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Remembering an Unsung Hero - Flt Lt Ronald Kevin Serrao

Remembering an Unsung Hero - Flt Lt Ronald Kevin Serrao

By Dr Lavina Noronha

Mangalore, Jan 17: It all began in January, 2002. Deepika Dadlani had just joined for her second term of training in the Air Force Academy, and Ronald Kevin Serrao was in the final term- a senior most trainee cadet in the Academy- an office bearer. The first thing he had noticed about her was her name on the arrival list of cadets at the railway station- he would later admit. Over a game of charades, their love story began and then, it was magic! The long talks about work, life, dreams, and family at the ‘cycle stand’ on the way to the mess soon brought them closer to each other. Deepika skipped dinner on many an evening as that was the only time she would get to talk to him.

As all good things come to an end, the training days were soon over and they were never posted at the same base since. Yet, on weekends or on any other opportunity they got both made it a point to visit each other. ‘Distance makes the hearts grow fonder’ they say and so, their relationship blossomed despite the distance. Ron and Deepika got engaged in December 2004 and in April 2006 they tied the knot. They were not posted at the same base or region even after their wedding which made them steal weekends to see each other. She visited him in Tezpur, Halwara and Ambala and he visited her in Bangalore and Agra and sure enough those visits were some of the best moments of their lives!

“My life was like a fairy tale when Ron was around” recalls Deepika. He was her friend, philosopher and guide in the true sense. As a fellow pilot, he taught her more than some of her instructors. He had guided her from time to time through some of the challenging situations at work and in personal life. A perfect host while on leave, a true gentleman to the ladies, a perfect buddy to hang out with and total brat to his Air Force officer friends. That was Flt Lt Ronald Kevin Serrao! “When I got my captain ranking, he was the first person I called……and because he understood all the intricate details of the process, it made the celebrations much sweeter” Deepika proudly grows nostalgic.

Deepika had flown Ron and his squadron to Nal and on the 10th of Jan, 2007 and they had an early birthday celebration for him as she knew they both had to work and would not be able to be with each other on his 26th birthday on January 17th. On the 17th, they talked to each other at length totally oblivious that it was going to be their last. He had told her that was his best birthday ever. 18th was Deepika’s day off. She was in her room and was trying Ron’s number for a long time but was not able to get through. She was obviously worried and at one point grabbed the rosary from under her pillow and began to pray….at one point the rosary broke and even though she is not very superstitious, this made her very anxious. She knew something was not right. So, she came out of her room and began pacing nervously in the hallway. “Just then, I saw my Commanding Officer and the Flight Commander walking towards me with their spouses. I was not sure why they wanted to talk to me.” They made her sit and broke the news of the air crash. The Jaguar combat jet he was flying had blown up mid-air over Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan a few hours ago…….

“My world came crashing down and my head began to spin when I heard the news” says Deepika “and my life has not been the same since” she adds.

A special IAF plane brought the mortal remains from Ambala to Mangalore for final rites on the 20th of January. The world witnessed an extremely composed brave woman in uniform marching ahead of the funeral cortege, paying her final respects to her beloved husband. Deepika reveals the painful reality: “Frankly, I was in a state of trance that day and for quite some time thereafter. I had many sleepless nights and was put on medication.” It took her a very long time to accept the fact that she was now categorized as a war widow. She was given a new ID card and that has become her new identity.

It has been very difficult and every day has been an ordeal for her but she knew she had to go on. “I had to live for our families, for Ron’s dreams and for our dreams. So, I got back to work but could never set my foot in the cockpit.” She tried for a whole year after the tragedy but could not fly. “It felt as though a part of me had died with Ron. My passion for flying and the joy of it all was dead. What else can I say? My wingman is gone” laments Deepika.

Many advised Deepika to start over and move on but she knew it was easier said than done. It would certainly be difficult for anyone to understand the depth of their relationship. Eventually she requested a premature release from the Air Force, got back to studies and completed her MBA. She has now taken up a civilian job in the corporate sector.

