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Vijainder K Thakur
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Stuck on the event horizon trying to break free off the black hole of ignorance
Stuck on the event horizon trying to break free off the black hole of ignorance

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Patriotism against Heavy Odds
“Rupees 100 on 7,” said the suit clad gentleman. Well groomed, dark complexioned, around 35 years old; he was handsome, with a kind and happy demeanor. I looked at Arjun, who was co­-manning the gambling booth with me. The payout on 7 was 3:1 and we had col...

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Triumph in Surrender - Chapter 18 Flashback 3
Jodhpur, May 27, 1984 Ambika lived in Smyrna, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. She had recently completed her masters in Aerospace engineering. Born in India she migrated to the US with her parents at the age of 10. Soon after the family's arrival in the US,  ...

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Triumph in Surrender - Chapter 18 Flashback 2
Umaid Bhavan Palace Hotel, May 26, 1984 Sunil introduced Ambika and her father to the CO. "Sir, please meet Mr Sidharth Singh and his daughter Ambika," Sunil said. "I met them a while ago. They are settled in the US." "Welcome, Mr. Sidharth. Welcome Ambika,...

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Triumph in Surrender - Chapter 18 Flashback 1
Umaid Bhavan Palace Hotel, Jodhpur, May 26, 1984 The Umaid Bhavan Palace hotel in Jodhpur presents an imposing facade, perched on Chittar Hill with the Mehangarh fort in the backdrop, when you approach the hotel from the Air Force Officers' mess near Ratana...

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Triumph in Surrender - Chapter 17 Sequel 3
When the doorbell rang around 10:30PM, Sunil and Vidya rushed to the door together. The foyer light was dim. As Sunil opened the door he saw Rahul smiling broadly. He had bulked up and lost some of his boyish features. "Welcome! Son," Sunil said lightly hug...

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Triumph in Surrender - Chapter 17 Sequel 2
WAC C-in-C's residence Subroto Park, New Delhi, December 26, 2013 “Why doesn’t someone come up with a way of making a laptop boot up less noisy," Sunil wondered. He had just flipped open his hibernating Dell Inspiron and was reacting to the grating sound fr...

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Triumph in Surrender - Chapter 17 Sequel 1
Sunil had briefly discussed his decision to seek premature retirement with Vidya before meeting with the CAS on December 19. “Why?” she had asked with a lot of surprise. When Sunil finished explaining, she was supportive. “You must follow your heart," she s...

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Triumph in Surrender - Chapter 17
Vayu Bhavan, New Delhi, December 19, 2013 Air Marshal Sunil Singh, C-in-C Western Air Command, sought premature retirement from the IAF on Thursday, December 19, 2013. “So you know?,” the CAS asked Sunil as he looked up from the application straight into Su...

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Triumph in Surrender - Chapter 16 Sequel 2
Radisson Hotel, Noida, Evening of December 18, 2013 Sunil and the CAS didn't go beyond exchanging pleasantries till dinner was served at 8 PM, so engrossed they in ensuring that the Americans were looked after well. "I would have taken you to task over Plan...
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