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Why is this vase hidden in a bookshelf? #a to z challenge

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Today I talk about a very ordinary vase with an extraordinary past.

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By now you must have figured that we are great collectors of stuff in our home : we collect souvenirs, mementos, items of value and just junk! One thing that has baffled me is why an ordinary ceramic vase that should have been occupying pride of place as War Booty should be kept in an inconspicuous place in a bookshelf that is really used only to store books. But one day, when my father-in-law who originally brought it home, explained its true significance: this vase was from a battle in which General Musharraf had fought as a young subaltern. It had a value that went beyond its material worth.

The vase in the bookshelf

That is the reason whyImage for vase the vase is kept out of the reach of children who are likely to knock it down with a stray ball or a deliberate hit. Every time a visitor comes home, it is brought out and displayed , the story re-told with obvious pride and after the ooohs and aaaahs of appreciation, kept back in the shelf.
There is nothing extraordinary about this ceramic vase, slightly chipped on one side. But for us it transcends the mere ordinary, symbolising valour and courage in a battle to defend our country.
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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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21 Responses

  1. Kalpanaa says:

    The story behind the artefact is always so fascinating. Any idea which battle and where ?

    • Bellybytes says:

      Yes it was in a place called Zafarwal and fought on 5th November 1965 according to what my father in law has written at the bottom

  2. shubhangi says:

    That’s a precious vase! Collector’s item indeed!

  3. Kala Ravi says:

    A vase with a history is as good as a trophy, so it deserves the place of honor! It is great that you possess items that have a story and history behind them!
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  4. Deepti says:

    A prized Possession indeed… And true no one can know its importance than for the ones who have so much honor attached to it..


  5. seena says:

    Love how many things have a story to tell. 🙂 Needs a story teller too – That’s you!
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  6. rajlakshmi says:

    I love things with a background story… the memories associated with them makes them even more interesting. Beautiful Vase
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  7. Parul says:

    Wow! You have got some really cool stuff at your place 🙂
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  8. My Era says:

    Beautiful vase with an intriguing history 🙂
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  9. Alana says:

    Ah, the amazing stories of everyday objects. A precious object!
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  10. The story behind the vase is interesting but my question is what was a vase doing in the battle? And howcome the Indian side got hold of General Musharraf’s vase? Was it a result of the seize after Pakistan lost the war?
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Ok the vase was from a house that was in the middle of the battle area in a place called Zafarwal across the border . The vase didn’t belong to Gen Musharraf .he happened to be engaged in the same battle. There was no face to face interaction. My F I L discovered this fact post the war through an interview of Musharraf where he mentioned this battle ( Nov 5, 1965 ) .

  11. Debbie D says:

    Such a lovely vase with a fascinating story! I can see why it is protected in the bookcase. LIke you, we collect a lot of stuff and most of it does have history and sentimental value.
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Well you’ll understand then what exactly our house is about . It was lovely reading your doggie tales

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