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India Today - - LEISURE -

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

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