Thank you, all those who wrote to me, or left comments.
You make my day.
The war story (Dragon Strikes Again), an expanded version with much more content, is being published as a book, on the persistent advice of many of you. So I took this story off the blog. Shall advise when the book hits the stand hopefully within next 3 months.
The 2nd story on the blog (‘Hindustan’), about life and times leading to the first Punjab war, 1844-1846, is also going to the publisher to be converted into a book. That hopefully should hit the stand by end of 2018. So that is also off the blog now.
There is a 3rd one, about two protagonists with completely opposite character and ideology, but with some romantic inclination (a woman terrorist of sorts and an Army Officer, both modeled after real life events and characters known to me) during the cataclysmic Marxist revolution in Kerala in mid 50s, which brought EMS Namboothiripad and Communist govt in Kerala. That was not put on the blog. I have yet to decide how and when to launch that story into a book. Perhaps mid 2019.
The one I am currently working on, ‘Aapatsu Mitram’, is a seminal work of historical research, the real life exciting pioneering of military helicopter pilots & engineers during 1954-1965. Next one on the agenda, is an untold interwoven real life story of five of my NDA course mates, then of the rank of Major, in the bloodiest killing field in Sri Lanka (early IPKF days).
The autobiography of the most inspirational Sub Maj Kanshiram, half done, is on hold. I didn’t get an opportunity to travel to Hamirpur / Pune / Village Demi, to meet his widow, two sons, and a few old colleagues from 3 Dogra, as also look into NDA archives. Besides, the story was to have been co-authored with my best friend Brig Jasbir (in a wheel chair) who hasn’t been keeping too well. I will try and complete that story too.
By the time I finish doing all the above, Cyclic would have overshot the dead line of 70, and become senile. You wouldn’t want to read Cyclic stories anymore !!!!!!!