
  2. Wet your hair, then pour the mixture on it. Make sure to get it on all your hair.
  3. Let it sit for about a minute, then rinse thoroughly.
  1. Make a mixture of 1:4 ACV and water.
  2. Squeeze any excess water from your hair.
  3. Cover your hair with the mixture and rub it in a regular conditioner.
  4. Thoroughly rinse your hair.
12. Soothe and Heal a Sunburn

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apply straight to the burn, or you can dilute it with a bit of water if it stings too much. Use a towel or washcloth and keep it on the affected for 20-30 minutes.
13. Heal Eczema

Apple Cider Vinegar

  Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 3 cups of water and lightly apply on the affected area. Caution – it may sting
Let us go bananas

Banana, considered as ‘fruit of happiness’, contains Tryptophan Mino substance which helps in increasing ‘happy hormone’. It helps in improving your mood and emotions.

This happy fruit provides energy to nervous system which regulates your digestion and controls your blood pressure, making heart muscles strong. A ripe banana quickly helps in restoring your energy levels with three natural sugar: sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber.

Bananas© Provided by MiD-DAY Bananas

A brown-spotted banana hints that the antioxidant levels have increased. The brown spots form when the chlorophyll in the fruit begins to break down and turn into antioxidants.
It assists with weight loss and helps you in easing your hangover..
It is a brain food which helps in boosting libido.
It can help in treating stomach ulcers. It has natural heart burn therapy.
It also helps you to quit smoking and neurological disorders.

Banana peels can do much more than offering comic relief in slapstick films. Rub the inside of the banana peel over a mosquito bite to soothe the itch.

The inside of a banana peel can also heal planter warts. If you’re free from such health complaints, it’s still worth keeping your peels out of landfill. Instead, bury them in your garden; they make a great natural fertilizer.

Bananas for cancer
Over-ripe bananas produce an anti-cancer substance that combats cancer cells
With all those advantages, why not peel yourself a banana today?
With chemical antidepressants taking six to eight weeks to kick in, perhaps sufferers would be better off reaching for a quick banana fix.

(Mid-Day as seen in



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August fifteenth.
Independence day.
Freedom from occupation of the land
by aliens.Celebrations.

But what about freedom
from exploitation of gender and hunger
from fights over caste and religion
from inequality based on creed and region
India, my great land of legends
when are you going to be really FREE?


The Power to Change

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Give me the power to dare
to reach the heights with no fear,
Instead of meekly stand and stare.

Give me the courage to defend
the innocent from injustice of any kind,
Instead of simply sit back and pretend.

Give me the strength to protect
the unique and wild to keep them intact,
Instead of finding excuses to destruct.

Give me the heart to offer
whatever is left in the coffer,
Instead of walking past those who suffer.

Give me the chance to dream
Give me the courage to dare
Give me the conviction to do.



 1. India produces 1000 varieties of mangoes!
Each of these varieties is named after colours, places, shapes, tastes, flavours, precious stones and even royalty.
2. India experiences 6 seasons in a year.
Summer monsoon, summer, winter monsoon, winter, autumn and spring.
3. India has most number of mosques in the world.
It has around 400000 mosques, exceeding the number of mosques in muslim countries as well.
4. Cotton was first spun and woven in India.

Mughals referred to the fabric as ‘cloth of running water’ or ‘morning dew’.
5. Snakes and ladders was known as ‘Mokshapat’.
Saint Gyandev invented the board game ‘Snakes and Ladders’ in the 13th century. He called it ‘Mokshapat’, in which the ladders represented virtues and snakes symbolized vices.

6. There is no land between Somnath Shiva temple and the south pole.

The Abadhit Samudra Marg, Tirsthambh (Arrow) indicates the unobstructed sea route to the South Pole.

7. World’s first university was established in India.

Takshila university, established in 700 BCE, taught about 60 subjects to more than 10,000 students from all of the world!

8. Peacock was initially bred for food.

Yes, our national bird was initially bred for food.

9. Rameshwaram Temple has the longest corridor in the world.

The corridor is 4000 feet in length with 985 richly carved pillars on both sides.

10. There is a crater in the moon named after Aryabhatta.

The famous mathematician who invented zero, also has his name on the first satellite launched by India.

