Mailbox was empty for long, only letter it received was a will document from John’s late aunt ‘Jeanne.’
This time the 15 words exercise has a story that may cause curiosity to reach its peak. The story has possible characters because in 15 words nothing is clear and everything’s under foggy cover.
John, who is somehow related with late aunt Jeanne who is no more. This mailbox has been empty for long time,which says a lot of things. Maybe John isn’t so much social person or he might not be using mailbox address any more or he isn’t a good person but his late aunt knows him better than anyone else because of which she decided to add his name in her will…
Since long time, I’ve been reading, referring people & talking to people about a story. My mom says, its the concept that have made a record in occupying my mind for longer time. To be honest, mom is right somewhere. . . . Because the topic I am gonna write here is a topic which has inspired & encouraged me to look at Indian Armed forces in a different way all together. While researching about the incident which we’re going to discuss here, I even found my hero in that story.
Most of you, might have come across this incident but I don’t know how many of you have come across the whole story & the people who were the real characters, ‘active characters’ I would rather say.
I used to have a habit of watching at least one Hollywood movie a day (it used to be midnight in fact) So one midnight, I watched a simple movie (in last few years, in Hollywood I really haven’t come across such a simple film & a film with such a little bang-bang.) named ‘Little Boy.’ It’s a film which is based on ‘Pearl Harbour’incident during World War II. Then its after effects in USA & in small villages of USA.
While watching that movie, I thought about an Indian version of that film. I started thinking about an Indian story that can make this Hollywood film happen in India. Google extended its help for me to search the best stories.
Somehow I landed up on Indian Army’s website. That inspirational commanding language, those photographs of aspiring officers & then the glorious stories of operations conducted by Indian army which were written with a great passion. These all things filled me with mixed emotions of pride & humbleness.
I started making notes of my readings about such operations. Among these all operations one operation made me more curios as it was an operation that has started long back, but haven’t concluded yet. Indians are still paying the costs for that operation & we are still losing our soldiers to keep that operation going.
This operation has been a matter of existence as the enemy is continuously claiming its ownership on the land which was never been in their territory. Indian army knows the strategic importance of that region for India’s sovereignty, the region where this whole operation is taking place. The great Indian thinkers (who are usually sitting in USA)think that Indian government is spending too much on this operation and the no-man’s land where this operation take place. But the reality & the reasons for which the operation has been kept running, are different.
Now you might have understood, what operation am I talking about. . . Yes its the only operation in the world, which is happening on the highest battleground of the world. Its not just an operation but a lifestyle which demands a special physical readiness, efficiency & strong minds. Its definitely not a place for weaker ones. Its ‘Operation Meghdoot.’ Even while naming this operation, Army showed its interest in arts & literature. As few of you’d be aware about a great Sanskrit epic named Meghdoot by equally great Sanskrit poet ‘Kalidasa.’ has a reference of clouds are appointed as messengers by king!’Yaksha’ to keep an eye on the well being of his loved girl. In a similar way Army has guards appointed for the safety of our motherland on the top of the world & the coldest part of India. It gives me goose bumps when I imagine a person(soldier) spending his 3 months in -20 degrees & even guarding the post which has limited resources, (as climate hold all aces of the game here & bigger camps might make enemy aware of it.
Now, this all guard & building camps comes on the later part. But you would be surprised by knowing that Indian Army wasn’t aware about strategic importance in fact was not aware about the secret actions & operations enemy (Pakistan, who else?? )was planning to capture this siachen region. Our army came to know about it after 15 years by when, enemy had started its primary steps to claim the ownership of that land.
One might think that, what is so special about that land? ? what is something great that enemy was going to do by capturing the land which is fully covered under snow for all 365 days a year. The land which demands special jackets & precautions to sustain. The land where nature tests your patience & capacity to survive. And this all happens to the core. So why the enemy was so much eager to take control of such a place. The major reason was the intention of enemy & its friend (China) to sit on Our (India)’s head & control its water sources. And even peeping into army affairs.
