Sunday, August 14, 2016

Punter in Uniform – Unforgettable Memories of My Navy Days

Humor in Uniform 

Military Officers are often stereotyped into quintessental archetypes some of which are portrayed in Movies – and – of course – you must be aware of the legendary Colonel Blimp

But – when you join the Armed Forces – you realize that there are all sorts of Officers with different personalities.

Among Defence Officers  there are many unique characters  each with his own idiosyncrasy. 

This is especially so in the Navy – since – Naval Officers are a cut above the rest.

Here is a story of my encounter with one such unforgettable character I met during my memorable Navy days.

Hilarious Memoir from My Navy 
A Spoof

This happened more than 38 years ago  in the 1970’s.

Six of us “piddly” Sub Lieutenants from various ships sat in front of a chubby Commander in Western Naval Command (WNC) Headquarters at Mumbai (then called Bombay).

Those days  the WNC Headquarters was located in a civilian building in Fort area of Mumbai.

We had been “detailed” for some “bum jobs” connected with Navy Week  and  the Commander was briefing us. 

The Commander was from the erstwhile Supply and Secretariat (S&S) Branch (now called Logistics Branch).

The Commander was a Senior Staff Officer in the WNC Headquarters.

Suddenly  the phone on the table rang  and  the Commander picked it up.

Whatever he heard on the phone – it suddenly galvanized him into action.

The Commander abruptly stood up  and – he told us that something urgent had come up.

He told us that he would be back soon  and – he ordered us that we should wait for him.

The podgy Commander threw a file in front of us – and  he told us to read it till he got back.

Then  he swiftly grabbed a civilian bush shirt which was hanging on the hat-stand – and – he wore the blue bush-shirt over his white uniform shirt.

The Commander picked up his briefcase  and – he disappeared at the speed of light.

We waited patiently in his office.

More than 30 minutes passed. 

Yes – we had been waiting for half an hour.

So  we went over to the office hall  and – we asked the clerical staff if they knew when the Commander would be back.

“Don’t worry. He must have gone to Dalal Street to meet his broker in the Stock Exchange. He will be back soon...” the Commander’s PA said.

(Remember  this happened in the 1970’s  when there was no internet  no online trading  and  you had to physically trade stocks through your broker)

When the Commander returned  he seemed quite cheerful and he was in a happy mood.

I do not know whether he was a “Bull” or a “Bear” – but from his happy mood it appeared that he had made a lot of money that day.

After a “brief” briefing on the “official” matter – the Commander educated us on investing and trading in stocks and shares  and – he told us how much money could be made in the stock market  rather than the conventional savings methods like Provident Funds and Fixed Deposits which we were doing.

Later on  during my career  I met many such “Bulls” and “Bears” in the Navy  who were more preoccupied with the Stock Market than their Naval Duties. 

Now  thanks to internet  with the advent of online trading  it has become ever so easy for these “punters” to indulge in their stock market trading  even during working hours  and  from remote locations.

You can use your PC, your laptop, or even your mobile smart-phone to indulge in “satta bazaar” – and  you can do it round the clock 24/7  anytime anywhere.

Someone told me that  nowadays  Navy Wives are heavily into online trading in shares on the stock market  and  many Navy wives are earning good money “working” from home on the satta bazaar

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