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Blast From the Past: Part Ii

An Air Warrior and devotee of Lord Krishna has published over 120 short stories and 15 books on fiction and 4 on military history.


The beginning

Ronnie was heartbroken but there was nothing he could do and so he joined back to his unit. He remembered the ethereal beauty of Rosy. All he could think of was the poem he had read.

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

The days passed and soon it was weeks and months. Ronnie was not interested in what he was doing and many a time his flight commander noticed what was happening. One fine day during a briefing the flight commander came up to Ronnie and said,” look Ron today you are detailed for a close support exercise. You will just fly straight make a loop simulate a landing and come back and land.”

Ronnie took off in his MIG-29 and then the blood rushed to his head and he did something drastic. He decided to bypass the flight plan and do the Cobra maneuver. The Cobra manoeuvre is a very spectacular, dramatic and demanding aerobatic in which an aircraft flew at a moderate speed suddenly raises its nose to the vertical position – and beyond – before dropping the nose back to horizontal flight.

As he landed back he found the flight commander waiting for him and straight away took him to the AOC. The AOC was a Goan and he dismissed the flight commander and faced Ronnie,” Look, Ronnie, “he said,” what you’ve done is not acceptable, as it was not in the flight plan and the fighter controller was not aware of it, but I know what your problem is. You need a break.”


“ You are one of the best pilots and I know your problem but I have a solution. There is a wedding card received at the Air Headquarters and it came in a cover addressed to you. It came only yesterday and that’s how I came to know. There is a Goan girl who probably was in love with you when she was in Goa but now she’s migrated to Portugal and she’s getting married and she must’ve sent that card. Suggest you go to Lisbon and claim your right and I am sanctioning you 15 days furlough straightaway.”

Ronnie’s heart was agog, “ Can I have that card?”

“Yes, You go now, you will need help. My cousin is a taxi driver by the name of Savio in Lisbon. I have already spoken to him and he will meet you at the airport. He will be your Man Friday, trust him implicitly.”

“ How will I recognize him?”

“ Don’t bother, he will recognize you. There is no direct flight to Lisbon from Delhi and you will have to fly to Rome and take a connecting flight. Bon voyage and good luck and come back with the girl so that we can have a massive party in the Officer’s club.”


To Lisbon

Ronnie landed at Lisbon and cleared the customs and entered the lounge. He was looking around when he saw a massive man walking towards him. He walked right up to Ronnie and said,” you the Air Force man from India that my cousin Benito had mentioned?”

“Yes, but how did you recognize me?”

“ Simple, he sent me your photo, in any case, you are a stand out with your military bearing, compared to the lot here.”

Savio now turned serious, “ Look, sir, the marriage is due to take place at the church about an hour’s drive from here and I think the wedding reception also is going to take place by the time we reach,so I will try my best to take you as fast as possible.”

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“ You think we will be able to make it?” asked Ronnie

“ Yes we will try, rest it’s up to Jesus”

“What do you mean?”

“ Sir, the girl must have the courage to leave the altar. Come now we better speed up”

Ronnie recited a quick prayer to Lord Krishna and this gave him a lot of confidence.

Savio put the car into gear and pressed the accelerator. Soon they were on their way.


A happy ending

Savio drove fast and soon reached the venue. He did not waste any time. He got out of the car and put the megaphone to his mouth and shouted “Rosie I have come’. He repeated it three times and there appeared to be some commotion among the assembled people. Savio once again put the megaphone to his mouth and shouted “Rosie I’m going to the Hindu Temple join me there in the name of God.”

“ Can we not wait for a few minutes more?”

“No sir, I expect the girl to show some spunk also. If you can come all the way from India. She at least should have the courage to come from here to the Hindu temple.”

Savio drove off but this time Ronnie observed that he was driving very slowly and taking a longer route. Ronnie wondered why he was doing it.

“ Why are you driving so slowly.”


The mobile of Savio rang and he answered, “ yes I am on my way.”

Savio drove to the Hindu temple at Mahatma Gandhi Alameda and stopped outside.

“ Let’s go inside, “ he said.

As Ronnie and Savio entered he was wonderstruck to see Rosy dressed up as a Hindu bride with the priest smiling.

The priest came up to Savio and said, “ I have done whatever you told me and my daughter has bought a wedding sari from the money given by you. You sir are a great man who Lord Krishna will bless.”

Rosy saw Ronnie and rushed to him.” My darling “ she said, “ thank Savio, he arranged everything.”

The priest smiled, Who will do the Kanya Daan, ( giving the daughter in marriage)

Savio stepped forward, “I will”

Ronnie looked at Savio and then at Rosy and realized that he would never have got Rosy back but for Savio. They got married and Savio did his part of the Kanya Dan. Yes, the groom and the parents of Rosy also reached but it was a happy ending.


MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on June 26, 2021:

Devika, thank you for your comment

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 26, 2021:

emge You have a creative mind and such stories are interesting and engaging from you also keeps me thinking what will be next

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on June 24, 2021:

Chitra, your comment is welcome, and it's always a pleasure to read it. Frankly, I don't know the English equivalent of Kanya Daan.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on June 24, 2021:

Thank you, Sankhajit for a valid comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 24, 2021:

Very nice and engaging story! I enjoyed reading it! You are a great story teller!

I was wondering, what term is used for kanya-daan in other countries/ cultures! I know, that they also follow this tradition, but may be in a different way!

Thank you for sharing!

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on June 23, 2021:

nice post...most relevant in modern times

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on June 23, 2021:

Pamela, nice you commented.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on June 23, 2021:

Thank you, Tom, for your insight into your experience.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on June 23, 2021:

Bill, thank you for your comment. Its a great morale booster.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2021:

This is a very good story, MG. Of course, I always like a happy ending. Thanks for sharing a happy tale.

tom on June 23, 2021:

i am 38 years old,stiil single,i have 11 years practice as lawyer and right now i teach law,majority of my class matesa are divorced,a friend of mine ex iaf told me a true story ex miss hyderabad cheated her husband mig 25 pilot,she seduced her husbands colleague.crash killed her lover,sabotaged by her husband,a squadron leader from kerala lost his north indian wife a serving officer,wife sucide ,she affair witha rimcollian su 30 pilot.newspaper report

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 23, 2021:

Hooray for happy endings! Thanks for making me smile this morning.

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