Do Military Officers Have a Sense of Humor…?

Source: Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: Have Defence Officers Lost Their Sense of Humor

Sometime ago – I was a member of a group called “HUMOUR IN AND OUT OF UNIFORM” (HIAOOU)

Unlike many passive members – I was one of the active contributing members who posted “Humour in Uniform” Stories regularly.

The biggest joke about this “Humour” group was that most members did not have a “Sense of Humour

One day I posted the “Humour in Uniform” story below – and – I was promptly expelled from the group at the behest of some non-contributing killjoys who thought that this story painted the services in a poor light.

Dear Reader – Please read the story – and – tell me – do you also feel that present day Defence Officers have lost their “sense of humour” and have become overly sensitive to any criticism, albeit true, even if made in a humorous way…?

RECRUITMENT ADVERTISEMENTS ARE LIKE FASHION SHOWS

A Story for Cadets and Subalterns By VIKRAM KARVE

The young under-trainee direct entry Sub Lieutenant who had just joined our ship appeared quite dejected.

Impressed by the sleek navy recruitment advertisements and jingoistic hype – he had quit a corporate job – and – he had joined the Navy.

And now – the truth had dawned on him – that there was a big difference between hype and reality.

Life in the tough prosaic real-world Navy was quite different from the romantic imagery portrayed in recruitment advertisements.

In order to put him in good humour – I told him this famous Mulla Nasrudin Teaching Story called FASHION SHOW:

 

FASHION SHOW – A Mulla Nasrudin Story

One day Nasrudin went to a prestigious fashion show.

When he returned – his friends asked him how he liked the fashion show.

“They cheat you,” Nasrudin complained, “it is a total swindle.”

“What are you saying…? The fashion show is a swindle…? They cheat you…? How…? Tell me. How do they cheat you…?”

“They show you the women – and then – they try to sell you the clothes.”

 

MORAL OF THE STORY

Do remember this story if you are thinking of “job hopping” – especially of you are thinking of quitting your civilian job and joining the military – like the Sub Lieutenant mentioned above did.

Remember – metaphorically – Recruitment Advertisements are like “Fashion Shows”.

Just like Fashion Shows which try attract you by showing you glamorous “women” and then try to sell you the clothes – Military Recruitment Advertisements show you the “glamorous side” of military life and try to recruit you to undergo the tough life in the Armed Forces.

And later  – you will be disillusioned when things do not turn out as you had imagined them to be – as portrayed in the advertisements.

Do remember this FASHION SHOW story – especially if you are thinking of a military career – because the real life in the military is tough and hard – and – life in the Armed Forces is not all glamour and adventure as portrayed in recruitment advertisements.

Do join the Defence Services – but – do so after due diligence – after taking a realistic view – and asking yourself: Do you have it in you..?

VIKRAM KARVE

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This is a re-post of my story FASHION SHOW posted online earlier a number of times including at urls: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2013/12/life-is-like-fashion-show.html  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2014/07/recruitment-advertisements-are-life.html  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2011/10/fashion-show.html  and  http://creative.sulekha.com/the-fashion-show-and-the-recipe_74988_blog  etc

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  1. […] Link to my original blog post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: https://karve.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/do-military-officers-have-a-sense-of-humor/ […]

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