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trembles at the name “Bishnu Shrestha”.
I have wasted my life.
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I remember reading this right after it happened. Great story, and the man does his Gurkha forebears proud. If I owned an airline, I would give this guy a lifetime free passage on any flight to anywhere in the world for the rest of his life, and at every boarding gate, I would put up a sign: WARNING TO TERRORISTS. BISHNU SHRESTHA MAY BE ON THIS PLANE. BOARD AT YOUR OWN RISK.
I read a story once that may well be apocryphal, but it’s still a great story. During WWII, a British officer was briefing his Gurkha troops about their mission where they would jump out of planes onto the battlefield, He told them, “We’ll be flying low, at 500 ft.” Hearing this, the Gurkha looked very distressed, so he asked their sergeant, “What’s the matter?”
The sergeant replied, “Wouldn’t something more like 200 ft be better?”
The commanding officer said, “At that height, your parachutes won’t have time to open.”
The Gurkha all smiled, and the sergeant said, “Oh, we’ll be wearing parachutes.”
And this is why the British often said, “Any soldier who says he isn’t afraid in battle is either a liar or a Gurkha.”
I remember reading, way back in the 1980s, a Gurka regiment sent by the British in the Falklands war.
Their commander said “we need this airbase, but there’s an Argentine machine gun nest up in the tower. Be careful not to engage them”.
The entire regiment disappeared.
An hour later they came back. Not a single man from the regiment had been lost. But the machine gun nest was silent. And they were carrying trophies.
Beware the Khuruki- the weapon of mass destruction of Northern India.
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