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Group Captain Varun Singh’s letter to his school after winning the Shaurya Chakra

Date : 18 Sep 21

Dear Maam,

  1. I hope this letter finds you, your family, the faculty and the children of the school in the best of health in these challenging times. I am an alumnus of the school’s 2000 batch. Wg Cdr Avtar Singh (Retd) was the principal at the time and the present Vice-Principal Mrs. Vijay Lakshmi was our English teacher . After completing school, I was selected for NDA and thereafter joined the Air Force in the Flying Branch, fighter stream.
  2. I write to you filled with a sense of pride and humility. On 15th Aug this year I have been awarded Shaurya Chakra by the President of India in recognition of an act of gallantry on 12 Oct 20. I credit this prestigious award to all those I have been associated with over the years in school, NDA and thereafter the Air Force as I firmly believe that my actions that day were a result of the grooming and mentoring by teachers, instructors and peers over the years.
  3. I write to share some thoughts about my life which I feel may help and inspire children who might feel that they are meant to be only mediocre in this hyper competitive world.
  4. I was a very average student who barely scored 1st division in 12th class. Even though I was made the Discipline Prefect in 12th , I was equally average even in sports and other co-curricular activities, But I had a passion for airplanes and aviation. I represented the school in Aeronautical Society of India Quiz twice and we stood 2nd and 3rd in those events.
  5. As I went to NDA, I passed out as an OC(Officer Cadet) and did not excel either in studies or sport to make the cut to be an appointment in NDA. It is when I reached AFA that I started to realise that my passion of aviation gave me an edge over my peers. Still, even then I lacked confidence in my true capabilities.
  6. I lacked confidence as I always thought I was meant to be average and there was no point in trying to excel, as I possibly couldn’t excel at anything. After commissioning as a young Flight Lieutenent in a Fighter Squadron I realised that I could do well if I put my mind and heart to it. I started working to be that best I could be, as opposed to only making sure I achieve the ‘pass’ standard.
  7. It is at this point that things started to turn around in my professional and personal life. I resolved to do each task to the best of my abilities, whether it was flying or otherwise. I was soon selected to undergo the challenging Flying Instructors course, wherein I bagged two trophies out of the five.
  8. Subsequently I volunteered for the prestigious and rigorous Experimental Test Pilot course which had a 4 stage selection and only 7 out of 59 pilots who appeared made it through. And during the 11 months long course one of the pilots was withdrawn from the course as he could not cope with the rigours of the course.
  9. Thereafter, I was selected to undergo the prestigious Staff College abroad and on return was posted to as Tejas aircraft Suadron even though I had crossed the seniority bracket to qualify for change of aircraft. My credentials as an Experimental Test Pilot were the reason for the challenging and exciting posting.
  10. In 2019 I was in the first list of 12 candidates for ISRO’s Gaganyaan program. Though, I did not make the final cut due to a medical requirement. Subsequently, last year on the fateful day, I was faced with a grave and critical failure in my aircraft. The SOP required me to eject and abandon the aircraft. However, I took a few calculated risks and managed to land the aircraft without any damage to either the aircraft or civilians. The citation for the award is attached as reference.
  11. I bring out the above not to blow my trumpet or with a desire to seek a pat in the back. I write to let the children know a few of the following thoughts of my life experiences that may help them in future.
  12. “It is ok to be mediocre. Not everyone will excel at school and not everyone will be able to score in the 90s. If you do, its an amazing achievement and must be applauded. However, if you don’t, do not think that you are meant to be mediocre. You may be mediocre in school but it is by no means a measure of things to come in life. Find your calling, it could be art, music, graphic design, literature etc. Whatever you work towards, be dedicated , do your best. Never go to bed thinking I could have put in more effort.
  13. Never lose hope, never think that you cannot be good at what you want to be. It will not come easy, it will take effort, it will require sacrifice of time and comfort. I was mediocre and today I have reached difficult milestones in my career. Do not think that the 12th board marks decide what you are capable of achieving in life. Believe in yourself, work towards it.”
  14. I would be deeply humbled if in your judgement some part of this story may be shared with the children, especially the teens as thy near adulthood with its complexities of societal pressures, academic challenges and a sometimes an uncertain and frightening future.
  15. If I am is able to inspire even one child believe him/her in himself/herself I would have achieved my objective of writing to you.
  16. Once again reiterating, the honour I have been bestowed is a result of my grooming over the years starting from school. I still hold my teachers in the highest of esteem and thank them for where I am in my life and career.

With heartfelt humility and gratitude,

Yours Sincerely
Varun Singh

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Ancient Indian Health Tips

1. Ajeerne Bhojanam Visham
If previously taken Lunch is not digested taking Dinner will be equivalent to taking Poison. Hunger is one signal that the previous food is digested

2. Ardharogahari Nidhraa
Proper Sleep cures half of your Diseases

3. Mudhgadhaali Gadhavyaali
Of all the Pulses, Green grams are the best. It boosts Immunity. Other Pulses all have one or the other side effects.

