Are you kidding me?! That was the response of a wine connoisseur friend when I told him a longstanding friend of mine had around 200 bottles of Domaine de la RomanÃ©e-Conti wines in his private cellar. Burgundyâ€™s DRC, as it is is popularly known, produces some of the most exclusive and expensive wines in the world. It was logical then that he wanted to know more about this friend. But could I describe him in a few words, not if you consider that our association went back more than three decades â€“ through the thick and thin of our formative years in the Indian army.
This made me flash back to a particular day in the firing ranges of the Indian Military Academy, where I lay prone with a 7.62mm Light Machine Gun aligned towards the target 500 metres away. I was part of the detail (a group of soldiers) awaiting orders to commence firing. â€œFire!â€ came the command and we let loose carefully controlled bursts of two and three rounds of bullets until our magazines were exhausted.
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