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A Privileged Feeling

To be the wife of a living war hero is a privilege few service wives experience. Today I can proudly say without mincing my words that my husband actually fought for the nation. In reel life we all see screen glorified heroes with their super-natural talents single-handedly abolish the mere existence of villains and their coterie with toy like ammunition. But reality is miles away from fiction. In real life, common man cannot imagine how the officers and soldiers at the frontiers of India, endanger their lives to save their country men's. Some return with laurels and medals to their jubilant families while other less fortunate are return in coffins with full military honors to their dear ones who receive them with heavy hearts. I am one of the lucky ones who shall soon receive my husband who shall return from the valley with another feather in his army cap!!

Here I share with you both my traumatic and ecstatic moments that I felt on hearing of my husband's injury and his safety. It was just another ordinary cold day---the 15th of December 2001. I was busy with the daily household chores while the maid was noisily clattering the washed utensils. The milkman arrived with his stereotypical smile and greasy pot belly. My daughter left for school after her usual tantrums while my dog yawned lazily after a satisfied meal! The phone rang constantly and I felt relieved for a moment to take a break and indulge in a friendly chat. I mumbled a hello and was cordially wished in a typical formal army style, by the voice on the other end. It was a call from my husband's colleague at Srinagar. I was informed with tremendous softness in the officer's voice that my husband had been hit in an encounter but was safe. My face turned ashen and I dropped the laundry I was carrying. The line went dead with me gaping at the mouthpiece.

Instinctively tears flowed from my eyes indicating I am so brave a person. I managed to reach the prayer room and offered a million thanks to the almighty for saving my husband's life. Phone calls kept pouring in from senior officials (as was protocol) who kept reassuring me and clearing my various worries. I was told that my husband was recovering from surgery in the military hospital at Srinagar. I remain grateful to those officers who reached out at this moment of crisis and continuouly boosted my morale.

Yet so many queries came to mind---was he in pain? Was he feeling cold in the peak of winter? How did it feel to have been hit by a bullet? But I received no answer. I felt an irresistible urge to take the next flight to Srinagar but the unstable ground conditions there made it impossible. So I just folded my hands and prayed to my Gods. And behold! A miracle occurred as though the Gods were all ears for me!! The phone rang once again and it was my husband. I broke down on hearing his soothing and warm voice that has bowled me over since 9 years now. He said he was out of surgery and surrounded by drips and pretty nurses---then I knew he was fine and now so was I.

All I could say that I loved him immensely. Sometimes I wonder about the crucial moment that my husband underwent when he faced near-death. They were three heavily armed terrorists while he was alone. Even a single second delay in the decision my husband took would have handed the enemies the victory. But here is where the alertness and credibility of our Army outshines the enemy's. My husband proved it by putting an end to all three terrorists and getting bullet injuries in the bargain. His scars are but a mark of pride for me as it is such an honor to be the wife of a hero.

I was a mere Army housewife till yesterdaty but today i am a war heroes wife and a proud one at that. It is a privilege that you shall see in my eyes, my smile and my gait when i recieve him at the airport. What more could an Army wife ask for? Wouldn't you agree?

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520 of 1089 people found the following review helpful:

   , Oct 15 2003
Reviewer: Naveen

Heart touching. Best wishes to Preethi and salute to her Husband.


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   , Sep 30 2003
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   , Nov 30 -0001

Sun Jun 9 06:53:44 CDT 2002

naveen Chandra Pandey

I feel proud of being known to of such a brave personality. We all are proud of you Sir, I salute you...

Sun Jun 9 07:50:27 CDT 2002


hi bumb!! congrats...leena

Sun Jun 9 12:02:15 CDT 2002


Reading the letter was a great thing..was like electricity flowing thru my body..!

Fri Jun 14 09:31:43 CDT 2002

Mon Jun 24 09:14:15 CDT 2002

Mallikarjuna Rao

Hi preeti.

Well i have seen this while surfing on net. After reading the incident, it made me proud to be indian. Great work of your husband, and your braveness.
As a citizen of india a salute.
You can mail me, to my email id mallik_d@hotmail.com

with regards

Mon Jul 1 09:20:32 CDT 2002


Mon Jul 1 09:22:14 CDT 2002



Thu Jul 4 23:10:15 CDT 2002


It is indeed a privilege to have a hero in real life ,not only for the wife of the hero , but also for the rest of the countrymen. He is the beacon of hope, a personification of all the morals which ordinary mortals just talk about.
Thumbs up for the article and best wishes for the author.

Thu Jul 18 14:15:39 CDT 2002


Excellent!!! U r really wrheroes wife.. Thanks for your nice Article

Tue Sep 17 22:36:05 CDT 2002


Madam, I am real proud of your husband and his offer to India. Before I used to spend lots of money every year on pujas and temples. Somehow I was not getting satisfied, the last two years I have been donating all the money I used to spend on pujas and temples to the Indian Army. I am glad that your letter tells me that I am on the right path. Thanks for reinforcing my thoughts.
God bless your family.
God bless India.

Thu Oct 3 01:29:42 CDT 2002

kishore B

A touching real lifestory.I have the greatest respect for
1 the person choosing a career in army.
2His parents forallowing him.
3To the bold girl who married him.
4To the parents of the girl for getting hr married to an army officer.

5,To all the above who knowingly ventured into army knowing that itisa sacrifice tothe country.

I dedicate my everyday to them.

As we all know there is a preeti or a woman behind everyman life.

Great job well done.


Thu Jan 16 11:27:16 CST 2003


Hi Preethi,

It's my true words of feelings that it's with no doubt a Privileged Feeling not only for you but also for all the other indians. You and your husband are really a great gift to our country, our country is blessed with people like you who give lot of support. Your courage and bravery is really been appreaciated and applauded.

Tue May 27 09:04:28 CDT 2003



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