That’s right. We met, we partied, we parted and we had a whale of a time. It would have been even whaler had all our friends joined us. So while we had fun there was always a stray comment – “Pity so and so couldn’t be here”. There is always a next time though and it’s closer than you think. Bossman Bhushan has decreed that we assemble again, within the year, at Bangalore. No ifs – no buts. Read the rest of this entry »
Got a message early this morning from Eddie while Koch and I were on the golf course, informing us of the passing away of Akshay, son of Girish and Meghna, in the encounter at Nagrota yesterday – 29 Nov 16.
What can one say at moments like this? That he died a hero? Bravely doing his duty? Mission accomplished? How banal it all sounds. How does that cut through the grief and the loss that Sangeeta, Meghna and Girish are going through right now? No nothing will cut through that.
Please know, however, that this Marut family of yours, through its own tears and grief, is totally there for you right now, sharing your loss, pain and misery and trying to give you strength.
This nation owes you big time.
Truly, only the good die young.
AVM SK Sonpar ‘Stona’, as he was more popularly referred to, passed away two days ago at Bangalore after a prolonged bout of health problems.
A thorough professional, exceptionally well read, it was almost impossible to contradict him on facts or professional knowledge. A well known figure in the Marut world having been a flight commander and then commanded 31 Sqn for a longish spell, many to-day remember his sharp witted comments and no-nonsense approach to his work.
He had settled down in Bangalore after retirement, and during the last few years generally preferred to keep his own company.
To Mrs Sonpar, Deepak, Arun and his family our heartfelt condolences.
Five years ago in Bangalore we did look ahead and sort of vaguely agreed that we could meet again in 2017. Actually I am so impressed I even remember! The occasion – to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the formation of the first Marut Squadron – No 10 Sqn, formed at Jamnagar on 01 Apr 1967. Though formed at Jamnagar, the unit soon moved to Pune and so – here we are.
How about it? There are quite a few who can remember the very day itself – Air Cmde Murthy, AVM Sisodia, Groupie Minnie Menon, AVM Lamba and others like Keru, AM Ramdas, Sam Shekhar and the like who were almost there from the word go. The rest of us were also rans – but so what! Some bonds are permanent.
Keru did some research locally and there are a few hotels that have packages for Service Officers arriving on temporary duty. Right now the Sun N Sand, charges around 5800/- a night, spouses complimentary stay and breakfast. The rest chargeable at discounted rates.This is the current rate, there maybe changes by the time we meet.
So, what say? 2017 is almost upon us, are peeps interested? If so, could you please let me know either here or on email. Depending on the response we could move further on the matter and finalise details. We could plan for a 2 night stay and if convenient, organise everything at the hotel itself so that there are no hassles of planning lunches etc etc. Please specify a convenient period also, if not April, then around about the same time.
Right now we are looking at the response. Details can then follow. All suggestions welcome, all decisions rest with Punekers.
Air Mshl Shashi Ramdas forwarded this story to me and I think it deserved repetition.
“Rupees 100 on 7,” said the suit clad gentleman. Well groomed, dark complexioned, around 35 years old; he was handsome, with a kind and happy demeanour. Read the rest of this entry »