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Force celebrates New Year

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you say New Year celebrations? Dance? Music? Food? But New Year celebrations at Defence Services Officers Institute (DSOI), Bhopal is different from the word go. The year 2006 was ushered in with a large amount of splendour, passion, joviality and fun, all thrown together. DSOI on December 31st was wonderfully lit and alive with the officers and families of all three services.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 13:43 IST

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you say New Year celebrations? Dance? Music? Food? But New Year celebrations at Defence Services Officers Institute (DSOI), Bhopal is different from the word go. The year 2006 was ushered in with a large amount of splendour, passion, joviality and fun, all thrown together. DSOI on December 31st was wonderfully lit and alive with the officers and families of all three services.

The evening started with a splendid ghazal performance by Zulfiquar of Bhopal and Mrs Mukherjee of Indore. The ghazals rendered were few of the finest ones which set the mood of the evening. Some of the supremely talented guests like Shashi Sinho and Shalini Vyas also enthralled the spellbound audience with their lovely songs.

Though initially planned for a short time, on the request of the ever-enthusiastic Faujis the ghazals lasted a couple of hours. There was a wholehearted participation in the dance games that followed from the young and young at heart.

A balloon dance literally kept the New Year fever soaring high. This was then followed by elimination dance round for couples and later for children. There were a plethora of competitions like Best Dancing Couple, Most Enthusiastic Couple, Most Enthusiastic Teenager, and Adam and Eve of the evening. There was something for everyone in the basketful of surprises which had everyone boogieing till the wee hours. Surely, a great way to start a New Year.

May this New Year spreads peace, happiness and tranquility all around.

AMC Day celebrated
242nd Army Medical Corps (AMC) Day was celebrated in the Bhopal Military Station on January 1.The Officers, JCOs, other ranks and civilians of the corps pledged on the occasion to constantly dedicate themselves to the AMC motto of ‘Let all be healthy’ and maintain unflagging enthusiasm and commitment to develop the corps into a highly professional and competent organisation with humane approach towards one and all.

The Armed Forces Medical Services have a rich heritage, glorious past and have been providing a yeoman service to the entire spectrum of its clientele.

The corps has always risen to the test of time, be it in war, counter insurgency operations or during peacetime natural calamities and major disasters. During the year 2005 medical teams from the medical units of Bhopal provided humanitarian missions to Tsunami-affected people of Sri Lanka as well as flood-marooned population in Maharashtra and earthquake victims of Jammu and Kashmir.

The officers and other ranks of the Corps have displayed rare courage, determination and professionalism in management of casualties in all types of terrains under in-hospitable climatic conditions with indomitable spirit, zeal and enthusiasm.

The Corps has kept pace with the latest technology in the medical world and the quest for modernisation has yielded returns not only in terms of lives saved but also in enhancing the image of the Army Medical Corps on a global canvas.
Santa came to DSOI

Christmas was celebrated with huge gusto and zeal at the Defence Officers Services Institute (DSOI). The evening started with the arrival of Santa Claus with a cartful of gifts which was enough to make children excited and energised.

A fancy dress competition was organised for the children of all age groups. There were 22 participants and the competition was tough enough to make the excitement elevated. Elimination Dance Competition for children of all age groups was also organised.

Finally, it was the time for prize distribution and then the Santa Claus distributed gifts and chocolates to the children and took them for a grand feast which was arranged in the main hall of the club.

Did you know?
There are certain definite no-nos when hitting the bar. Do not ever get drunk and make a spectacle of yourself, don’t offer drinks except to guests and for God’s sake don’t drink till the sun goes down. There is no more unedifying sight than a drunken sod being pulled out of a drain. Avoid drinking when alone and there is really no necessity to prove how hard a drinker you are. Your reputation or the lack of it will always precede you.

There is a drink threshold and when you cross it; it is actually the hosts who are put to a greater shame and damnation instantly becoming an object of public pity, ridicule or both. Please spare the drained out souls.

The columnist can be reached at ambreen2you @yahoo.co.in

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 13:43 IST