A real ‘War Hero’

It was 7 pm. & sharp at that the lights are switched off in Jehangir leaving deem lights for us to collect our things & move out…

But a soul was lingering near my sculpture… WAR HERO…

His gaze glued to it & the words that said..

‘the medallions I bear on my body … till I die…’

When I approached him asked… whose line is this.. & I said…

‘of course mine… that’s my thought when I made this sculpture…’

He said with a slight lump in his throat…

I was on Siyachen glacier post.. when I was hit… & that’s the medallion I will have till I die… was the thought when I was hit…

& here you are saying the same words… & the sculpture says it all the more….’

To this I was at loss of words…

My father was on Burma border in 2nd world war…

He was hit by a bomb splinter on his knee & he led his battalion to his post & then fainted … travelling the distance of 17 miles with that wounded knee… to wake up in Lucknow Army hospital… after he was operated…

The words might have their origin there…

& here is a soldier who identified with the words with same passion… saying…

These words I read made me walk down the memory lane….

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