By Maj Anwar Faridi (Retd), 11th Graduate Course
Editor’s Note: Maj Anwar Faridi is from EME. After the retirement, he has settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
In 1976, I was posted in 53 EME Bn at Chor (Tharparkar, Sind). GOC was visiting the Garrison and a dinner was planned. Dress for the dinner was of course closed collar (Lounge Suit). Our peace location was Hyderabad, I asked my batman to go to Hyderabad and take my suit from the suit case and bring it to Chor.
There was a train link between Chor and Hyderabad which has since been discontinued and now it only brings fresh water for the Garrison. In those days a train would come from Hyderabad every day in the evening and leave for Hyderabad in the morning. My batman boarded the train in the morning and returned in the evening with the suit case in his hand.
I said angrily, “Why did you bring the suit case, you were to bring the suit only and not the whole suit case?”
“Sir, I have obeyed your order”, he said.
When I hurriedly opened the suit case, to my horror it was empty and there was no suit in it.
I got infuriated and asked, “What is this?”
He replied innocently, “Sir, you asked me to take the suit out and bring the suit case.”
I attended the dinner in Shalwar kameez, much to my CO’s annoyance, but he knew my problem.
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