Ralph Waldo Emerson said – “A Hero is no braver than an ordinary person, but someone who has been braver five minutes longer”. In those situations when crisis hits, those five minutes are enough for chaos to take over a sane person’s need for self-safety to triumph, even over other person’s life.
Such an ordinary person who doesn’t put his own safety on the priority list, in that moment and stand up against wrong is someone who can be called a real Soldier. A niche segment of such heroes, who stand up and fight, so that the masses can carry on with their daily lives, may be residing in your next door flat, probably he is your co-worker or he may be the guy who delivers your mail. Yet, our conservative society never let these superheroes come out of the caves of anonymity they dwell in, while the gaudy images of Bollywood celebrities continue to flood Page-3.
To bring forth, such soldiers who stood for women and helped them out of complicated situations, Blogadda has unveiled an unique initiative – “Soldier for Women Campaign”, where stories of such soldiers will be compiled in a special E-book, with a blade of honor and certificate being awarded to them, so as to salute their outstanding courage.
Here goes my contribution to this nation-wide moment. An incident from about a year back, at Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. Ranthambore National Park was the most renowned hunting ground of Maharajas of Jaipur, till recently when it has evolved into a major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled several photographers and wildlife lovers to this destination.
The park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations to see these majestic predators in their natural habitats. Except for these diurnal giants, population of the park is dominated by Striped Hyenas, Sambar Deer, Cheetal, Indian Foxes, Mongoose and a few variety of Vipers and Pythons.
It was the 2nd week of May last year, when I, along with my cousins planned to have an adventurous sight-seeing of this wonderful place. Only memory of those three days, I have left, apart from that elated moment of tiger sighting was of dryness and sweat that Rajasthan welcome its visitors with. There was no sighting on the first day and the second day was lost to rain. It turned out that, I wasn’t the only one looking for the big cats. There were two other groups, as well.
All the groups were part of a caravan of three jeeps being sent on Route 5. Just within an hour or so of travelling, we were into deep woods and had already run into nearly a dozen Peacocks, a few Hyenas, and as three more hours passed, we had encountered nearly all creatures of jungle, including the rare sight of a Viper and Indian Grey hornbill.
It was afternoon already, that suddenly chaotic humdrum of monkeys’ gibber started from behind the Pine tree and soon it was followed by flying birds’ chirping as if some storm had approached. Someone from the other jeep shouted, that he saw a female tigress, a hundred meters from there.
All our jeeps turned and moved hastily towards the indicated place. Amid that chaos and excitement, which has suddenly developed, a women in Jeep 2, who was trying to capture some beatific creature, fell off from the accelerated vehicle. All the eyes that were glowing from the hope of getting to see the feline were now, looking into a ghastly scene. Another tiger came into sight and to everyone’s horror was exactly behind the fallen pine, not more than 50 meters from the unfortunate lady. Excitement turned into fear and a chill ran down my spine, as what I saw there, was enough terrifying for me to be put into words. The lady was agonizing in pain from the fall, unaware of the threat.
At that very moment, I saw a real soldier, a man with enough guts to be called a hero. The stranger jumped down from the jeep and without caring about his own well-being, went to the lady and somehow managed to drag her back to the jeep, avoiding the sight of the feline. I have heard a lot about brave men and their tales of glory, but it was the first time in my life, that I witnessed a real life hero. Through this post, I pay my tribute to that soldier.