Name: Sanjay Arya
Rank: Colonel, Indian Army
A resident of Delhi
Colonel Sanjay Arya (retired) of the Indian Army says even as a child he was drawn to the life of a soldier. The way army officers conducted themselves drew him in, he says, and in 1989, he enrolled into the fighting forces.
Colonel Arya is looking for a job to supplement his family income, but things don't look bright. "Today, I get a pension of Rs 54,000. Fortunately, I have my own flat, so I can afford to send my kids to good schools. But even then, my monthly expenses are nothing short of Rs 60,000, Rs 70,000. I have been dipping into my savings, but now I have to find a job. It's been really hard, because I'm an infantry guy, not a technical expert."
Photograph: Shaurya Roy