By Lt Col Masood Alam (SS-3)
In 1974, when Lt Col Agha Masood (Later Maj Gen) arrived to command 41 Heavy Ack Ack Regt, he was the third Masood in the unit. The other two were myself (Lt Masood Alam) and Capt Muhammad Masood. All three were called Masood. I being the junior most was asked to change my name plate from Masood to Masood Alam. Our CO was very energetic and always kept roaming from one office to another. One could usually find him in Adjutant’s office rather than in his own office.
One fine morning I was in the training area when the runner came and told me that I was wanted by CO. When I reached CO’s office, the office orderly told me that he was in Adjutant’s office. The moment CO saw me he said, “Bloody chap, where were you? I am holding your call, come and talk”.
After handing me the receiver of the phone, he left the office.
I picked up the phone and heard the voice of a girl. We had recently become friends on phone. I was very annoyed with her and said, ” You were supposed to call me in the evening at the Mess number. Why have you called at the office number and that too during the office hours?”
She said, “I rang at the Mess number and some one gave me the office number.”
When I finished the call, Col Agha Masood called me again and said, “The Adjutant was not in the office and the phone bell was ringing. So I picked it up. She wanted to talk to Masood. I said I am Col Masood speaking. She said that she wanted to talk to a younger Masood. I knew whom she wanted to talk to. So I called you and my guess is correct. Now tell me, have you met the girl or just talking on phone?”
I was very scared and said “No sir, I haven’t met her yet”.
On hearing this, the CO said, “Bloody chap! Meet her without losing any time. Don’t be a coward”.
Of course after that I did not lose any further time to meet her.
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