Usually I don’t do book reviews, but sometimes your conscious just forces you. One such push came from my conscious when I read “Silence – Under The Blue Sky”. First and foremost, let me tell you that “Under The Blue Sky” is a series that reflects the lives of the men and women in Blue – the Indian Air Force.
“Silence” is a true story of resilience and the indomitable spirit of a lady in Blue. It is an account of incredible misfortune and the battling soul of an air warrior. This true story arises the feelings of compassion and empathy but never pity.
The premise of this story is set against the backdrop of an unfortunate incident, wherein, two helicopters of the IAF had a mid-air collision on 30 August 2012, at Jamnagar. It was fatal and there were no survivors.
The author, Rajlakshmi Prithviraj, recounts her ordeal and the unconditional support and respect that she got from her extended family of the IAF. A small peek into the future tells us of her aspirations for her children. Her strength of character and dedication for the organisation is eminent in each and every word. She is a pillar of strength and a woman of infallible spirit. All she wants in life is respect and a chance to live it on her own terms, without being judged.
I have had the good fortune of knowing her as well as her husband and let me tell you that the lady today is no different. Her twinkling eyes and ever present smile are always there to make you feel at ease. I do not use the term “late” for her husband as he continues to live in her thoughts and memories. The only thing different, now, is my respect for her and the love of her life – her sweetheart, her husband.