My son asked me the same question that I had asked my father when I was 13 years old and I gave him the same answer that my father had given me.
My Son:- when will we settle down at one place?
Me:- Settle???? I don’t think I ever fully unpacked in my life!!
And then I went on to explain him the characteristics of a Dandelion flower!!
The Official Flower of The Indian Fauji kid is The Dandelion…..you are wondering why?? ….well read on!!
Dandelion puts down roots almost anywhere and it is almost impossible to destroy it (fauji kids adapt and mould themselves to the new surroundings every 24 months without buckling under any kind of peer pressure hence they are out and out fighters) Dandelion is an unpretentious plant and yet good looking just as the fauji kids are well groomed and cultured. Dandelion survives in a broad range of climates just like fauji brats survive and thrive in most inhospitable stations.
Fauji kids bloom everywhere the winds carry them (imagine doing your schooling from 1st to 12th standard from six different schools) They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong and have been cultivated deeply in the culture of the military. They’re ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends.
Fauji kids are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world, and that education doesn’t only come from school. They live history. They handle distress of long separation from their father with finesse. They stand by their mothers, they pick themselves up (and that too all by themselves) every time they are down!! Because They are ever “out”….They learn that to survive means to adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens up to a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new experiences.”
PS:- if you are dating a fauji kid, please present him/ her a Dandelion instead of a Rose on the Valentines day!!
Who is Lt Col Sandeep Ahlawat ?
Lt Col Sandeep Ahlawat is a serving Armoured Crops officer of the Indian Army. Previously, He had sent a legal notice to Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar when they wanted to auction the “Original Naval Officers Uniform” that Akshey Kumar had worn in movies Rustom. The star couple had to withdraw the auction after Col Ahlawat’s objection. He had also given a hard hitting rebuttal to an utterly distrustful Economic Times cartoon on the Army Chief. He is one of the most prolific writer and speaker amongst the current crop of serving Army Officers. His writings tugs at the heart and inspires the young generation to build the nation selflessely. Lt Col Sandeep Ahlawat has addressed and motivated more than 50,000 students (in various schools, colleges, Universities and other academic institutions all over the country) to join the Indian Army. You can connect with him on Facebook by clicking here and twitter by clicking Here.
Pic Credits – Garima Dixit Photography