'Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment till it becomes a memory'. Mrs. Melody Sawyer summed up the value of gathering such precious moments which will become memories of a lifetime for us. As service wives, we have always known and understood the concept of women-power. The bonding that happens collectively between us when we meet as “Just Ladies.” Be it coffee mornings, soirees or the Ladies Club. We love the connections we make when we’re just us and we love our exclusive girl-time luxury. So, on the 4th of March, one pleasant yet bright Wednesday evening, ladies dressed in their resplendent sarees alighted the buses at the NDC. Their first peek into how and where the husbands spend their days. It was with awe that they looked around familiarising themselves with the lawns, the impressive foyer, the colonial and majestic building, etc. The birds of a feather, we can’t say yet but surely the birds that were familiar flocked together for the first bit, as the hesitation of treading into unknown waters was still rife. As they all walked in, they were greeted by a wonderfully warm and welcoming fraternity of the lady wives of the Faculty and the Staff of NDC, ably spearheaded by Mrs. Choudhury.
Once the welcome drink service was over, the ladies found themselves being ushered into the beautiful rear lawn of NDC, which was a bit overwhelming with the ceremonial national flags of friendly nations mounted atop the entire building, seating and the mikes placed in front to speak on the beautifully decorated seating tables. As the evening unfurled, and Mrs. Renu Ahlawat started to welcome the ladies, it was a reassuring and comfortable experience. The aura got further warmed up with the confident and easy-going welcome by Mrs. Choudhury which alleviated all apprehensions and set the mood for a fun evening.
The ladies of the staff welcomed themselves following which each of the ladies whose husbands were attending NDC 61 introduced themselves. They were rechristened Rakshikas at 61. The entire year calendar was explained so well to enable the ladies to map out their busy days and free days to plan effectively.
Thereafter, the work of various committees was discussed and the volunteers and coordinators were announced. That set the ball rolling and the buzz began. Over a sumptuous spread of teatime treats and a steaming cuppa, there was suddenly informal, incessant chatter which completely defines the bevy of beauties. The exchange of numbers, creation of whatsapp groups, planning the year ahead together and so on, the course for the spouses had just begun and each one was filled with anticipation towards the fun which will unfurl on the road less travelled!
One could see the transformation within this couple of hours in the comfort level acquired and the anticipation of the fun which had just begun. I couldn’t help but marvel as the words of Roald Dahl rung so true in my ears- “There are no strangers in here, just friends you haven’t met.”
Here we are ---The 61st -- into this year that promises to be exciting and exhilarating!
2021 heralded the arrival of NDC 61 to the National Defence College. Kick-starting the Social Calendar was the Ice Breaking Party on 26 Mar, a typical Delhi spring evening day greeted throughout by a pleasant breeze, providing a perfect setting to the occasion. And, come the evening, adding to the already beautiful setting! Indeed, NDC had spread its warm embrace to welcome the course. The College looked royal and resplendent from the foyer to flower beds in the canopied lawn. As we made our way through the immaculate lobby to be greeted by the faculty and staff, the uppermost feelings were of deep joy to be there in the coveted precincts and the eagerness to meet friends- old and new, especially our guests from friendly foreign countries. The evening unfolded with polite introductions and courtesies all round, to be soon replaced by jovial laughter, to the accompaniment of delightful snacks and starters. Soon enough, the foot-tapping music and the pull of the dance floor prompted whatever inhibitions were there to be shed – the ice had well and truly been broken and melted! Going by the energy one saw and was part of, and a peek at the singing talent among course members, one thing seemed apparent – the Course it seemed sure was going to glitter and shine! And like all good things, the evening ended just when the Dil wanted More but the flavour lingered on... all thanks to the considerate planning and warm hospitality of the College senior faculty and staff.
As the second Covid wave wreaked havoc across the nation, the lockdowns and the restrictions forced upon the entire country did not spare us as well. As boredom and monotony started setting upon us in these difficult times, a ray of hope in the form of an idea which was floated around by the college, to have an online Rakshika meet, the first of its kind.
This came as a bolt out of the blue and sent cheers across the entire spectrum of ladies. The team Raksha Bhavan took the initiative and started building on this idea. What eventually unfolded was a delight for everybody and a testimony to the ingenuity and the hard work put forth by the ladies at Raksha Bhavan. The amazing recipes shared in the online exchange would be fondly remembered for years to come, as it was this online event which helped us all to brighten up during such desperate times.
Cheers to the Raksha Bhavan ladies!!!
The Mughal Gardens contiguous to the main building of Rashtrapati Bhavan is one of the most beautiful gardens of the world. If the Rashtrapati Bhavan is a masterpiece of architecture, the 15-acre Mughal Gardens is considered its soul.
The Mughal garden Sightseeing Tour for NDC 61 was organised on the 13th and 14th of March. This set the tone for the morning…making new friends and catching up with old ones amidst the majestic Mughal gardens of Delhi.