11. Sanskrit is a perfect language for developing a computer software.

It is the only language that has precise syntax and grammar.

12. First successful eye transplant was performed in India.

This was done by a British Army surgeon who restored his pet antelope’s vision by taking the cornea of a recently killed antelope.

13. Arabic numerals were not invented in Arabia, but in India.

14. India has never invaded any country.

It has gone through multiple conquests and invasions, but never invaded a single country in it’s entire history!

15. Artists of Kangra school of art painted with blood!

The artists would use strange substances to paint, like blood and crushed beetles.

16. Father of Medicine and Father of Surgery, both Indians.

One of the earliest school of medicine known to mankind is Ayurveda. It was consolidated by Charaka nearly 2500 years ago.

Sushruta, father of surgery, used to conducted complicated surgical procedures 2600 years ago, without the sophisticated instruments of today.

17. Padmanabhaswamy is the world’s richest temple.

The untold riches of Thiruvananthapuram’s Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, which was discovered four years ago and was estimated at Rs 1 lakh crore.  In terms of precious metals and precious stones, it is by far the wealthiest institution and place of worship of any kind in the recorded history of the world.

18. India has the largest postal network in the world.

It has over 1,50,000 post offices! So write letters to people to use this amazing system.

19. Diamonds were first discovered in India.

It was the only source of diamonds for the world until 1896. Now you know why the British got here.

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Tips to Think about

Rules to live by

As we grow old and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300 or $30K watch, they both tell the same time…..

Whether we carry a a $300 or $30K wallet/handbag, the amount of money inside is the same;
Whether we drink a bottle of $30 or $3K wine, the vomiting is the same;
Whether the house we live in is 30 or 300sqm, the loneliness is the same.
Hopefully, one day you will realise, your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.
Whether you fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down, you go down with it…..
Therefore..I hope you realise, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, chat, laugh, talk, sing song, talk about north-south-east-west, heaven & earth, that’s true happiness!!

Five Undeniable Facts of Life :

  1. Don’t educate your children to be rich. ​ ​Educate them to be Happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things not the price.
  2. Best awarded words in London …”Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food”.
  3. The One who loves you will never leave you because even if there are 100 reasons to give up he will find one reason to hold on
  4. There is a lot of difference between human being and being human. A Few understand it.
  5. You are loved when you are born.You will be loved when you die. In between, You have to manage…! If you want to Walk Fast, Walk Alone..! But if you want to Walk Far, Walk Together..!!

Six Best Doctors in the World

1.Sunlight   2.Rest    3.Exercise     4.Diet    5.Self Confidence   &   6.Friends

Maintain them in all stages of Life and enjoy healthy life

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The man who made Crores from nothing.

He could just pass 10th. He was jobless. Nothing too much in the name of assets.

He reached Mumbai in search of a job. It was not a great start for him. He was looted outside the Bandra station for the only rupees 200 he had and other belongings. He lost everything excluding the clothes he was wearing.

The most unfortunate thing was that he was robbed by the person who accompanied him to Mumbai and promised a rupees 1200 per month job. Because he feared that his parents would not allow him work in Mumbai, he came to Mumbai without informing them.

Before coming to Mumbai, he worked in Chennai and earned rupees 250 a month. He would send the money to his family in Nagalapuram Village located in the Tuticorin district of Tamilnadu. His family included his parents and seven siblings.

At Bandra station in the year 1990, a 17-year-old boy who had nothing, except determination.
He did not understand Hindi. Feeling pity about his situation, a Tamilian took him to a temple and appealed visitors to contribute money and arrange a ticket for him to Chennai.But the 17 year old boy, Prem Ganapathy, was damn sure that Mumbai is going to make his life. After a bit of effort, he got a job of washing utensils at Mahim Bakery. He would earn rupees 150 per month. He continued working at several restaurants to earn and save.

In about two years, he saved some money to start his own business of selling Idlis. He hired a handcart for rupees 150 per month rent and bought some utensils along with a stove for rupees 1000. It was year 1992, when he started operating his business outside Vashi railway station.
After doing it all alone for some time. He felt the need for some manpower as his business grew. He brought two of his younger brothers to Mumbai. He ensured hygiene at the eatery and they all wore a cap. This was a surprise for his customers as roadside eateries did never care about this.

