Dear Members, I am an islander, born and brought up in Port Blair. Presently residing out of country but wish to be back very soon. Have immense respect for our cultural, vedic and spiritual heritage. I like myself to be associated with many "isms" like optimism, criticism, pragmatism, nationalism etc but detest "cynicism" and "defeatism". People stereotyping members of any group or community is also a point of objection for me but sometimes i fall for that too without realizing because of anger or frustration. My interest in Defense Forces was since childhood days and it really got a push when for the first time I saw couple of Jaguars ripping the skies of Port blair in November in 2001. Have been following the Defence space since. I have visited INS Rana and INS Viraat and have seen ANC set up radar stations in Port blair in an area which was visible on my way to school. Have watched IL-76, An-32 and Dorniers operating from PB airport(INS Utkrosh) on regular basis. Have interacted with many Navy and Army personnels. Have been lucky enough to see Aero India 2011 in b'lore. I am proud of and love my country but I am aware of its deep rooted problems as well. Hope to learn many good things on this forum. Jai Hind!