In a reunion that revived ties, that went back nearly 58 years, Punjab chief minister (CM) Amarinder Singh on late Sunday evening hosted his batch mates from the National Defence Academy (NDA) for a rare dinner.

Shedding distance and time, the 57 batch mates of the CM from NDA Khadakwasla came together to recall shared memories and experiences of their days of training for the Defence services and the years gone by.

The reunion also gave the men an opportunity to catch up with each other’s lives since they last met, as they went on a spree of discovery about their years post their service stints.

For a few hours, the men, who later went on to join different wings of the Indian defence forces, were back to being the young boys who had committed themselves to the service of their motherland.

It was evident that their love for the defence services, and for their country, still remained as strong as ever, said an official spokesperson.

Having grown up seeing the uniform, and enamoured with arms since his childhood, the CM said that joining the army and serving the country was the only life he had dreamt and fantasised about. It was a sentiment that every single of his batch mates seemed to share, as was evident from their memories of their defence life. Nearly six decades seemed to disappear as the 58 men talked animatedly about those days of stringent tests followed by some tough training before they could don their uniforms.

His batch mates remembered Amarinder as a distinguished cadet, who captained the riding and polo team at NDA.