Local authorities seized his cart on many occasions and he had to pay the penalty to get it back as such carts did not get a license. In few years, he saved some money and leased a shop by giving rupees 50000 as a deposit. They paid a monthly rent of rupees 5000 and also hired two additional employees. His streetside cart was now a small restaurant.

Many of his frequent visitors were college students and he made good friendship with them. He learned using internet from them and started looking for recipes on internet. He started experimenting with dosas and in the first year itself, introduced 26 new dosas like Schezwan Dosa, Paneer Chilli Dosa and Spring Roll Dosa. By 2002, his restaurant had 105 varieties of dosa and earned a lot of fame.

However, he always dreamt of having an outlet in a mall. He approached many malls but his offer was turned down as they were reserved for big brand like McDonald’s etc.
But he got an opportunity to open his outlet in the Center One Mall at Vashi. He got the opportunity because the managerial staff at the mall were frequent visitors to his restaurant. His outlet in the mall was a big success and people started asking for the business franchise. He agreed to the offer on a condition that all the ingredients will be provided by them.

In year 2012, they had 45 restaurants across 11 Indians states and 7 at foreign nations like New Zealand, Dubai(U.A.E), Muscat (Oman). Everything under the name of The Dosa Plaza. The man who was standing outside Bandra station without a single penny with him in 1990, had set up a brand and empire of 30 crores in 2012.

Hard work always triumphs!! Kudos to Prem Ganapathy!

visit if you want to be a franchisee

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Will you be Mary?

MARY is the proprietor of a bar in Dublin. She realises that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronise her bar – she will go broke.

​To solve this problem, she comes up with a new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later.

She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans). Word gets around about Mary’s ‘drink now, pay later’ marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Mary’s bar.

​Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Dublin — all is starting to look rosy.
 By providing her customers freedom from immediate payment demands Mary gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages.
Consequently, Mary’s gross sales volume increases massively.

A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognises that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Mary’s borrowing limit.He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral.At the bank’s corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into Drinkbonds and Alkibonds. These securities are then bundled and traded on international security markets.

The new investors don’t really understand that the securities being sold to them as ‘AAA’ secured bonds are really the debts of unemployed alcoholics. They have had a ‘rating house’ certify they are of good quality.
Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb, and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation’s leading brokerage houses.
One day, even though the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Mary’s bar. He so informs Mary.
Mary then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but, being unemployed alcoholics, they cannot pay back their drinking debts.

Since Mary cannot fulfil her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. So she now is broke.

 The bar closes and the 11 employees lose their jobs.
​Overnight, Drinkbonds and Alkibonds drop in price by 90%.
The collapsed bond asset value destroys the bank’s liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community.
The suppliers of Mary’s bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms’ pension funds in the various Bond securities. They find they are now faced with having to write-off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds.
Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations. Her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.

Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multi-billion euro, no-strings attached cash infusion from their cronies in government.

 The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers who have never been in Mary’s bar.
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Taking Life for granted

Please spend a few minutes to read this – it may make a HUGE difference in life (after death}

Letter written by a wife after her husband’s death in an accident

“Few things I learnt after my husband’s death:-

We always believe we will live forever. Bad things always happen to others.

Only when things hit us bang on your head you realise… Life is so unpredictable….

My husband was an IT guy, All technical. And I am a chartered accountant. Awesome combination you may think.

Techie guy so everything is on his laptop. His to do list. His e-bill and his bank statements in his email. He even maintained a folder which said IMPWDS wherein he stored all login id and passwords for all his online accounts. And even his laptop had a password. Techie guy so all the passwords were alpha-numeric with a special character not an easy one to crack. Office policy said passwords needed to be changed every 30 days. So every time I accessed his laptop I would realize it’s a new password again. I would simply opt for asking him ‘What’s the latest password instead of taking the strain to memorize it.

You may think me being a Chartered Accountant would means everything is documented and filed properly. Alas many of my chartered accountant friends would agree that the precision we follow with our office documents and papers do not flow in to day to day home life. At office you have be epitome of Reliability / Competent / Diligent etc but. At home front there is always a tomorrow.

