Mrs Renuka “Puttu” Ramdas

May 2, 2018

Mrs Renuka Ramdas

 

It is with a sense of personal loss, which perhaps most of us Marutfans who were in Jodhpur in the 70s would experience, Mrs Ramdas – Puttu Aunty – to many a youngster in Jodhpur then, departed for her heavenly abode on Monday, 30 April, 2018.

Many met her for the last time when we had our get together in Feb 2017, little knowing it would be so.  As I write this her funeral is perhaps just about to start. I wish I could have gone one last time to pay my respects, unfortunately my health does not permit me to.

Vivacious, caring and full of fun, it was a pleasure to spend time with her and enjoy her company. Always a bag full of anecdotes. They celebrated their Golden anniversary in 2011 just before we met in Bengaluru for the Golden anniversary of the first flight of the Marut.

To Air Mshl Shashi Ramdas and her children, our heartfelt and sincere condolences. May God grant them the courage and fortitude to bear their grief.

 

 

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ACM Latif

Laila Tyabji’s eulogy for her favourite maamu…

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“One-Zero, Overhead”

September 25, 2017

The R/T in Air Traffic Control crackled, “Blackjack Tower; One-Zero, Two Minutes“. And there was panic! The SATCO had just enough time to respond “Call Overhead” before he grabbed his telephone and called up the Station Commander. In minutes, the news went round the Station. The AOC Operations Command was descending (literally) on us for an inspection.

This was Air Force Station Adampur in 1957, a remote airfield in the heart of the Punjab, where 27 Sqn was based. There was only one operational Command at that time, covering the whole of India, commanded by the legendary 38 year-old Air Cmde Arjan Singh DFC. Read the rest of this entry »


A Gentleman’s gentleman – Wg Cdr Inder Dass RIP

September 21, 2017

 

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Can I Dare Do This?

September 19, 2017

Ever since Saturday evening I have dreaded this moment. Fortunately an eye disability limited my time on the computer. Finally, conscience dragged me here. After all, I ran a blog. I owed it to myself and my responsibility towards the running of it, to share both our pride in the man and our grief. I can put it off no longer.  Read the rest of this entry »


Sqn Ldr Bhushan Narang – RIP

April 6, 2017

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That smile will never be forgotten or erased from our memories. It says everything about Bhushan – why he was so loved, admired, generous to a fault, a friend one could totally rely on and above all a devoted husband, father and family person. 

He went as he lived, in a flash, and has left behind a heap of memories and anecdotes to remember him by. As I got to the comp and checked the mail, my heart skipped a beat – a mail from Bhushan in the MarutFans Group. As expected it was a joke. A joke that  unfortunately one could not appreciate as his name stayed imprinted on the mind.

Too shell shocked to write anymore. 

To Rita, Pritika and Rahul. We feel your grief and are a part of it. Hopefully that thought will give you strength to bear this terrible loss. You are and will always be a part of us.

Rest in peace Bhushan. You brought happiness to many. Now we cherish memories and the thought that you were our friend and always brightened our lives with your presense.