Is there real humour in Uniform?"Humour in Uniform': that was my priority reading when 'Readers' Digest' was my regular reading habit some years ago. (Can I say a uniform habit? ) That regular column ( rather wo or three devoted pages) published jokes and humours from the life of army men. Of course, that was many years ago. But still, I am amused to hear or read about the humorous episodes narrated by armed forces personnel.
As I had read about the dry, monotonous and tense life of the armed forces personnel especially on the action fields and battlefronts, I salute the soft side of them who find moments of real humour in their toughened life, like oasis in a desert. But then, those small moments of mirth and jokes are the battery chargers for them when they are separated from their family and staring at the enemies eyeball to eyeball.
Many times we dismiss as exaggerations or 'badai' the narrations by an ex-serviceman. But the humour in uniform column had given me some real life humours and hard facts about life of an army, navy or air force personnel.
The last I recall is a scene from a Malayalam movie. The hero, in vigil at India-Pak border suddenly hears firing sound at night. He gets ready to retaliate and takes position , but the firing soon stops. Nest morning he faces the Pak soldier and shouts that it was just his luck that the Pak soldier did not get killed by his return firing. After a few angry exchanges the real humour comes out. The Pak soldier was firing to celebrate as Pak cricket team's victory which he heard in the radio. Then both laugh.
Though I had a smile at that like the two persons in uniform, I also felt corners of my eyes wet : due to something unexplainable. I am sure you too feel same reading this.
(Entry for TOW contest)