One fine morning my hubby expired in a bike accident on his way home from office.. He was just 33. His laptop with all his data crashed. Everything on his hard disk wiped off. No folder of IMPWDS to refer back to. His mobile with all the numbers on it was smashed. But that was just the beginning. I realised I had lot to learn.

9 years married to one of the best human beings with no kids just the two of us to fall back on but now I stood all alone and lost.

Being chartered accountant helped in more ways than one but it was not enough. I needed help. His saving bank accounts, his salary bank accounts had no nominee. On his insurance his mom was the nominee and it was almost 2 years back she had expired. But this was just a start. I didn’t know the password to his email account where all his e-bill came. I didn’t know which expenses he paid by standing instructions.

His office front too was not easy. His department had changed recently. I didn’t know his reporting boss name to start with when had he last claimed his shift allowance, his mobile reimbursement.

The house we bought with all the excitement on a loan thought with our joint salary we could afford the EMI.  when the home loans guys suggested insurance on the loan, we decided the instead of paying the premium the difference in the EMI on account of the insurance could be used pay towards prepayment of the loan and get the tenure down. We never thought what we would do if we have to live on a single salary. So now there was huge EMI to look into .

I realised I was in for a long haul.

Road accident case. So everywhere I needed a Death certificate, FIR report, Post Mortem report. For everything there were forms running into pages indemnity bonds, notary, surety to stand up for you. No objections certificates from your co-heirs.

I learnt other than your house, your land, Your car, your bike are also your property. So what if you are the joint owner of the flat you don’t become the owner just because your hubby is no more. So what if your hubby expired in the bike accident and you are the nominee but if the bike is in a repairable condition .you have to get the bike transferred in your name to claim the insurance. And that was again not easy. The bike or car cannot be transferred in your name without going through a set of legal documents. Getting a Succession Certificate is another battle all together.

Then came the time you realise now you have to start changing all the bills, assets in your name. Your gas connection, electricity meter, your own house, your car, your investments and all sundries. And then change all the nominations where your own investments are concerned. And again a start of a new set of paperwork.

To say I was shaken my whole life had just turned upside down was an understatement. You realise you don’t have time to morn and grieve for the person with whom you spend the best years of your life. Because you are busy sorting all the paper work.

I realised then how much I took life for granted. I thought being a chartered accountant I am undergoing so many difficulties, what would have happened to someone who was house maker who wouldn’t understand this legal hotchpotch.

A sweet friend then told me dear this was not an end, you have no kids, your assets will be for all who stand to claim. After my hubby’s sudden death. I realised it was time I took life more seriously. I now needed to make a Will. I would have laughed if a few months back if he had asked me to make one. But now life had taken a twist.

Lessons learnt this hard way were meant to be shared. After all why should the people whom we love the most suffer after we are no more. Sorting some paperwork before we go will at least ease some of their grief.

1. Check all your nominations…
It’s a usual practice to put a name (i.e in the first place if you have mentioned it) and royally forget about it. Most of us have named our parent as a nominee for investments, bank accounts opened before marriage. We have not changed the same even years after they are no longer there with us. Even your salary account usually has no nomination.. Kindly check all your Nominations.
– Bank Accounts
– Fixed Deposits, NSC
– Bank Lockers
– Demat Accounts
– Insurance (Life, Bike or Car or Property)
– Investments
– PF Pension Forms

2. Passwords..
We have passwords for practically everything. Email accounts, Bank accounts, even for the laptop you use. What happens when your next in kin cannot access any of these simply because they do not know your password… Put it down on a paper.

3. Investments.
Every year for tax purpose we do investments. Do we maintain a excel sheet about it. If so is it on the same laptop of which the password you had not shared. Where are those physical investments hard copy.

4. Will.
Make a Will. I know you will smile even I would had I not gone through all what I did. It would have made my life lot easier a lot less paperwork. I wouldn’t had to provide an indemnity bond, get it notarised, ask surety to stand up, no objections certificates from others…

5. Liabilities.
When you take a loan say for your house or car. Check out on all the what if, what if I am not there tomorrow, what if I loose my job. Will the EMI still be within my range. If not get an insurance on the loan. The people left behind will not have to worry on something as basic as their own house.