Deepika says that the tragedy has made her more patient, more responsible but less alive. It has been a long struggle to cope with the pain and learn to look ahead. After almost a ton of paperwork, she moved back to New Delhi where she now lives with a dog and a full time maid. The balancing act of work and home now keeps her busy and she finds less time to brood over the bygones. Slowly things are falling into place and Deepika says that things are a lot better.

Being the only child of working parents, both scientists on govt. posts had made her independent and daring. “Early in life I learnt to respect knowledge and humility. My maternal aunt who is a spastic has been my role model. I have realized seeing my aunt that hard work and dedication makes nothing impossible” recounts Deepika. Growing up she had only two dreams- one, to be a pilot and second, to join the military. Men and women in uniform fascinated her and the Air Force was the perfect combination to realize both her dreams at once.

The training years were tough especially for a woman. The Rigorous physical and mental training seemed impossible at times but the thrill of flying made all the challenges worth her while. “Ron was very proud of my accomplishments and the fact that I was a pilot in the Air Force made him beam with pride” reminisces Deepika. She learnt the art of forgiveness and being charitable from her husband who taught her that there is more to life than holding grudges.

“Even today, I encourage all the parents to send at least one of their children to serve in the armed forces. In spite of the tragedy and the agony I went though, if I have a child in this life or the next, I will definitely want him or her to join the military and wear the uniform that made all of us proud” declares Deepika.

January 18th marks the 6th anniversary of Flt Lt Ronald Kevin Serrao’s final take off to his heavenly abode. Please join me in saluting this hero, his brave bride Flt Lt Deepika Dadlani Serrao, his parents Col John Serrao and Dr Jessica Serrao.

Let us learn to be proud of all the men and women in uniform who serve in the Army, the Navy and the Air Force to defend our country. Let us remember the sacrifices of all the brave ones who have martyred themselves so that you and I can be safe. Jai Hind!

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  • Clyde, Goa & Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 5 2015

    Respect... Jai Hind!

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  • kapil chopra, New Delhi

    Thu, Nov 26 2015

    A big salute to real life hero & his brave wife Deepika..Jai hind

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  • Adarsh , Aluva/Kerala

    Mon, Aug 3 2015

    To the two brave people of the country
    Mr Ronald Kevin Serrao and
    Mrs Deepika Dadlani I salute you,,,,,,
    I will always pray for you and I will always cry for you

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  • Shipra, New Delhi

    Mon, Feb 10 2014

    Am proud of Ron and Deepika...... It is very difficult to loose someone who is part of your life, but for the country you have done a lot, which we civilians should understand the sacrifice of Ron.... Cheers to hero of country and Deepika ... I bow down and Salute you !!!

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  • swati, Mumbai, India

    Thu, Aug 29 2013

    From my heart i salute both of you and god bless you Deepika. you both are Hero's of our nation...
    God bless you..

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  • Ana, Los Angeles

    Thu, Aug 22 2013

    Salute to the departed soul & congratulations to Deepika for her engagement to Ravindra! Wish her a happy married life!

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  • mrinal maheshwari, saharanpur (u.p.)

    Sat, Jul 27 2013

    i always wanted to marry an army man, but destiny holds true...i got married to a simple businessman...i really respect the men in uniform who serve the country with no selfishness...and we indians cant even respect their sacrifices..they leave their home,parents,wives,kids,frnz everyone....come on india wake up..its high time...plz show ur respect and gratitude to the men at borders who have given away their lives for us (very happily) and who are continuously serving us with one wish in heart....a non monetary gift from we indians and that is to respect their sacrifices......plz dont ignore grow up...live like humans and not like animals.....be hindustani first then follow hinduism,,islam,sikkhism etc.....

