So much happened – I just took a blog recess! Today , I started with my usual, the fun side of life, but the mind drove me to the air warrior who landed on the other side! POW- No. Where was the War? We did not go to war with our neighbour.We talked Geneva Convention. It doesn’t apply. Lot of other conventions did apply though-Chai for example! Common language, same armed forces ranks and same colour n creed and a common past being the other few.
We talked Abhinandan– Wow!We sure gave ourselves a larger than life young Hero who epitomized courage, valour, ability and above all Patriotism.We saw excellent jokes and memes.We saw excessive chest thumping and nail biting moments.And we saw a lot of TV!!I grossed 8 hrs marathon, eye popping session straining to see the Hero cross the Radcliffe at Wagah!
I too have fond memories of the Wagah! -when it only had a Gate and barbed wire fence and a few spectators at the flag lowering ceremony! I was early and I was received well by the BSF. I saw a handsome soldier in Khakis strutting towards me on horseback. It was a dream sequence… I oggled at him as he drew closer. My heart chided me to take a picture of him. No selfies then! But as he came and stood next to me, I realised three things-
1. There was a merciless barbed wire fence between us.
2. His shoulder epaulettes read ‘Ranger’-there stood my enemy!
3. I thanked God that I was not in uniform, I looked like a regular tourist and I had just stopped short of idolizing my enemy!