My battles have just begun… But let us at least try and make few changes so that our loved ones would not suffer after we go. We do not know what will happen in the future. But as the Scout motto goes: Be prepared ”


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Come let us do YOGA

The recent post on International Yoga Day (see below) has brought a lot of positive feed back. YOGA is not an one day ‘affair’ but must remain as a life long practice that should become a daily routine, I take great pleasure in choosing some of the best (out of the hundreds of videos available on the net) and presenting it here.

Chosen for ease of explanation and follow up.

Pran Oorja – Anulom Vilom Pranayam

Pawan Muktasana

Your health is in your hands and feet, in a manner of speaking. Take it now for a healthier and happier life.




21st June is International Yoga Day that is being celebrated all over the globe.

Join with your friends if possible, otherwise, do a few YOGA exercises including systematic breathing in your home. Relax. Spend atleast 30 minutes on Yoga.

It is for your health and happiness.

Do it everyday just like brushing your teeth and make it a habit.

See and feel the difference in a month!

Go here to know What is YOGA ?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing an asana at Rajpath on Sunday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing an asana at Rajpath on Sunday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Photo: The Hindu

Yoga to reduce weight




Walk – for your health

Benefits of Walking

  • The human body is made to walk.  
  • Walking 30 minutes a day cuts the rate of people becoming diabetic by more than half and it cuts the risk of people over 60 becoming diabetic by almost 70 percent.  
  • Walking cuts the risk of stroke by more than 25 percent. 
  • Walking reduces hypertension. The body has over 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Those blood vessels are more supple and healthier when we walk.  
  • Walking cuts the risk of cancer as well as diabetes and stroke.  
  • Women who walk have a 20 percent lower likelihood of getting breast cancer and a 31 percent lower risk of getting colon cancer.  
  • Women with breast cancer who walk regularly can reduce their recurrence rate and their mortality rate by over 50 percent.  
  • The human body works better when we walk. The body resists diseases better when we walk, and the body heals faster when we walk.  
  • We don’t have to walk a lot. Thirty minutes a day has a huge impact on our health.  
  • Men who walk thirty minutes a day have a significantly lower level of prostate cancer. Men who walk regularly have a 60 percent lower risk of colon cancer.  
  • For men with prostate cancer, studies have shown that walkers have a 46 percent lower mortality rate.  
  • Walking also helps prevent depression, and people who walk regularly are more likely to see improvements in their depression.  
  • In one study, people who walked and took medication scored twice as well in 30 days as the women who only took the medication. Another study showed that depressed people who walked regularly had a significantly higher level of not being depressed in a year compared to depressed people who did not walk. The body generates endorphins when we walk. Endorphins help us feel good.  
  • Walking strengthens the heart. Walking strengthens bones. 
  • Walking improves the circulatory system.  
  • Walking generates positive neurochemicals. Healthy eating is important but dieting can trigger negative neurochemicals and can be hard to do.  
  • Walking generates positive neurochemicals. People look forward to walking and enjoy walking.  
  • And research shows that fit beats fat for many people. Walking half an hour a day has health benefits that exceed the benefits of losing 20 pounds.  
  • When we walk every day, our bodies are healthier and stronger. A single 30 minute walk can reduce blood pressure by five points for over 20 hours.  
  • Walking reduces the risk of blood clots in your legs.  
  • People who walk regularly have much lower risk of deep vein thrombosis.  
  • People who walk are less likely to catch colds, and when people get colds, walkers have a 46 percent shorter symptom time from their colds.  
  • Walking improves the health of our blood, as well. Walking is a good boost of high density cholesterol and people with high levels of HDL are less likely to have heart attacks and stroke.  
  • Walking significantly diminishes the risk of hip fracture and the need for gallstone surgery is 20 to 31 percent lower for walkers.  
  • Walking is the right thing to do. The best news is that the 30 minutes doesn’t have to be done in one lump of time. Two 15 minute walks achieve the same goals. Three 10 minute walks achieve most of those goals.  
  • We can walk 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night and achieve our walking goals.  
  • Walking feels good. It helps the body heal. It keeps the body healthy. It improves our biological health, our physical health, our psychosocial health, and helps with our emotional health. Walking can literally add years entire years to your life.
[recd as a fwd email]

Laugh and the world laughs with you!