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  • Rameshan Ex SGT, Chennai

    Fri, Jun 28 2013

    Dear Deepika, Dont have words, First i salute you and Late Ronald.you have a brave heart only you can feel the loss of your loved one. may his soul Rest in peace.we are proud of you Deepika for your will power and emerging strong and wishing you very happy & good life ahead. Rameshan Service Delivery Officer Line Maintanence. Dnata dubai International Airport. Dubai UAE

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  • Priyanka Sarangi, Orissa

    Sat, Jun 22 2013

    Flt Lt Ronald Kevin Serrao and Flt Lt Deepika Dadlani Serrao are my role models..... my heart filled my eyes with tears... jai hind n jai bharat

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  • Jennet Prescilla, Mangalore Muscat

    Sat, Feb 2 2013

    Really a touching tribute to Flt Lt Ronald Kevin Serrao and abefitting condolence to his bereaving wife Deepika. I can fully understand the loss and trauma she is undergoing with the loss of love of her life. Reading this euology made tears prick my eyes and my heart heavy. I am a stranger a citizen of India. If I feel such emotion, I can only imagine the pain and agony his family members are going through. Inspite of being a victim of this tragedy, I salute to Flt.Lt. Deepika who is encouraging youngsters to join the Indian Army to defend the nation. May God Bless Her.

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  • Norbert N. Sequeira, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 1 2013

    Tears have ped from my eyes, when I went through this touching tale. How great you guyz are. How great & proud your parents can be. You did not hide & seek shelter, but boldly carried life & faced it unhindered.

    May God bless the poor soul. Deepika, I salute you both.

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  • mohan bhat bantwal, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 31 2013

    may his soul rest in peace. wishing all the best to deepika in her future endeavors.

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  • Kaushal Shah, Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 26 2013

    Salute to Flt. Lt. Ronald Kevin Serrao and entire family...

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  • Roshan, Kinnigoli

    Tue, Jan 22 2013

    Salute you both officers , May his soul RIP

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  • Deepti Sharma, Gurgaon

    Tue, Jan 22 2013

    Hey Deepika,i understand that no one can fill the emptiness of ronald but happy to see that you have kept him alive in your heart & thoughts. God bless you!

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  • Richard Serrao,

    Tue, Jan 22 2013

    Richard Serrao – Bejai/US

    Six years have passed and we are still trying to get over the tragic news.
    I still remember reading the shocking news which broke our hearts
    “ Indian Air Force Pilot Killed in Crash” in the media and in all the website possible.

    Ronnie was the light of the party. He was loved by many and was highly respected for his remarkable achievement when he became a pilot and flying one the best & sophisticated fighter plane in the country.

    “Deepika” your husband was a true hero and we are grateful for the great sacrifice he made for our us and our country. He was a true patriot in every respect. We pray your faith grows stronger day by day.

    Thanks to Dr. Lavina for a touching & well written article.

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  • SP Shetty, Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 21 2013

    Hats off to both of you.

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  • Anil Thomas D'Silva, mangalore-afganistan

    Mon, Jan 21 2013

    life is very difficult,, facing problems in life is tooo difficult, i saw my mom suffering for us, i respect all the brave women in this world,
    may ronalds soul rest in peace, hats off to both,
    daijiworld thank you for publishing this lovely n heart touching artical, wish to read many more like this,, thank u Dr Lavina Noronha

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  • Aslam M Kudroli, Kudroli/ Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Jan 21 2013

    Salutes to the air force man!! May god give courage to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • prof. k. r. prabhu, mangalore

    Mon, Jan 21 2013

    I salute both. Those who joined services are admitted to a series of challenges leading to success and melancholy days and years. Life is worth living those who risk everything for the mother country irrespective of Nations.
    Change brings peace from disappointments especially griefs. May God Bless Deepika on the prayers of 100 cr Indians. Mangalore is really proud of our daughter Deepika

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  • WILSON, Udupi / Muscat

    Sun, Jan 20 2013

    Heart touching story, brave Deepika lost her love the most imp in life I'l remember both Deepika n Ron and will tell their story to my friends too to know these warriors of our great Indian Air force. May Ron's soul RIP.

