“Live a life you will remember!”Reads the Instagram bio of Late. GC Amul Rawal, whom we lost in an unfortunate accident on 6th day of may 2019.
Swami Vivekananda used to say that even once a day, if man would remember that one day he has to die, his character will change for the better, he will become more loving, kinder, altruistic, forgiving, and more humble. The denial of our deaths has made us appear proud, arrogant and invincible. When we hear of someone’s death, for a short time, our masks drop, and we become real. But soon, the mask is back, and we are back to our old egoistic selves.
What Swami Vivekananda said then makes me ponder now if Amul deep in his heart always knew that his time with all of us were to be this short, and remembering the profound things he used to casually slip into our conversations, talking to his closest friends and to think of the way he lived his life gives one the perceptive that perhaps in some prophetic way, he did. However, all of it remains unjustifiable when we think of the person so full of life whom we lost so early. In the following paragraphs is an Interview I conducted with him as my interviewee; in the final year of my graduation. The Interview published below was originally written by me as part of an compulsory college assignment that required us to interview someone notable. I vividly remember how he came to become the interviewee for my assignment, it was during one of his occasional Sunday afternoon phone calls when I was scanning through the list of people I could interview, simultaneously complaining how none of them appeared appealing enough, it was then that I randomly asked him if he’ll be my interviewee, he said yes and then followed a series of questions and answers that revealed to me a side of him I hadn’t been privy to before. I am sharing it now with all of you for you to read, know better and cherish ultimately the person Amul Rawal was..and how honored we must feel to have been a part of his brief yet significant life on earth.
Haryanvi roots and Fauji boots.
An alumni of RIMC (Rashtriya Indian Military College), Dehradun, Amul Rawal is self proclaimed foodie. Hailing from a middle class Haryanvi family, Rawal is a first generation to be army officer and pride of his village Kohand. Presently a cadet at National Defence Academy, Pune, he opens up about his life and career in a candid interview.
You come from a civilian background. How did RIMC happen to you?
It was my father who read about RIMC in the newspaper. He then researched about it and asked me if I would like to go. Now ever since I was a kid I’ve been very fond of watching movies and you can say that they were a major influence and part of the reason I said yes. My idea of a boarding school was of a really fun place. The image however soon shattered when I joined RIMC in 2011, he chuckles. But nevermind me saying that now, there is no doubt that RIMC is the best thing that has happened to me.
Do you believe that being from a military school has changed you and the way you think and act?
Definitely, being from a military school has greatly influenced my personality. I am what I am today because of the way I was taught and trained. My outlook of life, my morals, virtues and values are what they are because my school inculcated them into me.
Share your experience of preparing for the NDA writtens?
Honestly, it was difficult. I have never ever been amongst the studious lot but at that time I had to study because I Knew my life rested on that exam. So, yeah, I studied really hard for it and came through with an all India rank of 14.
Your Training is quite tough. Have there been moments that made you feel like this is it, you can’t do it anymore?
Yes, there have been times when I have had thoughts like that. But the good thing is I have always managed to survive such moments (to tell the tale today). Being at the Academy is immensely challenging, we are tested and tried at every step along the way be it physically or mentally. But it’s for the best of our interests ultimately. “The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.”
You are a first generation to-be-Army officer in your family. What does your family think about your chosen career path?
They are very proud. My mother however was worried initially, although she has changed with time I think she still worries, but I guess all mothers are like that.
What do you like the most about Army?
Strangers, random people coming up to tell me that they are proud of me, he gleams. That’s something quite common for me. And I can’t tell you how amazing that makes me feel, every single time it happens. So, yes, Respect is definitely the thing I like the most about Army.
Any words of wisdom for our readers?
No pressure, No Diamonds.
Even if short, Amul definitely lived a life to remember. Just as he used to quote Rajesh Khanna,
“Babumoshai…..zindagi lambi nahi badi honi chahiye….“
(Sir…..Life need not be long it should be big)