Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Humor in Uniform – How to Get a Choice Posting

A “SCOUTING” MISSION
Memories of My Delightful Navy Days
By
VIKRAM KARVE

This happened 15 years ago  in the year 2001 – when I was appointed in the premier Naval Dockyard at Mumbai. 

An officer came into my office.

Though I had never served with him on a ship or ashore  I knew the officer since we had done our training together.

He was roughly of my seniority  one course senior  but then  I had gained maximum seniority in my Sub Lieutenant’s courses.

I asked him to be seated  and  I ordered a cup of tea for him.

He sat down 
– he smiled at me  and then  he started looking up at the wall behind me.

I observed that he was looking at the “Honour Board” – on which were displayed the names and tenures of all incumbents of the office I was presently occupying.

With disappointment writ on his face  he asked me: “You have spent not even 2 years here...?”

“Yes...” I said, “in fact I have been here for exactly one year and seven months  to be precise.”

“Okay...” he said, “thanks for the tea. Sorry  if I disturbed you in your work.”

Then  the officer left my office.

I was perplexed as to why he had visited me.

In the evening  while I was sitting with my family by the sea at the Navy Officers Institute  I saw the same officer who had come to my office in the morning.

I called him over for a drink.

He had a sip of Whisky Soda  and then – he said: “You must be wondering why I came to your office in the morning...?”

“Yes...” I said, “I was quite perplexed by your sudden visit...

“Actually I am posted at Delhi in Naval Headquarters (NHQ) – and  I have been in Delhi for over 5 years – so now  I am due for a transfer. 

I want a transfer to Mumbai  but DOP said that there was no suitable billet vacant in Mumbai – so – they were likely to transfer me to Vizag. 

So  I used some pull through my boss – and – the DOP said that if I could tell him a suitable billet in Mumbai where an officer had already spent more than 3 years – he would transfer me to that billet in Mumbai – and he would move that officer out of Mumbai  to Delhi  probably do a mutual transfer. 

So – my boss sent me on a scouting mission...” he said to me.

“But why are you targeting me...?” I asked.

“Someone told me that you had spent a long time in Mumbai  so  I wanted to personally find out – but then  I saw that you have not even spent 2 years in Mumbai – but don’t worry – keep this just between you and me – I have found out that one officer “XXX” is sitting in Mumbai for more 5 years – so – I will have him moved out of Mumbai – and I will move into his appointment...” he said.

3 months later  “XXX” was on his way to Delhi – and  the scouting mission officer from NHQ joined us in Mumbai.

VIKRAM KARVE
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Disclaimer:
1. This story is a spoof, satire, pure fiction, just for fun and humor, no offence is meant to anyone, so take it with a pinch of salt and have a laugh.
2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the stories 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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This story is a revised version of my blog post A “SCOUTING” MISSION posted online in my Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve Blog at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2014/05/humor-in-uniform-scouting-mission.html
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