The Immaculate Shine

He lived his vow, bound by it,
in his deeds as much as his words,
the call of destiny that forged a young cadet,
nurtured by the warmth of his Alma Mater,


He recalled his father taking him to classical music concerts in Bombay – an overnight trip which they could barely afford. These concerts mostly extended late into the night, and they often missed the last train they needed to catch to get back home. At the train station his father scrambled the last remaining coins from his pocket to buy his son a meal while he remained hungry. Then they would both huddle together and sleep on the railway platform waiting for the train next morning.