Dining In #AtoZChallenge

Mostly a lounge suit party, Dining In is conducted to welcome an officer and his wife to the Unit, with a mesmerizing evening. It marks the beginning of their new tenure in the unit. And if he is newly married and his wife joins him in the station, the celebration becomes three-fold.

Remember my first post when I said, I stepped foot in the Army Base and had a warm welcome by his Unit? And I started realizing the traditional way of addressing one another and the horror of being called Aunty by the Army Brats? That was my first Dining In.

This evening is arranged mainly to shed inhibitions, to get to know each other- the officers and their families, to know the current status of the Unit family and of course, to have some fun.

Being my first, I had asked my soldier on what I should be wearing. And based on his suggestion, I was clad in a beautiful Kanjeevaram saree only to find out the other ladies in casuals! From then on, I never bothered asking him the dreaded question- what to wear!

The dining in starts with a general interaction followed by the performance of the Unit Band- at least we had one. When I was smiling and nodding my head to the ladies, I heard someone call out my husband’s name. Next thing I saw was him with a mike, ready to sing along with the band. Call it the tragedy of arranged marriage, I hardly knew anything about him! Forget about his talent to sing!

And when he looked into my eyes and sang, Ek ajnabi haseena se yoon mulaaqaat ho gayi..Phir kya hua yeh naa pucho, kuch aisi baat ho gayi.., I fell in love with him, my husband, my soldier!

Of course, before I could savour the moment, I was asked to sing! The horror of it. Well if you have heard me you would definitely come to a conclusion that either I am a six year old, or a singer, or works in animation movies! Well, I being a sport, went and stood next to him, grabbed the mike only to look into his eyes.


He knew I couldn’t sing and sang again, Chuukar mere mann ko kiya tune kya Ishaara! Man, I was floored by his charm.

The evening also saw me playing Dumb Charads with the officers and kids. We had a sumptuous five course meal as well. Oh, the prim and proper dining, without even the noise of cutlery or the slurp of food. I confess I was intimidated at first.

Dining in is a privileged moment as you are the Guest of Honor and all eyes are on you. It is concluded with an entry in the register where you can write what you feel …may be on being a part of the Fauj or the Unit.

But boy, mine didn’t stop there. Someone suggested out of the blue, to grab an ice-cream. It was already one in the morning and then I realized, that Army parties never end.

I am Married to the Olive Green and I’m writing about the 26 things which I get to do/experience that you as a Civilian wife do not! 


I hope you come back again tomorrow!

Meanwhile, here is an easy Chicken recipe from my Food Blog to try out!

I’m on co-host Pam’s Unconventional Alliance Team along with Parul from Happiness and Food, Rajlakshmi from The Twinkle Eyed Traveler andDestiny’s Child and Claire from A Field Trip Life

Song Translation:

I came across a beautiful stranger,

Do not ask what happened next,

For something did happen…


  1. I hate when you ask your sweetie what the other wives will be wearing and they give you completely the wrong advice! Aslo? why is being called Aunty a bad thing? Isnt it a term of endearment? or does it imply that you are old?


  2. Woah! This must have been such a beautiful experience! I’m mesmerized simply by reading it!

    P.S. I also want an ice-cream at 1 am! 😛

    Nibha @ Expressions


  3. He sang for you? Awwwwwwwwwwww 🙂


  4. A great and interesting post. Loved it


  5. I don’t know, I think ‘d find that Dining In a bit of an ordeal! 🙂


  6. RamyaRao says:

    Woah! Your life and style of writing continues to amaze me.


  7. Thank you for giving us a peek into your life which is so different from mine. One of our sons is in the Air Force, and I can better understand their life near the base. I appreciate your taking the time to pop in to Randomocity to read my Affirmations for Intentional Living.



  8. the little princess says:

    boy! you make it sound so much fun! What a memorable moment that would have been!
    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess


  9. fabulus1710 says:

    Gosh, the singing part was just so beautiful 😍
    The Army really has a lot of ways in which it makes everyone a strong family 🙂
    Waiting for tomorrow’s post..!


  10. Novemberschild says:

    I am sure your evening was a memorable one and I am glad you blogged about it.


  11. wowo what a start to your married life, arrange marriage have their own charms. I would love to read in one of your posts ahead about what you wrote in the register.


  12. That’s so sweet! God bless you!

    @yenforblue from
    Spice of Life!


  13. How sweet. 🙂 The army tomato’s first dining in. I should ask P how you sing. I’m sure you do 😛


  14. What a lovely welcome into the Unit and that song is one of my favorites! Both of you looking good together – Best wishes for a wonderful journey ahead 🙂


  15. Adorable post, pic, songs and the way you have written it. Always loved the defence forces and lives in there. I savoured this for a few yrs as a kid when my dad was Athletic coach in ASC centre north and BRC too.



  16. That is a beautiful picture of the two of you and yep, you guy floored me too!! great choice of songs!!


  17. Beat About The Book says:

    Aw that’s beautiful. You write with a lot of heart, Shalini. I need to go check out your other posts too.


  18. inquisitivegeet says:

    Aww.. That is so sweet. Lucky you. And that song by your husband is truly wonderful. I’m so much enjoying these Army Tales. Thanks to you 🙂



  19. What a lovely dining in. May you enjoy many more such happy parties!


  20. Wow, that was some special dinner! I loved reading this, your words make the whole scene come alive! I had a similar experience, as in finding out that my husband was a fabulous singer while I can just about add to the chorus!
    @KalaRavi16 from


  21. And yay …I noticed now the PIC

    That Mr.Oliver wearing Army Dress
    Very well protraited.


  22. Awwwwwww
    Love is in the air ☺☺❤.
    You both look very lovely in the PIC…
    Just loved the posts ..
    I never want ki post khatamho ,it was so so nice.

    God bless you two lovelies .. 😘
    Waiting for next ones.

    @dixita011 from
    Cafenined words


  23. This seems to have been one memorable evening 🙂


  24. Shalzz I remember mine. I felt so awkward as I walked in and felt all gazes were just transfixed on me. I was extremely uncomfortable in a saree and I had spent more than an hour to drape it. I think i behaved a little awkwardly too… But it doesnt matter now.. Its been ten years in the services and I guess I am in a better position to handle any such dining ins now.


  25. Lata Sunil says:

    These memories are so sweet Shalzz.. I feel like I know you so well.


  26. pythoroshan says:

    This sounds lovely… Its like finding a new family, isn’t it? In addition to the ones that combine via the wedding itself…


  27. Shilpa Garg says:

    Wow! You have has some very beautiful, heartwarming and fun moments!! Simply awesome! 🙂


  28. Rajlakshmi says:

    Awwww this is sooooo beautiful… And so sweet! I can’t help smiling while reading it. I am glad your Sharing these moments with us. You guys make a gorgeous couple 🙂


  29. aseemrastogi2 says:

    Sounds like a lovely evening. And must say your husband looks to be quite a romantic :D.


  30. Wow! what a memorable evening it must have been 🙂
    Ice-cream at 1 am sounds cool, the idea is tempting me to have one now 😀
    What a beautiful dig into your precious memories this post is ❤

    My Era @theerailivedin
    The Era I Lived In



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