Armies always focus on acquiring the highest point in war & then from higher altitude, it becomes easier for them to control the enemy’s actions & also targeting enemy becomes easier. With this same intention Pakistan had started these all operations but they were slower in progress. By the time they make their first strike & capture the point, Indian Army took the control of the competition & ultimately succeeded in pushing the enemy behind.
Now to take all these measures, Indian Army had conducted certain expeditions. These expeditions helped Army to plot the success of acquiring the hold & winning the space which never ever could have thought of becoming a war zone in future.
Yes, one more thing to mention here that to hoist the Indian tri-colour flag first time in Siachen there was no such war, or bloodshed happened. But later on till today, there has been many actions & reactions are taking place which is heating the climate in that region. (I really mean,that its heating.)
So to help making this operation successful there has been many hands have done their bit, but a person who even lost his fingers to create a healthy background to make this operation succeed, an officer who has decorated his whole life with memories & army decorated him with honours. His name is ‘Col. Narendra Kumar‘(well known as Bull kumar)
This article is going to be much longer than what you expect & interesting for those who loves real adventure, maybe sometimes boring if you’re a fiction lover.But, Still to make it little interesting without losing the crust of the whole incident, I am going to make this article in 3 parts. (one is already here) These parts would be a trip of Col. Kumar’s adventures which ultimately helped Army in ‘gaining heights'(literal meaning).
We discussed in the last post about a story full of interesting twists & off course the climax: – https://writingheartout.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/the-hidden-wealth/
Now this time, let’s discuss something realistic & tragic.
If you’re following Indian media (almost all news channels based in Noida i.e. National capital region of India(Delhi NCR) & also major newspapers) you would definitely understand what made me post something like this.
But truly nowadays Indian media & few pressure groups in India are interested in wars to happen, traditional warlords are ready to fund this so-called permanent ‘peacemaking ‘ act which they feel important for the better world. Yes, i do agree that terrorism is now getting personal, I really mean it because nowadays it’s no more even a group act to spread terror, but an individual can even crack a massacre in any part of the world & then innocents are killed usually by suicide bombings at crowded places or firing at the busy square of any top city.
These things when I read them through the news articles or even social media is nowadays full of content that can do enough ‘Awakening'(they call it) & quench the thirst of patriotism. So while reading through all this crap, I came across a beautiful book written by an Indian author who was born in the region that even felt the heat of enough of patriotic activities & even got a status of new land after partition between India & Pakistan. The book I am talking about is ‘Train to Pakistan.’ written by well renowned & decorated author ‘Mr. Khushwant Singh.‘
Being an Indian but born in post-independence era, I can’t really imagine what Indians have gone through to earn this bird of independence. I don’t know how much of blood have the patriots have shed to gain this independence. I have no idea which thought have worked better to get this independence. (violence/non-violence) In fact I have no right to make this comparison like a stupid, when I was not even in the scene. But I can just understand the responsibility of giving justice to those sacrifices by valuing them & by being a responsible citizen of this country.
Indians lost many of their people during this struggle for independence. But on the midnight it even witnessed the heavy bloodshed by start of a new struggle for claiming their lands & then dividing themselves on the basis of religion predominantly. Yes, off course there was a political agenda behind this new ‘headache‘ & its obvious that it was a conspiracy of the departing ones to initiate a rule of puppets in the new countries (single piece of land though).
So this Book which I am going to talk about here is not about that political agenda or conspiracies, neither those departing ones nor the arriving ones or on this partition. But it’s about the people who actually went on & suffered through this whole partition process. Its known that 2% people rule the world, same applies to the countries in world and India-Pakistan were not excepted though. In fact Europeans call it most tragic migration of the human history. So how tragic was it?? what exactly people saw, gone through but least expressed while this partition was taking place?? these all factors are studied & expressed by this author in this book really well.
