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.
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 »
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.
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.
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 »