Laughter – the best medicine

Wife : Shall I prepare Sambhar or Rasam today . Husband : First make it, we will name it later

Smiling face (black and white)Face savoring delicious food

A frustrated  husband in front of his laptop:
dear google, please do not behave like my wife…
Please allow me to complete my sentence before you start guessing & suggesting
Face with tears of joy

A man brings his best buddy home for dinner unannounced at 5:30 after work.
His wife begins screaming at him and his friend just sits and listens in.
“My hair & makeup are not done, the house is a mess, the dishes are not done, I’m still in my pajamas and I can’t be bothered with cooking tonight ! Why the hell did you bring him home for?”

Husband answers “Because he’s thinking of getting married”
Face with stuck-out tongue and tightly-closed eyes
Couldn’t stop sharing this one…

Husband: I found Aladin’s lamp today.

Wife: wow, what did u ask for darling??

Husband: I asked him to increase your brain ten times..

Wife: oh..jaan..luv u so much.. Did he do that??

Husband: He laughed and said multiplication doesn’t apply on zero.
Smiling face with Sunglasses

Employee: Sir You are like a lion in the office! What about at home??

Boss: I am a lion at home too, But Goddess Durga  on the lion there !
Face with stuck-out tongue and tightly-closed eyes
A man gifted his wife a diamond necklace for their anniversary and wife didn’t speak to him for 6 months.

Was the necklace FAKE?

Nooooo! That was the deal 🙂
Face with stuck-out tongue and winking eye
A couple was having dinner at a fancy restaurant. As the food was served, the husband said, “the food looks delicious, let’s eat.”

Wife: honey… say prayer before eating at home.

Husband: that’s at home sweetheart……here the chef knows how to cook.
Grinning face with smiling eyes
Best Slogan on a MAN’s T-Shirt :

“Please Do Not Disturb me, I am Married and already very Disturbed”
Flushed face
This is a killer 🙂 I could not stop laughing and I am still laughing — Great stress buster 🙂

Sardar to Librarian: l want a book named “Psycho The Rapist”.

The Librarian searched  for 3 hrs then came back & Slapped the Sardar & said
Idiot the book name is “Psychotherapist” ……

Face with stuck-out tongue and winking eyeGrinning face with smiling eyesConfounded face
[recd as a fwd email]

21st June is International Yoga Day

Today is International Yoga Day that is being celebrated all over the globe.

Join with your friends if possible, otherwise, do a few YOGA exercises including systematic breathing in your home. Relax. Spend atleast 30 minutes on Yoga.

It is for your health and happiness.

Do it everyday just like brushing your teeth and make it a habit.

See and feel the difference in a month!

Go here to know Whai Is Yoga?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing an asana at Rajpath on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing an asana at Rajpath on Sunday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Photo: The Hindu


Yoga for Beginners


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”


Click the link below to read


Nature Cure – Dr HK Bhakru

(Info from – Sqn Ldr Chandramouli)


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]


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,
Air Cmde. 

(photo from the internet –

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 + 50% concession for Defence Personnel

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.

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.


Property Tax – 50% for Armed Forces in Karnataka


50% concession for defence personnel
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.
1.    Green Form (Waste management cess)
2.    Concession grant certificate from Sainik Welfare Board, Bangalore
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)
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.

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 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 that has more than 361,000 hits or [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 “” . We do not get important emails/notifications because the Sec/EM, probably assumes that by sending the email to a few groups like ,, or, 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 ( 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, 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 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.
C-345, JVV

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!


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
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.
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

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 !



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

Happy Deepavali !

Hotels offering discounts to ex-servicemen

Do you know that many hotels offer discounts in their tariff to Ex- Servicemen?


Here is a list of  95_hotels_offering_discounts_to_ex-servicemen

I contacted the Taj Gateway, Coonoor [given in the list] but Hotel says that no concession is offered to Serving/Retd fauji.

14 Foods that Can Replace Pills

Whenever we start feeling ill, the first thing we do is reach for the medicine cabinet. The problem with taking pills is that even though they’ll probably help with your predicament, they’re also bound to have unwanted side effects. The best solution is to use these 14 natural remedies, which are just as efficient as drugs.

