(written on 23rd April 1993 while still commanding the Battalion which was located in the Kinnaur hills of Himachal Pradesh.)
At the Doorstep of ——
People fear, but I welcome!
It gives me maturity and time.
So difficult in younger days to find.
I was rash, I was brash.
When people called me “live wire”,
I further did things which got people
call me with more such names.
I thought I was in life’s fast lane.
Driving was passion which,
days couldn’t lessen
But I don’t regret my young days,
Though stupid it may seem now.
But those were the days which gave me
experience, the feeling of being with the world.
I draw sustenance from it and
from it comes my advice
Old age would not have been such enjoyable
if my younger days were not so great.
Now As I prepare to step in to the old age
I find time to enjoy my life, my work
my family, my people, my country.
I now stop at every event,
I observe and enjoy its abstract being.
By Shiv Om Rana