October 12, 2016
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.
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.
May 19, 2016
Regret to announce the sad demise of Mrs Janak Murthy at Delhi last night. Mrs Murthy had come to Bangalore for the Golden Jubilee celebrations. Unfortunately there too she fell sick on arrival and had to be rushed to the hospital.
The cremation will be held at Punjabi Bagh crematorium at 10 am on 20 May 16. Prayer meeting (Chouta) is on 21 May 16 at 1700 hrs in Ram Janaki Bhavan, in the lane opposite to Gate No 4 Sainik Vihar , Ranibagh, PITAMPURA , Delhi 110034.
Our heartfelt condolences to Air Cmde Murthy, Mrs Sofat and Softy.
May 16, 2016
Air Mshl Shashi Ramdas forwarded this story to me and I think it deserved repetition.
Dara Read the rest of this entry »