1. Bananas – Stress and anxiety

Next time you feel stressed, grab a banana! With an average of 105 calories and 14 grams of sugar, a banana will boost your blood-sugar levels and help combat hunger. Additionally, a banana contains 30% of your daily requirement of Vitamin B6, which helps your brain in the production of serotonin – a chemical that helps reduce stress.

2. Yogurt – Constipation and gas

One and a half cups of yogurt are packed full of probiotics that assist in digestion and improves the stomach’s ability to digest dairy and legumes – a major cause of gastric gasses.

3. Raisins – High blood pressure

A large handful of resins (approx. 60) contains over 200mg of potassium, as well as 1 gram of fiber. These are strongly recommended as part of a diet to help reduce blood pressure. Recent studies show that the polyphenols in grapes, raisins and wine, help maintain the circulatory system and reduce blood pressure.

4. Apricots – Kidney stones

4 dried apricots contain 2 grams of fiber, 235mg of potassium and just 3mg of sodium. This combination is highly effective at preventing minerals from getting trapped in your kidneys, which is the cause of the most common kidney stones.

5. Tuna – Foul mood

A can of tuna contains about 800mg of Omega-3, a fatty acid that is considered vital in the treatment of depression. Omega 3 is even an approved treatment for depression by the American Psychiatric Association.

6. Ginger tea – Nausea

A time-old proven treatment for nausea, ginger has also been scientifically proven to be helpful in dealing with nausea caused by motion sickness as well as morning sickness. It is as effective as anti-nausea medicine, but without the side effects (such as ‘cottonmouth’ and lethargy)

7. Basil – Indigestion

Studies suggest that the eugenol in basil is highly effective as a gastric painkiller, nausea reduction, cramping and diarrhea by eliminating bacteria Salmonella and Listeria. Basil is also effective at preventing halitosis.

8. Pears – High cholesterol

The average pear contains 5 grams of the dietary fiber Pectin, which helps clear the body of ‘bad cholesterol’ (LDL).

9. Cabbage – Stomach ulcers

In a research published by the John Hopkins Medical School, it was found that the sulforaphane in cabbage helps battle the helicobacter pylori bacteria (a main cause for ulcers). It is believed that sulforaphane may also help prevent gastric tumors.

10. Figs – Hemorrhoids

Dried figs are rich in dietary fiber, which in turn, produce softer feces and aiding in reducing hemorrhoids and the liness of developing them.

11. Potatoes – Headaches

Amedium-sized potato contains 37 carbohydrates, which help reduce headaches by increasing serotonin production in the brain.

12. Garlic – Yeast infection

Garlic contains many essential oils that help prevent the development of yeast infections.

13. Chamomile tea – Heartburn

A great treatment for gastric inflammation, cramping, heartburn and gas, is mixing 2 teaspoons of chamomile tea in a cup of boiling water and brewing it for about 20 minutes and then drinking it.

14. Orange juice – Lethargy

The fructose in orange juice is a natural and fast-working stimulant, and research has proven the ability of Vitamin C to reduce damage caused by free radicals and provide the body with energy. Vitamin C is also a key factor in maintaining iron levels in our blood, which keeps it oxygenated.

Property tax

Payment of  through chalan !

Sqn Ldr C S Chandramouli (Retd)  16 May 2017

Payment of property tax on line is not possible till the software is set right.  However, if there is a necessity to pay property tax at an earlier date, it is possible to do so by following the following procedure.
Our ward 29 is coming under ARO of BBMP Office, situated in the building complex where Bangalore 1 is housed.You go to him and meet him and request him to raise a chalan for your property.  No other staff other than the ARO can do this since he is authorised to make such chalan, by using a special password and will ensure that the rebate applicable for the exservicemen is included in the chalan. You will have to take the paid receipt of property tax for the last 3 years.   You can pay the property tax with this chalan in any Bank authorised to collect the property tax.  Gp Capt Raghu of flat No 69 has paid the property tax using this method, since he is going abroad and needs to pay before leaving.
Payment on line is the easiest method and for that you will have to wait till the soft ware glitch is removed.  The BBMP authorities are promising to set this right at an earlier date.  They have no choice but to set things right! I am propertied to wait.
The choice is yours!