June – The Merry Month of Golden Anniversaries

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


Resplendent as ever



As young at heart as ever

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. 

Keru, Bobby, Air Cmde Francis


Came all the way from Kochi



















  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.

Wingco Seetha sandwiched between Madhuri Kasbekar and AVM Milind Shankar

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!!

Please click the photographs to enlarge


2 Responses to June – The Merry Month of Golden Anniversaries

  1. Cherry says:

    Nice to see shashi Ramdass and phutooooo Aunty !! Also

    Our saint Francis . and the young Bobby Madhuri . Keru looks as

    eligible as he was in Jodhpur !! Regards Cherry

  2. Krishnamurthy says:

    Our Hearty Congratulations !!
    Looking forward to see you both at Bangalore on 17th June.


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