Highly influenced by the BSF soldier's story, next day at 6am we started for India Bridge. With all the required permissions in hand, we embarked our journey to one of the most disputed international boarder. There were two stops - first a temple which is also a base camp for BSF soldiers and second Indo-Pak border.
When we reached our first stop - the hanuman temple, there were total 4-5 Indian BSF soldiers present. The head of the group, a sardarji, was the lifeline of the group. I never met a person so full of life. He told us about their lifestyle and daily routines. He truly considered himself lucky because he gets to serve the nation like no one else does. Surely an inspiring personality.
Another BSF jawan who was about to retire in few months' time, told us about his retirement plans. He was planning to invest his retirement benefits in an ambulance and plant it there to help BSF soldiers, in the hours of need. We have no idea how feasible those plans were but what moved us was their thought process.
They told us many more stories related to their life over there, related to kargil war and how deeply it affected them. It was my first experience to hear a heart wrenching story from a person who lived through those days. I still get goose bumps when I try to remember their words, pain and happiness in their voice. Indeed, a proud moment!
Those were the uncomplicated straightforward stories of Indian soldiers, yet priceless life-lessons. It was a moment of self-discovery and in those mixes of emotions we almost regret that we weren't allowed to click pictures but at the same time that's the reason it's etched so well in our minds. That was the place and those were the stories which are now part of our most memorable moments of Rann of Kutch trip.