1978! You must be thinking what is precious about the year! All the way the year 1978 carried special significance for me. How come! You know I was born on 16th January; numerically they say if you add the birth date=, then number carries a significance in your life; so for me it is 7 as 1 + 6 = 7; and mind you, in the year 1978 I was 25. So 2 + 5 = 7 .
Now here comes the story; till 1978 in Indian Air Force a law prevailed those Airmen failed to get promoted to the rank of at least Lance Air Corporal within nine years of their service; would be discharged. I was an airman then. With law or rules in view , I did not take any promotion till 1978 (even thereafter) expecting my salvation after nine years of service with Air Force. But to my utter dismay in 1978; all of a sudden a circular came; stating that Airmen who even fails to get promoted by nine years , will be in service till they complete their initial bond i.e. 15 years. Can you imagine how I felt! Sacrificing all the promotions for those many years, the money I lost and the time I seemed to have wasted ! I was totally frustrated; that was 1978 for me.
Must be surprised why I am recollecting 1978 now! The rain again; it is in the year of 1978; we had tremendous rain and West Bengal with several states was flooded. The rain this year reminds me that.