It was the early morning of 19th December 2008 and I was getting ready for a Scotland trip. The tour was to begin at 0830 in the morning, and I was thinking we are already late to reach the pick up point. My wife was upset with me all the way for delaying and later making her rush to the spot. Fortunately we were in time and we started the tour along with some other Asian folks up to the north of Scotland, which is considered to have severe weather conditions in winters. Although I would not believe the cold conditions would be any severe than one finds in our own Himalayas.
As our van has gone past the scenic beauties, we started enjoying the tour with nice green vegetation welcoming us on both sides of the road, andice capped mountains inviting all the mountaineers to try adventurous sports. Our guide started explaining about snowfall and how slippery the mountains would be in this season. I thought to myself this is nothing in front of our Himalayan range that this guide is exaggerating about Scotland.
We stopped by a small mountain range to have a small walk onto a small mountain. All of us made a war cry just to make sure we lift up our spirits and make our ways to the top of this mountain. Well I am ashamed to call it a mountain; it was rather a mound that we were trying to climb upon. It was so slippery that each one of us started sliding slowly off that mound hurting us under those extreme gutsy conditions. I was no different to the other guys and started to lose my grip on the ground and slowly started to slide off the mountain. I could hear my wife shouting and warning me about this from behind.
That moment I just thought for a minute how tough it’s for one to climb a mountain under extreme cold conditions and balance oneself. I immediately realized about our Indian army constantly guarding borders at Siachen glacier. Firstly it’s so tough to focus under such conditions let alone holding the gun and guarding the border with ammunition. Our Jawaans would not have any near and dear with them to warn about any dangers while they climb up the mountains and they will be completely focused with one mindset of guarding our India from enemies.
We sleep under the blanket of security that our Jawaans provide to us. As I have personally experienced this condition I could imagine how difficult it’s for them to guard. And they do it without a single complaint. As they say, unless you experience it personally you would not know inside of a job. I have experienced this, and I whole-heartedly salute the Indian Army from bottom of my heart for this tough job.
This is just my small attempt to reach out to all my friends and make them realize (if they have not already) about our Indian Army’s tough job that they do for us.
I Salute Indian Army guarding our nation.
Maa Tujhe Salaam, Jai Jawaan, Jai Hind
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