Till last night when our news reporter informed me about the sad demise of Lt. Archit Verdia in siachen glacier, I was not able to remember but was sure that I heard this name before somewhere.
Today morning when I was composing the news, something strikes in my mind and I search ‘Archit Verdia’ in our official Gmail account. I was shocked to see that there was an e-mail conversation I had with Archit two months back.UdaipurTimes.com was the only news source for martyred Lt. Archit to stay connected with his hometown, Udaipur. We came to know this when he emailed us on May 30, 2011 from Siachin Glacier and showed his interest to meet us and share his experience in working at World’s Highest Battle Field on the height of 20,000 feet, in the same email conversation, Archit told us that he is going to visit Udaipur in November and that time he will share beautiful photographs of Siachen.
Who knows that destiny had planned something else, who knows that archit’s lively looking email will suddenly turn dead? This young brave son of Udaipur sacrificed his life while guarding the country.
Unfortunately but the fact is that now I am never going to meet this brave heart!
UT team pays condolence and with all respect, salutes to Shaheed Lt. Archit Verdia and pray to God to give strength to his family members.