I began to seriously think of running away [from the Indian Military Academy]… .
The idea of escape became so overpowering that I wrote a long letter to Julie [a close friend in England] telling her in detail about my plans. I sealed the envelope and dropped the letter into the letter box at the campus post office…
But I had not fathomed how the army works. A few hours after I had posted the letter, I was summoned by the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Baljit Singh… I was terrified… I was taken aback when Colonel Singh asked