The heart is a more sophisticated device than a Sukhoi
‘Love @ Air Force’is a contemporary, Bildungsroman literary novel, taking place in the world of the Air Force. This story is about the psychological growth of the protagonist and his friend who serve in the Indian Air Force.
Sergeant Sushil Awasthi,who is posted at AF station Agra, narrates the story.
He decries of being suffocated and shackled in the service as he feels that his circumstances forced him into this job. He thinks he deserved better out of his life than doing the drudgery in the service. His brusque wife-Divya aggravates his sufferings by her humiliating and demeaning behavior towards him.He feels that Divya is the severest critic and the most reluctant admirer in his life.Dejected, depressed and haunted by self-inducted inferiority complex, he is often grumbling and bumbling.
Sushil returns after his annual leave and discovers that the new medical officer is Wing Commander Shabd Mishra. Shabd used to be his best friend during the school days. The disparity between them adds to his inferiority complex.
He learns that Shabd has not married. He is still hankering after his school day crush Soumya Mahrishi despite being aware that she is married to another Air Force officer Wing Cdr Manohar Shandilaya. Sushil disapproves Shabd’s insane compassion.
Things become more complicated when Shandilaya too, comes to Agra. Shabd does not restrain from expressing his feelings to Soumya. He recites poems he has written for her.
Soumya admires him and treats him softly but her comportment brings worries to Shabd. Shabd withdraws himself. The tolerant Shandilaya starts acting less passively and accuses Shabd for intimidating his wife.
Sushil makes Soumya understand that she is inadvertently giving air to Shabd’s yearning with her vulnerable innocence and humility. Soumya tells him about Sarmishtha’s fondness for Shabd.Sarmishtha Bannerjee also studied with them. She is a senior doctor in Delhi and is still unmarried.
Sushil feels harried and harassed, as his close acquaintance with the Wing Cdrs does not go down with his colleagues. They link his promotion to his friendship with Shabd. Thus, the ardor of their reunion soon fades off.
In due course,Shabdrealizes his folly. The two friends overcome their dilemmas. Shabd inspires Sushil to reinvent himself and to reform his outlook towards the service. Sushil too, plays a part in bringing out Shabd from his hallucination with Soumya’s help.
Shabd seeks voluntary exit from the service and settles in Delhi. He gets a job in the same hospital Sarmishtha works in. The story ends with Shabd and Sarmishtha marrying.
The story highlights every aspect of the lives of the people associated with the Air Force. It exploits the nuances of the Air Force bases and rank obsession in the armed forces. The spotlight is on the misconceptions among the people about the rank discrimination and the rank based prejudices in the Air Force.
Although Sushil undergoes renunciation towards the end of the story but he maintains that the disparity between the commissioned and non-commissioned service personnel will always prevail. Once enlisted, it is the rank that decides everything for them.
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