Guns ‘N Roses #AtoZChallenge

If you ask me what comes to my mind when I think of an Armed Forces Officer, then I would definitely say the love for their toys and chivalry.

Their love for their machines, arms and guns is eternal and beyond words. They are very sensitive towards their guns, their rifles and it is a personal weapon to them- a best friend in times of trouble. They have undoubtedly mastered the art of handling the weapons and equipment having been trained, firing them from different positions in difficult situations and

We get goosebumps when we see the Forces handling a tank and fighting a war in movies. Remember the final scenes from the movie ‘Border’?

The actual experience is far from our notions, P (my husband) says. “It is like getting into a heated oven and your movement is restricted because of the confined space. However, I do cherish the memories I have, having been driven one as part of my training”.

One of the best things I love about my soldier is his expertise in driving his vehicle. The speedometer often touches a 100 while he drives our car, but I have never once asked him to slow down. There was never a speck of fear in me in all these years. I definitely would’ve screamed my lungs out if it was someone else in the driver’s seat. And I’m not advocating reckless driving either.

Men in uniform are trained to drive their vehicles, be it a gypsy or a heavy loaded truck, be it in the high-ranges on the foothills of Himalayas, or the arid deserts of Rajasthan or the snow-clad mountains of Leh- they do it with ease and style. Guess I needn’t talk about their crazy fascination towards Royal Enfields- the Bullets! Yes, don’t get me started! They also have this uncanny ability of surviving in jungles without food and shelter and pitching up a tent in a jiffy.


But whoa! They are the perfect gentlemen!

I remember the first time we went on a date, the next day after our engagement, to Cafe Coffee Day, of course after seeking permission from both sets of parents. Ha, the perks of arranged marriage! I had placed the order and when I came back to sit, he had pulled the chair for me! Stupid me! I thought he had pulled it for himself and I went ahead to sit on the other. He was of course, flabbergasted but so was I. Chivalry! How would I have known he was so different and perfect from ‘other boys’!army-958204_1920

He might open the door for you, surprise you with roses. He stands by his lady, is protective and courteous. He respects women and would do the needful when in trouble, without battling an eyelid. He is calm and composed in difficult situations but intolerant towards injustice and prejudice.

He is chilled out, up for a party at any time of the day, loves his family but only second to work. Oh they say, Army before Family! He adores his Uniforms, polishing the stars as if they have fallen right from the skies. He cherishes his friendship and the deep bond they share with each other. He can swim, ride a horse, box, play golf, cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, hockey..oh the list seems endless.

Gosh, he is a complete package, of Guns ‘N Roses- literally! 😀

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

PC: Pixabay


  1. I was always in love with in Uniform. They truly are unique and special in every way. God bless you both. ❤


  2. Ah chivalry! It’s a lost art these days 😛

    Lucky you!


  3. Shilpa Garg says:

    Aww! This is such a sweet and a heartwarming post! God bless you both! ♥


  4. Aww wish you all the very best and many many years of togetherness 🙂


  5. Very cute and adorable story Shalini 🙂

    The Nimble Mime


  6. Sigh . chivalry. the complete package. you are talking a language I completely understand and relate to . Major nostalgia happening right now. They don’t make men like that in Civil you know ?


  7. I guess it just isn’t a tool but a companion for them, and they take very good care of it and are attached too.

    I am enjoying the glimpses you share of being married to an army person.


  8. This is a complete awwwww post! Lovely


  9. I hope you share this with him; what a wonderful tribute to him and the service for his country!



  10. Such a beautiful post Shalini! You written in it out so well. I am loving these posts of yours which provide a sneak peek into the lives of soldiers and their better halves.


  11. Beat About The Book says:

    Aw I like the sound of ‘complete package’. Chivalry is such a rare thing these days even though it remains one of the most attractive trait in a man. You’re one lucky girl 🙂


  12. My… what a hero… the sound of him gives the feeling of a man!!!


  13. aww this is so beautiful … ROFL at that chair incident. Both the men in my family are obsessed with their stars. Polishing till it shines like a mirror. 😛


  14. inquisitivegeet says:

    That really took my heart away Shalini. Such a beautiful post full of love you’ve written 🙂



  15. 2 AM Writer says:

    Great post as usual… 🙂 the CCD incident is cute, congratulations on having found *the one* and having found such a perfect one at that.


  16. This is so cute a description. Loved it ! Even my mom had fascination to get married to a solider but phew my dad comes in between and my mom now always happy seeing the perfect gentlemen in their suits equipped with confidence to protect everyone. God bless you and your husband and not to miss even i have crush on Royal Enfield, wish to drive it once 😉


  17. Sweety (Kokiash2015) says:

    Another sweet and happy kahani Shalzz ki zubaani 🙂


  18. Lata Sunil says:

    Respect to the soldier.. so down to earth, so chivalrous.. i still love the good old world of chivalry.


  19. Shalini…. ❤ What a title and such an awesome post!! 🙂 We girls in general feel weak in their knees whenever we see men in uniform and i can guarantee you by the time this challenge ends, that feeling is gonna amplify and atleast the single ones out there reading this blog would start looking out for army men as eligible wedding prospects 😛
    Am loving my time here.!!! Have u seen that movie surya son of krishna (Surya's movie) that song video is coming in my mind right now. When the heroine sees Surya in his uniform and at work. Giving you the link as well.

    Happy blogging !!! ❤
    @sneha_sasi from
    Life As a Potpourri
    Am a Minion for Holton’s Heroes

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  20. You know what Shalzz? I think I want my son to join the army, I always liked army-men but your posts are making me look up to them even more! The CCd incident was adorable! Stay blessed you two!
    @KalaRavi16 from


  21. An interesting read for an ex-Army wife. I suspect the uncredited picture is of a US soldier and his partner.


  22. God bless you both always…


  23. So, it’s true to the core.. Guns and Roses! Did I tell you how lucky you are? You have found a perfect life-partner. Best wishes 🙂

    Nibha @ Expressions


  24. Another happy tales from you.Enjoyed reading it.I firstly thought you will be telling about the music band Guns and Roses.Lol. You are a brave woman not to freak out at such high speed:)
    Please drop at:


  25. Awwww
    And you really make me happy every time by such true feelings

    Loved the post, and the way you wrote about the skills of Soldiers 🙂 especially your Soldier .

    And wow he drives fast and you aren’t scared when he drives this shows how much secured we feel when we are with our loved ones …

    Loved it …
    The end

    Guns ‘N Roses is a hit

    Its like only if hubs shot flowers not bullets …that is ultimate peace in world .

    Keep writing :*


  26. The chivalry part is so irresistible


  27. fabulus1710 says:

    Polishing the stars as if they’ve fallen right from the sky 😛
    The chivalry part is too true! And it must have been very awkward, na? 😀
    Keep the posts coming, Shalz! 🙂


  28. Thats true… Chivelry at its best.. You feel so pampered right!


  29. Another heart warming tale! Thanks and happy
    New year if you celebrate today as New Year


  30. Tale of Two Tomatoes // Guns ‘N Roses

    Exactly! What you said, Dearie.
    Army men are so special, they’ve made toys
    [insert assorted army men picture here]

    Sir Leprechaunrabbit


  31. aseemrastogi2 says:

    Now that’s quite a perfect mix of guns and roses :D. A truly heartfelt post and must say your darling army man would be smiling whenever he reads this :).


  32. I would probably be jealous if my hubby was equally as perfect. Maybe more! 😉


  33. Loved the title of this post, that does full justice to what a wonderful personality an army man has. Did you mean driving at 100 in the city?
    LOL for the incident at CCD 😀

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