Remembering my visits to Russia

M G Singh By M G Singh, 3rd Feb 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The IAF was closely associated with the Soviet Union earlier and that facilated my visit to Russia 35 times,Russia is a lovely place and I have unforgettable memories of it.

Some Glorious Memories of Russia

I spent quality time in the Air Force. Mostly I flew on Russian aircraft and that  took me to Russia at least 35 times. Russia then was the Soviet Union and  the communist party ruled. We were well treated as friends of the Soviet Union.
 
 
Russia was beautiful in winter or summer and for us who had seen very less of snow winter was the period we liked. But one thing was apparant the items like jeans and T shirts were not available for the  mass of the Russians and that for us was a surprise. I used to feel this state of affairs cannot go on and some day something will happen.  In a matter of 2 years I found the Soviet Union had collapsed.
But the days we were in Russia were fine. I remember once flying in a Russian IL-76 from Moscow across Siberia to the farEast ( Vladivostok). I also once flew in the supersonic transport the Tu 144. It was a state of the art machine, but once the Soviet Union collapsed, the TU 144 also died like the Dodo.
One memeory that I shall remember is the beautiful Russian girls. In Russia unlike in other countries the ratio  of women to men is more. I was told 20 million Russian men died in World War II and this was the reason for the demographic  imbalance. The girls were most friendly and the fact is they would go to bed for a pair of jeans. Many officers bought jeans from Delhi's Palika bazar to gift to their Russian friends and in turn they slept with the lovliest girls in the world. Another thing they wanted was cosmetics and many officers carried perfumes, lipsticks and creams for their friends. 
Going to Russia so many times  meant that we struck up long term friendships. Two of my colleages impregnated girls( later they said it was willful)  and married them. One of them  resigned and went away to Russia and I wonder where is is now.
The Soviet Union was an anachronism in the 20 th century and it vanished.  Our visits also became fewer as the IAF began to scout for other planes. But those days are worth remembering and I will always have a soft corner for Russia .

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Iaf And Russia, Russia, Russian Girls, Tu 144

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A man who spent his early years in Air Force. An avid writer with over 6000 articles and 60 short stories published.Two novels on the anvil for publication.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

Fascinating account Madan.

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Steve. I am glad you liked my personal memoir.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

very interesting account Madan..you certainly got and get around...you are terrific...

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you cnwriter

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Feb 2013 (#)

Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova come to my mind! siva

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Feb 2013 (#)

Worth remembering. Thanks Siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
6th Feb 2013 (#)

Fine account of your stay in USSR.

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Feb 2013 (#)

Than you GV. How are you?

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