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IIT dreams, canine love bloom in Nepal's quake-hit capital

India's rescue and relief crews are toiling round the clock in Nepal. Behind the disturbing narrative of death and destruction, these men have their own tales to tell.

world Updated: May 03, 2015 12:22 IST
Rahul Singh
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India's rescue and relief crews are toiling round the clock in Nepal. Behind the disturbing narrative of death and destruction, these men have their own tales to tell.

Doglover doc

Colonel Alok Sen can't get over Champ, his black Labrador. The pathologist, who heads a field hospital in Patan, misses the canine and checks out its photos on his phone. Sen's longing for Champ has gone up ever since a Polish search and rescue team moved next door. The Poles have 12 dogs — Chesapeake Retrievers, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. Sen has a busy schedule, but does make time to hang around with his new buddies — Radd and Fluffy.

IIT dreams

The IIT dreams of an IAF officer have clashed with Nepal's tragedy. Squadron Leader AS Phogat, 33, slogged to top an in-house IAF exam to get admission in IIT, Kanpur. The relief effort has left him with no time to prepare for a crucial interview early May for MTech. An engineering officer with the C-130J squadron, Phogat's hand baggage on aid flights to Kathmandu is packed with books on data structuring, algorithm analysis and operating systems. "I get to study for about 40 minutes during a sortie."

'Wardrobbed' Captain

Captain Sunil Kumar is getting engaged on May 31. But there's a slight hitch. Burglars broke into his house at Tezpur in Assam and took away whatever they could lay their hands on, including his wardrobe. "The only thing they left behind was my uniform. I need a new wardrobe if I have to get engaged." The Tezpur Police recovered the stolen suitcases but it only had stuff you don't want to hear about!

Rice disaster

The National Disaster Response Force chief OP Singh has been on his toes ever since he came to Nepal. His force has done a superb job here in testing conditions. Singh, however, is in a fix over the meals served in his hotel. He is a not much of a rice eater and chappatis are hard to come by. "Rice is a staple food here and, frankly, I am a bit tired of it. I miss my rotis."

Mann ki baat

India's defence attaché to Nepal Colonel Manraj Mann was in Pathankot to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his regiment - the Gorkha Rifles - when news of the Nepal quake broke. Mann was on the road to Delhi for the next 12 hours, desperate to board the first flight to Kathmandu. A second-generation Gorkha Rifles officer, Mann has turned out to be an asset as he speaks fluent Gorkhali and can easily connect with the affected people.