It started off with the 79th Pilot’s course celebrating the 50th year of their commissioning at Kasauli in the beginning of the month. Veteran Marut hands who went there were Air Mshl Shashi Ramdas, AVM Sonpar and Wg Cdr Seetharam.
The 7th saw Air Mshl and Mrs Ramdas celebrate their Golden Anniversary
and there again there was a gathering of the Marut clan – Bobby, Keru and surprise, surprise, Air Cmde Francis (Saint Francis to most of us) who had come all the way from Kochi. He too promised his presence at Bangalore and though his eyesight may be failing, his memory was as sharp ever. While I tried to think up names of who all would be at Bangalore, he was rattling off names as if he had met all the guys yesterday.
It was also a pleasure meeting Wg Cdr Seetharam, who was involved with the Marut while in HAL, during its infancy. An AE(L) officer, he too did his pilot training along with Air Mshl Ramdas with the 79th course and travelled from Bangalore to Kasauli and then to Pune for the occasion.
Many thanks to Keru, who was busy with his mobile and generously sent me some of the pictures he took that evening.
And so another week – another anniversary – Bengaluru here we come!!
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