Sitting on the sofa, I was just checking out the magazines and novels on the table. Of course they were all about the armed forces. Unable to decide which one to read, I just randomly picked one from the collection. Lt Col. Ghosh who was guiding the officers of our group; walked towards me. Of course he guessed the clueless expression on my face. When you were kid, did you enjoy reading comics? He asked. The answer was obviously yes. He handed me 2 comic books and said you will not get this kind of stuff to read outside and you will definitely enjoy it. He was right, once I started with the comic of Lt Navdeep Singh, A 25 year old dynamic young officer who shot four terrorists in the Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir before being hit by a bullet in the head. He was awarded with Ashok Chakra, the highest peace time gallantry award of India (posthumously). My eyes were glued to this saga of heroism manifested in a comic style. I was deeply moved by his act of valour and I don’t think I will forget this story so easily.
By the time I could start other one, it was time to leave. Our friend’s medical procedure were done. This lovely mountain range had not only scenic beauties to talk about, but it had lots of stories under its crown. It’s as if the mountains echoed the stories of locals, army men, kindness, simplicity and most of all about a world far far away from the rues of our so called civilised lives.
Lots Of Love,