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SOLJER SOLJER is a story based on an imaginary infantry battalion of the Third Gorkha Rifles – the sixth battalion. The composition, training, camaraderie, duties in all the other infantry battalions of our Army is almost the same except that certain customs undergo a change as they adopt to the ethnicity of the troops in that Regiment. So the visible changes would be the manner of the battle cry, salutation, greeting, decorum in festivity with the troops, or ceremonials in the Officer’s mess.
Colonel Mahip Chadha was commissioned in 1966 into The Second Battalion The Third Gorkha Rifles; one of the finest battalions in the world which had the honour of winning two Victoria Crosses in WWI. The battalion saw action in both the World Wars returning to India after a final stint in Pakistan, and was taken over by Indian Officers at Ferozepore. Colonel Chadha retired in Jun 2000, after which he worked in various jobs till he finally retired as the President of Helios Aviation. He turned to writing after the demise of his wife Kiran in 2010.