I am definitely not a person who has a right to comment on his writing for sure but still I can definitely share my opinion after reading his novel. So the book comprise of various incidents during the transitions after a country came into existence. Muslims were asked to relocate in Pakistan & Indians were of various religions which were Hindus, Sikhs,many of Muslims as well, Sindhi etc.
They divided one nation on the basis of religion, but it actually divided people & their hearts. Because during this phase it was not only the rulers who were making decisions but the governance of these countries wasn’t capable enough to control this hockey-poky situation. Subjects were behaving as they want & bullies were actually ruling on the grass-root levels.
This situation was fertile to have a religious massacre created & to benefit pressure groups who follow a particular religion. So ultimately they emerged as saviours (there are instances where yes they saved)for migrants. So these incidents are portrayed in this book really well.
Yes, I think I forgot to mention that this whole story and its situations are taking place in an imaginary village which is located on the border of India & Pakistan. You might relate to the real stories or the stories of your grandparents & fathers who told their experiences if they have survived through this tragedy.
Now the characters which are developed & used in this characters have their own qualities & they are actually portraying the people & their tendencies which usually you may come across especially in the region where this story takes place. The characterisation describes the much of human part, the traits & characteristics you come across, they are rigid & dynamic at the same time.
I know I am writing this post too late as there is already a movie that has been shot, but the story has that catchy thing in it, so its better to buy this novel & read the whole thing. It’s just not a thing but the history of one of the tragic migrations of the world. you may visit the link to buy this amazing novel http://www.amazon.in/Train-Pakistan-Khushwant-Singh/dp/0143065882
By reading the title you might think that it’s just an obvious statement though; but the reason of making that statement here on this blog has come through a process which took my almost six months & finally this whole process concluded somewhere in my notes which is now being penned down,here in this post.
one fine day,(midnight in fact ;)) I came back home from work. I have a habit of watching Hollywood movies at midnight on Netflix. Now these movies are of any random genre. Mostly the poster of the movie is the decider for me to watch any particular movie that I watch. This of my habit also disappoint me many times. But it dint for many of them.
So it was a day on which my investments on Netflix repaid me with a real good idea. It was a movie called Little boy. This movie as the name suggests, is about a Little boy, his love towards his Army man father, and actually it’s all about Faith. Be it in God, love or your country. It’s all about Faith.
If History interests you, this film also do have an interesting part here that Little Boy is the real name of the disastrous Atom Bomb that USA used against Japan, during second world war. The Bomb which turned the fortunes of Japanese cities like Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Basically this story takes place in the same World War II era. The Boy (named pepper) has been waiting for his father to return from a national duty, his young elder brother who failed to get selected in U.S. army, uses his that anger against Japanese people settled in USA. Eventually, Pepper flows with the angry american subjects who start troubling native Japanese based in that small american village.
Obviously, as it’s a movie it has to be full of coincidences. Even in this movie, somehow the father manages to reach home safely. And the boy relates it to the power of God, whereas the reality is different. The devastating Atom bomb used by USA, forced the World order to stop the war, which relived all the armies & they returned back home. But for pepper his acts had returned his father to him. His this faith is used uniquely throughout the movie. And that has been portrayed from time to time,which is an interesting also stupendous part of this story.
Now as you all know what the film is all about, let me tell you, what special did happened after watching this movie.
While I was watching this film, at almost 1.a.m (IST) my mind was busy in developing its own Indian version of this movie. That night the first time, I didn’t sleep for long after watching a film. This really never happened even after any horror movie. (honestly, just once when I watched 30 days of night & Nightmare at Elm street. back to back, then I had lost my sleep that night) but else I have never ever lost sleep for anything or because of anything.
So I let my mind go with it’s flow. (by thinking that, at least by this lot of thinking I may fall asleep.) But then I tell you, from that night I used to wait for my day to end & then to research about the incidents that happened in Indian history, which was similar to that of the film.