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  • Roshan Dias, Mangalore/London

    Sun, Jan 20 2013

    A truely heart moving story of two brave people who dedicated their life for the country. May his soul rest in peace and may Gos bless his wife and give her courage and strength to move on.

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  • George D' Souza, Adam Kudru / Abu-Dhabai

    Sat, Jan 19 2013

    I salute you both Deepika. Let God give you courage and strength to lead a wonderful life with possible change. For me you both are Hero's. Hats off to you Deepika ! God Bless You ! RIP of Great Flt Lt. Kevin Serrao soul. Jai Hind.

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  • Asha Prakash, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 19 2013

    Is Deepika still flying an aircraft ? Poor thing. The loss is great no doubt. Sometimes we wonder as to whether we would be back home for lunch when we read such sudden tragedies.

    Deepika, May God give you courage and strength to move on with life.

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  • Ralph Pinto, Bangalore / USA

    Sat, Jan 19 2013

    I wish Daijiworld publishes such and good articles concerning Mangaloreans. At times we live in a world of our own without knowing what happens to our Mangalore people worldwide. It would be great if Daiji readers chip in good articles and often.

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  • Sarita D'Souza, Valencia/Kuwait.

    Sat, Jan 19 2013

    Now words......except a lot of respect and a grand salute to this brave woman. God bless her.

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  • Monika Sharma, Delhi

    Sat, Jan 19 2013

    I am proud to have a frend like you Deepika, have high respect for you. When i first saw your picture in uniform at your desk the first thing which came in my mind was to send my daughter in Air Force. Luv u

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  • Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle / Bahrain

    Sat, Jan 19 2013

    I have read about Deepika in the past and always felt proud especially with the courage she was holding back her tears behind the uniform she was wearing when paying the last mark of respect to her husband. After reading this article I was in deep tears, the news is fresh in my mind, six long years are passed. Hats off to you Deepika! For overcoming the Tragedy! Indeed, a heart touching article. Thank you, Dr. Lavina for this wonderful article & daijiworld for publishing it.

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  • Rajiv Goveas, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 19 2013

    I remember Kevin as a good dancer. May his soul rest in peace and all those who have died for our country.(Stand UP and Salute)and may god give the courage and strength to all those family members and near & dear ones.

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  • Jessy & Elias, Udupi / Jeddah

    Sat, Jan 19 2013

    Heart touching article indeed ! Deepika, feel Ronald's presence and keep going. You both are real life Heroes, our prayers are with you. May Ronald's soul rest in peace and may Almighty God give you enough strength and courage to move forward.

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  • Eulalia D'Souza, Bijai / Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 19 2013

    Thank you Dr. Lavina for this wonderful article & daijiworld for publishing it.
    My " Salute " to Kevin which am sure will fly up to the Heavens & to you dear Deepika a brave heart. I was just inquiring about Deepika with Mrs. Serrao few days ago, when I met her.
    It is easily said than done is right phrase for Deepika because the pain and anguish that you go through is best known only to you but then the Soldier Heart that you have will hold you with courage.
    May God Bless Kevin's Parents, your parents & you in a special way.
    How we wish many parents ( including me..!!) realize the value of their children serving our nation in any armed forces.
    Hats off to all of the people in uniform who serve the nation. To you Deepika a special " Salute " God Bless you always.

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  • Praveen Serrao, Audhabi/ kirem

    Sat, Jan 19 2013

    No words to explain, I salute great great hero "Flt Lt Ronald Kevin Serrao" and you "Deepika" as well.Indeed heart touching, Let god grant you courage & strength overcome this.

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  • lloyd sequeira, bangalore

    Fri, Jan 18 2013

    I salute you Ronnie may your soul rest in peace. Deepika may you get courage going forward. Our Prayers are with you.

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  • Silvia, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 18 2013

    Respectful salutations to both these heroes. May God bless you Deepika for all your sacrifices.

