Getting an Army accommodation in a station is by sheer luck. You may get it in a week’s time or in nine months’. You may have to live in a temporary quarters till then and literally live in and out of the military boxes, neck deep in bubble wrap & cardboard boxes! More so, you might get a one bedroom apartment or a twin banglow. Whatsoever, we get a home every two to three years- after the packing, shifting and moving. Moving every two years? Isn’t that awful, many asks. But look at the bright side! I can re-decorate my home all these times.
Enter a Fauji home, you can see the beautiful terracotta/clay pots, wind chimes and lanterns adorning the veranda. A fancy name board hangs on the entrance too.
That cap stand which has about 15-20 caps with his berret, P-cap, games cap, regimental cap, officer’s cap, combats cap, the NDA/CME/IMA cap and a cowboy hat for sure. Wonder why? Wait for more.
The Buddha Idols: The first time I went out with him, of course of after the wedding was to McLeodGang. I’m not sure, if it was because of my Southern genes, I was fascinated by the different Buddha idols near the Tibetan temples and monasteries. That was my first time shopping with him and I definitely maintained my decorum and sanctity by picking up only two three cute looking Buddha statues. Little did I know that Faujis share my fascination too. Whoever visited our home brought a Buddha along with them and now I have at least ten at my home.
The big fans which adorn our walls:
A piece of decor from Rajasthan: ranging from the puppets to furniture:
A cubicle displaying all the Trophies, Medals, Mementos, Commendation Cards and group photographs of all the courses he has attended (they all look the same!!!! Phew!):
Warli paintings: in some form or the other.
Furniture: Check out the furnitures in an Army home and you can understand where all the officer has gone for posting! A sofa set from Rajasthan, Walnut wood carved peg tables or dressing table, the list is endless.
Shoe Racks: Let me ask you how many shoe racks do you have in your home? One? At most two? Now, in an Army home you can find at least three- two of his and one of the lady’s. Don’t believe me? How I wish I had a picture to prove my point! Two of his Army Boots, at least three different sports shoes, running shoes, a leather woodland shoes, a Woodland loafers, a Woodland slippers, a Woodland casual shoes, a Woodland high terrain boots, (What’s up with Army men and Woodlands??????), at least three pairs of formal shoes… oh, don’t get me started!
That perfect corner:
Last but not the least, those crystalware where you serve the drinks, cocktails, mocktails, appetizers, desserts and what not! They are always loyal, you know! 🙂
I am Married to the Olive Green and I’m writing about the 26 things which I get to do/experience that you as a Civilian wife do not!
I hope you come back again tomorrow!
Meanwhile, here is an easy Chicken recipe from my Food Blog to try out!