A Curious Army Wife

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Archive for the month “March, 2015”

Was becoming a Major really a major change?

It is funny to observe the way people think. They never ask questions to confirm fact… they just assume and think of the first thing that comes to their mind.

I realised this recently when my husband wrote a harmless sentence on social media which got interpreted in the completely opposite way by almost all his friends.

Now from Capt Sa’ab, my beloved hubby got promoted to Major Sa’ab. He gleefully announced this as the “Major Change In Life” on facebook. Instantly, people started congratulating him (and me too) and enquiring whether it is a girl or a boy!

PEEEOPLE! There are other major changes too, like becoming a Major, hello!!!

Some obvious changes that happened in Major Sa’ab’s life.

  1. He became a Major! No longer a Captain and just one step away from being a Lt Col.
  2. He got a new ID-card, for the first time after he was issued one at the time of commissioning.
  3. A marginal increase in his salary which Major Sa’ab insisted was just a tini-tiny increase. He was just making sure that I don’t make any high-profile shopping plans.
  4. He is now entitled to have a bigger house. So a boon for me when guests come over, and a bane when the maid decides to go on a long chutti.

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Some not-so-obvious changes

  1. Major Sa’ab will no longer be called a ‘young officer’. That’s a shame, because apart from the 10-15 stray whites on his head, he looks pretty young to me.
  2. The stars on his shoulders were replaced by the Ashok stambh. His sahayak is happy that he doesn’t have to fix six stars on Major Sa’ab’s dress everyday, just the two stambhs.
  3. The maximum number of officers in the Indian Army don the rank of Major. So you see, he is a part of a ‘Major Cult’.
  4. It is a very prestigious rank whether you admit it or not. Bollywood didn’t make a film called ‘Captain Saab’, they didn’t do a ‘Colonel Saab’, and it is highly unlikely that we’ll ever see a ‘Brigadier Saab’. But there is a movie called ‘Major Saab’ and Big B is in it! Take that yo!

The day Major Sa’ab picked up his ‘Major’ rank, was also the day I came to know of my maid’s benevolent and charitable nature, in addition to her limits of patience. Night time celebrations resulted in the entire living room, dining room and curtains getting covered in cake and rum! My unsuspecting maid, who came in the next morning, suddenly froze in her tracks when she saw all this and said, ”Yeh kaisi party kar li aapne memsaab ji!” She did not ditch me that day, or after that is a blessing which every women will relate to.

And that day I prayed that the next time a major change happens in Major Sa’ab’s life, he would preferably be in a field location. That way my maid and I would also be happy! Win-win situation for all isn’t it? I would probably be in some house I get through Housing and I wouldn’t want it soaked in cake batter!

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Discounts for faujis at ClickOnCare

Faujis love discounts! I don’t have to look very far to prove my point, as there is a CSD canteen just round the corner in my cantonment. For my civilian friends who might not get what CSD is, it is the military “Canteen” which sells all that we need at a cheaper rates. I just found out about this online portal which gives discounts to people of Armed Forces, so thought why not shout it out to the world (issued in public interest).. 😉

Groceries, dinner sets, electronic items, even vehicles, are sold at discounted prices to all Defence personnel in India. But I am curious (if it wasn’t already evident from my blog title), do we look for deals while shopping online also? I asked some fellow Army wives and I found that it largely depends on where you are stationed at the moment.

If it is a big city, then chances are that the markets would be full of all kinds of branded/non-branded stuff and one would have the choice of buying it anytime. So if there is a snappy-deal (pun not intended) somewhere on an online portal, then city dwellers are more likely to turn to that option.

But hey, don’t forget…one of the charms (read side-effects) of being married to an Army officer is that you get to live in some pretty exotic locations (more like remote areas of the country). Stylish divas that all Army wives are, it becomes a task to satisfy their shopping cravings and that is when, deals or no deals, online shopping becomes the way out.

Though I was a hardcore online shopper till the time I was working fulltime, I became extra cautious after moving to a small town with Major Sa’ab as I didn’t want him to go through the trauma of having a spendthrift wife.

Coming back to point… I recently came across this unique portal ClickOnCare, which sells fitness, healthcare and cosmetic products which are not easily available. I couldn’t believe that they have some pretty cool discounts for people from Armed Forces! Isn’t that just what we were looking for?

Apparently, this unique scheme at ClickOnCare is the brainchild of its founder and CEO Akshat Malik, who is also an Army brat. Million thanks to him, more so because now many healthcare products, personal care, baby care, sports and fitness products are available just a click away for us faujis. How can an Army wife say no to such deals, hanh!

Use the coupon codes to avail these discounts.

Use the coupon codes to avail these discounts.

Worry not if you are at some remote location of the country, they promise to deliver it to your doorstep thanks to the Indian Postal Service. Their packaging looks sturdy to me, so I wouldn’t worry about damages to the parcel. And don’t even think of acting smart, because they have people to verify your claim of being a fauji/family, so imposters beware.

There were a couple of products here at ClickOnCare that caught my fancy.

  • Every time I move to a new military station, the change in weather and water causes a lot of hairfall. Add to cart – Hair products.
  • Every time I run have to run to that small shop kilometres away for my contact lens solution, I curse my eyesight. Add to cart – lens solution.
  • Every time I need some personal care items which every woman uses these days, but sadly shopkeepers in small towns rarely stock up on, I wish someone in heavens was seeing my plight. Add to cart – Sanitary napkins, intimate care and panty liners.
  • Every time I feel like taking care of my fitness, I put off going to the gym because I don’t have proper clothes or equipment. Add to cart – gym clothes (women) and yoga mat.
  • Every time my grandparents come to visit us, I wish I could make their stay at my place more comfortable. Add to cart – Walking stick and commode seat.
  • Every time a lady staying in SF complains about not getting time to pick up new diapers and other baby supplies for her new born, I wish there was an easier way for me to help the lady. Add to cart – Diapers and Baby food supplements.
  • And finally every time Major Sa’ab vows to improve his fitness ahead of an important tournament or a BPET run, I worry whether his diet is complementing his rigorous workout. Add to cart – Sports nutrition supplements.

Moral of the story: I shopped online for ‘important’ stuff. I am a happy woman. I availed fauji discount on ClickonCare. Major Sa’ab is a happy man. And we lived happily ever after.

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