Through this collection of yarns and reflections, Commander Amrao Jung Bahadur Singh or ‘AJB’ invites you into the zany world he has lived in. The book is a collection of articles AJB wrote over the last five decades – many for ‘The Statesman’ of Kolkata and some for the sheer impish delight of it. They are quick and short sketches of the seemingly ordinary and the humdrum – lives of you and me. They have been written from the belief that God truly meant us human beings to laugh our way through our lives. Somewhere a screw got loose, and we lost the ability to ruminate, smile, snicker, chortle and guffaw. The narratives here are meant to reignite our faculties of warmth, camaraderie, friendship and laughter.
You will find events, sights and memories in these tales that would surely mirror yours. This is a take on who we are as a people, viewed always through a kaleidoscope.
Commander AJB Singh was an Officer in the Indian Navy. He sailed the seas and served at NHQ, New Delhi and various Naval and Military Stations across the country, for 23 years. He then segued into the world of Warship Building at the ‘Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers’ in Kolkata, where he served for 15 unforgettable years. For 3 years, he was in Delhi as the Ministry of Defense Pointsman for Exhibitions. He is presently an independent promoter of International Defense and Security exhibitions.
With the greatest of regret, he bade farewell to Kolkata a decade ago, moved to Mohali, and is now trying desperately to improve his Punjabi. AJB would snatch stray moments from his professional life to wink and grin at the world, to play the raconteur, to grab his pen and become a latter-day ‘Sunday Gentleman’. An ardent horseman, AJB served for four years at the Defense Services Staff College at Wellington in the Nilgiri Hills, where he also ran the quaint and legendary ‘Ootacamund Hunt’ Club.