Pune ex-cabbie to don Army officer’s uniform

PUNE: Driving his career into the fast lane, a former Ola cabbie here heeded the advice of a passenger — a former soldier — and is now all set to become an Indian Army officer later this week, elated family members said.
The ex-taxi driver is Om Paithane, 25, the son of a former private driver Uttam Paithane, hailing from a nondescript village Tondal in this district.
Om is now due to pass out on Saturday from the elite Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, which trains officers for Short Service Commission.
“I am extremely happy and overwhelmed… It’s like a dream come true,” Om said.
The journey to the Indian Army was not a smooth ride for Om and his family, but the first inspiration came from a passenger, one Colonel Bakshi (retd), (Om doesn’t know his first name).
“It is Col Bakshi Sir who changed by life… Talking to me, he suggested about the opportunities in the armed forces and the Combined Defence Service exams and even referred me to Lt Col Ganesh Babu, the then Director, Armed Forces Officers Selection Orientation Programme,” Om said. — IANS