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  • Nisha D'Souza, Bangalore

    Fri, Jan 18 2013

    You are a brave heart, Deepika. Only you can feel the pain & anguish on this 6th Anniversary of Kevin's death. May you be blessed with a Happy future. Respectful salute to Kevin for his sacrifice. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Paul Pinto, Dubai

    Fri, Jan 18 2013

    Dear Deepika , I dont have words . Thinking about both of you , i can understand how truly your love would have blossmed for Kevin. He died serving our country. It is a Land of freedom & home of the Brave . Kevin , We Salute you for your bravery. God Bless Kevin

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  • Irene Patrao, Bangalore/India

    Fri, Jan 18 2013

    Rony, as a child was a bundle of joy for his parents Col. John and Dr. Jessica Serrao, his brother Kenneth/Vandu and for each and every member of the Serrao family. He melted Deepika’s heart with his sweetness. My desire in life to learn a two wheeler has been unfulfilled!!

    Deepika, sincerely pray that God may keep you in His care and may He protect every moment of your life and give you success in your mission.
    May his soul rest in peace.
    Miss you Rony!!

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  • Desmond Mathias, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 18 2013

    Fantastic article for a hero. May his soul RIP. Deepika, there is light for you at the end of the tunnel. Ronald Kevin Serrao is praying for you from Heaven.God bless you.

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  • Francis, Kerala

    Fri, Jan 18 2013

    Deepikaji....Life takes it course not for sorrows, but for betterment. The human point of view drives in a lot of sorrow and agony while reading this real happening, but the courage and life path that you continued to carry on in life speaks in volumes. Ron was an idol & role model for Deepika in real life, but posthumously he has become an idol & role model for the whole Nation. Jaihind & My Salutes to the War Hero and to the War Widow...Tnx Lavina for sharing this article.....
    Francis

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  • Eddie Sequeira, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 18 2013

    A very well written article. I too salute both the bravehearts'.God bless Deepika.

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  • Leslin, Surathkal, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    Excellent writeup and a heartwrenching tale.. It is really sad to know that Deepika retired from the air force as a result of the crash.. No one but she can understand the pain she must be going through..
    Thank you Daijiworld for remembering Flt Lt Ronald Kevin Serrao on the day of his death anniversary. Great people are indeed never forgotten!!

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  • Ted, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    Flt Lt Ronald Kevin Serrao is a real life hero. I salute all parents , siblings and spouse's of defense personnel who sacrifice their son/daughter for the nation.
    We wish Deepika Dadlani a successful corporate career @ Fitness First, New Delhi. Jai Hind

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  • Alwin D'Sa, Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    "There is sorrow that he will never preach a homily. But there is joy that his life has taught us more than he could ever say." These words are taken from a poem written by permanent Deacon Hamilton (Fr. Eugene Hamilton's father)the day after his son's (Fr. Eugene) funeral. (Fr. Eugene Hamilton was a young man who was ordained a priest just three hours before he died).
    No words but salute these two hero's.

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  • cookie, kallianpur

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    A salute to Flt Lt Ronald and to Deepika. Indeed, a heart touching article...

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  • Jyothika Shetty, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    A truly touching reality that makes us very humble as human beings. I have read about Deepika in the past and always felt proud especially with the courage she was holding back her tears behind the uniform she was wearing when paying the last mark of respect to her husband. I do agree with Deepika that parents must find pride in sending their kids to the armed forces as I have always been encouraging my son to do the same. Salute to Flt Lt.Ronald Kevin Serrao for his sacrifice to the country that definitely cannot be measured in words. Hats off to Deepika for emerging strong and wishing you a good and happy life ahead.

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  • Joseph Pereira, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    We do remember this hero Ronald Kevin Serrao who died for the country. Salute him and the Serrao family for this sacrifice. God Bless Deepika with strength to carry on with her life.