4. Bagnaasthi Sandhaanakaro Rasonaha
Garlic even joins broken Bones.

5. Athi Sarvathra Varjayeth
Anything consumed in Excess, just because it tastes good, is not good for Health. Be moderate.

6. Naasthimoolam Anoushadham
There is No Vegetable that has no medicinal benefit to the body.

7. Na Vaidhyaha Prabhuraayushaha
No Doctor is Lord of our Longevity. Doctors have limitations.

8. Chinthaa Vyaadhi Prakaashaya
Worry aggravates ill health.

9. Vyayaamascha Sanaihi Sanaihi
Do any Exercise slowly. Speedy exercise is not good.

10. Ajavath charvanam Kuryaath
Chew your Food like a Goat. Never Swallow food in a hurry. Saliva aids first in digestion.

11. Snaanam Naama Manahprasaadhanakaram Dhuswapna Vidhwasanam
Bath removes Depression. It drives away Bad Dreams.

12. Na Snaanam Aachareth Bhukthvaa
Never take Bath immediately after taking Food Digestion is afected

13. Naasthi Meghasamam Thoyam
No water matches Rainwater in purity.

14. Ajeerne Bheshajam Vaari
Indigestion can be addressed by taking plain water.

15. Sarvathra Noothanam Sastham Sevakaanne Puraathanam
Always prefer things that are Fresh. Old Rice and Old Servant need to be replaced with new. (Here what it actually means in respect of Servant is: Change his Duties and not terminate.)

16. Nithyam Sarvaa Rasaabhyaasaha
Take complete Food that has all tastes viz: Salt, Sweet, Bitter, Sour, Astringent and Pungent).

17. Jataram Poorayedhardham Annahi
Fill your Stomach half with Solids, a quarter with Water and rest leave it empty.

18. Bhukthvopa Visathasthandraa
Never sit idle after taking Food. Walk for at least half an hour.

19. Kshuth Saadhuthaam Janayathi
Hunger increases the taste of food. In other words, eat only when hungry.

20. Chinthaa Jaraanaam Manushyaanaam
Worrying speeds up ageing.

21. Satham Vihaaya Bhokthavyam
When it is time for food, keep even 100 jobs aside.

22. Sarvaa Dharmeshu Madhyamaam
Choose always the middle path. Avoid going for extremes in anything.

Source : Via twitter handle Prema Laxminarayana
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5 Km Run, 3 Km Walk – 27 June 2021

It was good to cover 5 km run after a long time.

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4 Km Walk – 22 June 2021

Walked for 4 km.

4 Km walk

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Hope to Live

I have always liked fishes. Not to eat but as pets. But never ventured into getting fish as pets.

My father and uncle had fishes at home so I knew how to handle fish and cleaning fish tank.

After a lot of thinking I purchased two pair of fishes Guppy and Zebra fish. I purchased a fish bowl to keep the fishes and these fishes didn’t require air motor. So with bare minimum maintenance the fish can be maintained and the fishes were not costly either.
The fishes were purchased and welcomed to home by mid of January 2021.

First Day
Top View of tank

Initially fishes were all happy and doing well, but after exactly one month one guppy fish died as it became weak. I was sad and transferred that dead fish to my flower pot. Hope its soul rest in peace.

After that incident I thought fishes should have a new atmosphere and I introduced big rocks inside. Fishes were happy and it used to go inside and come out in small places. I hoped I gave a new environment and everything went smoothly.

Recently around 15 days back I was not able to find one fish among the three fishes. I thought it would be somewhere inside the rocks. I didn’t bother about that. This went on for next 3 days and all of a sudden the missing fish appeared. It looked weak and tired and its color also got changed from orange to white color. I thought the fish is nearing its last days.

Weak Fish

I even researched what can be done to that. Few articles suggested to keep it in quarantine in another tank. After giving it a lot of thought I cleaned the tank. Usually fishes always resist while catching using net. But this fish didn’t resist on the contrary it was giving away hope of living.
After cleaning the tank I didn’t place the big rocks . Only small colorful rocks just for the sake of keeping. I reintroduced all the three fishes. The healthy fishes tried to play with weak fish and tried to keep it going. Its been a week post the cleaning of the tank . The weak fish is trying to recover. Even though it is weak . At least it is being kept active by its friends and its not losing hope.

Fish Recovering

Hope the fish lives on happily with its friends.

What I understood was when the fish was having rocks to hide, it hid itself so it was alone and sad. When it got the option to enjoy and play with its friends it is trying to live.

Always keep moving and never lose hope. Keep in touch with people who matter to you to be happy and healthy.

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10 Km Run – 10 April 2021

Spot jogging for the first time. It was a nice experience. Never thought I can do that. It took a lot of time.

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21 Km Cycle – 03 April 2021

Cycled for 21km. It was my longest ride this year. It was fun. But equally tiring.

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2 Km Walk – 02 April 2021

Walked inside apartment in evening.

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3 Km Run,300 m Swim,8 Km Cycle – 01 April 2021

I ran for 3 km and swam for 300 m . I commuted to work in cycle. The distance which I covered was 8 km to and fro. I discovered a new route which has lesser traffic.




It was nice to cycle to work.

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