I covered almost all history pages available online to get an interesting incident which I can write about, but then it hooked me on one of the ongoing conflict. And I finalised my story to be based upon.
But I feel it wont be right to first describe about the film & then give a secondary treatment to the serious issue that we are going to discuss about. I apologise here, but I wrote so much in this post, that it wouldn’t keep the importance of that conflict intact. So, let me describe my part in the next post. Request you to wait for the next read…..
While reading few poems in regional language of India, I came across a meaningful poem which was of free text genre, Not so glittery words, but simple & touching way of writing is what forced me to make it a mention here.
While reading what I feel about the poet is he must have seen this whole scenery while passing by & that clicked his imagination to turn it into a poem. The original poem is written in Marathi language (Indian regional language from western part of the country)
Original Name: – वेशीवरचं ते एक झाड (That one tree on the Border.)
That one tree on the plateau used to be sad and lonely.
Its branches were spreaded all over, but without any green sign.
Neither it had shade to let, nor it had any company of birds & their chirps.
Whatever it had was the spirit to exist & the saddened lonely life.
That empty plain had its existence though,
but tree thinks, it doesn’t even has that existence
which that dry,almost dead tree couldn’t really accept.
The tree was surrounded with lushly green ground,
That was the reason for its sad lonely sound.
the killer,hungry pest had taken its control
That tree had separated two parts of land,
It was actually become a medium of peace for both parts,
Tree hadn’t realised its own importance,
But the world in where forests were being destroyed for deciding borders,
This tree had become a line for deciding border of the two pieces of land.
This whole poem is really raw in it’s way, unstructured & even very simple. In fact it’s difficult to call it a poem really, but it has a strong meaning which I realised at the end of the read. One doesn’t really understands the meaning of his own existence but, many of times your presence matters a lot to the world. You might find your life meaningless, but your existence in this world always has some meaning though you don’t know it.
Tree is used as a symbol of an individual who has lost his everything & living a life just with a hope.But his existence has a meaning like the tree is actually standing in between two lands and deciding their borders, so that land can be in peace, so as the owners of that land.
The Message that has come out of this set of lines is really amazing. isn’t it.
Yes, title is bit sort of sporty & is capable enough to make one curious though. But the story is really short & again originally written by the same Hebrew writer who wrote the story which I mentioned in the previous post. Still if you are reading my posts first time, the name of writer is Etgar Keret, and my previous post was about #Girl & the Fridge which is a short story written by him.
Now, this ‘World Champion’ is a story of a retired father, his wife & his son.There is a villain in the story whose defeat makes one the World Champion. The best part of the story is the kind & innocent nature of the father that’s been portrayed in very small description.
I personally like this writer,because of the way he depicts the expressions & situations in such a short way,that might take long 2-3 pages for us to describe about. But Etgar’s writing has that one magical way where he creates the whole picture & revive those characters in front of you, that too in a very short way.
So in the story; the son gifts his father a navel cleaner with golden plating that becomes a pass time for his retired father. They have a house with an extra room on the top. They let that room to a person, (quite a rude & arrogant person I would say.) who refuses to leave even after completing the lease term. On top of this, he abuses the landlord (retired father & the other members) whenever the go & ask for pending rent & to vacate the room.
Father is of kind nature & a believer of peace. Son comes to know about this after returning from other town where he is employed. This boy is also of similar nature like his father, but the situation & his young age pushes him to do something against his nature. But that really helps in changing the situation. This make him feel like a ‘World Champion.’ What he really did?? What made him feel so proud about himself??? What was that one thing which he did by going out of his way & that turned the situation in their favour??I think you should read that story & own that experience.
Story is part of the book, The Girl on the Fridge. To buy the book, you may visit: – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374531056/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb-The Girl on the Fridge: Stories Paperback20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0374531056&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2