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  • Capt.Edward Lobo, Bantwal,Mangalore,Sharjah

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    Very tragic accident.May his soul RIP.There is an old saying in aviation which I quote out of contest."There are old pilots and bold pilots,but no old bold pilots".God took this young pilot at a very young age.Let us pray for the for the family to overcome his absence in their life.Jai Hind

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  • Jeeth Roche, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    Jai Hind........

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  • Clvie, Kuwait

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    God bless you Deepika. Though Ron is no more, he is still living within you.

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  • Shaun, manglore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    Deepika i am proud of you. You need to move on in your life.Dont give up .You got one life in this world.Dont lose it. I will pray for you.

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  • RAKESH, MANGALORE

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    WITH LOVE AND RESPECT I PAY A HUMBLE TRIBUTE TO THIS GREAT HERO. YOU HAVE MADE MANGALORE PROUD WITH YOUR DEDICATION. BUT, IT'S SAID THAT, YOU SACRIFISED YOUR YOUNG LIFE FOR THE SAKE OF INDIA.... GREAT SALUATE ONCE AGAIN.... TOGETHER WITH ME, WE INDIANS WILL BE REMEMBERING YOU AND MISSING A GREAT ARMY HERO LIKE KEVIN SERRAO..

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  • Prashanth Poojary, Karkala

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    After reading this article i was in deep tears,The situation she undergone is unexplainable,God i pray's with you please comply her genuine dream.

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  • baby, new delhi

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    RIP..GOD bless u deepika

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  • Irine Rebello, Kateel, Kulshekar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    My heart is full of great respect for both the brave personalities. I salute the great hero Flt Lt Ronald Kevin Serrao. I am proud of his wife Deepika who is a role model to women to lead a life of hope with courage inspite of all the odds. Everywhere, even in films woman is shown crying during the sad occurrence. But I have seen the photographs of Kevin's final rites in which Deepika was marching ahead with courage and confidence. This scene is still fresh in my mind and always makes me to feel proud of Deepika. May the Almighty God bless her abundantly and give her enough strength to lead a life of complete satisfaction.

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    'My Wingman has gone' Not really Deepika-He's living through you...
    We all want you to be happy and lead a cheerful life .
    God bless you with strength always.

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  • Steevan Colaco Udyavar, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    I Salute both of them..

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  • BRIAN NAZARETH, KOPPA

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    An honoured salute to our Hero his wife and his parents Jai Hind

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  • Vinayak, Mangalore / Dubai

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    Indeed a heart touching article. Well written. I had known Ronald from my school days. An perfect person by all ways and too brave. Whenever I pass by his lane at m'lore, I salute and pay my respect to this guy. These brave men & women are not born everyday.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    Both are hero's. I salute this lady too.

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  • Naveen d costa, Kirem/ China, Hangzhou

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    I Salute both of them. God bless deepika and family .

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  • Shree, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    A big salute to real life hero & his brave wife Deepika..Jai hind....

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  • akshay, Mangalore / Dubai

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    My salute to our mangalore hero feel sad & depressed to loose such brave soldier may god bless his family to get strength to come out of this tragedy

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  • Ravi Posavanike, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    Deepika,
    Let God give you courage and strength to lead a wonderful life. I remember you and Kevin's family very well as I had come to take pics for my publication The Times of India on that day. God bless you.

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  • Vincent, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    MY SILENT SALUTE...NOTHING ELSE..!

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  • RJ Errol,92.7 BIGFM,Mangalore, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    RESPECT..... One or the other day i want to meet her . My email id errol.g7@gmail.com. Someone can help if possible to reach her. Thanks.

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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    I just don't have words. I salute this Hero , and God bless Deepika and family . The news is fresh in my mind , six long years are passed . He is role model for all youth.

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  • Vishwanath Shetty, Manipal / Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    I salute these both
    For me both of them are Hero's
    Hats off to you Deepika !
    For overcoming the Tragedy !
    God Bless You !

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  • Mohammad Ismail, Dubai

    Thu, Jan 17 2013

    Jai Hind..

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