10 May '18, 1am

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As the CO drifts in and out of sleep, he recalled the transit from Leh that cold January morning, a year back, had been ‘ops normal’ — which meant a 5 am reveille and a rush to the toilet, hoping that the orderly had put kerosene the previous night in the WC to prevent water from freezing to solid ice. A pair of inners — top and bottoms, a full-sleeved sweater, padded winter flying overalls and an overcoat protected the body, while a tight balaclava covered the head. A Ray-Ban was donned for the eyes and then came the Siachen Pioneers Unit cap — the most prized possession that was given only to those privileged to be flying in the elite Helicopter Unit at Leh. A quick briefing with a cup of hot tea (and a big ‘thank you’ to the tea room staff who had woken up even earlier to get the pre-flight breakfast ready) and the CO was airborne at dot 0600 hours, the other three airc...

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