Major Udai Singh SC, SM was born at 2.15 pm on Monday October 7, 1974 in Allahabad.
He had a happy, contented childhood spent in small cantonment towns across the country. St. Patricks at Deolali was his first school, after which he studied at St Georges, Agra & APS Delhi. His formative & most memorable years were spent at the Army Public School, Dagshai from where he passed out in 1992.
Not one for academics he excelled in games & sports & other extra curricular activities. He loved his alma mater & was forever grateful for the opportunity he'd had, taking time off to visit it as often as he could in the years to follow.
Udai, graduated from Deshbandhu College, Delhi with an honors degree in Political Science and was soon absorbed as a management trainee with the Taj Mansingh, Delhi. What he aspired to was a career in the Special Forces of the Indian Army
"I do not wish to spend my life waiting on hotel guests" he'd say. "I want to be that 5 star guest".
His ambition was partly fulfilled on passing out from the IMA in June 1997. He was commissioned into the first battalion of the Parachute Regiment.
"My life in the army", he confessed to a friend, " is doomed if I do not clear the probation".
Clear it he did and was with the paltan for five wonderful years before volunteering for the Special Group - the mavericks. He soon became one of them.
His brief career was spent almost entirely in the mountains of Kashmir with a few months here and there given to the short courses run by the army. He did the free fall & the para jumps along with a course in deep sea diving.
He loved what he did never regretting for an instant his choice of career. His life in the army was a source of great pride and enthusiasm. It was all that he had ever wished it to be.
Major Udai Singh is survived by his parents Col. KKK Singh (Retd.), mother Sudha and sister Lalima. They can be reached at: House #792, Sector 29. Noida. (UP) Tel: 0120 -2451859.