In the eyes of a civilian, young Lieutenants of the Indian Army are infamous for their 'womaniser' image.
In an endeavour to clean the image of the young lot of the army, Colonel (retired) MS Sandhu, 70, at the release of his first book - An Indian Lieutenant's Elusive Bride - at Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, says, "Contrary to common belief, young army men are truly sincere in their approach towards their beloved. It's unfortunate to see the social status of army men declining in a common man's eyes."
Shares Col Sandhu, "While penning down the book, my aim has been to tell young girls that women are respected the most in the army than in any other profession. One thing I can firmly standby is that Lieutenants make better husbands than any civilian."
Lt Gen Dr DDS Sandhu, vice-chancellor of Kurukshetra University and the author's friend, refers to MS Sandhu as Malli, and says, "Writing a novel in just a month's time, that too at his age, is quite a task. Malli has set a successful example for entire armed forces."
Talking about his novel, Col Sandhu adds, "The plot of the novel revolves around three young lieutenants, who fall in love with girls from different backgrounds. Since the army teaches national integration, inter-caste marriages have never been a problem. I know of some civilians who are still opposed to the idea; it's time to change their mindsets."
The Colonel's novel is a blend of war and love, commitment in relationships and tragedies, to which he says, "This is my first attempt as a writer, but I promise you an interesting read."