The second is that I would like to thank all those who responded to my little story about Tail sliding on the Marut. I tried to reply to each one of them, but it seems that my Computer is a bit averse to excessive fibbing on my part, so it kept throwing up on my face, not allowing my replies to get through. Hence this resorting to a somewhat circuitous way of replying to all of them.
What I wanted to say in reply is that I am gratified to see that people still have strong links with the Marut and flying in general. Their enthusiastic and painstaking replies show it. The idea of writing about the episode was to get people to come out with their own little stories, of not only incidents they had with the Marut but also with other aircraft that they flew. Specially those incidents that they, perhaps wisely, did not talk about during their service career, discretion being the better part of valor and that sort of thing, but all that does not matter now. And I am sure that none of us would be averse to reliving those flying days, even if it is through some one else’s experiences. I know that a lot of the “Very Senior” lot would be too busy to take the time off, to let us more plebian lot, have the benefit of their ‘episodes’, but if they do, it would be very nice. And I would have achieved my objective.