By Lt Col (R) Zahid Shah (46 PMA)
Back in 1977-78, my friend’s unit (an AK Regt, I don’t recall the unit number) moved to Kharian from Kashmir. An officer called on him in the BOQs and he told his batman to take his bicycle and get a cake and some biscuits from the M Block bakery, which was a 10 minutes trip.
After an hour, the friend started insisting that he had to leave and as they were saying good byes, in rushed a sweating and panting batman with the goodies.
The officer asked him, “Why did it take you so long, when I had told you to take my bicycle?”
He sheepishly replied, “Sir,issi wajah say tou may late ho gaya”.
“How come?”, the officer asked.
The batman said, “Sir, mujhay tou cycle chalaana hee nahi aata.”
The officer asked angrily, “Then why did you take it?”
“Sir, aap nay order diya tha kay cycle lay ker jao”, he said innocently.
The guest who was still present, burst out laughing and so did the officer at the simplicity of the soldier. However, it saved him from the embarrassment and added colour to the occasion. Thanks to the arrival of his batman at the nick of the time and saving the evening!
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