Monday, February 24, 2014

THE CADET and THE COLLEGE GIRL

THE CADET AND THE COLLEGE GIRL
Short Fiction - A Love Story
By
VIKRAM KARVE

Disclaimer:
This story is a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the story are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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THE CADET AND THE COLLEGE GIRL  a love story by Vikram Karve

Cadet “A” was a trainee at NDA Pune.

“B” a smart girl studying in a premier college in Pune.

“A” and “B” became acquainted during the NDA Ball, and soon they started dating each other on weekends when “A” would come to Pune on liberty. 

Three years later, “A” completed his NDA training and was off for sea training.

“B” finished her graduation and joined the MBA course at an elite B-School in Pune.

They kept corresponding with each other.

“A” and “B” met whenever it was possible (as whenever he got an opportunity, “A” rushed to Pune even for a day just to meet “B”).

“A” and “B” realized that they had fallen in love.

“A” opted for the Engineering Branch of the Navy so that he would be at the training base at Lonavala (near Pune) for the next three years for his degree engineering course. 

This proximity to Pune would enable “A” to meet his lady-love “B” frequently.

“B” finished her MBA in Finance and got a good job as an investment banker in Mumbai.

“A” too managed to get posted to Mumbai after his training.

“A” and “B” got married.

They enjoyed a few blissful years of married life.

Then, “A” was transferred out of Mumbai.

He wanted “B” to move with him to the new place.

But “B” was reluctant to move out of Mumbai. 

She was doing well in her job and her career was just taking off. 

Besides, as far as her career as an investment banker was concerned, there was no scope for her in the new place where “A” was posted, which was a comparatively small town.

“A” went away on posting and “B” remained back in Mumbai to pursue her career.

So, the long distance marriage of “A” and “B” began.

Though he tried desperately, “A” could not manage to come back to Mumbai.

Mumbai was a prize posting  a station in very high demand.

“A” had already served for 3 years in Mumbai and would have to wait his turn

So “A” and “B” spent the next few years living separately.

Three years passed.

“A” was expecting to posted back to Mumbai.

But instead of being transferred to Mumbai, “A” was transferred to another place, which was even more remote and further away from Mumbai.

I told you that it was a “love marriage” so “A” could not bear separation from “B” any longer.

“A” rang up “B” and told her to quit her job and join him in his place of posting.

“B” retorted that it was “A” who should quit the navy, since “B” was earning much more than “A” and her career prospects were much brighter than his.

“B” said that even of she quit her present job, as an investment banker, job opportunities for her were in big cities, especially in Mumbai – and certainly not in the remote place where “A” was posted. 

Besides, “A” would also be able to find a good civilian job in Mumbai.

“A” felt that “B” had a point  she was earning much more than him, she had brighter career prospects and “A” would easily get a job in Mumbai once he quit the navy. 

In fact, he already had a prospective job offer in Mumbai.

So “A” put in an application to quit the navy.

But it is not easy to leave the navy.

Many years have passed.

“A” is still waiting.

For “A” and “B”, long distance marriage has become a reality of life.

The stark realization of signing up for “Lifetime Employment” has now dawned upon “A” – he knows that the only chance to get out of the navy will come when he is permanently superseded for promotion and that is still a few years away.

But “A” does not want to get passed over – why should he ruin his naval career which he likes so much.

So “A” and “B” have got used to living separately as “married bachelors”.


MORAL OF THE STORY

In earlier days, once a girl married a defence officer, she used to go along with him wherever he was posted as a “memsahib”, playing second fiddle as a full time housewife (homemaker).

At most, she could become a teacher at the local army school in the unit.

Nowadays, things have changed. 

Women are pursuing their professional careers very seriously and are not willing to “sacrifice” their careers. 

Modern women want to be financially independent and do not like to become “second fiddle” housewives dependent on their husbands. 

Working women do not want to give up their jobs and go to live with their “fauji” husbands to some back-of-beyond place.

Owing to all this, it is no wonder, that an unintended consequence of the defence services policy of “Lifetime Employment” is that defence officers are no longer much sought after in the “marriage market’. 

Maybe it is the same for women officers of the defence services as well.

Probably that is why you see an increasing number of marriages between male and female defence officers within the service.

There is a saying: “The Navy is not a job. The Navy is a way of life”.

“Lifetime Employment” is the way of life in the Navy.

I think this applies to the all three defence services – army, navy and air force.

So if you are thinking of joining the armed forces, you must ask yourself if you have the mental make-up for the armed forces way of life”?

Do you have the mindset for lifetime employment, the attitude for lifelong obligation and long term commitment towards the navy, army or air force?

And it you are girl thinking of marrying a defence officer you must ask yourself:

Are you ready to give up your career and live a nomadic life with your husband? 

Alternatively, if you are serious about pursuing your career, then are you prepared for a long distance marriage?

So if you are thinking of joining the armed forces, or marrying a military officer, remember the story of the navy cadet and the college girl and think about it.

VIKRAM KARVE
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Disclaimer:
All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. 

Copyright Notice:
No part of this Blog may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Blog Author Vikram Karve who holds the copyright. 
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