Indian Navy’s fighter pilot Nishant Singh, who was laid to rest last week after his body was recovered from the sea over 10 days after the MiG-29K jet he was co-piloting crashed in the sea off Goa, had a rather unique love story.
Nishant and Nayaab Randhawa studied in the same school, who without even talking to each other knew they didn’t see eye-to-eye on many things.
However, 13 years later, they randomly bumped into each other at a common friend’s wedding and got talking. At the end of the night, he had named her “Trouble”.
After managing to get Nayaab’s number somehow, their saga of sleepless nights began. They even started backpacking and travelling together to different countries together.
On one such trip to Philippines, Nishant made Nayaab skydive knowing very well she was scared of heights. However, when she finally touched ground, he proposed to her.
After that, Nayaab moved to Goa to live with the pilot.
Few months later, during the pandemic-induced lockdown, Nishant asked Nayaab if she was ready to get married the next day.
Once he got her answer, Nishant started making all the preparations.
He even sought his officer’s “Permission To Bite the Bullet” for an intimate “Cowed20” wedding.
In the permission letter, he apologised to his Commanding Officer for “dropping this bomb on you at such a short notice”, adding he intended to “drop a nuclear one on myself” by marrying his girlfriend of three years.
He had even signed the letter as “Used to be yours but now, Her’s faithfully”.
Following the approval, the couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony between 7-8 people, with their parents attending the marriage over Zoom call. They decided to postpone the celebrations to later.
But life dealt a bitter blow to the much in love couple when Nishant went missing on November 26 after his MiG-29K training aircraft operating at sea plunged into the Arabian Sea.
While one pilot was rescued, Commander Nishant went missing and a search by air and surface units started.
Finally on December 7, the body of the missing pilot was located.
He was laid to rest with full honours on December 12, while Nayaab received the tricolour and her husband’s uniform from the Commanding Officer of the squadron.