April 6, 2017
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.
February 10, 2017
Must confess I took some things for granted. A friend who reads this blog wrote to me asking the how, why, when on the re-union. So for those who missed out on that – it was to celebrate 50 years of the formation of the first Marut Squadron. No 10 Sqn was first formed at Jamnagar in 1967 and shortly thereafter moved to Poona, where the second squadron, 220 Sqn, was also formed. So Pune enjoys a special place in Marut history.
Signed by all, this plaque was presented to Air Force Station Pune.
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February 6, 2017
While I build up momentum to pen down the wonderful time we had – here are a few shots: 01 to 03 Feb 17
Plaque for presentation to Pune Air Force Station. Designed By Tony Garg.
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October 3, 2016
A LOW BUZZ DOWN MARUT ALLEY
SATURDAY 20th MARCH 1971 1625 HOURS
The front wheels of the “ GREEN HORNET “ HIM 906 hit the cattle trap at the entrance to the Officers Mess with a distant CLANK and Sam and Keru realize that the DIGS we will be provided with are distantly NOT AND WE REPEAT NOT M E S built. We learnt that the complex belonged to JODHPUR ROYALTY and was gifted to the AIR FORCE by the good efforts of BHAI JEE. Read the rest of this entry »
September 7, 2016
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.
February 15, 2016
Sam passed away last evening, 14 Feb 16. He had been been having problems for the last few weeks and was at home with his family when he moved on in his sleep.
What does one say about one’s oldest friend, a squadron and course mate, at a time like this? It’s difficult to find words through the sorrow. A simple person, family man and a friend to all. In fact my yard stick to judge another was his relationship with Sam. If a guy had problems with Sam, he was not worth knowing.
Our Sam was a cool cat. So cool that often he made you pull your hair out. Then when you were at your wits end, that smile would melt you. An avid sportsman, we played together from our cadet days and then with each other in squadron teams and sometimes against each other when we were in sister squadrons. Never giving away an inch, yet knowing that he was the truest sportsman you could meet. One of our last meetings was when he came visiting us in Pune and we played golf together.
Weeks before the war broke out in ’71, Sam did what I think was the bravest act of his career. He stood up like a man to the flight commander, a man who was ruining the squadron. Sam had the guts to talk it over with the Boss. Though he later said, for a moment he thought the Boss was about to blast him, he heard him out. The flight commander was sent packing and the squadron became a close knit unit again and performed its task most creditably. It needed that one man to stand up – Sam was that man!
To Sheila, Rahul, Chaitali and Guru, our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences.
Rest in peace Sam, your work in this world is done, and you did a very good job of it. We are the richer for having known you.